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03 Jun 2003
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World news organisations being introduced to ATHENS 2004

More than 180 representatives from news and photo agencies, press organisations, National Olympic Committees and organising committees of future Olympic Games are participating in the 3rd World Press Operations Briefing, which is being organised by ATHENS 2004 Press Operations from 2 to 4 June in Kavouri, Greece.

Meetings began yesterday with tours of the Olympic competition venues, Media Villages and Hotels, and continue today and tomorrow with presentations and discussions on technical issues.

ATHENS 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki this morning greeted the press representatives, assuring them that Athens would deliver great Games. IOC Vice President and Press Commission Chairman Kevan Gosper also made an address. "As an athlete," he told the assembled media, "your first desire would be to compete in your home country in front of your own people. But if that was not possible, then you would want to compete in Athens, Greece, the spiritual home of the Olmypic Games. The Games of 2004 will make that dream possible for athletes from around the world."

The Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission Denis Oswald, here to meet with the Athens organisers and discuss on-going planning and preparations, also came to meet the press and gave them the latest update on progress to date.

This Third World Press briefing is a record in terms both of the number of participants, and the number of meetings, since for previous Olympic Games only one such meeting used to take place.

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