Friday, March 26, 2004

A watching brief on a story that'll be figuring highly on this blog in the months ahead -- the Athens Olympics.

I'll be in Athens for the duration of the Games.

With 140 days to go, Greek political commentator George Kassimeris surveys the scene for BBC News Online.

I still have mixed views about the Athens Games. As I wrote two months ago, the timetable for the completion of the Olympic venues is worryingly tight.

The Greeks could yet pull it off -- and even if the city is in chaos, if it all looks good on TV the Games will be judged a success.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the response of the athletes taking part. If they give Athens the thumbs up the Olympics will be judged a success, regardless of the barely-finished venues.

If the athletes start complaining about transport, facilities and accommodation, though, the media will pounce on their comments -- and the Games will quickly turn into a fiasco.

It's going to be an interesting Summer.


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