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07 May 2004
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Athens 2004: Last coordination meeting in Athens

The Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens 2004, will meet for the last time before the Olympic Games, in Athens on Monday. The Commission will be in Athens for three days and will visit some of the Olympic venues, hold talks with the Greek government and the ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC), and verify the service levels for the National Olympic Committees, International Federations, broadcasters, the media, and spectators.

No new worries
Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director, commented on the situation that the Commission expects to find when it returns to Athens on Monday, “The IOC doesn’t have any more worries than a month ago, when we were last in Athens.” He continued: “We want to verify that everything will be in place and that we can test everything before we go to Athens in August. We know that we still have a certain number of test events and we still have to do some testing with ATHOC on various operational levels.”

Security is the IOC’s number one priority
Speaking about security issues, Felli noted that the incidents in Athens this week were apparently not related to the Olympic Games: “After each incident, an assessment has to be made because these incidents happen in cities around the world on a regular basis. It was therefore very important to make sure that the issue was communicated correctly and efficiently, so that people could quickly understand the scope of the incident and not worry unnecessarily.”

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