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25 August, 2000
Officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress of projects for the Athens Olympic Games of 2004 after successive meetings with Greek officials.
"We are very satisfied with the progress of works and with the close cooperation we have with the minister (of public works Costas Laliotis) and his department," said IOC Vice-President Jacques Rogge who is heading a delegation. The delegation includes IOC General Secretary Francois Carrard.
Earlier, Laliotis unveiled plans for 18 major roads, which will cost 390 billion drachmas, and radically change traffic conditions in Athens and ease access to all the sports installations during the Games.
Five of the projects will be completed by the end of 2003 and the remainder in May 2004, four months before the start of the Olympic Games.
They concern arterial roads and major flyovers.
The delegation also met with Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos, who predicted that the Athens Olympic Games will be the best ever held, saying that the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee is on the right path.
Rogge said that Avramopoulos is called upon to play a leading role in preparing the city to receive the tens of thousands of visitors and the athletes who will come to Athens for the Games in four years' time.
"Mr. Avramopoulos will receive the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics this summer and will bring it to the Greek capital ... Athens will host many leaders and celebrities and this is a further responsibility for the mayor," Rogge added.
The IOC officials later also met with Deputy Culture Minister responsible for Sports Giorgos Floridis.
Source: Athens News Agency