• Short Summary

    MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSAND SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN YESTERDAY, (SATURDAY), MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF JOHANNESBURG AS A PRELUDE TO THE OPENING OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN GAMES ON MARCH 7.

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    FILM SHOWS THE ATHLETES AND FLOATS PARADING THROUGH THE CITY -- THEIR NUMBERS SWELLED BY MEMBERS OF YOUTH GROUPS AND CLUBS. THE PARADE WAS TO HAVE BEEN A TICKER TAPE AFFAIR, BUT THE PAPER SHOWER DIDN'T EVENTUATE.




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    Background: MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSAND SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN YESTERDAY, (SATURDAY), MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF JOHANNESBURG AS A PRELUDE TO THE OPENING OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN GAMES ON MARCH 7.

    THE GAMES WILL BE THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND AND WILL DRAW ATHLETES FROM ALL OVER THE REPUBLIC, AND WILL INCLUDE NORMAL TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AS WELL AS SWIMMING AND GYMNASTICS. OBSERVERS SAY THE GAMES, ORGANIZED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT, ARE BEING STAGED AS A PROBABLE ANSWER TO MOVES WHICH THREATEN TO PUT THE REPUBLIC OUT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BECAUSE OF HER RACIAL POLICIES.

    IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF MOST MAJOR GAMES THE SOUTH AFRICAN FIXTURE WILL HAVE ITS OWN FLAME. A RELAY OF RUNNERS WILL BRING A TORCH FROM PAARL, NEAR CAPETOWN, WITH A FLAME KINDLED FROM AN ETERNAL FIRE LIT MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO AT THE UNION FESTIVAL.

    HUNDREDS OF RUNNERS WILL CARRY THE FLAME ACROSS THE 4 THOUSAND MILES ROUTE THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA TO JOHANNESBURG, WHERE PRESIDENT SWART WILL DECLARE THE GAMES OPEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADVO69HHE7DDEITW4IOVWPDUW9
    Media URN:
    VLVADVO69HHE7DDEITW4IOVWPDUW9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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