The International Olympics Committee executive board confirmed the Montreal Olympics would open as scheduled on July 17, after a nine hour emergency meeting with Canadian Olympic officials in Innsbruck on Saturday (31 January).
GV Flags and Olympic village
CU Taiwan jacket badge PULL BACK TO MV PAN Chinese team
GV Italian team
MV Mayor of Innsbruck meets Italian and Taiwan teams
MV Austrian troops march off with flags
MV Mayor of Innsbruck leads delegates of Italian and Chinese teams to flag pole
MCU Troops tie flag to pole
MV Olympic flag PAN TO GV Mayor and representatives at base of pole ZOOM INTO CU Chinese delegates saluting
MV Austrian troops unroll and begin to raise Taiwan flag
MV Chinese team standing to attention
MV Flag at top of pole
MV Troops start to raise Italian flag
GV Italian team stand to attention
MV Italian flag at top of pole
MV Chinese delegates listen PAN TO CU Mayor speaking (2 shots)
MV Olympic flag flying PAN DOWN Mayor and team representatives leave
LV Troops on balcony watching
GV IOC hall
MVs Executive committee arrives (4 shots)
MV Goldbloom arrives and talks to newsmen (2 shots)
GV Goldbloom interview PAN Lord Killanin steps out of car and walks to group (2 shots)
MCU Goldbloom and Killanin interview
SOF IN: "I think ..
SOF OUT: .. on schedule."
MV Two men walk into hall
GOLDBLOOM: "I think the people would like us to say something significant. I don't know anything about today;'s session. I'm a novice and I've had the opportunity to report by transatlantic telephone to Lord Killanin regularly and we're going to give the details of a report which in general says we are in a position to bring the stadium in on schedule."
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Background: The International Olympics Committee executive board confirmed the Montreal Olympics would open as scheduled on July 17, after a nine hour emergency meeting with Canadian Olympic officials in Innsbruck on Saturday (31 January).
As the board held talks with the Canadian authorities, the Italian and Taiwan teams held their flag raising ceremonies at the Winter Olympia village.
The Canadian organisers, led by Dr. Victor Goldbloom, Quebec Provincial Minister responsible for completing construction of the stadium complex, spent nine hours reporting on their construction and organisation problems to the IOC board, under Chairman Lord Killanian.
The IOC later declined to comment further on the talks, pending consideration of the Canadian submissions by the full assembly on Monday. But Montreal officials expressed guarded confidence that they had convinced the IOC they could produce the sports venues required.
Dr. Goldbloom told reporters his delegation had advised the IOC they could provide a useable stadium, although parts of the seating would be temporary.
A press release issued by the IOC after the meeting said the game would open as planned. The release noted that there were no construction problems concerning installations for 19 of the 21 Olympic sports.
The Canadians are having trouble completing facilities for the two remaining sports, swimming and athletics, the backbone of any Olympic games.
The executive board said it would spend the next two days examining the Montreal files in detail. On Monday, members at the full assembly of the IOC will ask all relevant questions of the Canadians.
Meanwhile there are no problems with the Winter Olympics. Innsbruck's Mayor Lugger officially greeted the Taiwan and Italian teams at the flag raising ceremonies in the Olympic village.
Taiwan is still recognised as the Republic of China by the IOC.
Over the last three years there have been moves to bring the People's Republic of China back into the Olympic movement, but these have failed because IOC members feel Taiwan should not be excluded as a price for Peking's membership.
This film is serviced with an interview with the Canadian Quebec Province Minister, Dr. Victor Goldbloom. Here is a transcript: