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    Preparations for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow are ahead of schedule according to the Soviet authorities.

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    SV scaffolding around Kremlin buildings during renovations for the Olympic Games (FOUR SHOTS)

    CU INTERIOR President of Organising Committee, Mr Ignatyi Novikov, speaking at press conference in Russian (TWO SHOTS)

    GV Olympic site with excavation work in progress with Novikov speech continuing. Soviet swimming team training (NINE SHOTS)

    SV Novikov continues speaking and reporters listen (TWO SHOTS)

    "We pay great heed, said Mr Novikov, to opinions and suggestions from national Olympic committees with the view of creating adequate conditions for successful preparation and participation of their athletes in Moscow Games. Representatives of more than 40 countries came to Moscow over the recent months to familiarize themselves with the progress achieved so far in the preparations for the Olympics. Preparations for the Olympics, any Olympics is a complex matter. Difficulties and all kinds of conflicts are liable to crop up . .. I would like to say in this connection that any difficulty encountered by organizers of the Olympics, their every failure are a difficulty or a failure for the entire Olympic movement, for all who is interested in its success. I can assure you that we are doing our best to make the Moscow Olympics a complete success free from any snags or unpleasant incidents.

    This noble hope is shared completely by the IOC, international sporting federations, national Olympic committees, all sporting public in the World.

    In getting ready for Olympiad '80 we are seeking to make it really a sports fete of the whole world, so that athletes of all the continents could put up a broad show of their skills and determination to win."

    After Mr. Novikov's address members of the organising Committee answered questions from the journalists.



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    Background: Preparations for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow are ahead of schedule according to the Soviet authorities.

    SYNOPSIS: The President of the Organising Committee for the Games, Mr. Ignatyi Novikov, has said that a great deal of work has already been accomplished. Of the 99 Olympic venues, 76 are in Moscow. They are the major sports venues, some of which are said to be the only ones of their kind.

    In Moscow, Mr Ignatyi Novikov held a news conference for Western and Soviet correspondents. He said work of facilities for the 1980 Games was progressing ahead of schedule. Two communication satellites will be put into orbit before the Games begin and these will allow complete television coverage of the Olympics to be beamed to all countries. It has been estimated by some two thousand million television viewers-considerably more than the figure for previous Olympic Games.

    Mr. Ignatyi Novikov also expects at least six hundred thousand Soviet and foreign tourists to crowd the spectators stand during the 1980 Games.

    After Mr. Novikov's address members of the Organizing Committee answered questions from the journalists.

    Experts estimate that more than two thousand million viewers are going to watch Moscow Olympics--considerably more than during any previous Games.

    The IOC Press Committee reviewed progress of the construction of the Olympic press facilities, discussed the draft journist quotas countrywide, which had been submitted by the Olympics '80 Organizing Committee, approved the draft and submitted it to be endorsed by the IOC. The IOC Press Committee voiced during their news conference complete satisfaction with the progress achieved at preparation of all services of the Press Centre for the Games.

    Mr. Novikov also mentioned that much was being done to revive dna cater t nearly 600,000 Soviet and foreign tourists during the olympics. The voiced firm confidence that construction and renovation of all Olympic projects would be completed on schedule.

    He said that the programme for the 22nd Olympics of sporting events had been finalized one year earlier than it happened in the case of all previous Olympics. The programme envisages Olympic contests in 21 sports between July 19 and August 3, 1980 in Moscow and Tallinn.

    Work is being completed to select the necessary types of sports gear and equipment.

    5.8 million tickets for the Olympics are to be sold-nearly twice as many as for the Montreal Games. The tickets will cost somewhat less than those in Monstrel. The Organizing Committee appointed Soviet Foreign Travel Agency In tourist its sole distributor of tickets for the Games.

    10.5 bilingual guides are to be trained additionally for the Games.

    By now national Olympic Committees in 73 countries have appointed their distributors of tickets and touring arrangements.

    Route has been determined to carry the Olympic Flame from Greece to Moscow.

    There are intensive and exciting shows and festival of arts in store for guests at the Olympics.

    Mr. Novikov went on to say that his Organizing Committee has already advised national Olympics Committees detailed hourly schedules for most events which would give athletes in all countries equal opportunities for preparation for the Olympic contests.

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