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09 Dec 2003
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60,000 trees for the equestrian centre and shooting range

At the beginning of December, school children planted 60,000 trees at the equestrian and shooting venues of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, which will take place between 13 and 29 August 2004 in Athens.

Making people aware of volunteering
"This initiative aims to make people aware of volunteering" commented Mr Nassos Alevras, Olympic Games Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Culture, responsible for the preparation of the 2004 Olympic Games. He also stressed the ecological dimension of this action. The trees were provided by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The equestrian and shooting venues are in Markopoulo, 40km east of Athens. The equestrian centre stretches over 700m2 and comprises 10,000 seats for the jumping event, 8,000 for the dressage and 15,000 for the cross-country.

Construction finished by the end of December
The shooting range, with its 8,000-spectator capacity, is situated just next to this equestrian centre, has a surface area of 122 hectares and comprises four buildings. The construction of these two venues will be finished by the end of December 2003, according to the schedule of the Games Organising Committee.

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