In Moscow, sixteen of the eighteen high-rise apartment blocks that will house thousands of competing athletes at next year's Olympic Games, have been completed.
In Moscow, sixteen of the eighteen high-rise apartment blocks that will house thousands of competing athletes at next year's Olympic Games, have been completed. Workmen are now said to have begun the last stages of construction in the Olympic village.
SYNOPSIS: A huge billboard points the way to the village, which is only a short distance from the main arena -- the Lenin Sports stadium. The village will accommodate some twelve thousand competitors from one hundred and thirty countries.
The village will be a complex containing a cultural centre -- which has already been built -- a concert hall, two cinemas, plus bars, restaurants and a discotheque.
The athletes, with trainers, doctors, and team officials, will live in two and three room apartments in the blocks.
Each apartment has a bedroom for two athletes to share, and furnishings were designed and made by some of the Soviet Union's top furniture firms. Massage tables, medical equipment and other furnishings have already been installed in treatment rooms.
Over the next five years, the authorities plan to move one and a half million citizens in Moscow into new accommodation. Fifteen thousand of these tenants will live in these buildings at the olympic village when the Games are over.