Greek Premier Simitis had received Oswald and his close associates prior to Thursday’s press conference, with discussions focused squarely on the Karaiskaki stadium and OAKA, where a new cutting-edge glass and metallic dome, based on a design by award-winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is expected to cover all but the pitch. Oswald later said during the press conference that the metallic structures needed for the dome will be imported from an Italian factory ready for assembly.
According to reports, Simitis assured the IOC official that all of the projects would be completed on time and that there was no reason for ”over-dramatizing” the situation, an obvious reference to recent statements by Oswald to the German magazine.
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whose ministry oversees much of the 2004-related preparations on the government side, also attended the 45-minute meeting.
Oswald had met separately with Venizelos on Wednesday, following his tour of several under-construction venues.
”The issues tabled by Mr. Oswald for discussion were very few and very specific, and immediate answers were provided by us,” Venizelos said.
Moreover, the government and ATHOC delivered a list to the visiting IOC inspection team, which includes the name of the project, the date a relevant contract was signed, the date of delivery and the percentage of completion as of early April 2003.