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IOC Inspects Facilities in Athens


International Olympic Committee inspectors have arrived in Athens to check hotels, transportation and behind-schedule construction projects for the 2004 Summer Games in the Greek capital.

The 10-member team headed by 2004 Olympic overseer Dennis Oswald Monday pressed Athens organizers to provide more hotel rooms. The IOC officials are in Athens for a two-day visit and have said 3,000 more rooms are needed to accommodate Olympic officials, sponsors and others affiliated with the games.

Cruise ships have already been pressed into service to meet the demand for lodging. But IOC coordinators also are seeking clearer plans on how Athens will handle hundreds of thousands of Olympic spectators.

Although Athens organizers have overcome serious delays, the IOC is still worried about onstruction deadlines for several sports venues. Concern also remains high over transportation congestion. Oswald will meet with government officials involved in Olympic planning to discuss the issues on Tuesday.