The International Conference for Olympic Games Security opened today at ATHENS 2004 headquarters, with over 350 security specialists taking part, including representatives from National Olympic Committees and Sponsors.
Opening the conference, the Greek Minister of Public Order, Georgios VOULGARAKIS, described it as exceedingly important. The fact that it was being held not long before the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games gave it special weight.
"We are aiming to exchange experience and to give mutual advice", he said. "The aim is for all who will be working together at Games-time to improve their cooperation. Olympic security is the product of thorough training and cooperation between all bodies involved".
Mr Voulgarakis said that for security to be at its strongest, cooperation had to be international. He stressed that the remaining time before the Games would be devoted to fine-tuning, so to achieve an optimum result. An excellent working partnership with ATHENS 2004 meant that it had been possible to integrate security planning into the Games programme, with roles defined at coordinating, operational, and functional level.
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