• Short Summary

    THE BIGGEST-EVER CONTINGENT OF ATHLETES FROM THE AFRICAN STATES PARTICIPATED IN LAST SATURDAY'S (12 OCTOBER) INAUGURATION OF THE OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY.

    300 ATHLETES FROM MANY AFRICAN NATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE GAMES, MORE THAN HAVE EVER DONE SO IN PAST OLYMPIC MEETINGS.

  • Description

    THE BIGGEST-EVER CONTINGENT OF ATHLETES FROM THE AFRICAN STATES PARTICIPATED IN LAST SATURDAY'S (12 OCTOBER) INAUGURATION OF THE OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY.

    300 ATHLETES FROM MANY AFRICAN NATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE GAMES, MORE THAN HAVE EVER DONE SO IN PAST OLYMPIC MEETINGS.

    AMONG THE NATIONS INCLUDED ARE KENYA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, ETHIOPIA, NIGERIA, IVORY COAST, SENEGAL, CHAD, NIGER, CAMEROUN, MALI, GUINEA, CONGO-KINSHASA, TUNISIA, MOROCCO, ALGERIA, LIBYA AND THE MALAGASY REPUBLIC.

    CERTAIN OTHER AFRICAN NATIONS ARE NOT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATING IN THE GAMES, BUT ARE SENDING CULTURAL GROUPS AND ART WORKS INSTEAD. AMONG THESE NATIONS ARE GABON, DAHOMEY, TOGO, LIBERIA AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

    MANY OF THE AFRICAN TEAMS WERE WEARING THEIR NATIONAL COSTUMES AS THEY MARCHED INTO THE STADIUM AND AROUND THE TRACK DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY.

    OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY INCLUDED THE RELEASE OF MULTI-COLOURED BALLOONS IN THE SHAPE OF THE FIVE OLYMPIC RINGS INTO THE AIR ABOVE THE STADIUM.

    6,000 PIGEONS AS A SYMBOL OF PEACE AND 40,000 SMALLER BALLOONS WERE LOOSED OVER THE STADIUM WHEN MEXICAN PRESIDENT GUSTAVO DAIAZ ORDAZ ANNOUNCED THE OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN.

    HISTORY WAS ALSO THE MADE WHEN THE OLYMPIC TORCH FROM GREECE WAS CARRIED INTO THE STADIUM BY A GIRL TO SET ALIGHT THE FLAME WHICH WILL BURN OVER THE ARENA THROUGHOUT THE TWO WEEKS OF THE GAMES.

    THE GIRL WAS 20-YEAR-OLD MISS ENRIQUETA BASILIO, MEXICO'S 400-METRES CHAMPION.

    IN ALL, ABOUT 7,000 COMPETITORS FROM 118 NATIONS TOOK PART IN THE OPENING CEREMONY, MAKING IT THE BIGGEST EVER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA75KLVIIEH5WB76RMD00PK002Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA75KLVIIEH5WB76RMD00PK002Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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