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05 May 2004
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ATHENS 2004, one hundred days to go

With 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, IOC President Jacques Rogge made the following statement:

Greek hospitality
In just one hundred days’ time, Greece will have the opportunity to demonstrate its legendary hospitality, known as filoxenia, when Athens welcomes the world for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Final preparations underway
As we enter the final stretch together, most of the preparations are already complete. More work remains, however, and we are continuing our close cooperation with the Athens Organising Committee and the Greek government, to ensure that everything needed for the Games to succeed is in place.

Legacy of the Games
All the reports I receive indicate just how fast and how hard Greece is working to complete preparations, not only for the Games, but also for improvements to the country’s cultural, urban and transport infrastructure that will continue to serve generations to come.

Commission visits
In the coming days, the IOC’s Coordination Commission and Athletes’ Commission will be visiting Athens to take a closer look at the venues where the world’s best sportsmen and women will compete this summer. I look forward to hearing more news from them on how much is being accomplished in a short time, just as I look forward to standing alongside my Greek friends and colleagues as the athletes enter the Olympic Stadium only 100 days from now.

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