The latest chapter of the touch-and-go saga of the 1976 Montreal Olympics was played out in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday (May 21).
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (MAY 21, 1975) (REUTERS)
GV Rousseau speaking in French
SV Newsmen listening
SV Drapeau speaking in English
GV Drapeau continues in French
TRANSCRIPT: "More than half the time of our present ... current schedule has been used for other points than construction and installation. The report presented by the organising committee is complete. It covers many points. There were questions by members of the International Committee on the organization ...and many aspects on the presentation of the games. And more than half the time we were there was used for those points, and not necessarily for construction and installation."
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Background: The latest chapter of the touch-and-go saga of the 1976 Montreal Olympics was played out in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday (May 21). Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal came there to reassure the International Olympic Committee that the city would be able to stage the games.
On arrival, Mayor Drapeau gave newsmen assurances that the Games facilities would be completed on time. And simultaneously, news came through that work was about to resume on the Olympic sites following a labour dispute that had brought construction to a standstill for two weeks.
After meeting with the IOC, there were more comments on the matters discussed. The President of the Canadian Organising Committee, M. Roger Rousseau, spoke to newsmen in French, and M. Drapeau added comments in English: