Legions of foreigners, flags without numbers, signs in scores of languages, heavy traffic and ceremonial preparations transform Rome, the Eternal City into a new Mecca with the "Olympic Look".
GV. St. Peter's Square, and Basilica.
SV. Preparing seats and canopy.
STV. PAN Workmen and seats prepared in square.
GV. Traffic on Olympic way
TRAVEL SHOT. Past flags and buildings
NEARER VIEW. Ditto.
TRAVEL SHOT ON On Road and passing flag.
GV. Traffic crossroads on Olympic way.
SV. Policeman directs traffic.
CU. Sign "via olimpica eur" and another sign points in opposite directions to "S.S.1. Aurellia". Pan to traffic.
TOP V. Olympic swimming pool.
STV. Athletes in pool.
TOP. V. PAN.. Swimming practice race.
SPORT: OLYMPIC GAMES
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Background: Legions of foreigners, flags without numbers, signs in scores of languages, heavy traffic and ceremonial preparations transform Rome, the Eternal City into a new Mecca with the "Olympic Look".
In the great Square of St. Peter's, workmen put the final touches to the preparations for the Aug 24 ceremony of papal benediction no athletes of the 87 participating nations.
All roads leading into Rome stagger the eye with a kaleidoscope of flags above a whirl of official and visitors' cars, strolling athletes, tourists and traffic police.
At the Swimming Stadium with seats for 20,000 competitors prepare for the major events including water polo. At one of the nearby practice pools - connected with the main Stadium pool by underwater tunnel - Australian swimmers complained the water contained too much chlorine, causing severe eye irritation, and stopped training there. The first swimming events begin Aug 26, the day after the opening of the Games - the 17th and the biggest on record.