As the 17 July opening date for the troubled 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, draws nearer competitors and officials from every corner of the world are gradually arriving and settling into their quarters in the huge Olympic village complex.
GV: band of athletes playing various instruments at Montreal Olympic village
SV: security guards along fence, watched by people outside (2 shots)
GV: security guards PAN TO Polish team playing football.
GV: Korean, Nigerian, Japanese and Kenyan athletes in village (8 shots)
GV: village scene
CU and GV: Athletes relaxing on grass. (3 shots)
GV: Athletes in village (2 shots)
GV: African athletes entertaining PAN TO other athletes applauding
The fear of an African walk-out from the Games has added to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) problems. Tanzania has already said it will not take part, in protest against a rugby football tour of South Africa by the New Zealand national team. African delegates already in Montreal have not yet met to co-ordinate their plans, but New Zealand's IOC delegates, Lance Cross, has indicated that he would seek strong action from the IOC against Tanzania for withdrawing form the Games.
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Background: As the 17 July opening date for the troubled 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, draws nearer competitors and officials from every corner of the world are gradually arriving and settling into their quarters in the huge Olympic village complex.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly one third of the total number of 11,000 people who will be living in the village during the Games have already taken up residence. At the moment the emphasis of their day to day existence is on relaxation -0 but this is expected to chance as the tensions of competition in the Olympics build up.
The multi-national community has quickly adapted to life in the huge complex and takes little notice of the massive security guard of soldiers and police within the village area. For those who spend their time around the village, facilities include free supplies of soft drinks and ice crams, a swimming pool and regular entertainment - both formal and informal.
But as usual, politics are dominating the run-up to the Games. Negotiations on Taiwan's participation continued on Sunday, with the International Olympic Committee executive board appealing again to Canada to review its attitude.
Also on Sunday, the atmosphere of peace and relaxation at the village changed with the arrival of seven members of the Israeli Team. A tight security net was thrown around them - an armed Canadian soldier sat in the front of the team bus on the ride from Montreal Airport and a helicopter wheeled overhead. The team was accompanied by the widows of three of the 11 Israelis killed in a guerrilla raid on the Olympic village at the Munich Games four years ago and Canadian prime Minister Pierre Trudeau attended a memorial service for them on Monday (12 July).