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07 December, 2001
Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos held talks on the 2004 Athens Olympic Games on Thursday with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, while they also participated in a conference titled "Sports and Culture", organized by the European Olympic Committees.
Rogge said afterwards that he and Venizelos discussed issues concerning the Olympiad's preparation, which "is developing well". "We also discussed about the Cultural Olympiad for which the Greek culture ministry, the IOC and UNESCO are cooperating. We all want a good development in the course towards the 2004 Games," he added.
He said that "the delays in projects of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006 is something inevitable and does not happen for the first time."
Rogge said, referring to the Athens Olympics, that some points still require hard work, but added that there is progress and if the same pace of work continues there will be excellent Games.
"The stadium of Montreal in 1976 was delivered at the last minute. The Olympics are a big stress for cities hosting them, but there are 11 candidacies for 2012 and the cities ultimately improve themselves," Rogge also said in an interview with the newspaper "Republica."
Referring to his meeting with Rogge, Venizelos said "as you are aware, Mr. Rogge is watching very closely and knows in detail the level at which Olympic preparation in Athens for 2004 stands. Mr. Rogge's presence and deep knowledge is a fundamental guarantee for the smooth course of Olympic preparation until 2004."
Venizelos added that they also discussed the Cultural Olympiad, the Lausanne Olympic Museum and their cooperation in the framework of the Cultural Olympiad Foundation.
Source: Athens News Agency