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Athens, USOC Agree on Merchandise

September 10, 2001

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Organizers of the 2004 Athens Games and the U.S. Olympic Committee agreed to allow the sale of Olympic merchandise in the United States.

National sponsors hope the agreement will generate about $5 million. Organizers said many Greeks living in the United States will be able to buy the products.

The agreement was announced Monday and still needs approval from the International Olympic Committee and must be signed by the USOC and Athens organizers. A signing ceremony is scheduled for New York in November.

Similar agreements have been reached with Cyprus and France, with part of the revenue going to the national committees.

In another Olympic matter, a regional government and four towns appealed to Greece’s highest administrative court to stop construction on a highway linking the downtown and the main sports complex.

The towns contend the works will harm the environment and quality of life.

This was the latest appeal by towns opposing Olympic projects. Many of the appeals have delayed venue construction, including a weightlifting hall.

An IOC inspection team will visit Athens late this month.

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