IOC President Arrives in Japan
NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, arrived in Japan on Wednesday to attend the Nagano Winter Olympics.
Samaranch was to attend a series of IOC meetings in Nagano ahead of the games, which begin Feb. 7 and continue through Feb. 22.
He was greeted at Narita airport by Makoto Kobayashi, director general of the Nagano organizing committee, and was to board a superexpress ``bullet″ train for this city of 360,000 in the Japan Alps later Wednesday afternoon.
The superexpress railway was built especially for the games, which are expected to be the biggest and possibly most expensive Winter Olympics ever, with more than 2,400 athletes from 72 countries attending.
The total cost of the games, including new roads, railways and venues, is estimated at $10.5 billion, about twice the cost of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.