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  • Final Test Event for Athens


    (ATR) - With just over two months until opening cermemonies, organizers of the Athens Olympics are mounting the final test events for the Games.

    This weekend basketball takes place at a converted hangar in the new sports complex built on the site of the former Athens airport.

    Next week swimming and track cycling will be held at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in the north of the city, followed by the first track and field event in the refurbished Olympic Stadium, for which plenty of work is still needed to make it ready for the Olympics.

    Following a meeting Friday with the Prime Minister of Greece, Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos sais the pace of preparations must be increased.

    "These Games must be the Games of smiles and not the Games of misery. Whatever outstanding issues there are, they must be solved."