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ACOG ORGANIZERS TOLD TO CANCEL PLANS FOR INT'L TORCH RELAY
Published January 26, 1995
The IOC told ACOG Wednesday that they were "biting off more than they can chew" in plans for an international torch relay that would travel through each of the previous 17 Summer Olympics sites. ACOG spokesperson Lyn May says the committee will now concentrate on a "symbolic link" with Athens, the original host city of the modern games. The IOC advised ACOG "to concentrate on the national relay." IOC member Dick Pound also "expressed concern" over the $10M burden potential international torch sponsors Coca Cola and UPS would take on. Pound: "You get sponsors spending money on something that really doesn't contribute to the games" (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/26).