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Olympic officials express sorrow at bombing

Frazier and Carrard

Athletes want games to go on

July 27, 1996
Web posted at: 1 p.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) - International and Atlanta Olympics officials expressed deep sorrow Saturday morning to the families of the casualties of the early morning explosion at Centennial Olympic Park.

"We express our deep heartfelt sorrow at the loss of life," said A.D. Frazier, the chief operating officer for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG).

Officials said at a press conference that part of the park would be reopened shortly.


Francois Carrard, director general of the International Olympic Committee, said the bombing has not scared athletes into abandoning their quest for gold.

Sound icon "I have not heard of any athletes expressing a desire to leave," said Carrard. "We were never close to canceling the events. The Games will proceed." (221K AIFF or WAV sound)

Sound icon Carrard and other Olympic officials continued to contrast the security present at the sporting venues and at the park, an open-air, uncontrolled facility where crowds could come in and out with any inspection. Frazier elaborated on the purpose of the park. (170K AIFF or WAV sound)

"The security at the venues and at the competition between the athletes.....we consider security to be excellent," the IOC director general said.

Officials said fans Saturday morning are continuing to stream into venue sites such as the Olympic Stadium and the Georgia Dome.


"The crowd, particularly, has been remarkable today especially considering the (rainy) weather," Frazier said. "The patrons are understanding."

He said IOC and ACOG officials made the decision to continue the Games shortly after the explosion. Olympic flags will fly at half-staff at venues, Frazier said, as will the Turkish flag in honor of the Turkish journalist who died of a heart attack after the explosion.

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