Greek Olympic Work To Finish Day B4 Opening Ceremony

ATHENS, Greece June 28 AP - Construction work at themain Olympic sports complex will be finished just a daybefore the opening ceremony for the August Games, itsarchitect said in an interview published today.
Spain’s Santiago Calatrava also said work at thecomplex, also known as OAKA, was on schedule despitemassive delays that had threatened to cancel key partsof the project.
``Everything will be completed the day before thestart of the Games,’’ Calatrava told the Athens dailyEleftheros Typos.
The most problematic part of the project, asteel-and-glass roof for the main stadium, was so farbehind schedule at one point that the InternationalOlympic Committee had considered asking Athensorganisers to cancel it.
Most of the work on the roof was completed on June 4.
Other Calatrava designs include a roof for the cyclingtrack, a walkway and the general area in and around thecomplex.
Calatrava’s comments about work continuing until theday before the start of the games seem to contradictpromises by Greek officials to deliver the stadiumcomplex to organisers in mid-July.
Calatrava placed the total cost of the project at 280million euro.