SYNOPSIS: The top leaders of the Government & Communist Party meet for unusual if not unprecedented tour of Moscow to put the seal of approval on the new sports complex built for next month's Olympic Games.
Newscaster introducing Gene Pell with report from Moscow
GV Brezhnev getting out of car...greeted by waiting officials.
GV Brezhnev walking towards the new buildings
CU Brezhnev seated
Pan swimming pool
GV the road to the Olympic Village
GV Motorcade to Olympic Village
Pan crowd..Brezhnev mingling
Brezhnev receives flowers...kisses woman
Pan the stadium
GV Brezhnev and other officials
GV Brezhnev seated..surrounded by officials
CU Gene Pell, N.B.C. reporter
GV Officials in the stadium
GV Brezhnev walking away.
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Background: SYNOPSIS: The top leaders of the Government & Communist Party meet for unusual if not unprecedented tour of Moscow to put the seal of approval on the new sports complex built for next month's Olympic Games. Brezhnev, Kosygin, Suslov, Gromyko, almost the entire polit-bureau plus secretaries of the Communist Party central committee were in the entourage.
They stopped first at the indoor stadium and swimming pool complex which the Soviets like to point out is the biggest in Europe, then continued to the Olympic Village which will open this weekend with the first arrivals of foreign athletes.
The long line of black limousines snaking through the city was a rare sight in itself, so to was a relaxed and informal leadership mingling with ordinary Russians at the various sites. The 73 year old Brezhnev seemed more vigorous and alert than at any time for months. He and his colleagues lavished praise on architects, designers, construction engineers and sports officials; they predicted the Games would be a huge success and would promote the Olympic movement, friendship and world peace.
Ever since the word boycott was first mentioned in connection with the Games the Soviets have been pressing the argument that sports and politics should not be linked, but the two are inseparable in this society and always have been.
The political leadership has wagered a huge stake on the outcome.... Their trip around the city underlines just how important the Games are to the Kremlin.