Lausanne, 10 May 2000 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), accompanied by IOC Director General François Carrard and Françoise Zweifel, IOC Secretary General and Director of the Olympic Museum, today met at the Olympic Museum with the new Greek Minister of Culture, Theodore Pangalos, who was just back from Olympia, where he had been attending the ceremony to light the Olympic flame for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney.
During their meeting, which focused chiefly on preparations for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004, Mr Pangalos informed the President of the decisions taken yesterday relating to the new structures put in place at government level and within the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC). The question of enhancing the Greek presence at the Olympic Museum was also discussed.
At the end of the meeting, the President thanked the Minister and asked him to pass on his congratulations to Prime Minister Costas Simitis for the rapidity with which the new government has taken action. He also wished to thank the outgoing ATHOC president, Mr Thomopoulos, for his highly-valued participation, indicating that he understood the reasons for the latter’s decision to give priority to his functions within the Bank of Greece.
Lastly, the President expressed his pleasure at the return of Mrs Gianna Angelopoulos, who headed Athens’s successful bid to host the Games.