• Short Summary

    THE FIFTH UNIVERSIADE GAMES WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN TOKYO YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) BY CROWN PRINCE AKIHITO.

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    STADIUM: UNIVERSIADE FLAG CARRIED AROUND STADIUM; TEAMS PARADING (BRITAIN; WEST GERMANY; FRANCE; AUSTRALIA; CANADA; KENYA; NEW ZEALAND; JAPAN); TORCH BEARER RUNS ROUND TRACK; BEARER LIGHTS FLAME; BALLOONS INTO AIR.




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    SPORT: UNIVERSIADE GAMES

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    Background: THE FIFTH UNIVERSIADE GAMES WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN TOKYO YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) BY CROWN PRINCE AKIHITO.

    THE GAMES HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO START THE DAY BEFORE (SATURDAY). BUT A FLASH THUNDERSTORM POSTPONED THE OPENING CEREMONY. POLITICAL WRANGLING HAS CUT THE ENTRY FROM 44 COUNTRIES AND 2,200 ATHLETES TO 30 COUNTRIES AND 1,000 ATHLETES.

    EIGHT COUNTRIES REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN THE GAMES BECAUSE OF THE DISPUTE OVER THE OFFICIAL DESIGNATION OF NORTH KOREA. THEY OBJECTED TO THE ORGANISER'S REFUSAL TO USE THE STYLE "PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF KOREA".

    BUT THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS STILL IMPRESSIVE AND A CAPACITY CROWD OF 72,000 WAS AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM TO SEE CROWN PRINCE AKIHITO DECLARE THE GAMES OPEN.

    THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPETING NATIONS PARADED AROUND THE STADIUM TRACK BEFORE THE "FLAME OF FRIENDSHIP" WAS CARRIED INTO THE STADIUM. THE GAMES WERE DECLARED OPEN AFTER JAPANESE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER, KEISUKE SAWAKI RAN AROUND THE TRACK UP THE STEPS OF THE STADIUM AND LIT THE GAMES' TORCH.

    EIGHT KINDS OF COMPLETION - TRACK AND FIELD, SWIMMING, FENCING, TENNIS, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, GYMNASTICS AND JUDO - ARE BEING COMPETED FOR. THE GAMES ARE FOR ATHLETES AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 28; AND EITHER UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATES OR PEOPLE LESS THAN TWO YEARS OUT OF UNIVERSITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9BX8V3A83ZX0UTXQYEXDFNRE9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BX8V3A83ZX0UTXQYEXDFNRE9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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