The 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow are still more than two years away, but staging the world's premier sporting event means such a massive construction programme, that there can be no easing up -- even for the bitter Russian winter.
The 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow are still more than two years away, but staging the world's premier sporting event means such a massive construction programme, that there can be no easing up -- even for the bitter Russian winter. At times the temperature has dropped to minus 20 degrees centigrade, but the preparations have continued and reports now say that the construction programme is up to schedule. In certain aspects, the organisers are ahead of schedule. A short while ago, there was some criticism in the Soviet press about the amount of work being done at Moscow's oldest sports venue, the Young Pioneers Stadium, where the hockey matches are due to be played. However, overall preparations are considerably more advanced than they were at the same period for the 1976 Montreal Games.
SYNOPSIS: One of the attractions of the Olympics are the posters. Each country has its own idea as to how the Games should be portrayed, and in recent months Soviet artists have been hard at work.
Another Soviet creation, is the Games emblem, a small bear specially chosen by television viewers.
Staging the Olympics is a vast undertaking, and Moscow is in the process of building or re-constructing more than 20 arenas. These include a new cycling hall, with a 333-metre track, and seating for 6,000 people. Work has continued despite the snow.
Before summer 1980, facilities for more than 12,000 competitors from 130 countries must be completed. The Soviet capital is also expecting about 7,000 journalists, as well as some 300,000 foreign visitors. The organising committee anticipate selling about six-and-a-half million tickets.