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07 Aug 2003
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One year until Athens

13 August will mark the final countdown to the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, which will take place from 13 to 29 August 2004 in Athens.

Three hundred and sixty-six days (one leap year!), before the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, will sign the official invitations to be sent to the 201 National Olympic Committees in a ceremony held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

Amongst those attending the ceremony will be Mrs Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, the President of the Athens Organising Committee (ATHOC), Messrs Nikos Filaretos and Lambis V. Nikolaou, IOC members in Greece and Mr Denis Oswald, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2004 Games.

Under the motto "Olympic Games is all of Greece", ATHOC and the municipalities of Thessaloniki, Heraklio, Patra, Volos, and Nea Ionia are organising simultaneous open-air concerts. Popular singers will perform, joining the residents of these Olympic venues to celebrate this significant and symbolic day in the lead up to the celebration of this great sports festival.

Read the press release

Learn more (Official website of Athens 2004)
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