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  • ATLANTA GETS GOOD MARKS FROM THE IOC -- WITH SOME CONDITIONS

         An IOC oversight panel gave Atlanta's Olympic organizers
    "high marks" on their progress, but noted that many Atlantans
    will have to avoid using their cars during the Games to ensure
    smooth transportation.  IOC Coordination Commission Chair Dick
    Pound believes mass transportation and walking between venues is
    important.  The IOC was briefed on preparations including
    marketing, finances, housing and ticketing and was "particularly
    pleased" to see construction on the Olympic stadium and Olympic
    Village dorms.  Pound noted that the Olympic sports program is
    complete except for track-and-field events still being scheduled.
    He expects the IAAF to agree on a schedule with Atlanta
    organizers before the IOC executive board meets in Atlanta next
    month.  Pound also seeks "quick resolution" of the timing of the
    marathon, to accommodate the competing concerns of TV and the
    runners' health in afternoon heat (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 11/16).  Arrangements for the yachting venue in
    Savannah, GA are still on the "list of concerns" (Ben Brown, USA
    TODAY, 11/16).
    

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