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ATLANTA GETS GOOD MARKS FROM THE IOC -- WITH SOME CONDITIONS
Published November 16, 1994
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).