Top executive of Olympic Village dies

Constantinos Lazaridis, the managing director of the public company that is building the Olympic Village for next year’s Games, has died, the Athens 2004 organizing committee said yesterday. He was 54. The cause of death was cancer. He had been ill for the past several months. Lazaridis, who died over the weekend and was buried yesterday, oversaw construction of the Village which will house 17,300 athletes and officials in the foothills of Mt Parnitha, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Athens. «Remaining until the last moment at his post, Constantinos Lazaridis left us having seen the enormous task that he took on, the Olympic Village, one step before its completion,» the organizing committee said in a statement. The Village is one of the few construction projects expected to be completed ahead of schedule, early next year. Lazaridis is survived by his wife and two children. (AP, Kathimerini)