Athens Olympic Village Appeal Nixed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ A group concerned about environmental damage promised on Monday to fight a court decision allowing the 2004 Olympic village to be built on the outskirts of Athens.
Greece’s highest administrative court over the weekend rejected an appeal from the group to prevent construction on the site, which is at the foot of a forested mountain near a national park.
The decision cleared a major roadblock for Olympic organizers, who have been criticized by IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch for jeopardizing the games because of delays.
But further action by the citizens group could create problems for the village, which will house 16,000 athletes and be built on the epicenter of a killer quake that last September killed 139 people and forced 100,000 into shelters.
``It was an unconstitutional decision that creates serious problems,″ Stella Alfieri, a former left wing deputy. She said the constitution contains language ``clearly saying that the environment should not be downgraded.″
She said her group will take the issue to the European Union. The group includes writers, environmentalists and architects.