The Quebec Provincial Cabinet Minister in charge of construction at the Olympic Games site in Montreal, Doctor Victor Goldbloom, is unwilling to give a hundred per cent assurance that the main stadium will be ready for the opening of the Games on 17 July, 1976.
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GV PAN ACROSS Olympic site under construction
Affairs minister and press touring Olympic site (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Press touring party TO partly finished construction
GV & SV Workmen on site
SV Officials discussing site with newsmen
SV Workman constructing stadium (2 shots)
CU Goldbloom speaking to newsmen
SV Olympic site under construction
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KAYS: "When Quebec took over the troubled Olympics seven weeks ago, it promised better management and more candour. And today it shows signs of keeping that promise. The new management team, headed by Municipal Affairs Minister, Victor Goldbloom, took reporters on the first official tour of the Olympic site. And for the first time since construction began over a year ago, the officials seemed to be telling it like it is. There is considerable progress but there are rigid deadlines to be met. It's a day-to-day race and whether it can be won depends on weather, working conditions, worker morale and other imponderables. Goldbloom feels that if the weather holds up and morale continues to improve, there's a fighting chance that the stadium and swimming pool complex can be handed over to organisers six months from now. A fighting chance, that's all, But two months ago, says Goldbloom, Montreal didn't even have that."
GOLDBLOOM: "We will be in Innsbruck for the beginning of the Winter Games and there are meetings of the International Olympic Committee at that time. That means that we will be reporting at that point and if we continue the way we are going presently then I'm sure that we will have an additional period of time after that during which to continue the construction, continue the on-going reports and hopefully, bring the whole thing off."
KAYS: "And so, with only seven months to go, there's still no guarantee, just a hope and a prayer that the seventy-six olympics will indeed be held in Montreal. Doreen Kays, CBC News, Montreal."
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(This film is serviced with English commentary by CBC reporter, Doreen Kays, and an interview with Doctor Goldbloom, a transcript of which appears overleaf.)
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Background: The Quebec Provincial Cabinet Minister in charge of construction at the Olympic Games site in Montreal, Doctor Victor Goldbloom, is unwilling to give a hundred per cent assurance that the main stadium will be ready for the opening of the Games on 17 July, 1976.
He showed journalists around the site on Tuesday (6 January) for the first time since the Quebec Government took over the management of the construction work seven weeks ago.
He told the journalists that there was a fighting chance the stadium and swimming pool complex would be ready to be handed over to the organisers in six months. And he said that while it was impossible to give guarantees, the was reasonably hopeful the facilities would be completed in time.
Meanwhile, problems have developed with the huge concrete ring sections in the main complex. They are now being put into place to connect the upper levels of the rib sections already in place. The ring contains the lighting and technical equipment necessary for the stadium, but some sections are not fitting together properly. There is concern over the expansion and contraction factors in extreme weather.
The organisers of the Games are to report to a session of the International Olympic Committee in Innsbruck on 31 January ... a few days before the opening there of the Winter Olympics.