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2004 Summer Olympics
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2004 Summer Olympics

The Games of XXVIII Olympiad (commonly known as the Summer Olympics) will be held in Athens, Greece from August 13 to August 29, 2004. Planners expect 10,500 athletes and 5,500 team officials from 201 countries. There will be a total of 301 medal events from 28 different sports.

Table of contents
1 Bid and Preparations
2 Mascot
3 Events
4 Medal Count
5 See also
6 External links

Bid and Preparations

Athens was chosen as the host city in 1997, after surprisingly having lost the bid to organize the 1996 Summer Olympics, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. In 1997, they had a bid that was not only founded on their tradition, and they defeated Rome, 66 votes to 41, in the last round of voting, after Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Cape Town and San Juan had already received too few votes.

After that, the International Olympic Committee expressed its concern over the status of the progress of construction work of the new Olympic venues. A new Organizing Committee was formed under President Gianna Agellopolos-Daskalaki and preparations began. Athens today is being transformed into a city that uses state-of-the-art technology in transportation and urban development. Some of the most modern sporting venues in the world are being made ready to host the 2004 Olympic Games.

By late March of 2004, many Olympics projects were severely behind schedule, and Greek authorities announced that a roof would no longer be constructed over the main swimming venue. Olympic Stadium, the designated facility for the opening and closing ceremonies, is still currently under construction, with an estimated completion date of July 20, some three weeks before the games open. The current pace of preparation makes the rush to finish the Athens venues one of the tightest in Olympics history.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the perceived risk of a terrorist attack was much higher. Greece has increased the budget for the Olympics to US$ 1.2 billion. Approximately 70,000 police officers will patrol Athens and the Olympic venues during the Olympics. NATO and the European Union are also providing support. [1]. On March 12, 2004, Greek officials asked NATO for assistance in securing these games against terrorism.

The lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame took place on March 25 in Ancient Olympia. The flame will travel around the world before returning to Greece.

EMI will release Unity, the official pop album of the Athens Olympics, in the leadup to the Olympics. It will feature contributions from Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Moby, Destiny's Child and Avril Lavigne. EMI will donate US$180,000 from the album to UNICEF's HIV/AIDS program in Sub-Saharan Africa. [1]

At least 19 people have died during the work on the facilities (BBC News link); most of these people were not from Greece.

Mascot

Since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France it has been the tradition to have a mascot for the games and this year the official mascots are brother and sister, Phevos and Athena named after the god of light and music and the goddess of wisdom respectively. They are inspired by the ancient daidala which were dolls that had religious links as well as being toys.

Events

The official event categories are listed below. For the first time, the Wrestling category will feature women's wrestling and in the Fencing competition women will compete in the Sabre.

Medal Count

Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
  Afghanistan        
  Albania        
  Algeria        
  American Samoa        
  Andorra        
  Angola        
  Antigua and Barbuda        
  Argentina        
  Armenia        
  Aruba        
  Australia        
  Austria        
  Azerbaijan        
  Bahamas        
  Bahrain        
  Bangladesh        
  Barbados        
  Belarus        
  Belgium        
  Belize        
  Benin        
  Bermuda        
  Bhutan        
  Bolivia        
  Bosnia and Herzegovina        
  Botswana        
  Brazil        
  British Virgin Islands        
  Brunei        
  Bulgaria        
  Burkina Faso        
  Burundi        
  Cambodia        
  Cameroon        
  Canada        
  Cape Verde        
  Cayman Islands        
  Central African Republic        
  Chad        
  Chile        
  China        
  Colombia        
  Congo, Democratic Republic of the        
  Congo, Republic of the        
  Cook Islands        
  Costa Rica        
  Côte d'Ivoire        
  Croatia        
  Cuba        
  Cyprus        
  Czech Republic        
  Denmark        
  Djibouti        
  Dominica        
  Dominican Republic        
  East Timor        
  Ecuador        
  Egypt        
  El Salvador        
  Equatorial Guinea        
  Eritrea        
  Estonia        
  Ethiopia        
  Federated States of Micronesia        
  Fiji        
  Finland        
  Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of        
  France        
  Gabon        
  Gambia, The        
  Georgia        
  Germany        
  Ghana        
  Great Britain        
  Greece        
  Grenada        
  Guam        
  Guatemala        
  Guinea        
  Guyana        
  Haiti        
  Honduras        
  Hong Kong        
  Hungary        
  Iceland        
  India        
  Indonesia        
  Iran        
  Iraq        
  Ireland, Republic of        
  Israel        
  Italy        
  Jamaica        
  Japan        
  Jordan        
  Kazakhstan        
  Kenya        
  Korea, North        
  Korea, South        
  Kuwait        
  Kyrgyzstan        
  Laos        
  Latvia        
  Lebanon        
  Lesotho        
  Liberia        
  Libya        
  Liechtenstein        
  Lithuania        
  Luxembourg        
  Madagascar        
  Malawi        
  Malaysia        
  Maldives        
  Mali        
  Malta        
  Mauritania        
  Mauritius        
  Mexico        
  Moldova        
  Monaco        
  Mongolia        
  Morocco        
  Mozambique        
  Myanmar        
  Namibia        
  Nauru        
  Nepal        
  Netherlands        
  Netherlands Antilles        
  New Zealand        
  Nicaragua        
  Niger        
  Nigeria        
  Norway        
  Oman        
  Pakistan        
  Palau        
  Palestine        
  Panama        
  Paraguay        
  Peru        
  Philippines        
  Poland        
  Portugal        
  Puerto Rico        
  Qatar        
  Romania        
  Russia        
  Rwanda        
  Saint Kitts and Nevis        
  Saint Lucia        
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines        
  Samoa        
  San Marino        
  São Tomé and Príncipe        
  Saudi Arabia        
  Senegal        
  Serbia and Montenegro        
  Seychelles        
  Sierra Leone        
  Singapore        
  Slovakia        
  Slovenia        
  Solomon Islands        
  Somalia        
  South Africa        
  Spain        
  Sri Lanka        
  Sudan        
  Suriname        
  Swaziland        
  Sweden        
  Switzerland        
  Syria        
  Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)        
  Tajikistan        
  Tanzania        
  Thailand        
  Togo        
  Tonga        
  Trinidad and Tobago        
  Tunisia        
  Turkey        
  Turkmenistan        
  Uganda        
  Ukraine        
  United Arab Emirates        
  United States        
  Uruguay        
  U.S. Virgin Islands        
  Uzbekistan        
  Vanuatu        
  Venezuela        
  Vietnam        
  Yemen        
  Zambia        
  Zimbabwe        

See also

External links


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