Coordination Commission for Athens 2004 President, Denis Oswald made the following statement about the roof for the Olympic Velodrome:

‘The successful sliding of the 4,000 tonne velodrome roof is very satisfying for a number of reasons, even though it may have happened later than planned. The slide could be seen as a warm up for the main stadium’s roof, so it had to go well. Important lessons have been learned. The velodrome is exactly the kind of project the IOC has asked the new Greek government to make a priority. We are now confident conditions for the track cyclists during the ATHENS 2004 will be excellent.

We are mindful that other, even greater challenges remain. The IOC will continue to work intensively with ATHOC, and with the Greek government, to ensure all essential projects are completed in time for the Games.’

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