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Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Greenpeace downgrades Sydney's environmental rating

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Environmental lobby Greenpeace has downgraded the "Green Games" rating for Sydney 2000 organizers to six out of 10.

 Sydney organizers had campaigned heavily on Australia's clean environment image before the winning bid was announced in 1993, but had failed to meet key promises, Greenpeace Olympics campaigner Blair Palese said.

 "It's a bronze medal performance," Palese said. "While these Games will be green, they have only just crossed the line."

 Announcing the result Tuesday of the third and final Olympic environment report card, Palese said Sydney organizers had slipped from a seven out of 10, or a B grade, in last September's ratings to a C grade one month out from the Sept. 15 opening ceremony.

 "The past year has seen a number of appalling failures," she said. "Solutions to environmental problems do exist -- the Sydney Olympics could have been a world class showcase for these solutions, instead they just managed to scrape in under the title, Green Games."

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