• Short Summary

    WITH ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA, OBSERVERS ARE WONDERING WHAT EFFECT THE INTENSE HEAT - WHICH YESTERDAY SOARED INTO THE 90'S FAHRENHEIT (30'S C) - WILL HAVE ON COMPETITORS.

  • Description

    WITH ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA, OBSERVERS ARE WONDERING WHAT EFFECT THE INTENSE HEAT - WHICH YESTERDAY SOARED INTO THE 90'S FAHRENHEIT (30'S C) - WILL HAVE ON COMPETITORS. HOWEVER, THE HEAT HASN'T BEEN AFFECTING THE TICKET SALES, AND THE OPENING CEREMONY IS A SELL-OUT. THE 8TH BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY IN THE NATIONAL STADIUM, AT THE FEET OF A RANGE OF LUSH, GREEN HILLS. MANY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES ARE ALREADY GETTING USED TO THE STADIUM WITH FINAL TRAINING SESSIONS THERE, AND SOLDIERS AND OFFICIALS ENGAGED IN REHEARSALS FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY HAVE ALSO HELPED TURN THE STADIUM INTO A HIVE OF ACTIVITY.

    AT THE "GAMES VILLAGE" ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MORE ATHLETES RUN, SWIMMERS DIVE AND THRASH, AND BOXERS PUMMEL THEIR PUNC-BAGS. DISTANCE RUNNERS, ROAD CYCLISTS AND BOXERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE ATHLETES MOST LIKELY AFFECTED BY THE HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY. IN THE MARATHON EVENT, A TEAM OF DOCTORS WILL LINE THE ROUTE READY TO PULL OUT ANY RUNNERS SHOWING SIGNS OF DISTRESS.

    MEANWHILE, THE GOLDEN BATON CARRYING QUEEN ELIZABETH'S MESSAGE FROM LONDON IS DUE TO REACH THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF KINGSTON AFTER BEING CARRIED AROUND THE ISLAND BY 500 YOUTH CLUB RUNNERS. ON THURSDAY NIGHT, THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE WILL BE BORNE BY ANOTHER YOUNG RUNNER TO THE NATIONAL STADIUM, WHERE IT WILL BE READ OUT BY HER HUSBAND, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE EMPIRE GAMES FEDERATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQWOG5YH6C8ON7KUZAX2FI8MP
    Media URN:
    VLVAQWOG5YH6C8ON7KUZAX2FI8MP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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