Games need a wake-up call

Updated: August 18, 2004, 6:56 PM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Greece – Send in the crowds.

With large turnouts at swimming, and the popular athletics events soon to begin, Wednesday might prove to be a turning point for the Athens Games.

The Games' official Web site – www.athens2004.com – is even boasting, "With such a high selling rate, the tickets are already hard to find."

Of course, the previous day the same site quoted an Indian archer as saying she'd never before seen so many spectators watch her compete. I was at the archery competition Tuesday and there couldn't have been more than 1,000 people in the Kalimarmaro Stadium.

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