The power struggle between government officials and the Athens 2004 organizing committee over who will attend press conferences by visiting International Olympic Committee inspection teams took a new twist yesterday, with the government announcing a change to the schedule. When the IOC Coordination Commission, led by International Rowing Federation head Denis Oswald, arrives for a two-day inspection tomorrow, it will talk to Prime Minister Costas Simitis – in a meeting attended by Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and followed by a joint press conference – at the end of the visit instead of at the start, as was the case until now. This, Venizelos told a Foreign Press Association lunch in Athens, will allow the IOC to give the government a direct account of its observations on Greece’s Olympic preparations. He said this would be more polite than the current practice. Last month, the culture minister – after Simitis, the most senior government official involved in Greece’s Olympic preparations – caused a stir by announcing he would attend press conferences given by Oswald and Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The decision to change the visit schedule is in line with a proposal by Oswald in an October 5 letter to Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, leaked to the press this month. Once again Venizelos promised that Olympic construction projects will be ready in time for the Games. The biggest problem is Greeks’ tendency toward self-humiliation, he said.