The International Olympic committee, meeting in Vienna amid intense backstage lobbying by the Soviet Union and the United States over the venue of the 1980 Games, opened it session today (October 21) with a re-affirmation of its code of amateur-only eligibility.
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Olympic sign on Vienna Town Hall building
SV Interior, Moscow exhibits and models on display
CU Model of Mir Prospekt stadium
CU Model of Lenin Stadium pool
GV and CU Projection of slides advertising Moscow (2 shots)
CU Pictures of previous Olympic events (2 shots)
GV Lord Killanin speaking
KILLANIN: Those who do not compete, for political reasons, risk elimination of the individual, the team or the nationl Olympic committee, and this must be enforced. The athlete must be in every way encouraged to develop his prowess and his completeness as a man or woman, but must not only be protected against commercialism, which is the prerogative of the professional, but also against any political exploitation.
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Background: The International Olympic committee, meeting in Vienna amid intense backstage lobbying by the Soviet Union and the United States over the venue of the 1980 Games, opened it session today (October 21) with a re-affirmation of its code of amateur-only eligibility.
The committee president, 60-years-old Lord Killanin said that athletes must be protected against commercial and political exploitation. But the committee did make one variation of its rules for athletes when it voted to allow Olympic participants to receive financial compensation for working time lost for training and competition.
Meanwhile, the Vienna meeting was dominated by the intense competition between the cities of Los Angeles and Moscow for the right to Stage the Olympic Games in 1980.
Los Angeles, which staged the Games in 1932, is pressing hard to play host again in six years' time, but the Soviet Union has mounted a powerful campaign to have the meeting in Moscow.
For the Russians, the outcome is of considerable importance. Before the meeting to decide the 1976 venue, they appeared to be the favorites before the vote actually went to Montreal.
Their cause was further damaged by incidents during the Students Games, staged in Moscow, when Israeli athletes and students clashed with Soviet militiamen. Since then, the Russians have been at pains to re-assure the Olympic committee that there will be complete freedom of movement and news reporting from Moscow.
To back their claims, the Russians brought with them to Vienna models of their proposed Olympic sita, which includes the Mir Prospect stadium, the Saloniki Palace of Sport and the Lenin Stadium swimming pool.
A vote on the site of the 1980 Games will be taken in Vienna on Wednesday (October 23). If the Soviet Union gets the vote, it will be the first time the Games will ever have been held in Eastern Europe.
On the same day, the committee will confirm what the Winter Games that year will be held at Lake Placid, New York - the only contenders for the events.
An extract from Lord Killanin's speech to the committee follows: