The Canadian organisers of the 1976 olympic Summer Games have convinced the International Olympic Committee that the Montreal site for the event will be complete on schedule.
SV Committee members seated at table
CU & SV Lord killanin speaking
TRANSCRIPT: LORD KILLANIN: "At ten o'clock this morning, we started going through very carefully the whole of the report of COJO, and subsequently the building and construction programme, which is the part of the municipality. And I think I can say, of absolute unanimously, on behalf of the Executive of the International Olympic Committee that we are convinced that, bar some force majeure, the Olympic Games will open in Montreal on July the 17th, 1976. The two major issues, naturally, are the stadium, which contains the swimming pool and the press centre, and is used for field and track, the equestrian events, the opening and closing ceremony, the football finals, plus the swimming and a press centre, was a great worry to us because this Olympic Games, without this stadium, without this facility, could not take place. With the Goodwill and Support of the Canadian people, the people of Quebec, and the people of Montreal, I have no doubt that these buildings, these requirements, will be completed in ample that these buildings, these requirements, will be completed in ample time."
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SPORT: OLYMPIC GAMES
EDITORS NOTE: This film contains an extract from Lord Killanin's announcements.
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Background: The Canadian organisers of the 1976 olympic Summer Games have convinced the International Olympic Committee that the Montreal site for the event will be complete on schedule.
Lord Killanin, President of the International Olympic Committee, made the announcement on Thursday (20 February) at the committee's headquarters near Lausanne in Switzerland after two days of meetings between the committee's Executive Board and representatives of the Montreal Games Organising Committee (COJO).
Because of construction delays caused mainly by a long iron workers' strike, and subsequent spiralling costs, there had been fears that the games might have to be shifted to another country, postponed or even cancelled. But Lord Killanin said on Thursday that the Executive Board now was convinced that, barring further unforeseen problems, the games would takes place in Montreal as scheduled, starting July 17, 1976.