• Short Summary

    FRENCH AND OTHER FOREIGN ATHLETES HAVE ADOPTED MEXICO CITY TIMES AT THEIR TRAINING CAMP AT FONT ROMEAU, IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES, TO MAKE THEM TOTALLY ADJUSTED TO THE CONDITIONS THEY WILL EXPERIENCE AT THE OLYMPICS NEXT MONTH.

  • Description

    FRENCH AND OTHER FOREIGN ATHLETES HAVE ADOPTED MEXICO CITY TIMES AT THEIR TRAINING CAMP AT FONT ROMEAU, IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES, TO MAKE THEM TOTALLY ADJUSTED TO THE CONDITIONS THEY WILL EXPERIENCE AT THE OLYMPICS NEXT MONTH. THE FRENCH ATHLETIC TEAM -- PLUS ABOUT 250 FOREIGN ATHLETES FROM WEST GERMANY, BELGIUM, POLAND, TUNISIA AND FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA -- ARE LIVING A HERMIT-LIKE EXISTENCE AT THEIR TRAINING CAMP 6000 FEET (1830 METRES) UP IN THE PYRENEES.

    BY THE TIME THE ATHLETES FINISH THEIR TRAINING AT FONT ROMEAU, THEY WILL BE RISING AT MIDDAY FRENCH TIME, LUNCHING AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND DINING AT MIDNIGHT. THE TIME-ADJUSTMENT IS ONLY ONE ASPECT OF THE CHANGES THE ATHLETES WILL HAVE TO MAKE BEFORE THEY SET OFF FRO MEXICO IN ABOUT A WEEK.

    THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPENT 38 MILLION FRANCS (GBP3,200,000 STERLING) TO MAKE FONT ROMEAU ONE OF THE MOST MODERN "CLIMATIC SCHOOLS" IN THE WORLD. A SPECIAL TARTAN TRACK HAS BEEN LAID DOWN FOR THE ATHLETES, AND A SWIMMING POOL AND RUGBY PITCH ARE NEAR TO THE 12-STOREY "SCHOOL" USED TO HOUSE THE MEN.

    A RECENT DAY'S TRAINING FOUND LARBI LAZHARI OF ALGIERS WORKING ON THE BAR, AMADOU CACOU AND SAGUA CLEMENT OF SENEGAL ON THE TRACK, AND FRENCH SWIMMERS MOSCONI AND GARON IN THE POOL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA7I0D938YTJTLBT331T30RZSW
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7I0D938YTJTLBT331T30RZSW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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