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20 August, 2002
Greece was committed to organizing successful Olympics and had the right infrastructure to successfully guarantee the Games' security, U.S. State Department Coordinator for Counter terrorism Ambassador Francis X. Taylor is quoted as saying in an interview with journalist Mike Fish on the CNN-Sports Illustrated website CNNSI.com.
Taylor visited Athens in June and was briefed on preparations being made in Athens for the Games by the organizing committee ATHOC.
The article by Fish also quotes others experts, some of whom view Athens security as deficient - especially at Athens airport - and raise concerns about its proximity to unstable regions, such as the Balkans and the Middle East.
According to Taylor, however, security concerns have existed for every Olympics tournament since Munich in 1972 and every venue presents its own difficulties.
''The bottom line is always the same: How do we protect that venue and those athletes and those people that come to see those athletes so that terrorists or others who would try to undermine the Games would not be successful? Whether Greece is harder or easier, I don't think is really the issue.
Our commitment is to do it, so that whatever it takes, those Games go off successfully,'' Taylor says.
Source: Athens News Agency