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24 Oct 2003
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Athens 2004: every second counts

Two-and-a-half days of meetings during the 11th Coordination Commission visit to Athens allowed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to confirm progress in some key areas, while addressing its concerns in others. "We have been pleased to see how much work has been carried out since our last visit, but much still remains to be done," commented Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald.

300 days remaining
"With fewer than 300 days remaining, the time has come for a greater shift of emphasis from planning to operation. From now until 13 August 2004, and the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens, every second counts", Oswald said.

Progress with roofs at OAKA
The Commission was pleased to note progress on key projects such as the roofs for the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA) venues. "We have received reassurances on the completion schedules for the Calatrava roofs at OAKA", Denis Oswald said. As with the roofs, the schedule will also be tight for the tram and suburban rail systems, where decisions were taken following the IOC expert's recent report. The Commission noted, however, that an exceptional rate of progress must be maintained in order for these projects to be completed on schedule, and without negatively impacting other aspects of Games preparations.

Ready for the Games
ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said: "Athens is getting ready for Games time. We are preparing to stage 34 more sports events - beginning this Saturday with the Triathlon World Cup - and all test events will take place at their Olympic venues. Sport events test our systems, venue teams and plans, and give us the opportunity to improve where necessary."

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