- 22 Oct 2003
- Olympic News
Today saw the official start of the 11th Coordination Commission visit to Athens, with Commission Chairman Denis Oswald leading the IOC's work to ensure preparations are completed in time for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, to be held between 13 and 29 August 2004 in Athens.
Impressive construction sites
While the Commission is meeting at the headquarters of the Athens 2004 Organising Committee (ATHOC), construction and other work continues apace throughout the city, where over 120,000 people have applied to volunteer their help during the Games themselves.
Whole range of Games issues
The visit began in the offices of ATHOC, with a meeting of the Coordination Commission. The IOC representatives were subsequently joined by ATHOC officials. Working groups, which have been meeting since Monday, are covering the whole range of Games issues: from security to the environment, from doping control to the look of the city.
"No margin for error"
Venue tours will allow the Coordination Commission to visit at first hand the construction sites that have been causing the IOC concern. IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli said: "Ultimately, we are confident that Athens will stage magnificent Games in a transformed and beautiful city. The Olympic Games will return to their birthplace after more than a century travelling the world. But the IOC is naturally concerned that, with less than 300 days to go, there remains so much work to be done. The preparations are still at a point where there is no margin for error, no time to be lost."
Official site of Athens 2004