• Short Summary

    WARSAW, POLAND/LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held an emergency meeting on May 18 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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    POLAND: (TVP):
    1. GV EXTERIORs Polish Olympic Committee building (2 shots) 0.08
    2. SV INTERIOR Polish Olympic Committee President Marian Renke speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 0.41
    SWITZERLAND: (BBC):
    3. GV & SV International Olympic Committee members (2 shots) 0.53
    4. SV Soviet Olympic delegation seated 1.01
    5. SVs International Olympic President Juan Samaranch speaking (SOT)
    6. GV General shot of Olympic Committee seated 1.51
    TRANSCRIPTS: MARIAN RENKE: (SEQ. TWO): "I can assure you that our intention was to be there and compete. But all the situation created in Los Angeles and especially full and concrete guarantees of our safety and security, as well as the whole political atmosphere, made our participation impossible."
    JUAN SAMARANCH: (SEQ. FIVE): "We, er...maybe that now the IOC, for the first time, is helping all the National Olympic Committees to take part in the games. For example, the entire Olympic Committee is paying for six athletes from each National Olympic Committee. Full transportation and accommodation in Los Angeles for the games. I think if we are paying what we're paying, we can think that in future, to take part in the games must be compulsory."
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    SPORT: OLYMPICSNOTE TO EDITORS: THIS ITEM HAD BBC COMMENTARY BY DAVID CASS WHICH IS AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED.
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    Background: WARSAW, POLAND/LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held an emergency meeting on May 18 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Poland became the tenth Soviet bloc country to withdraw from the Games. In announcing the decision on May 17, Polish Olympic Committee President Marian Renke said the "lack of full and concrete guarantees of our safety and security, as well as the whole political atmosphere, made our participation impossible". One of the USSR's main reasons for withdrawing from the games has been their fear of violence erupting from anti-Soviet demonstrators. Romania is now the only Soviet bloc still to decide whether to attend the games. Despite taking part in an emergency meeting of the International Olympic committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 18, Soviet Olympic chief Marat Gramov said that the boycott decision was irrevocable. IOC president Juan Samaranch held separate talks with United States and Soviet official in Lausanne, but failed to find a solution to the crisis. At a news conference afterward, he indicated that Olympic regulations would have to be changed to avoid future disruptions, adding that "in the future, to take in the games must be compulsory."

    Source: TVP/BBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9FPB2T91HC4YWA2MCRIUCZ4PN
    Media URN:
    VLVA9FPB2T91HC4YWA2MCRIUCZ4PN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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