2004 Athens Summer

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  An unsuccessful candidate for the 1996 Centenary Games, the city of Athens was awarded the right to host the 2004 Games. It was the first Games of the new millennium. While the Games were a success at the sporting level, particularly in the fight against doping, it should be noted that, for the first time, French was virtually absent from the Games.
Dates: August 13 - 29, 2004
N.O.C. participants: 201
Number of sports: 28
Number of contests: 301
Number of athletes: 10625
Men: 6296
Women: 4329
Volonteers: 45000
Media: 21500
Opening: Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Republic President
Oath: Zoļ Dimoschaki
Oath juges: Lazaros Voreadis
Number of torch bearer: 0
Last torch bearer: Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
Bids towns: Buenos Aires (ARG), Le Cap (RSA), Rome (ITA), Stockholm (SWE)