|However, at the beginning of Olympic Games in Athens there were difficulties revealed, associated with economical weaknesses of Greece. The Prime Minister Charilaos Tricoupis immediately messaged Coubertin that Athens is not able to implement such a major international event simply due to lack of finances and the amounts of work for rebuilding of the city and sports facilities. Only public support has helped to overcome this obstacle. Influential public figures in Greece formed an Organizational Committee and were able to gather funds, from private persons. In honor of Olympic Games postal stamps were printed. Revenue from the sale went to Olympic budget. Vigorous actions of committee and attended of Greece entire population made Games to be opened!
But speaking honestly, a complete lack of preparedness of Greece to such serious events impacted primarily sports results, which were actually low even in comparison of other records of same time. The reason for this was one - the lack of professionally equipped facilities.
Famous Panathinaikos stadium built with white marble, but its capacity was obviously insufficient, which was proven by last games conducted. Sports arena did not hold any critics. Too narrow, having an incline at one end, it proved un-adopted for competition athletes. The curved race way track to the finish line had an increase in height, and turnings were too steep. Swimmers were competing in the open sea, where the start and finish were identified by floating cables. All these conditions did not allow to reach high achievements, so it became clear that a primitive stage stadium cannot allow athletes to achieve good results. Luckily, an unprecedented flow of tourists rushing in Athens has revealed needs to expand urban facilities and services.|