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25 September, 2001
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge will visit Greece for the first time on Tuesday in his capacity as IOC's new president to discuss security measures and the progress being made in projects in preparation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
The visit however is overshadowed by the terrorist attack on the US on September 11 and top on the agenda of the talks will be the increased security measures for the Games.
IOC's new Coordinating Committee President Donald Oswald, who succeeded Rogge, will accompany him.
Rogge will meet Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Wednesday morning and their talks will center on intensified security measures for the Games in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the US.
The IOC president will also meet Athens 2004 Olympic Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki to discuss progress being made in preparation for the Games.
Oswald, in an interview with the "Ikonomikos Tahidromos" magazine estimated that the budget for security measures alone will cost 200 billion drachmas, stressing that "it is not possible for Greece to carry by itself the burden of the cost of increased security measures," noting that there would be international funding.
Source: Athens News Agency