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Athens Opponents Seek Court Review

January 25, 2002

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Opponents of the 2004 Olympics have asked a court to investigate an agreement made by a state-owned company to lease beaches near sports venues to private companies.

Former parliamentarian Stella Alfieri wants the courts to look into a deal announced in August by the state-owned Hellenic Tourism Properties, a subsidiary of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

The former deputy with the Left Coalition Party claims the decision to lease the areas will restrict local residents and tourists from having access to the beaches because entrance fees will be required.

``As residents of the greater Athens area, we feel we have the right to go to the beach, to swim and to not pay any tickets,″ she said.

Many of the delays in Athens’ preparations for the Olympics have been blamed on court cases. Alfieri’s action was not expected to delay any Olympic sports project.

There was no one available for comment at the National Tourism Organization.

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