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30 Jun 2003
IOC News

Future Games Update

The second morning of the Executive Board (EB) was dedicated to the Organising Committees of future Olympic Games. The delegation from the Athens Organising Committee (ATHOC), led by its President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, gave an update on the preparation of the Games with less than 500 days before the Opening Ceremony. ATHOC confirmed that 7 test events would take place in August and that the sale of tickets had excellent results so far, especially with the Greek public. The Chairman of the Coordination Commission, Denis Oswald, highlighted the progress made in Athens since the last visit in April whilst reminding the EB that deadlines remain tight. ATHOC also presented the design for the Olympic medals for Athens 2004. The new design includes changes to the obverse side of the medal, unchanged since 1928. The EB approved the proposed concept including the obverse side, agreeing that on the occasion of the Games returning to the country of their birth, it would be appropriate to have a new look.

An update was then given by the President of the Organising Committee of the Games in Turin (TOROC), Valentino Castellani, followed by a report by Gilbert Felli, on behalf of the Chairman of the Coordination Commission Jean-Claude Killy, who highlighted the progress made, specifically the good development of the marketing programme.

Wei Wang, Vice President of the Organising Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games (BOCOG), informed the EB of the construction launch on four Olympic sites and of the lift of the ban for travelers going to China by the WHO put in place early in the year due to the outbreak of SARS. IOC President Jacques Rogge and the Chairman of the Marketing Commission, Gerhard Heiberg, then signed the Marketing Plan Agreement. This Agreement, which covers all marketing activity in China as agreed upon by the IOC and BOCOG, was signed by BOCOG officials in Beijing on Thursday, 26 June and was then brought to Prague by the BOCOG delegation so that it could be signed by the IOC.

The EB continues its meetings this afternoon with reports from different IOC directors.
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