Montreal's Mayor Jean Drapeau attended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, personally to assure organisers of next year's Olympics that the Montreal site will be ready on time.
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Background: Montreal's Mayor Jean Drapeau attended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, personally to assure organisers of next year's Olympics that the Montreal site will be ready on time.
A strike by members of Quebec's building trades unions had halted work on Olympic construction sites, but workers today (21 May) decided to defy militant union leaders and return to work.
On arrival in Lausanne M. Drapeau told newsmen: "It is important for Montreal, the Province of Quebec, and the world, that the games go right on as planned. We won't let anything interfere with that".
The IOC had earlier suggested the Montreal Olympic organising committee should produce plans for an alternative athletics stadium, in case the main arena was not ready on time. M. Drapeau rejected the idea.
SYNOPSIS: In Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee began work on its seventy-sixth session with serious problems to tackle.
Its greatest concern was the building unions' strike which severely set back construction work on the Montreal site for next year's games.
But the Canadian organisers tried hard to set the IOC at ease. Shortly after the start of the session, Montreal's Mayor arrived in Lausanne, just as news came through that the strike had ended. Monsieur Drapeau, accompanied by the President of the Canadian Organising Committee, told reporters: "The installations for the games will be there". The had just heard Quebec's building workers had defied militant union leaders in ending the two-week-old strike.
IOC President Lord Killanin and other delegates earlier suggested the Canadian organising committee produce ??? for an alternative athletics stadium...an idea which Monsieur Drapeau rejected as a waste of energies.
Many political questions must be resolved at this year's meeting. The problem of China's inclusion on the Game,s which would force the exclusion of Taiwan. And the Rhodesian question. Strong pressure from other African members will probably mean the end of Rhodesia's participation in Olympic Games events. While in session, the Committee must also vote for a new Vice-President.