SINGAPORE 2005: “Efharisto”, Athens 2004 Bids Farewell To The Olympic Stage
During the 117th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Singapore, the Coordination Commission Chairman for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad – Athens 2004, Denis Oswald, gave his final report to the Session on the Athens Games. Denis Oswald’s report followed on from the final report of the President of the Athens Organising Committee, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The 2004 Athens Olympic Games are now officially at an end.
The Final Report
During his report to the Session, Chairman Oswald commented on the final report of the Coordination Commission for the Athens Games. The Commission has produced around 300 reports since its inception and the final report was broken down into three sections. The first section of the report dealt with the activities of the Commission and its recommendations. The second section gave a synopsis of the policy changes and IOC actions resulting from the Commission’s experiences, and the third part presented the post-Athens technical analysis.
The Coordination Commission
The Athens Coordination Commission was composed of 25 members representing the IOC, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, the athletes and the International Paralympic Committee. There were also 10 experts, and the Commission was supported by the IOC administration. It held 11 plenary meetings, over the seven years of existence of the Athens Organising Committee, and had approximately 30 additional technical visits to Athens. The Commission has given 35 reports to the IOC Executive Board and Session, with the final report becoming number 36.
Achievements, Challenges And Successes
Chairman Oswald was happy to report that the Commission had fulfilled its mission, which was to deliver the Games without major issues and to meet the stakeholders’ expectations. The Commission also managed to achieve a balance between assistance, monitoring and coordination, while forging excellent relationships with the organisers. He also talked briefly about the challenges that the Commission faced, including the late start of construction and the pressure from the general public and the media. There were also many successes for the Commission with an improvement in the fight against doping, a knowledge and expertise legacy, a sports legacy, the excellent television coverage, the team spirit between all the parties involved and the nationwide effort that made the Games possible.
The Commission Chairman was able to report that all 12 of the recommendations from the Sydney Coordination Commission Report had been implemented successfully. The Athens Commission also made some of its own recommendations for future Coordination Commissions, which covered the objectives of the Coordination Commission meetings; the roles and responsibilities; and the preparation and follow-up work.
The President of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad - Athens 2004 (ATHOC), who also addressed the Session, spoke about the financial success of the Games, as the ATHOC operating budget finished with a profit of just over EUR 7 million, as well as the magnificent legacies that the Games had left. Around 50,000 permanent jobs have been created because of the Games and Greece is now a much more vibrant nation economically, she noted. Indeed, the positive legacy of Athens 2004 cannot only be counted financially.
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