• Short Summary

    A FORTNIGHT BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES, MEXICO CITY AND THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN AND AROUND THE CITY ARE BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY.

  • Description


    SPORT PALACE; WORKMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS ROOMS; MONGOLIAN TEAM; TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TEAM; UGANDA TEAM; ATHLETES PRACTISING; SOVIET ATHLETE; WATER POLO PRACTISE; TROOPS WITH GUNS; ARMOURED VEHICLES IN STREET.




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    Background: A FORTNIGHT BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES, MEXICO CITY AND THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN AND AROUND THE CITY ARE BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY. WORKMEN ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE GAMES INSTALLATIONS AS THE TEAMS POUR INTO THE CITY.

    BUT ELSEWHERE, TROOPS STILL REMAIN ON GUARD AT KEY POINTS, AS STUDENT DEMONSTRATORS THREATEN TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR DISTURBANCES DESPITE THE GAMES.

    AT THE SPORT PALACE, WHERE OVER 22,000 PEOPLE CAN SIT UNDER AN ENORMOUS DOME ROOF TO WATCH BASKETBALL AND BOXING, WORKMEN ARE WIRING AND TESTING COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT SUCH AS TELEPRINTER MACHINES WHICH WILL SEND OUT RESULTS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

    LAST-MINUTE EXTENSIONS TO THE VAST OLYMPIC STADIUM WILL MAKE IT CAPABLE OF HOLDING 80,000 SPECTATORS. HERE, A TARTAN TRACK HAS BEEN LAID AND ALREADY A FINAL COAT OF PAINT IS BEING APPLIED TO THE STATIUM, INCLUDING THE HOLDER FOR THE OLYMPIC FLAME.

    MEANWHILE, THE TEAMS ARE STILL ARRIVING. OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN MEXICO CITY FOR SOME TIME ARE BUSY PRACTISING IN THE HIGH ALTITUDE.

    IN THE OLYMPIC POOL, WHERE TEAMS ARE PRACTISING, WORK IS COMPLETE. HERE, 24,000 SPECTATORS WILL WATCH SWIMMING AND DIVING EVENTS.

    BUT OUTSIDE THE OLYMPIC COMPLEX, MEXICO CITY IS STILL A CITY OF TENSIONS.HEAVILY ARMED TROOPS STILL CONTROL KEY POINTS AND PATROL THE STREETS IN ARMOURED VEHICLES. STUDENT UNREST HAS LED TO DAYS OF RIOTING, AND STUDENT LEADERS HAVE SAID THEY WILL CONTINUE THEIR DEMONSTRATIONS EVEN WHILE THE GAMES ARE ON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADD6KDDSLAGPE09UHOM776UO5
    Media URN:
    VLVADD6KDDSLAGPE09UHOM776UO5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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