A full Olympic-style programme of athletics, boxing, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and swimming gets under way today (Wednesday) with the opening of the Mediterranean Games in Izmir, Turkey.
GV Sportsmen outside cafe
SV Greek team leaders chatting
SV Libyan team play with clackers
SV Spanish team members along sidewalk
SV Turkish team members
SV Tunisian athletes in track suits
SCU French champion Odette (left) and Nicole seated
SV Athletes seated
SV Team members strolling through village
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Background: A full Olympic-style programme of athletics, boxing, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and swimming gets under way today (Wednesday) with the opening of the Mediterranean Games in Izmir, Turkey. With 15 countries competing, it's one of the top events in the sporting calendar leading up to the Munich Olympics next year.
In his second coverage from Izmir, cameraman Sungar Taylaner visited the games village to find out how some of the 2,000 athletes were relaxing immediately before the opening of the games. His first coverage, Production No. 11624/71 TURKEY: OVER TWO THOUSAND ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN MEDITERRANEAN GAMES THIS MONTH, was serviced on October 3rd.
SYNOPSIS: In the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, tensions mount for two-thousand competitors gathered to take part in the Mediterranean Games, opening on Wednesday.
Libyan athletes relax with "clackers" -- a craze still sweeping Europe. But these Spaniards get their minds off imminent competition by strolling and chatting. Altogether, fifteen countries are taking part in the Games.
French girls Odette Dukas and Nicole Pani compete in the Decathlon and hundred metres. Besides athletics, there's fully Olympic-style programme of swimming, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling and judo.