The Quebec provincial government has taken over complete control of financing and constructing the main stadium for the 1976 Olympic Games.
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Background: The Quebec provincial government has taken over complete control of financing and constructing the main stadium for the 1976 Olympic Games.
The project was taken over from the city of Montreal in the midst of mounting problems in building the lavish 70-thousand seat stadium and its supporting complex.
For more than a year, there have been fears that the complex would not be finished in time for the games due to open next July.
The project was plagued with strikes, mounting construction costs and material shortages.
But officials of Quebec province and the Canadian Olympic organisers have promised that the facilities will be completed even if some furnishings will be less than promised.
The complex will include into main stadium, swimming pools, cycling tracks and a pyramid-shaped block of apartments to house ten-thousand Olympic athletes.
Quebec's Solicitor-General ??? Lalonde, who heads a government watchdog committee for the Olympics, has said the latest estimate of the cost of the games is 1,000-million dollars (476 million pounds sterling).
With revenue estimated at 400-million dollars (190 million pounds sterling) the Montreal tax-payer may be asked to pick up the deficit of 600-million (285 million pounds sterling).
The original estimate for staging the games was 310-million dollars (147 million pounds sterling).