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Rogge names Swiss as Athens coordinator

Denis Oswald is the new head co-ordinator for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens

(Keystone Archive)

Denis Oswald, a Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has been appointed the new head co-ordinator for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens. He replaces Jacques Rogge, who became the new president of the IOC last week.

The 54-year old solicitor from Neuchâtel, who was nominated by Rogge on Monday, was already a member of the IOC co-ordination commission. He has made several visits to Athens in anticipation of the summer games.

Oswald faces the task of resolving a row which broke out between the IOC and Greek organisers over the massive delays in the construction of the rowing complex in the north of the capital.

"The problems are more or less under control, but time is running out fast," said Rogge.

The issue will no doubt crop up again at the next meeting of the co-ordination commission in Athens in September.

Oswald won a bronze medal for rowing in 1968, and has been president of the international rowing union (FISA) since 1989. He entered the IOC executive in 2000, following a ten-year membership in the organisation.

The forthcoming Winter Games in Salt Lake City will also be co-ordinated by a Swiss. Marc Hodler, honorary president of the World Skiing Union (FIS) is also a member of IOC executive.

swissinfo with agencies


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