Montreal would not have been given the Olympic Games if the international Olympic Committee had any reservations about the admission of countries due to political changes.
GV EXTERIOR Olympic village
SV: Hungarian tem members look on as Hungarian flag hoisted (2 shots)
SV Canadian officials applauding
SV: Hungarian athletes watching
SV: Mayor giving speech
SV: newsmen viewing form beneath flags
GV PAN DOWN: Queen Elizabeth building
SV. INTERIOR: Olympic Committee Chairman Lord Killanin speaking
Lord Killanin said his group was making no threats to Canada, but he declined at a news conference to say under what circumstances the IOC would withdraw recognition of the Montreal Games. Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau called on the IOFC to extend to Canada the same rights given to Italy in 1960 when Taiwan was told by the IOC it must compete in the Rome Olympics as Taiwan and not as the Republic of China. Canada recently recognised the People's Republic of China.
KILLANIN: "If there had been any reservations in the answer about the admission of national olympic committees due to political changes, Montreal would not have been given the games as opposed to Los Angeles or Moscow".
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Background: Montreal would not have been given the Olympic Games if the international Olympic Committee had any reservations about the admission of countries due to political changes. IOC chairman Lord Killanin said this shortly after his arrival in Canada on Monday (5 July). Meanwhile, the first flag rasing ceremony of this year's Olympic Games in Montreal, was held on Saturday (4 July).
SYNOPSIS: The Hungarian national colours were hoisted in front of the Olympic village. About 50 athletes from Hungary stood in a semi-circle around the edge of the area where the flags of competing nations will fly. The short ceremony was held among tight security and a small group of athletes watched from nearby balconies. While the flag was hoisted, the Hungarian national anthem was played.
Meanwhile, the IOC is faced with a clash with the Canadian government over Chinese participation. Canada maintains Taiwan athletes should not compete under the name of the Republic of China. IOC President Lord Killanin, commented on the political complication.