Few will be more disappointed about today's boycott than these Moscow taxi drivers who've been back to school learning German.
S/V classroom with teacher at blackboard
C/U taxi driver - pull out to G/V students
G/V exotic Soviet palace tilt down to street - people walking past
C/U Vladimir Popov
S/V Popov and reporter seated
C/U Popov G/V Kremlin across the river
C/U girders being lowered int place - revealing G/V stadium under construction
S/V construction worker
C/U welder G/V construction work (2 shots)
G/V stadium under construction
G/V flag poles
S/V statue of Lenin pull out to G/V
REPORTER: Mr Popov how worried are you about the boycott of the Moscow games by the United States and other countries?
POPOV: (voice over by translator) The boycott was devised as an action which should have driven us into despair and confusion. The games will go on and they will take place as scheduled. Initiators of the boycott campaign direct their blow not really at the Moscow Olympic, as against the International Olympic movement
REPORTER: Will the Soviet Union retaliate by boycotting the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles?
POPOV: (voice over by translator) Anyone with a reasonable view of things should understand that the fate and success of the game in 1984 depend on the fate and success of the game in 1980
WOMAN'S VOICE OVER MUSIC: For the first time in history the Olympic Games are to be held in a socialist country - in Moscow - which has become a symbol of peace and social progress....
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Background: Few will be more disappointed about today's boycott than these Moscow taxi drivers who've been back to school learning German. Many have been studying other languages to meet the expected half a million visitors, and understandably perhaps, the Soviet Olympic organisers are bitter and angry about it all
Undoubtedly the boycott is a major blow to the Kremlin leaders now facing a n olympic economic disaster despite all the propaganda.
Even the games opening ceremony, here on July 17th in front of Mr Brezhnev, will be a dismall affair. No national flags...but the preparations go on even though the games will not be of little sporting significance.