For the first time in modern Olympic history the 1980 Games are being held in an Eastern European country -- the Soviet Union -- and in Moscow preparations and building work are already far advanced.
LV EXTERIOR Lenin Stadium in Moscow.
MV INTERIOR PAN Stadium with seating and flood-lights and work nearing completion.
CU Speakers with floodlights in background.
MV Tiers of seats inside stadium.
MV Swiss contractor Paul Furrer (right of screen) with Soviet official, cutting tape to officially open stadium as athletes and others look on. (2 SHOTS)
CU Athletes watching as Soviet official and Furrer exchange documents.
LV Athletes running down track with Furrer (in white).
The new track at the Lenin stadium will be used for competition for the first time on Saturday (21 July), when the first-ever International Spartakiad will open in Moscow.
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Background: For the first time in modern Olympic history the 1980 Games are being held in an Eastern European country -- the Soviet Union -- and in Moscow preparations and building work are already far advanced.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Lenin stadium, where -- when the Games begin -- the track and field events will be staged. It is only one among a total of ninety-nine Olympic facilities being built or renovated -- seventy nine of them in Moscow. Many of the new buildings incorporate unique architectural and structural design features.
The Lenin stadium was built by Swiss contractors and last week (12 July) the firm's representative, Paul Furrer, officially handed over the building to a Soviet Olympic official. Both of them then took part in the opening ceremony. Herr Furrer later joined members of the Soviet National Women's Athletics team for a test run around the new track. In contrast tot he frantic last-minute preparations for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the Soviet programme appears to be well on schedule.