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Tuesday, July 25, 2000
Olympic organizers open staff outfitting center

  SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Outfitting and accrediting an Olympic workforce exceeding 150,000 people will be Australia's biggest ever peacetime distribution project, Sydney 2000 organizers said Tuesday.

  The 8,500-square-metre Olympic and Paralympic Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Center was officially launched Tuesday at Redfern in central Sydney.

  Of the 150,000-strong Olympic and 27,000 Paralympic workforces, the Distribution Center was expected to outfit 80,000 Olympic 14,000 Paralympic volunteers and staff.

  Jim Sloman, deputy chief of the Sydney organizing committee, said clothing the Games workforce was a larger project than fitting up Australia's armed forces in the Second World War.

  More than 5,600 people had already been processed.

  Official clothing supplier Bonds had produced more than 1.1 million articles of clothing, including about 200,000 polo shirts, 160,000 pairs of pants and 142,000 pairs of socks.

  Other Olympic suppliers have contributed to the centre, with Kodak providing equipment to produce accreditation passes and Australian recycling giant Visy furnishing the centre with 500 pieces of furniture constructed from recycled cardboard.

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