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17 May, 2001
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-president Jacques Rogge on Wednesday expressed special satisfaction over the course of the projects in preparation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
During a briefing by the Greek organizing committee (ATHOC) for the IOC members in Lausanne, Rogge said that "we are in the green", responding to a question that related to last year's comment that Greece was shown a "yellow card" in relation to preparation for the Games.
Rogge also said that the slalom course planned for the location of Rizari on the Marathon plain might change venue, "as you never know when you dig in countries such as Greece and Italy, whether you will stumble on archaeological finds".
He stressed that the final decision for the location of the slalom course has not been made, adding that in cooperation with the Greek government, "if we need to look for a new location we will do it".
ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, who was also in Lausanne and led the presentation to IOC members, said "Now, as we all know our tempo is becoming faster. We presented the progress concerning infrastructures. We discussed the reports of the Coordinating Committee, which are all positive. Besides the new airport, the new roads, the tender for the Olympic Village, there are parallel projects in another four regions".
She added that the sponsorship program was more successful that initially projected, as five of the expected 40 sponsors already covered 93 per cent of the budget.
She also stressed that great progress was made on the communications, medical services and security sectors of the Games.
Source: Athens News Agency