• Short Summary

    EDINBURGH HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY THE EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES FEDERATION AS THE VENUE FOR THE 1970 GAMES.

  • Description

    EDINBURGH HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY THE EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES FEDERATION AS THE VENUE FOR THE 1970 GAMES. THE COMMITTEE VOTED BY 18 - 11 FOR EDINBURGH IN PREFERENCE TO NEW ZEALAND, AND AT THE SAME TIME DECIDED TO DROP THE WORD "EMPIRE" FROM THE TITLE OF FUTURE EVENTS.

    AS SOON AS THE DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED OFFICIALS IN THE SCOTTISH CITY BEGAN WORK ON THE FOUR YEARS OF PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION NEEDED TO STAGE THE EIGHT-DAY EVENT IN JULY 1970. ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE FORMATION OF A LIMITED COMPANY TO INCLUDE REPRESENTATION FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.

    THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE TO RAISE AN ESTIMATED GBP380,000, AND THE COUNCIL ARE EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE A SUBSTANTIAL GRANT. INCOME FROM THE GAMES IS ESTIMATED AT GBP125,000 FROM DONATIONS; GBP160,000 FROM TICKET SALES; GBP25,000 FROM RADIO AND TELEVISION FEES; GBP30,000 FROM SOUVENIR BOOKLETS; GBP20,000 FROM FUND RAISING EVENTS AND GBP20,000 FROM OTHER SOURCES.

    A VAST BUILDING PROGRAMME INCLUDES AN OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOL COSTING ONE MILLION POUNDS STERLING, WHICH THE COUNCIL HAS ALREADY AGREED TO BUILD, AND THEY ARE CONSIDERING THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE MEADOWBANK ATHLETICS, ARENA. AN ESTIMATE OF GBP550,000 HAS BEEN QUOTED FOR A NEW RUNNING TRACK, SPORTS HALL AND CYCLE TRACK.

    EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY HAVE OFFERED THEIR HALLS OF RESIDENCE AS ACCOMMODATION FOR THE 1,500 ATHLETES, AND OFFICIALS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART. THE CITY'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS WELCOMED THE CHOICE, AS HAVE THE SCOTTISH TOURIST BOARD.

    THE NINE SPORTS TO BE CONTESTED IN THE 1970 GAMES ARE ATHLETICS, BADMINTON, BOXING, CYCLING, FENCING, LAWN BOLWS, SWIMMING AND DIVING, WEIGHTLIFTING AND WRESTLING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD7QVN4C28CHW8P8SFEE5C5L5P
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7QVN4C28CHW8P8SFEE5C5L5P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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