• Short Summary

    Despite the talk and crises during the construction work, the Montreal Olympic stadium is ready for the official opening of the games on the 17th of July.

  • Description

    Despite the talk and crises during the construction work, the Montreal Olympic stadium is ready for the official opening of the games on the 17th of July. With three weeks still to go before the opening, local athletes used the stadium's facilities for the first time for a number of events, including the women's 100 metres hurdles, the men's 400 metres and swimming.

    SYNOPSIS: Spectators attending the weekend games were advised by the Olympic organising committee not to expect a high calibre of performance. The committee said the inaugural meeting was only a rehearsal for the Olympics, and the competitors were mostly school athletes and others below international standard. Nevertheless, local sports writers are mainly agreed that Canada could well be the first modern Olympic host country not to win a single gold medal. According to the writers, the Olympics have stimulated interest in amateur sports in Canada. But although there are several competitors with medal hopes, not one performer has reached a standard high enough to make a gold medal seem probable.

    It was also a rehearsal for the stadium's security men. Their job will be made more difficult by the memory of the tragedy.........at the Munich games where several Israeli athletes were killed in a commando-style terrorist operation. An innovation at the stadium is an electronic scoreboard which can project instant replays of events.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA99P1NKTA1QM0MSRROSAAV72V
    Media URN:
    VLVA99P1NKTA1QM0MSRROSAAV72V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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