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Athens to offer costly Olympics security tips

Greece is about to pass on to the Chinese government some of the expensive security know-how it acquired for the Athens Olympics last year as preparation for the next Games in Beijing gather pace. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis left for China yesterday on a four-day visit during which he will sign a memorandum of cooperation on security issues that will help protect the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Voulgarakis will be accompanied by police chief Giorgos Angelakos and former head of Athens Olympic security Vassilis Constantinidis. Greece spent a record 1 billion euros on Olympic Games security last year, deploying more than 100,000 security personnel amid worldwide concerns of possible terror attacks at the world’s largest sporting event.