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21 Apr 2004
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Athens 2004: "Good progress"


"Good progress has been made in a number of key areas since my last visit to Athens," said IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald, after leading a 16-strong team of IOC staff and experts for a progress review of the upcoming Athens Olympic Games. “At my last visit, less then three weeks ago, the huge steel frame was only just in place over the velodrome and now the finished roof is rapidly taking shape. With only 115 days to the Opening Ceremony, I am encouraged to see how much has been completed in such a short time," said Oswald.




Much work remains to be done
"There's no denying that there remains much work to do before the Opening Ceremony on 13 August, but there is still enough time to ensure the core needs of the Games are properly serviced, building on the huge amount of work that has already been carried out in Athens and throughout Greece," Oswald commented.




Positive feedback from the test events
There has been very positive feedback from the test events over the past days, in particular from the athletes, which is very positive news," the Chairman of the Commission underlined.




Vital steps in view of unique and historic Olympic Games
Athens 2004 Organising Committee (ATHOC) President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said: "We are delighted to welcome the IOC to Athens, to show them first-hand the work being completed, and the operations we are putting in place. The successful sports events just held at the aquatic centre - where new measures are being deployed to ensure excellent conditions for the athletes this summer - were vital steps along the way to what promises to be a unique and historic Games. We look forward to welcoming the full Coordination Commission on 10 May and the prospect of showing them even more impressive progress at that time."




Construction progress reviewed first-hand
The IOC team will observe and advise on the current programme of test events, as the preparatory phase of the Games takes on greater importance. Meetings held at the ATHOC headquarters have allowed for a review of the full scope of preparations in areas ranging from city operations to medical services. Further meetings with government ministers have been supplemented by venue tours, allowing for construction progress to be viewed first-hand.




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