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IOC GIVES ACOG HIGH MARKS FOR SUMMER GAMES PREPARATION

     ACOG got the "highest marks possible" from the IOC's
oversight group Tuesday after two days of reports on the final
months of preparations for the Games, according to the ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION.  IOC Coordination Commission head Dick Pound said
ACOG has dealt satisfactorily with such concerns as
transportation and its marketing agreement with the city of
Atlanta.  The IOC is confident ACOG will reach its revenue target
of $1.7B, but Pound said organizers can't relax until Aug. 5, the
day after the Closing Ceremonies.  Pound: "ACOG will be managing
its pennies, much less its dollars, until the end."  Pound also
said IOC's focus will get "sharper and sharper" as the Opening
Ceremonies approach (Turner & Harris, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
2/21).
     DEAL WITH CITY:  The Atlanta City Council on Monday adopted
an agreement with ACOG aimed at protecting taxpayers from paying
for any extra costs of staging the Games, according to the
ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  The agreement calls for ACOG to provide
$8M in cash and another $1.5M in goods to the city in return for
such service as police, fire and sanitation (Charmange Helton,
ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/21).
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