06 October, 2005
Greek experts shared the country's experience following the staging of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with Bulgarian officials here on Wednesday, in light of Sofia's planned bid for the 2014 Winter Games.
Referring to security issues, Sotiris Tsenes, chief of police at the time the Athens Games were held, told ANA that "From the beginning, Greece sought to cooperate with international partners as it prepared for a world class event. This helped in formulating an excellent plan aimed at addressing various risks and dangers, to which we reacted calmly and professionally in more than 150 cases, which mostly concerned explosive devices. Thankfully, they all turned out to be pranks."
Other topics covered during the conference were Athens' facelift, infrastructure works, post-Games use of Olympic facilities, and transportation issues.
Present at the meeting were Sofia's acting mayor Minko Gerdzhikov, Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) President Odysseas Kyriakopoulos and Greek Ambassador to Sofia Prokopis Mantzouranis.
Source: Athens News Agency