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.
GV PAN. Olympic Stadium almost completed
SV Workmen on F/G Stadium in B/G
SV Workmen busy
LV Man cleans Olympic flame bowl
CU Man hammering
GTV Men digging drainage near stadium (2 shots)
GV Man up ramp with barrow
GV Site for Olympic City
GTV Workmen busy
GV Another angle of site
LV The Aztec Stadium
LV Construction work on site for Palace of Sports
GV Workmen on site
MV Two workmen busy
GV Labourers busy
SV Workmen busy
GV Another angle workmen
GV Semi-completed structure
CV Bulldozer working
GV PAN. workers and bulldozer
CU Earth tamping machine
GV Semi-completed building (Palace of Sports)
GV Olympic canal site at Xochimilco
GV Man practising rowing on the old canal
MV Construction board sign for swimming pool
GV Swimming pool site
GV PAN. workmen busy on swimming pool site
CU Workmen sawing
CU Drawing of Olympic Stadium
CU Drawing of Aztec Stadium
CU Drawing of Arena Mexico
CU Drawing swimming pool
CU Drawing of Palace of Sports.
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Background: 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.