A new credit card, entitled “Athens 2004 Visa”, among the new products offered by major 2004 Olympics sponsors Alpha Bank, Greece’s National Telecommunication Organisation (OTE) and its bourse-listed mobile phone subsidiary Cosmote, was presented last week at the ATHOC headquarters in the presence of President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The new credit card offers a series of benefits to its holders, while a portion of revenue generated from the new product will go towards 2004 event preparations. “Just last week we discussed the possibility for cooperation among sponsors and only ten days later we have the first major product before us”, Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said, adding: “This product was ‘born out’ of the Olympic Games that we are preparing, the same as many other things have”.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) and ATHOC officials concluded their two-day meetings with a visit to Olympic installations at the old Hellenikon airport site last week. FIH President Els Van Breda Vriesman said she looked forward to an excellent organisation of the 2004 Olympic event.
Political and sports personalities from the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus signed the “Olympic Truce” Proclamation last week during an event in Athens. Invitations had been extended to representatives of all Turkish Cypriot parties, although their attendance was reportedly prevented by the Turkish Cypriot regime in the island republic’s occupied territories.