• Short Summary

    More than a year before the opening of the XIXth Olympiad in Mexico City, work on the vast complex of buildings and arenas needed to house the world's athletes is well under way.

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    More than a year before the opening of the XIXth Olympiad in Mexico City, work on the vast complex of buildings and arenas needed to house the world's athletes is well under way.

    The two big stadia - the Olympic Stadium and the Aztec Stadium -- are complete except for minor work, while the major construction work is under way on the big indoor Palace of Sports.

    A work force of many thousands is engaged on the task of building Mexico's Olympic City, which is sited near the village of Zacaltepetl. Here, the thousands of athletes, officials, trainers and doctors assembling in Mexico for the Games, will be accommodated. This complete small town will be connected to the arenas by a modern highway is, at the moment, little more than a mud track.

    Of the completed buildings, the Olympic stadium itself is almost complete. It will accommodate 80,000 spectators and it is here that the track events of the 1968 Olympics will take place.

    Aztec Stadium is in a similar stage of near-completion and at the moment a maximum effort is being mounted to finish the Arena Mexico, in which gymnastics, basket ball and boxing contests will be held. This huge domed building will hold 25,000 people.

    Another huge and complex project is the Olympic Pool which is being built completely free of interior columns to give all-round visibility and access to the pool.

    The President of the Olympic Committee responsible for the work, Mexico's Pedro Ramirez Vasquez, claims that work on the Olympic Games site is 80 percent finished. Some of the accommodation at the Olympic City will be used by athletes competing at an international meeting in Mexico in the autumn this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAMJR45WS8CYDN57GS5EMGHFQ9
    Media URN:
    VLVAMJR45WS8CYDN57GS5EMGHFQ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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