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26 Aug 2003
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Chefs de mission satisfied

The chefs de mission of 197 National Olympic Committees (NOC) were in Athens from 22 to 24 August to attend a seminar arranged by the Organising Committee for the 2004 Games in Athens (ATHOC). The IOC delegation present, led by Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and NOC Relations Director Pere Miró, noted the high level of satisfaction among the participants.

"In situ"
For four days, the chefs de mission were "in situ" to get an accurate idea of how the Games in Athens will look one year from now. They visited the competition venues and the Olympic Village, as well as receiving detailed information on welcome, accreditation, sports-related operations, the Olympic Village, transport, etc.

16,500 athletes and their entourage
In all, 16,500 athletes and officials will take part in the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens, between 13 and 29 August 2004. The chefs de mission seminar was part of a series of meetings organised by ATHOC to help the NOCs and the media, among others, to prepare for the Olympic Games. The test events scheduled this month in seven disciplines, which finished last weekend with sailing competitions, were a chance to put various aspects of Games organisation to the test.

On the right track
"The level of satisfaction among those taking part in these seminars and test events shows that Athens 2004 is on the right track", said Gilbert Felli after the chefs de mission seminar.

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