10 December, 2004
NEW YORK 10/12/2004 (ANA/P.Panayiotou)
"Our goal and strategy is for post-Olympic Greece to become an international centre of sports, culture and tourism," Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia said during a speech she gave at New York's Columbia University on Wednesday evening.
Palli-Petralia talked about Olympic preparations and the governmental plan for Games security. "The Games must serve as a starting point for new development," she emphasized.
The minister referred to all aspects of the Games, including infrastructure projects, volunteerism and the actual staging, emphasizing IOC President Jacques Rogge's opinion that they were "unforgettable dream Games."
She also presented information regarding the first plan for utilizing Olympic projects post-Games, providing specific facts and figures that prove the benefits Greece has reaped as a result. The event was co-organized by Columbia's Hellenic Studies Program and the Group of Greek Students.
Source: Athens News Agency