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              About 3,200 athletes have registered for the Nike World
         Masters Games in Portland this August, "far fewer" than the
         25,000 event organizers had anticipated, according to Rachel
         Bachman of the OREGONIAN.  But, organizers say that they can
         still "reach their goal" and that "regardless of the
         numbers, the event can be successful."  The Masters Games is
         an Olympic-type event, "generally for athletes ages 30 and
         older," but has no qualifying standards.  Anyone who pays a
         $200 registration fee can enter an event.  Games Dir of
         Communications Susan Carpenter said that in addition to the
         3,200 registered, "about 5,000 athletes" have committed but
         not completed their registrations.  The registration
         deadline is May 31.  Carpenter added that due to the Asian
         economic crisis, organizers have scaled "back" estimates of
         foreign athletes from 50% to 40% (OREGONIAN, 3/23).

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