SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia -- It snowed when Mayor Ugljesa Uzelac Wednesday formally opened the Sarajevo Olympic village where about 1,600 athletes from a record of 50 countries are to stay before and during the 14th Winter Games Feb. 7-19.
The Mojmilo Olympic village in this central Yugoslav city, which will host the Olympics on the mountain slopes only 14 miles south of the town, will be turned into residential apartment blocks once the Games are over.
Morocco and Portugal Wednesday brought the number of countries participating in the Winter Games 50, Yugoslav organizers said. In the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic winter games in the United States, a record of 37 countries with 1,400 competitors took part.
The Sarajevo organizers also officially declared open the main Olympic press center, Skenderija, in downtown Sarajevo. The Skenderija complex includes an ice rink for figure skating, restaurants, banks, and post offices. The main press center can accommodate about 400 journalists at a time, and has been equipped with all necessary facilities. There are another five sub-press centers at the sites of the various events.
The 16-story international radio and television center was also formally opened. It should help 58 television companies from 25 countries to work over three parallel programs. Television officials said about 2.5 billion people worldwide are expected to watch the Games.
Nearly 7,000 people have been accredited to cover the games for news media. The media personnel are accommodated in the Dobrinja settlement of newly built apartments on the outskirts of Sarajevo.