Clipped From The Guardian
OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN TO-DAY Athletes of 54 Nations to March Past Herr Hitler BRITISH SALUTE Berlin, July 31. With the simple words, " I declare the eleventh Olympiad open," Herr ttitler will to-morrow officially set in motion the world's greatest sporting event in which 5,000 athletes, representing fifty-four nations, are competing. Berlin is crammed with people, and the city will be en fete day and night for the next two weeks. In the famous Unter den Linden flags and pennants float so thickly that it is almost impossible to see the buildings behind. Long before 4 p m., when the Games are officially opened, impressive ceremonies will be held. At S a.m. there will be a grand reveille of the Berlin Watch Kegiment. At noon General Goring will receive the International Olympic Committee end the guests of honour at the Lustgarten, after which 25,000 boys and girls of Germany will give a display. The runner bearing the Olympic flame, which has been brought from .Mount Olympus, Greece by a relay team of over 3,000 runners, will pass down the thronged Wilhelmstrasse and Unter den Linden to the Lustgarten just before one o'clock. There the torch will be placed on a specially constructed altar and kept burning until it is taken to the stadium for the opening ceremony It will then be used to kindle the fire which will burn in the Olympic tower above the stadium day and mglit during the Games. Herr Hitler's arrival at the end of the procession of the International Olympic Games Committee and guests of honour will be greeted by the firing of guns and a fanfare of trumpets. Herr Hitler, accompanied by officials, will cross to the Marathon gate and the teams of nations will foim up in alphabetical order for the great parade. Then the vast crowd, who will have paid anything from 10s. to 2 for their seats, will stand bareheaded and sing " Deutsch-land uber Alles " and the Nazi " Horst Wessel " song. The bell in the tower will be tolled, the Olympic flags of the 51 nations will be hoisted, and the teams will march into the stadium, led by Greece as founder of the Games Germany, with the biggest team of all, will bring up the lear as hosts. The others will be in alphabetical order. " Kyes right" in military fashion will form the dilute of the British team in the march past in which the Union Jack will be borne by Jack Beresford, foimer Olympic sculling champion, who will be competing in his lift h Gmes. Herr Hitler will then be called upon to open the Games, which will be the OF "EYES RIGHT' signal for further fanfares and salutes as the Olympic flag is run up the same flag that has been used at Olympic Games for many years Simultaneously 30.000 carrier pigeons will be released to tell the world that th5 Olympic Games are declared open. Eyes will then be focused on the east gate of the vast arena, through which the torch-bearer will run to the strains of the Olympic hymn, played by an orchestra which its composer, Herr Kichard Strauss, will conduct. After the Greek peasant Spiridon Louis, winner of the first Olympic Marathon in 189G, lias handed the 1-uhrer an olive branch plucked from Mount Olympus, the captain of the German team will mount the dais and take the following Olympic oath on behalf of all the competitors Ve swear that we come to the eleventh Olwupiad animated b a respect for the regulations which govern it and desirous of participating for fie honour of our countries and the glory of sport. With the oatli over, the teams troop out of the stadium to the strains of Handel's " Hallelujah." Press Association Foreign special. 1940 GAMES FOR JAPAN From our own Correspon Jeot Berlin, Jcly 31. Tile great battle for the honour of holding the Oljmpic Games of 1940 which has been proceeding here during the last two dajs has been won by Japan, as I forecast yesterday. By 36 votes to 27 Tokio vas chosen by the Olympic delegates as against Heisingfors. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that a battle was waged for this honour. Excitement in the corridors and conference-room b of the hotel here where the meeting of the Oljmpic delegates was held reached great intensity. Finland's claims were pressed by a delegation consisting of the former Foreign Minister, the Lord Mayor of Helsingfors, and a colonel of the General Staff of the Finnish arm j . Japan, whose claim was specially strong, since the Games have never been held in the Far East, was also in a position to offer to contribute 1,500,000 yen to the travelling costs of the visiting teams and to give the guarantee that their expenses in Japan would be less than ten shillings a dav.