• Short Summary

    WITH ONLY FOUR DAYS TO GO TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE'S MEDICAL COMMISSION ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ATHLETES ARE TO BE SUBJECT TO RANDOM TESTS TO SEE IF THEY ARE TAKING DRUGS.

  • Description

    WITH ONLY FOUR DAYS TO GO TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE'S MEDICAL COMMISSION ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ATHLETES ARE TO BE SUBJECT TO RANDOM TESTS TO SEE IF THEY ARE TAKING DRUGS. LIKE ALL THE OTHER ATHLETES, AFRICAN TEAMS HAVE NOW REACHED THE PEAK OF THEIR FINAL TRAINING FOR THE GAMES.

    THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES SENT TEAMS OF A GREAT DIVERSITY OF SIZES TO THE GAMES. ONE OF THE SMALLEST TEAMS, TWO ATHLETES, WAS SENT BY MALI, WHILE NIGERIA SENT ONE OF THE LARGEST - 75 ATHLETES, MANY OF THEM BOXERS AND FOOTBALLERS. BOXERS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THE KAMPALA TEAM, NUMBERING EIGHT OF THE 11 ATHLETES SENT TO MEXICO CITY.

    KENYA SENT THE LARGEST TEAM IT HAS EVER SENT TO OLYMPIC GAMES - A TOTAL OF 61 ATHLETES. THE KENYANS HAVE THE BIG ADVANTAGE OF COMING FROM A HIGH-ALTITUDE COUNTRY LIKE MEXICO, AND THE KENYAN ATHLETES ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE UPSETS IN THE BOXING RING AND ON THE ATHLETIC TRACK.

    THE ETHIOPIAN TEAM INCLUDES ABEBE BIKILA, WHO IS DETERMINED TO WIN THE OLYMPIC MARATHON FOR THE THIRD SUCCESSIVE TIME. BIKILA, NOW AGED 36, IS A LIEUTENANT IN EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE'S IMPERIAL BODYGUARD. ZAMBIA ALSO HOPES TO DO WELL IN THE MARATHON EVENT. THREE OF IT'S SEVEN-MAN TEAM ARE MARATHON RUNNERS, BUT THESE ARE EXPECTED TO BE HAMPERED BY THE HIGH MEXICAN ALTITUDE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SIFN0URO27KTYVL65Y8OV0MT
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SIFN0URO27KTYVL65Y8OV0MT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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