Angelopoulos-Daskalaki ticked off a list of what she called ATHOC accomplishments to date, including a robust volunteers programme (more than 70,000 applications so far), a record amount of sponsorship money, finalised planning for all 2004 venues as well as the first “truly global” Olympic torch relay, before stating:
“…That’s why we cannot accept anyone questioning the major effort that is taking place everyday by thousands of staff members and employees, not just at ATHOC, but in dozens of agencies, businesses and worksites around the country. We are all proceeding together, the IOC, ATHOC and the (Greek) government, for the successful hosting of the Games. Because we all have a share of responsibility in the preparations and we all have a share in the success…” the ATHOC chief, with Oswald at her side, poignantly said.
“Denis is a friend; he’s a friend of Greece; the truth is also a friend, however… we (Greeks) would never play with the Games’ quality,” she said.
The comments attributed to Oswald had raised eyebrows in Athens, although the IOC official reportedly told Greek leadership that his statements were misinterpreted.
On Wednesday, Oswald and a small group of IOC technocrats led by official Gilbert Felli toured a handful of under-construction venues in eastern Attica prefecture, to the east of the Greek capital, including two sites in semi-rural Markopoulo, one for the shooting competition and the other for the equestrian events. The once controversial Schinias canoe/kayak flatwater venue was the last site toured Wednesday, with Oswald a day later again praising the project as leaving a legacy of development and environmental protection for the area.