INTRODUCTION: The Olympic Games Congress opened in Baden Baden in West Germany on Wednesday (23 September) with political interference, violence and under-the-counter professionalism the main questions before it.The Congress will also announce the sites for the 1988 Winter and Summer Olympics and the contenders have been busy with last minute lobbying.
GV Hall where Congress meeting in Baden Baden
SV INTERIOR Candidates for Olympic sites in 1988, press (2 shots)
SV Canadians with scale model of plans for 1988 Winter Games
SV Swedes with model of plans for 1988 Winter Games (2 shots)
SV TILT UP Japanese with plans for 1988 Summer Games (2 shots)
CU Plans for Seoul Summer Games 1988 (2 shots)
CU Plans for Italian bid for 1988 Winter Games (2 shots)
TV Audience listens as Samaranch addresses them in French (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Olympic Games Congress opened in Baden Baden in West Germany on Wednesday (23 September) with political interference, violence and under-the-counter professionalism the main questions before it.The Congress will also announce the sites for the 1988 Winter and Summer Olympics and the contenders have been busy with last minute lobbying.
SYNOPSIS: The Congress is being held in Baden Baden's old railway station and the successful contender for the 88 games may well find it a ticket to poverty.Despite that, they go about their job of gentle persuasion with enthusiasm.
The Canadians are firm favourites for the Winter Games with their recently completed ski runs in the Rocky Mountains at Calgary and enthusiasm for ice hockey.
Sweden, is of course a strong nation in winter sports but its candidate, Falun hasn't staged a major event of the size of the Winter Games.
Nagoya in Japan is a contender for the Summer Games and must have a strong chance but since World War Two, Japan has held both a Summer and Winter Games.
Another contender is Seoul, the capital of South Korea.The possibility of political upheaval is expected to be the panel's major concern with its bid.
Then there's Cortina, the Italian ski resort, experienced in staging major sporting events.Against this is a feeling the 88 Games should not be held in Europe.
Welcoming the delegates is the newly elected President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Samaranch, a Spanish industrialist.His welcome may not quell concern in the contenders' home countries about problems connected with staging the Games.The Australian city of Melbourne has already withdrawn its bid for the Summer Games because of the cost and the financial disasters of Montreal and Lake Placid are recent enough to cause worry.Added to this are the political dangers.The boycotts in Moscow and Montreal, the P.L.O.attack on Israeli athletes in Munich and the firing on a student demonstration in Mexico.Still whichever city does win the honour of staging the games will be left a legacy of sporting venues and the goodwill of millions.