In Leningrad, work has been completed on the re-construction of the city's biggest sports stadium, the venue for some of the elimination matches in the Olympic soccer tournament.
GV Shots of Leningrad across the Neva River (2 shots)
GV People of Leningrad walking down a street
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Statue of soldier on horseback and view of the city
GV PAN ZOOM OUT Olympic Hotel where contestants will stay
GV ZOOM OUT Olympic flame and Kirov stadium (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Across the Neva River to the Lenin Stadium, lights inside the stadium for night events (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN PAN Seating facilities in the stadium and GV Of stadium (2 shots)
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Background: In Leningrad, work has been completed on the re-construction of the city's biggest sports stadium, the venue for some of the elimination matches in the Olympic soccer tournament. There will be sixteen teams taking part in the tournament. Eight of the nations which originally qualified have joined the American-led boycott of the Games and have been replaced.
SYNOPSIS: Leningrad is one of four Soviet cities where elimination matches will be held. When the organising committee arranged the pre-Games qualifying rounds, they took, into account geographic location, as well as respective playing strengths.
Originally, the United States, Haiti, Egypt and Malaysia sawed they would boycott the Games because of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Since then four others have also pulled out -- Argentina, Ghana, Japan and Norway None of the teams which have withdrawn were considered strong medal prospects.
The teams that will be playing in Leningrad--Zambia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Colombia, Venezuela, Nigeria and Kuwait--will stay here, at the Olympic Hotel.
The flame symbolising the spirit of the Olympics has already been lit high above Kirov stadium--the venue for the Leningrad matches. The grandstands, which hold eighty thousand people, have been re-built. Nw players' dressing rooms have been put in, and there is a medical recreation centre and a swimming pool. A new press centre has also been installed.
The Lenin stadium, across the Neva Riber, has also been re-built, and is to be used as a training field for the players. Here, four towers and more than five hundred lights, have been erected so that the filed can be used at night.
The other matches in the tournament will be played in Kiev, Minsk and Moscow, and the final will be held in Moscow's Loujuiki Stadium on August the 2nd. The Games organisers say that preparations similar to those in Leningrad have been carried out at the other venues.