The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday (19 February) received a progress report on strike-plagued preparations for the 1976 Summer Games scheduled to be held in Montreal, Canada.
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SPORT: OLYMPIC GAMES
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Background: The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday (19 February) received a progress report on strike-plagued preparations for the 1976 Summer Games scheduled to be held in Montreal, Canada.
At the committee's headquarters in the Chateau de Vidy -- overlooking Lake Geneva on the outskirts of Lausanne, Switzerland -- the report was presented by the president of the Games Organising Committee, Roger Rousseau, and Montreal's Mayor Jean Drapeau. The Executive Board was headed by Lord killanin, the Irish peer who is president of the International Olympic Committee.
A serious delay in construction work at the Montreal site -- caused mainly by a long strike of iron workers -- and soaring costs were the main copies. The original estimated cost of staging the games has more than doubled -- again largely because of the strike -- from the 310 million dollars (about 280 million pounds sterling) originally allocated at the committee's annual meeting in Vienna last October.
Because preparations at the site are so far behind schedule, and because of the spiralling costs, fears had been expressed that the Games might have to be delayed, shifted to another country or even cancelled altogether.
But on Thursday, Lord Killanin announced that the Canadian representatives had convinced the Executive Board that the Montreal site would be ready on time for the Games, which are scheduled to begin July 17 next year.