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Tiskovna konferenca - predsednik MOK Dr. Jacques Rogge

Athens, 27 November, 2003

COORDINATOR (S. KOTROTSOS): I would like to welcome you to the ATHOC premises, our hall. This is the press conference because of the visit of the President of the IOC. It is a great honour for us to have him here. I would like to give the floor right away to the President of the IOC, Mr. Jacques Rogge, for an introductory address, and then after that we are going to have the question and answer period. Thank you very much.

From the Press Conference given by IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge. © ATHOC/PHOTO: D.KALOPISISDR. J. ROGGE: Chair, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure being with you. This is in fact my first visit to Greece since January this year. So I was here 10 months ago and I was amazed by the progress made in the preparation of the Athens Games.

I had the opportunity to visit the venues yesterday. I met with the President of the Republic. I met also with the Prime Minister and also with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Karamanlis, and of course I had extensive contacts with various ministers of the government.

There is tremendous progress being done in the last 10 months. I was really amazed to see the changes but also very happy of course about that. In saying that, it is clear also, however, that the deadlines are tight and everyone, I believe, is very much aware of that, both at the level of the government and at the level of ATHOC.

So the general message is: preparation is going extremely fine, but at the same time the same sense of urgency is needed and no time can be lost.

I was very pleased to see that some points of concern that we had during the last Coordination Commission five weeks ago, under the leadership of Mr. Oswald, who unfortunately cannot be present today because he had to go back to Switzerland, that these points have been solved.

We had a concern with the tramway and our experts made a visit and discussed with the builders and the concerns about the tramway have been resolved. The same concerns about the suburban railway have been totally resolved and we have noted with great pleasure the good progress on the construction of the Calatrava Roof over the Olympic Stadium and also of course over the Velodrome.

We were very pleased, as has been said before, by the Test Events and also the quality of the people serving the Test Events. And that is a good sign for the future because the organization of the Games is about much more than just buildings and roads. It is of course about people.

And I would like to commend ATHOC for having not only chosen the people who will run the venues very well, but also given them an excellent training and it is not an easy matter but that is definitely an important thing.IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge held a Press Conference for Greek and foreign journalists at the headquarters of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Present were ATHENS 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, HOC President Lambis Nikolaou, and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. © ATHOC/PHOTO: C.CUNLIFFE

We will continue of course to have a substantial number of Test Events leading up to the Games. Each one of them will be of course a very useful lesson and also will help the Venue Managers and the Operation Managers to prepare in an ideal way.

In meeting the political leaders, I saw with great pleasure the resolve and the dedication to continue to work very hard for the success of the Games. We know that we enter elections time and I felt both at the level of the government and the opposition the desire to make sure that the preparation of the Games would not be affected by the election itself. And I think this is a very important message.

The Games are far more important than just the Games of one city. They are the Games of a nation and definitely that nation wants the Games to be a success and I believe that the politicians on all sides have understood this message.

In speaking about my visits, I have to add, because this slipped my mind, that I also met with the Mayor of Athens Ms. Bakoyannis, upon my arrival.

I would like to end my preliminary statements with two different points: one deals with doping. At the Athens’ Games, we will increase our efforts in doping by 25%, just as we did in Salt Lake City. So we will test many more athletes than we have done in previous Games and also, as you know, we have increased our testing capacity between others with THG and we hope that other products will follow that we can test in the future.

I would like to thank ATHOC, who has been very cooperative in increasing this number of testing and definitely this is going to be an important development in our fight against doping.

My last comment of these preliminary remarks is to give the floor to Mr. Felli and Mr. Felli will speak to you about the efforts that were made, together with ATHOC, for the implementation of the Games Study Commission Report. As you know, we want to reduce the size and the complexity and the costs of the Olympic Games and the IOC has taken last year a long series of measures, about 119, of which already a number could be implemented here in Athens, but of which of course the main bulk only will be introduced in the future Games of Beijing 2008, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and the 2012 Games. A reason for that is that it is impossible to disrupt plans that were already in place since 5 or 6 or 7 years for the upcoming Games. We can do that easier in Beijing or later on, in 2012.

So, I would like to give the floor to Mr. Felli on that. After that, we will all be available for questions and answers: Ms. Angelopoulos and of course my colleague and friend Lambis Nikolaou of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

MR. G. FELLI: Good morning. Thank you, Mr. President. You remember that the IOC was under pressure concerning the size and the cost of the Games. However, we could on one side not be worried because as always we have a lot of candidates who want to get the Olympic Games. We have got nine cities bidding for 2012. We had eight cities bidding for 2010. We also have been able to sign our television contract already until 2012 and also our top sponsors are already signing for up to 2012.

But we realize that when we have got a product like the Olympic Games, we have to be careful. We have got to have a good gesture and that was the purpose of the Games Study Commission that the President ordered last year. And we came out with 119 recommendations and different recommendations came out. And we tried to see when we could implement these recommendations.

Of course, since the results came very late last year, so, for Athens we were already very much on the preparation of the Games, but however, we realize that out of these 119 recommendations, a lot were on the IOC side to take some decisions and also with some recommendations that we could make to the Organizing Committee.

So finally we realized that here in Athens we could probably implement between 25 and 30 of these recommendations, mainly on the service level. So, that goes on, first of all, on simple issues such as publications. You take publications, you have to print a lot of documents and papers and reports at the end of the Games, and we have decided to do that for instance, on an electronic format. So there is a lot of saving there.

Some others are coming on the number of accreditation. On the IOC side, we have been taking quite a hard line on a certain number of accreditation guests of the IOC or accompanying guests of the IOC to reduce the number of accredited people.

We also have decided to implement again the issue of prime event limitation with our guests, our members of the Olympic Family. So for very high-demand events we will reduce the capacity of the reserved seating so we can sell more tickets for the Organizing Committee.

We also have decided to implement again the service to the IOC drivers, to have the driver to be also the host, not to have two persons but only one person. And that is the recommendation that we made to ATHOC. We also have already decided to reduce what we propose to the different people in different VIP lounges, and also discussed a certain amount of room and size of table room or not table room for the media in different stadiums.

So, we could see that finally 24 we are confident that we can implement and maybe five or six, discussing with ATHOC in the coming months that we will be able to implement them already here in Athens, Mr. President.

DR. J. ROGGE: Thank you very much, Mr. Felli. Just before passing the floor to Ms. Angelopoulos for her opening remarks and before question and answer, I would like to reassure the Media and the Press present here that you will get an accreditation to get to the Games and you would have a chair and a table and a telephone line and a modem line. Don’t worry about that.

Ms. Angelopoulos, the floor is yours.

MS. G. ANGELOPOULOS: Thank you, Mr. President. It is of course a great pleasure and a great honour for us that the President of the IOC is with us today. His presence here, for many reasons, is very important. First of all, it reminds me and please allow me to say that, Mr. President, a father whose son or daughter is in another country, and of course the other members of the family say, “The child is doing OK, we are following it very closely” but of course the father says, “Let me go and see with my own eyes, to see how things are going”.

Of course, this means responsibility, it means love and it means that all of us are concerned about how well the Games of ATHENS 2004 are going to go. So therefore the presence of the President of IOC, Mr. Rogge, signals the last part of our preparation phase that we have entered. This really means that all of us want the Athens Games of 2004 to be something different, not just for Athens but also for the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Games of the future.

The Torch Relay: the route that it is going to take is going to take it over the five continents, and it is going to show everyone how important the symbolism of the Olympic Games is. It is going to show it to the whole world. And of course it was very important to show that our preparation is going well and of course this is the view and the opinion of the experts that are working very closely with us and really monitor the situation. But it also shows that our Games are very important; they have specific characteristics and this is the reason why we believe that the IOC has made this decision or this choice.

I am delighted personally as well, because the meetings of the President of the IOC with the politicians, first of all the top person in the country, the President of the Republic, Mr. Stefanopoulos, really brought to the fore this particular climate. Not just the issues of preparation, how well we are preparing ourselves, how much the progress is really encouraging and the way it has to be sustained so that we can be successful at the end, but also the course our country must show at this critical period because obviously we are going to go through an election period, that it is going to show the same decisiveness in order to have everything done the way it should be and there will be no deviation which would bring about a situation which would make it more difficult for us to organize the Olympic Games.

Obviously, this is very important. And of course all of us Greeks are aware of it. I, too personally must ensure you that there is a consensus. I am sure that the President would agree to that. There is then a climate of partnership and collaboration in this whole endeavour.

And we all believe that the Olympic Games and the preparation is not just an athletic event, a very large-scale athletic event. It is an event which has national characteristics because obviously the people are permeated, if you will, by a feeling that those Olympic Games are going to bring to the fore more than the athletic or sports characteristics of the Olympic Games.

I would like to thank the President because this was not just a visit in order to follow the preparation. It was a visit, which was an opportunity for him to really talk to the people, that each of them has a part of the responsibility, each one of those 2,000 persons. He really encouraged them, he spoke to them about the days of the Olympic Games, he talked to them about the day after and I know, Mr. President, that all of them really were encouraged and really appreciate your gesture, all the people in ATHOC.

And I would like to ensure you that we are not going to move an inch to the side, if you will, we are not going to lower our intensity of effort at all, in order to bring about this event.

COORDINATOR: And now you have the floor to ask questions. 

Mr. TSAFOS (“GERMAN NEWS AGENCY”): Mr. President, allow me to ask a very, very topical and actual question. If you read the Greek and the foreign press, you will be given the impression that Athens is preparing for war and not for the Games. Of course, these are worldwide concerns, not just linked to the Games. So, please tell us: what is your impression in terms of security measures and what is the message you would like to convey to potential visitors during the Games, who obviously are concerned about their security and safety?

DR. J. ROGGE: The problem of security is the number one problem not only of the Olympic Games of Athens only but also of the whole world. Since September 11 the world has changed. And all of us citizens of the world, in every country, we are affected or will be affected by that. There is a danger of terrorism and that danger is not limited to a certain number of countries. The danger can happen in all countries of the world. It can happen in Greece, as it can happen in any other country that I could name.

We are all affected by that, just in going into an airport, increased security checks, all the security measures that are taken: visas, passports. Things are becoming more difficult for everyone in the world today and we have to live with that.

The Olympic Games have been affected in 1972 with the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes. The International Olympic Committee has never and will never forget that. Since then, security has always been our number one preoccupation. We have always liaised with all the governments who are responsible for security and the governments have always delivered.

We have addressed the Greek government like we have addressed in Salt Lake City the American government and we have asked them to secure and to assure security. The IOC is not in a position to give an expertise on that, other than bringing forward to the next Games the experience of the past Games.

So, what we did was to hire the former Security Chief of Barcelona, Mr. de Sicart, and we hired also the former Security Chief of Sydney, Mr. Peter Ryan, and they are advising the Organizing Committee, and even in the case of Mr. Ryan, he has been hired by ATHOC to provide information.

Besides that, a great number of countries are supporting, collaborating and giving advice to the Greek government. You know the list of the seven countries, which I will not cite completely, but these are countries with tremendous experience.

Personally, when I was in charge of the coordination of the Sydney Games, participating in two different meetings, where more than 70 countries together exchanged their information.

Now, to be specific about Athens, I would like to say what I said before the Salt Lake City Games, which were very well secured and were a great success. I would like to say that everything that is humanly possible has been put in place but, at the same time, no one can guarantee 100% security. This is impossible. It is about minimizing risks to the lowest possible level.

And I would like to say to the spectators and the people wanting to come to Greece, and to the athletes, that no stone has been left unturned and that all the necessary efforts have been made. And that is a very important aspect. If the result of this means that, athletes, spectators or officials have to undergo more security checks, let it be so. Because if today you go to an airport, you already are undergoing the same security checks. If certain measures have to be taken, let it be. If we see police and/or armed forces at the Games, let it be. If it is needed, then we are glad that they are there. Let us not forget that security measures are for us. They are not against us.

So, yes, there will be in the future in all sports organizations in general, but in big organizations such as conventions, international meetings, there will be more security. I think we have to live with that and I have absolutely no problem with that.

COORDINATOR: Any other question?

Mr. SHROMAN (“REUTERS”): You said that there will be an increase in doping checks for the Athens Games. Considering the magnitude of the THG scandal, is the IOC concerned that leading up to the Athens Games there will be a number of well-known athletes who will have tested positive to THG, as we have seen in the past weeks? Does the IOC think about the possibility that some of these major athletes will not be present at the Athens Games? Thank you very much.

DR. J. ROGGE: Well, all the indications today are that THG is of course a scandal but THG is most probably a very limited issue. THG seems today to be limited to the athletes that were in contact with this Californian lab.

The International Athletics Federation has just reexamined more than 300 samples of the World Championships in Paris and they have only found two positive cases of THG. And coincidently, they were the same people that were already caught in the trials of the United States just before Paris.

That means that this is not a widespread problem. But of course we are going to be vigilant. The IOC has pending certain scientific checks, which we have still to do. We test all the samples of Salt Lake City. I would be very much surprised if any positive THG tests would come out of that. Because we believe that at the time of the Games the drug was not yet available and we believe that the drug has been only distributed in a very limited number of cases. Nonetheless, it is very important to have the test and to check for it.

The second lesson is with “designer drugs”, which are drugs whose composition is changed in such a way to fool the test and to cheat. These designer drugs are always going to be a local issue, never a widespread general issue.

Mr. TROUPIS (PUBLIC TELEVISION): President Rogge, recently IAAF has suggested that the Shot Put should go to Ancient Olympia. What is your personal opinion about that?

DR. J. ROGGE: I have no personal opinion. I have to express the opinion of the International Olympic Committee. We will study the measures being proposed. We know that there was a proposal from ATHOC to IAAF. We have been informed that IAAF agreed under certain conditions. The IOC, together with ATHOC, will now examine the whole logistical issue because it is just not enough to say we will organise it. There are a lot of issues that have to be covered: the date, transportation of athletes, transportation of the media, media facilities, accommodation, security, broadcasting. So let’s first discuss that and then the IOC Executive Board will take a decision on that.

MS. MAKRI (“KIRIAKATIKI ELEFTHEROTIPIA”): Mr. Chairman, you said a while ago that you had talks with the Prime Minister and the leader of the official Opposition about the Games and how they should be kept separate from the pre-election campaign. Have they committed themselves, or do they have something in mind, that is, to let the same people remain responsible, even in the event of a change in government?

And about the 25th of March and the lighting of the flame, well, this was interpreted as a pre-election gesture, which would aim at strengthening the position of the government.

DR. J. ROGGE: On your first question concerning what I would call the continuity of the people organising the Games, the answer is clearly yes. If the government wins the election, it is obvious that the same people will continue. If the Opposition wins the government, Mr. Karamanlis has said very clearly and emphatically that he would not change the leadership of ATHOC and of the Organising Committee. He would bring in politically responsible persons from his own government, but the leadership of ATHOC would not be changed, and that is a very wise decision.

And that is also needed. We need a continuity, because a couple of months before the Games you cannot have a total change of leadership.

Now, this is not exceptional for the IOC. We have had this situation many, many times before. The Games preparation is always spread over seven years, and in any democratic country – and this is the place of birth of democracy – you have at least half a dozen elections in the seven years’ time.

So we are used to that, and we never had any problem in the past, even when the government was changing. So I am confident about that.

On your question on the 25th of March and the lighting of the flame, I would like to give the floor to the Chairman of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, because this is the responsibility of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and not of ATHOC, and definitely not of the IOC. Mr. Nikolaou.

MR. L. NIKOLAOU: First of all, because I want to be sincere with you, I would like to tell you in the presence of the President of the IOC that the Greek National Olympic Committee was very disappointed when we didn’t get the Games for the hundred years’ celebration of the modern Olympic Games.

And of course now we are very pleased that we are going to organise the first Olympic Games of the third millennium. And we don’t of course want the first Games of the third millennium to be linked with political or electoral matters.

As you know, according to the old calendar, the first modern Olympic Games took place on 25 March 1896, and so therefore I had asked the Minister, Mr. Venizelos, to ask the President of the Republic whether he would like to be present in the opening ceremony, because this obviously had happened in the 1896 Olympic Games. And of course the President of the Republic said he would be very glad to be there, and this celebration is going to take place in Olympia, and this is of course very important for Olympia as well.

There will also be a church ceremony. We are very far from any kind of politisisation of the lighting of the flame.

MR. S. KOTROTSOS: Any other questions?

JOURNALIST: Something to do with doping: I have three sub-questions.

Yesterday Bernard Lagat, the Kenyan runner, made a plea to the IOC and also to the IAAF to look again at the test for erythropoietin, because he was tested positive a little while ago and then he was cleared. This was the first question.

The second question: What happens with growth hormone, and whether the test is being developed officially, because some experimental testing has been done already.

And the third has to do with the Director of the Doping Control of the US, Mr. Catlin, after Salt Lake City, that there are five or six artificial substances that we don’t really know much about. We know about THG, but do we have any more information about those other substances that Mr. Catlin referred to?

DR. J. ROGGE: On the first question about the plea of Bernard Lagat, yes, we have received that. I will not enter into very technical details, but I am ready, if you wish, to take this up immediately after the press conference. It is an issue of what we call “active urine”. Now, that might be a bit of a strange name for you, but in the case of Lagat what happened is that the urine that was taken from Lagat continued to have a chemical degradation, and that led to a false positive result.

This is an exceptional case. It can happen. We are already studying measures to avoid that in the future, so that that could not happen again. On the other hand, I am very glad to see that the “B” sample and the appeal have cleared Mr. Lagat of every problem.

On human growth hormone, we are working very hard for more than 10 years. It is a very difficult test, because as you all know we all produce human growth hormone. We believe that we will get there. Will it be in time for the Athens Games? I don't know. I would hope so, but I cannot promise that, because a test must be a hundred percent foolproof. We are definitely making good progress, but I cannot say with certainty that it will be in place for Athens.

On the unknown drugs: Yes, that is true. Today human growth hormone is a drug that we cannot test, and there are more. But we are making fast progress, I am glad to say. In the Salt Lake City Games we discovered in time the new drug Aranesp, for which two athletes were then disqualified, Lazutina of the Russian Federation and Muehlegg of Spain.

Then we had THG, and tomorrow we will have another test. So I am not saying that we have everything in hand, but we are making good progress and we will continue to research and to work very hard on that.

MS. T. TONGAS (“ASSOCIATED PRESS”): Mr. Rogge, yesterday Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said on the local leg of the Torch Relay that the flame would be going to some of the islands, but that would be weather permitting. On the international leg of the Relay, the flame is supposed to go through Istanbul. If the situation in some city of the world is what it is currently in Istanbul, would you entertain the idea of dropping some of the cities, or would you hope that the message of peace, brotherhood and security that was mentioned yesterday, be taken to those regions?

DR. J. ROGGE: May I propose that Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki would take care of the local sailing to the islands, and I will take care of the international aspect and decisions whether to go to a city or not. So Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, could you give a weather report on how to sail to the islands?

MS. T. TONGAS (“ASSOCIATED PRESS”): The question wasn’t to elaborate on a local scale; it was just as an example that the islands could be dropped. And the international leg: could it also happen?

DR. J. ROGGE: OK, thank you very much. That will spare Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki from making weather predictions. On the other hand, I understand your question well, because we had the sinking of boats in Schinias.

As for the International Relay, this is of course an organisation of ATHOC itself, in close collaboration with the National Olympic Committees, with our two sponsors, Coca-Cola and Samsung, and definitely under the final supervision of the International Olympic Committee.

We are planning today to have the full route without exception, and we are planning today to have the Games under the normal program and normal organisation. If at a certain stage the international situation would require us to take an action to change the routes or to go from one city to another, bypassing a city or a country, that will be done. But frankly speaking, today it is impossible to speculate on the future. This is really a hypothetical question, but both ATHOC and the IOC are very responsible organisations, and risk assessment will always be done, and if it is deemed that the risks are too high then it will not go further. That is quite clear. Ms. Angelopoulos, do you want to add something to that?

MS. G. ANGELOPOULOS: I completely agree with you, Mr. President.

MS. YUKI (“YOMIURI SHINBUN”): Thank you, Mr. President. I just wanted to follow up the THG doping question. You did say in your answer that you didn’t have information that the THG drug was available during the Salt Lake City time. What is the latest information, since when and how it was available?

Also, you did say these scientific considerations, scientific checks that you are conducting before making decisions for the retesting on Salt Lake. Could you elaborate a little bit on that, please?

DR. J. ROGGE: Yes, when the THG entered the market, well, definitely just before the US track and field trials, which were held in May and in June, because we have positive tests of that. Did we have THG before? Probably not, but no one can tell it with certainty. We would hope that Dwain Chambers, the British athlete, would be wise enough to give information, and in reward of that he would get then a diminution of his penalty by the International Track and Field Federation. That’s a plea bargain, and that has been proposed, and that would give us a lot of information.

We will know, when we test the Salt Lake City samples of February 2002, whether there was THG or not. I would be surprised, but I mean we will test them.

Your last question is what further controls do we need before testing these samples. It’s just that we want to make sure that the chain of custody has been respected; that means that samples were taken in Salt Lake City. They are now in Los Angeles. We are checking how they were transported, if all the seals are in place, if there is absolutely no possibility of breaking the chain of custody, and also whether the technical conditions of preserving the samples – and they have to be preserved at –24o and out of the light – if that has been respected. If that is the case, we will test them.

MR. KRALOGLOU (“EXPRESS”): Mr. Rogge, I would like to return to the issue of the national elections and the possibility that after the elections the Opposition party will be in government. From your contacts with Mr. Karamanlis, could you tell us whether you believe that the Opposition party, which perhaps may be in the government, will be in a position to carry out successful Games, because they didn’t have the experience of preparing?

And also I would like for you to tell me who is going to inform the political parties of the Parliament about the lighting ceremony and everything to do with lighting, because I don't think that there was any such information? Thank you.

DR. J. ROGGE: I will reply to your first question, and Mr. Nikolaou will reply to the second part of your question.

Do we believe that in case of change of the government the Games can be well prepared? The answer is yes. One has to take into consideration the timing of the potential change. If you have a change of government, let’s say one year or two years before the Olympic Games, then the influence of the government on the preparation is very high. If you have a change a couple of months before, then the influence is not very high, because obviously the government will not change anything in the building of the venues. They will not change anything in the security measures that have been implemented and been prepared. They will have very, very little influence on the budget.

So the incoming government in that case must be in a supportive role, and not in a policy role. But on the other hand of course the incoming government would receive from the IOC, and also from ATHOC of course, all the necessary information to perform.

In case of a change of government, Mr. Karamanlis has pledged that the key persons and leadership of ATHOC would not be changed, so that gives the continuity.

On the other hand, I would like to give the floor to Mr. Nikolaou about the Parliament question.

MR. L. NIKOLAOU: I have lighted the flame nine times during my term in office, and we never had any problem whatsoever. You know very well that we don’t want politics to be involved in sports. However, the Torch Relay Commission, with the participation of a very well-known member from the Opposition, were cognizant of the fact, and they have signed the protocol, that on the 25th of March we are going to have the lighting ceremony. And the flame would remain outside either the Panathinaiko Stadium or in Syntagma Square, and the first option was finally agreed upon.

Let me also add on the basis of my experience from the various Torch Relays that the reception of the flame is extraordinary and unique, indeed. So we wanted to give the inhabitants of Athens the opportunity to go and take pictures in front of the flame. We wanted them to see it, because if the torchbearer is running with the flame you can’t take any pictures, of course. That was the reason.

JOURNALIST (“L’EQUIPE”): Good morning. I have a question for Ms. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and for Mr. Rogge. Are there any efforts or any discussions to have a test event, the Tsiklitiria, and at the Olympic Stadium as well?

MS. G. ANGELOPOULOS: As far as the Stadium is concerned, we need the IAAF, the International Federation’s permission. You know that at present there are works in progress, and our deadlines are very tight, in order to have time for test events, because there is not only the Stadium, the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. There is the roof, the surrounding area, the other facilities. This is the complex that will play a primary role during the Games.

On the basis of our experience from the test events, I dare say – it’s a bit of an exaggeration – that we might carry out simulation tests, because we have the technology available, in order to monitor the progress. But in OAKA, there is no such possibility. That is why all of us agree that we should focus attention there, so that the Organising Committee can organise separate test events at OAKA, at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, because this is our priority, and we cannot add anything else, any other events there.

MR. KOLLIAS (“KATHIMERINI”): I’d like to come back to what Mr. Felli said about the complexity and the order of magnitude of the Olympic Games event. I have a question: Are there any specific figures Mr. Felli would mention, that is IOC’s budget upper limits, or should the budget be adjusted downward in order to organise the Games in a small country, that is, reduce the number of accredited visitors or the members of the Olympic Family? I don't know how many people are accredited each time.

DR. J. ROGGE: I will give the floor to Mr. Felli for that.

MR. G. FELLI: As you know, the budget of the Organising Committee is split in two, the budget of the Organising Committee, which is the operational budget of the Games. And then you have got the budget from the government or private sectors or others who are providing infrastructure.

And these budgets could be very different, if you have a city which has already all the facilities or a city which has got to build many facilities. But this is not for the Olympic Games, because we are looking for what may show that it’s for the development of the city, and it’s a full integration of it.

So there you cannot compare one city with the other, because it depends on what you have got at your disposal.

The second budget is the operational budget. Again, there it could vary from one country to the other, because you don’t know – you know, the salaries in China are not the same with those in the US or in Canada.

So what you are trying to do is to reduce the scope, the numbers, the number of accreditations, the number of seats that we give, and so on. And we know by reducing that automatically when you reduce one accreditation – we know that an accreditation from one person could cost up to USD3,000, or 5,000 if it is a journalist.

Or yes, because if you have got one person accredited as a journalist it does not mean only that he has the cards, but as a journalist he has got the right to sit in the stadium, so you lose a ticket; he has got the right to have transportation to go to the stadium. He has got the right to have a seat in the Main Press Center – now, because the lady behind you was shaking her head.

So it’s why you cannot compare exactly the situation from one to the other. We can compare the number but not the cost. But all together, the operational costs will vary from one to the other, but we know that if we can help the next Organising Committee by transfer of knowledge, we will reduce the costs.

DR. J. ROGGE: May I add one thing? That is in the case of Athens that the budget is lower than it would have been for a bigger country. And I’ll give you a number of figures. In Sydney a number of venues gave the total number of spectator seats of 9.5 million. The Organising Committee sold 9.5 million tickets. In Athens the total number of tickets will be 5.5 million, so only about 50%. Why? Because the venues are smaller; they are not as big as they were in Sydney.

And that is a good sign, that already Athens has adapted the budget to what the city and the country will need after the Games. And that reflects exactly what Mr. Felli was saying.

Another example is we need approximately 30,000 hotel beds in the Olympic city to accommodate everyone: spectators, tourists, media Olympic Family. When we went to Sydney, we had about 25,000 rooms available, and then cruise ships came into the harbor, and these cruise ships provided the remaining number.

When we came here to Athens, the total capacity was around 17,000 hotel beds, and we were able to increase it with cruise ships. Now, cruise ships are a very cheap way of increasing the number of hotel beds, because you don’t have to build a hotel. And once the Games are over, the ships leave and the city is not overcrowded with an extra capacity.

Where we have a problem is when we choose a city that is not at the sea, but that’s something else; that’s for the IOC.

MR. S. KOTROTSOS: Thank you very much.

Govor predsednika MOK osebju ATHOC

Atene, 27 November 2003

IOC President, Dr. Jacques Rogge, addressed the ATHOC staff today, on the occasion of his visit to the headquarters of the Organising Committee.

IOC President thanked everyone for the great efforts they are making, stressing that the organisation of the Olympic Games is a difficult task.

“Those who were present at the beginning know that a lot has changed. The beginning of ATHOC was a bumpy road. There was a lack of coordination between ATHOC and the government, the IOC got a little bit concerned and my predecessor, Juan Antonio Samaranch, first spoke about the yellow card. This led to a major change initiated by the Prime Minister, Costas Simitis. He had the very wise idea to call Mrs Angelopoulos and since then with her and with all of you, things have really changed very, very much.

I want to pay tribute to you for this excellent work that you have done and that you will continue to do. There have been, as you know, questions in the public, questions in the international media about whether Athens will be ready. Unfortunately these questions come each time, because as you know, in the media good news is no news, and you need bad news to be in the newspapers. I have personally always expressed my great confidence in you and the great confidence in ATHOC, and the IOC as an organisation has always done that”.

And he added:

“Beyond the added value you will also leave a tremendous legacy for your country. Those who knew Athens 2 or 3 years ago, and those who discover Athens today, see two different cities and that legacy is more than Athens alone, it is a legacy for the whole country, for the Greek people. The legacy is much more than roads, than the airport, than venues, it is about mentality, about the pride, the ambition of a nation. I believe, that this is a decisive moment for Greece, the most decisive one in the last 25 years with the entry of Greece in the EU which was of course a critical moment for the development of your country. Now you have a second important moment, because the organisation of the Olympic Games will lead to a new Greece to a new generation, a generation of very competent, ambitious, proud Greeks who want to join and will join the greatest celebration of humanity. That is something that will last for generations to come and I believe that you have a great privilege both in delivering and in contributing to that”.

Furthermore, the IOC President made the following remarks:

“A lot remains to be done, I need not to remind you of that, you know better than ourselves. And we will definitely have difficult moments in the future there is no doubt about that. There is no Olympic preparation without problems. We leave in a world that is more difficult than before, and we have already been affected by some factors that society as a whole has to deal with. This is because of increased insecurity after the attack of September 11, problems that emerged last year with the SARS epidemic, that could emerge in the future, that could begin again and we all hope of course that it is not going to be the case. Nevertheless, we are sure that you will succeed. You have all of you a great responsibility towards the world and the athletes of the world that are training very hard and hoping to compete and be successful in Athens. And these athletes are the best of the 200 countries of the world. You are also responsible in front of Greece, all Greece expects you to succeed, because all Greece wants the success of the Games. Well, I am convinced that at the Closing Ceremony I will have the opportunity and the privilege to express the opinion of the IOC about the Games and I am quite sure that I will be a very happy man, that I will say nice things, and that all of you will be proud and Greece will be proud”.

Dr. Rogge was introduced to ATHOC staff by ATHENS 2004 President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, pointing out that he had said, “he would not leave Athens without speaking to ATHOC staff”.

Also present at the event were the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and member of the IOC Executive Board, Lambis Nikolaou, Chairman of the Coordination Commission, Denis Oswald, and Executive Director, Gilbert Felli.

The 2004 Paralympic Games Stand at the 31st Book Fair

The ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games Organising Committee made the most of its invitation to the 31st Book Fair (and the fact that the event was being held exactly two years before the 2004 Paralympic Games), to show off the preparations for the Games.

The stand was equipped with a large screen showing a video about the Paralympic Games and Paralympic sports. There was also a display of the first Paralympic products. At the opening of the Fair, the ATHENS 2004 stand was visited by the President of Greece, Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, who was accompanied by the Alternate Minister for Culture, Nasos Alevras and the President of the Panhellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers, Titos Mylonopoulos. Mr Stefanopoulos was greeted at the stand by the President of ATHENS 2004, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and met some Greek Paralympic medallists.

The 2004 Paralympic Games Stand at the 31st Book FairThe stand was also visited by the leader of Synaspismos Party, the President of Athens and Piraeus Prefecture, and the Mayor of Athens.

During the Book Fair, members of the public visited the stand in huge numbers, learned about the Paralympic Games from information sheets prepared by ATHENS 2004, and watched video screenings. Olympic and Paralympic medallists also dropped by at regular intervals and handed out signed Paralympic Games posters. ATHENS 2004 events at the 31st Book Fair for the 2004 Paralympic Games culminated in an evening of dance and music at the ‘Aliki’ garden theatre on Sunday 22nd September, featuring the dance group and the choir of the Panhellenic Union for the Physically Challenged, and the blind pianist and singer, Yorgos Beliris.

Rekordi in odločen napredek v pripravi Paraolimpijskih iger

Satisfaction at the preparations and optimism that the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games will be the best event in the world for people with a disability, were the main conclusions of the visit of the Paralympic Games Coordination Committee between 26th and 30th January. More than 110 National Paralympic Federations have already confirmed their participation in the Athens Games, at which 4,000 athletes are expected to take part. These are record numbers for such an early stage of preparations, and will ensure a high standard of competition and performance.

ATHENS 2004 officials showed off the progress made in all areas. For example, the Paralympic Competition Programme has been finalised, the locations for the sports have been approved, and an announcement has been made regarding the purchase of 300 special buses that can hold between 4 and 6 wheelchairs each, and 100 cars especially equipped for people with a disability. A company has been selected to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games, and agreements have been finalised with an official sponsor, Visa; three new supporters (Ticketmaster, Shell and ABB-ALSTON Siemens Diekat); and a new supplier of technological equipment. Furthermore, the first Paralympic products are already on the market.

The ATHENS 2004 Managing Director Ioannis Spanudakis made particular reference to the innovative educational programme and accessibility at the conclusion of the meetings. For his part, the Vice-President of the International Paralympic Committee, François Terranova, stressed: “We are certain that Athens is ready to undertake all actions to meet the needs of the Games.”

Športni dogodki pred Olimpijskimi igrami


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V letu pred Olimpijskimi oz. Paraolimpijskimi igrami se bo zvrstilo preko 40 različnih športnih prireditev, s pomočjo katerih želijo organizatorji odkriti in odpraviti vse morebitne pomanjkljivosti na prizoriščih, na pripomočkih in merilnih napravah in/ali v organizaciji tekmovanj.

S tem želijo zagotoviti nemoten potek na Olimpijskih in Paraolimpijskih igrah.





28 Jan.-1 Feb.

Table Tennis Greek Open 2004

23-25 Jan.

Wrestling Athens Women’s Wrestling International Tournament 2004

16-18 Jan.

Judo Athens Judo Open 2004




Sport / Discipline


13-14 Dec.

Modern Pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon World Cup Finals Men & Women 2003

9-10 Dec.

Weightlifting “Tofalos-Kakoussis” - International Weightlifting Grand Prix

2 Nov.

Athletics 21st Athens Classic Marathon

25 Oct.

Triathlon Athens 2003 - Triathlon Sport Event ITU World Cup

20-28 Aug.

Sailing Athens 2003 - Regatta

19-24 Aug.

Volleyball / Beach Volleyball Athens 2003 - Men's Beach Volleyball FIVB Challenger

15-17 Aug.

Equestrian / Eventing Athens 2003 - CIC**

15-17 Aug.

Canoe/Kayak / Flatwater Racing Athens 2003 - Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Racing

15-17 Aug.

Cycling / Road Race

8-15 Aug.

Archery Athens 2003 - Archery Tournament

6-9 Aug.


2003 World Rowing Junior Championships

Paraolimpijske igre

Še eno leto do iger!

17. septembra 2003, natanko eno leto pred začetkom Paraolimpijskih iger, je organizator na posebni prireditvi v atenskem Konferenčnem centru predstavil Paraolimpijsko medaljo in uradno maskoto iger.

Na predstavitvi so bili med drugimi prisotni predsednik Mednarodnega Paraolimpijskega komiteja Phil Craven, grški minister za kulturo, Evangelos Venizelos, pomočnik grškega ministra za zdravje, Vassilis Kontoyannopoulos in pomočnik grškega ministra za šport, Giorgos Lianis.

Gianna Angelopoulos - DaskalakiPredsednica organizacijskega komiteja AtENE 2004, Gianna Angelopoulos - Daskalaki je posebej poudarila, da se je tokrat prvič v zgodovini iger zgodilo, da je Organizacijski komite od vsega začetka pričel s pripravami na Olimpijske in Paraolimpijske igre hkrati in v enotni sestavi. Dodala je še, da bodo atenske Paraolimpijske igre edinstvene in rekordne tudi po udeležbi, saj bo tokrat nastopilo kar 4.000 športnic in športnikov iz 142 držav (največ v vsej zgodovini Paraolimpijskih iger), kar bo temu izjemnemu dogodku dalo še poseben pečat.

Minister za kulturo je izpostavil dvojni pomen Paraolimpijskih iger - športni in socialni vidik, ki sta oba enako pomembna kot dosežka posebne vrste.

Predsednik Mednarodnega Paraolimpijskega komiteja pa je izrazil zadovoljstvo nad napredkom del na športnih in dodal: "Dejstvo, da so Atene trenutno vse prekopane po dolgem in počez, se meni ne zdi nič presenetljivo ali celo problematično. Ko bodo vsa dela končana, sem prepričan, da bodo Atene še lepše mesto!"

The design of the 2004 Paralympic Games Mascot. © ATHOCMaskota Paraolimpijskih iger

Spoznajte "Proteas", uradno maskoto Paraolimpisjkih iger ATENE 2004! Oblikovalca "Atene" in "Phevos-a",  Spyros Gongos, je navdihovalo grško morje in vizija Paraolimpijskih iger in ustvaril je novega junaka, ki naj simbolizira temeljne vrednote Paraolimpijskih iger: imeti cilj in mu slediti, biti močan, slediti navdihu in se veseiti uspehov. Maskota iger je morski konjiček, poimenovan po antičnem božanstvu, ime pa pooseblja končni cilj vsakega Paraolimpijca: biti prvi in najboljši!

Za namen predstavitve je bil Proteas pobarvan v treh barvah za tri športne panoge: dviganje uteži, konjeništvo in plavanje. 

Osnovno vodilo Organizacijskega komiteja Paraolimpijskih iger pri izbiri maskote je bila vizualna prepoznavnost, ki naj bi jasno ponazarjala težnjo organizatorja po enakovrednem odnosu do obeh dogodkov: Olimpijskih in  Paraolimpijskih iger.

The design of the new medals for the 2004 Paralympic Games. © ATHOCParaolimpijske medalje

Na sprednji strani medalje je vtisnjen logotip Paraolimpijskih iger ATENE 2004 in napis: "12th Paralympic Games ATHENS 2004" v grščini in Braillovi pisavi. Na hrbtni strani je vtisnjen reliefni prikaz  Akropole kot splošno prepoznavnega simbola Aten, s čemer je zagotovljeno nesporno razlikovanje atenske Paraolimpijske medalje od medalj s predhodnih Paraolimpijskih iger. Medaljo 12. Paraolimpijskih iger je oblikoval is Konstantinos Kazakos. (več o tem >)

ATENE 2004 podprle "Aegeathlon"!

Photography of athletes who took part in Aegeathlon.© ATHOCMed 20. in 25. septembrom 2003 je pet plavalcev-invalidov in dva njihova trenerja plavalo med Cape Sounio do otoka Milos, z vmesnimi postanki na otokih Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, and Kimolos. Ta plavalni podvig so poimenovali "Aegeathlon", maratonsko štafetno plavanje čez Egejsko morje.
Pobuda športnikov-invalidov, ki je sovpadala s trenutkom "One Year to Go" (Eno leto do iger), je bila posvečena Paraolimpijskim igram, zato jo je Organizacijski komite ATENE 2004 v celoti in z veseljem podprl, svoj prspevek pa so dodali še trije sponzorji posameznih odsekov trase.

Znak za start je bil dan v Cape Sounio v soboto, 20. septembra ob 06:30plavalci pa so na otok Milos priplavali v sredo, 24. septembra v pristanišču Adamantas, kjer jih je pričakala navdušena množica gledalcev


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