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Ancient Olympia: Green again

Greece approved an emergency plan to plant thousands of trees at the fire-ravaged birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, hoping to restore vegetation the at site in time for the Beijing 2008 flame-lighting ceremony on March 24. “Planting will start in the next few days,” said Maria Mathioudi, general secretary of Greece’s National Agricultural Research Foundation, which drew up the plan. “There will be teams working day and night, we have to meet the deadline.” The replanting will cost €2.7 million, to be covered by a donation from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

Associated Press: Greece to Replant Olympics Birthplace