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  • IOC GIVES ATLANTA HIGH MARKS FOR PREPARATION

         ACOG officials today will give the IOC executive board a
    report on the status of the '96 games.  Many delegates and IOC
    officials have expressed their pleasure with the city's effort
    during their week-long stay.  IOC Director General Francois
    Carrard: "Things are getting into place and we are quite
    impressed by the excellent work done" (Athelia Knight, WASHINGTON
    POST, 12/16).  Swaziland Olympic and Commonwealth Games
    Association president David Sikhulumi Sibandze says his
    impressions of ACOG's preparation have been "wonderful": "It's as
    if they are ready to hold the Games next July instead of in 1996"
    (Ben Brown, USA TODAY, 12/16).
         MONEY QUESTIONS:  ACOG President and CEO Billy Payne
    "insisted" he and organizers know where 90% of the $1.6B tab for
    the games will come from.  Payne: "We have to raise the other 10%
    and we will" (Ben Brown, USA TODAY, 12/16).
         DROP ANCHOR?  International Yacht Racing Union President
    Paul Henderson is optimistic Savannah will remain the site for
    Yachting events.  Henderson toured the proposed site Thursday
    with IOC officials and will present a proposal to ACOG tomorrow
    (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/16).
         OPENING THEMES:  Payne said a draft of the initial plans for
    the opening ceremony has it split into three thematic parts: an
    introduction to the South and Atlanta, a celebration of the 100th
    anniversary of the Games, and youth cooperation and friendship
    (WASHINGTON POST, 12/16).
         SOCCER FINAL ON TV:  FIFA has approved an ACOG Plan to move
    up the starting time of the men's soccer final to accommodate
    NBC.  The game will start at 3:30pm on August 3, allowing a full
    90-minute match plus overtime to fit into NBC's daytime slot.
    Soccer was shown in portions in Barcelona, but a full game has
    never been shown to U.S. audiences (Doug Cress, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 12/16).
    

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  • NAGANO COSTS LIKELY TO RISE

         The operating costs of the '98 Winter Games in Nagano are
    likely to rise, said the Nagano Winter Olympic Games Organizing
    Commitee (NAOC).  Original estimates put the cost at 760B Yen
    (approx. $7.6B).  NAOC Secretary General Makoto Kobayashi said
    his group has "no intention" of depending on the government for
    support: "While we at the NAOC got off to a good start in
    television deal negotiations, we will have a lot of work cut out
    for us in our marketing activities (to meet the cost increase)."
    CBS signed a $375M deal to televise the games last June (KYODO
    NEWS SERVICE, 12/16).
    

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