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05 Jun 2003
IOC News

Update on Athens 2004 preparations

The Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Athens 2004, Denis Oswald, returned to Switzerland last night after a two-day visit to the Greek capital. Joined by Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and Christophe Dubi of Games Coordination, Oswald met with ATHOC to work through a number of agenda items as part of the on-going work on Games preparations.

"By closely monitoring preparations in this last remaining year," said Oswald, "we hope to ensure that timetables are kept and that there is no slippage in the planning. These kinds of meetings are nothing exceptional, in that much the same process followed for every Games. But due to the extra tight deadlines we have for the Games of 2004, we want to ensure that we visit regularly." The full Coordination Commission was last in Athens in April, and further visits and workshops are planned to take place during the test events this Summer.

The three-man team worked with the organisers at their headquarters in central Athens, covering a number of areas of preparations. In addition, Wednesday morning was spent visiting Karaiskaki Stadium, Faliron and surrounding areas to see the progress in venue construction.

The meeting coincided with ATHOC's Third World Press Operations briefing, which took place on the outskirts of Athens in Kavouri. Attended by IOC Press Commission Chairman Kevan Gosper and the IOC's Communications Director, Giselle Davies, this very successful and productive meeting enabled press and photographers from around the world to discuss their needs with Games organisers. Over the three days, a wide range of press operations issues were dealt with, including accommodation, the media transport system, accreditation and the facilities of the press centres.
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