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Athens 2004 Proposes Moving Olympic Event

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Athens 2004 has proposed moving the shot put from Athens to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Sources told the Associated Press that the proposal called for relocating the event from the main Olympic stadium to a site in Ancient Olympia, about 320 kilometres southwest of Athens.

Any venue change would need final approval by the International Olympic Committee.

Changing a venue less than 10 months before the Games could pose complications for housing athletes and planning media coverage writes the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, the Association of Greek Archaeologists attacked the plans and appealed to Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos to intervene.

The archaeologists complained that holding the event at Olympia would cause irreparable damage to the ancient stadium and the site of Olympia.

The group said that the stadium was not a practical venue in which viewers could be seated. The archaeologists warned, “not one stone of the stadium should be touched”. Write or read comments about this article

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