04 March, 2004
The 4th World Press Operations Briefing which began on February 29 and ended on Wednesday, provided information for a record 210 members of the foreign press on the progress of preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games.
It is the first time that an Olympic Organizing Committee has held four such briefings, enabling members of the foreign press to closely follow the progress of preparations and to be informed about the services they can expect from the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee during the Games.
During the four-day briefing, journalists had the opportunity of visiting various Olympic venues, including the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Center, the Olympic Aquatic Center, the Galatsi Olympic Hall, the media village in Pallini, the Olympic Village and the Peace and Friendship Stadium. On the final day of the briefing, journalists visited the Main Press Center (MPC).
Also present was Australian IOC Vice President and President of the Media Committee Kevin Gosper who expressed his satisfaction with the services provided to the media and was impressed with the MPC which he described as being ''the best'' he has seen throughout his career.
Source: Athens News Agency