Soviet citizens who have had doubts about the expense of staging a modern Olympic Games may have reason to change their minds, now the facilities are being opened to the public.
GV PAN Road outside Olympic village and training complex near Moscow, USSR, TO Field with Olympic Village in background
GV PAN Olympic Village training track
GV Young men exercising with instructor on track (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Olympic Village recreational and training swimming pool with children playing ball game in water (2 shots)
SV PAN Trainer TO Children standing at poolside and exercising (2 shots)
GV Pool with diving boards and sole swimmer training (2 shots)
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Background: Soviet citizens who have had doubts about the expense of staging a modern Olympic Games may have reason to change their minds, now the facilities are being opened to the public. The first Muscovites to move in to the village accommodation section arrived in mid-October, joining those given priority because they'd lived nearby before the project began.
SYNOPSIS: The complex covers a total area of 2-and-a-half hectares (6 1/4 acres) and apart from modifications made to the village residential buildings to allow permanent occupancy, authorities have insisted that Olympic standards are maintained at all sports facilities.
The soccer fields, the track and field areas and the training tracks all are available now to Soviet citizens, who only have to telephone to find out at what time facilities are open. If needed, instructors are on hand to give qualified advice. Anyone who comes to train can also use the locker rooms, showers, saunas and cafeteria.
Children are specially catered for. In fact, there are sixty children's groups--twice the number available to adults. For these children, being taught to swim and look after themselves in the water is a course lasting more than two months. There are 13-hundred boys and girls in the first intake and instruction won't be complete until the end of the year.
The children study under the guidance of experienced trainers whose task is not only to teach the basics of swimming, but to help the young take their first steps into the world of sport. The complex is open seven days a week. This pool, for example, is available from seven in the morning until eleven at night--an indication of Soviet determination to get value for money from this vast investment.