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Athens Olympic Games Organization to be a Race Against Time

25 Aug 2000
Olympic News, Press Release

Athens, 25 August 2000 - IOC Coordination Commission Working Group and ATHOC Review
Plans of Long-Lead Time Projects for Athens 2004 -

Time constraints concerning long-lead time projects such as infrastructure, transports, venue construction, and technology are today the common concerns of ATHOC and the IOC, the IOC said today in Athens.

Two months after the introduction of the new leadership team of the Athens Organizing Committee it is clear that a lot of progress has been made. The new ATHOC structure and the renewed commitment of the Greek government at the highest level should enable the organization of the Olympic Games to move forward decisively.

“Time is critical.” said Dr. Jacques Rogge, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission. “This concern is obviously shared by all parties. We have been assured deadlines will be respected, and even brought forward where necessary. ATHOC is now on track, but the clock is ticking.”

The IOC Coordination Commission working group studied the issues of planning with ATHOC and responsible government agencies over the last day and a half. The full IOC Coordination Commission will return to Athens on 22-24 November 2000 to review with ATHOC the lessons learned from the Sydney Olympic Games experience.

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