SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- More than 600 anti-terrorist police, soldiers, bomb disposal experts, divers and sniffer dogs began searching major venues Thursday in a final security check before the Sydney Olympics.
The progressive search is expected to last three weeks and culminate in all three Olympic precincts being officially "locked down," Olympic Security Commander Paul McKinnon said.
The Olympic opening ceremonies are set for Sept. 15.
Public access to Olympic Park, Darling Harbour, the athletes' village and all other games locations will require stringent accreditation from Sept. 1.
"The key things with the searchers is for them to be familiar with the fitout . . . so they recognize those items of equipment that are foreign to the environment, McKinnon said.
Sydney's rail system and other public transport facilities will be scoured closer to Games time, he said.