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Oswald is now really confident

A visiting International Olympic Committee inspection team yesterday expressed satisfaction with the accelerated pace of Greece’s preparations for the August Olympics, as the government said construction teams were working around the clock to meet tight deadlines. «I am really confident,» chief inspector Denis Oswald, an IOC vice president, told journalists during a visit to the main Olympic complex in Kalogreza, northern Athens. «If this pace is kept up, everything will be ready on time.» Alternate Culture Minister for Olympic preparations Fanni Palli-Petralia said work was within the official time schedule, adding that «triple shifts are now working at all the sites.» Oswald also expressed satisfaction with the way a series of Olympic test events was conducted in recent months. Within the next three days, the complicated process of sliding the 18,000-ton steel-and-glass roof for the main Olympic stadium – a constant IOC headache due to long delays – is expected to start.