More than 1,000 additional tickets for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies will go on sale Monday.
The extra tickets for the ceremonies, as well as track and field events, were made available after the seats were installed in the main stadium and counted -- with 538 more than originally planned.
The stadium had faced years of delays and problems with putting in the seating.
So far, more than 2.2 million of the 5.3 million tickets have been sold. Organizers said sales have increased rapidly in the last few days with 12,000 to 13,000 tickets sold per day.
Looking for Fakes
Organizers of the Athens Games are on the lookout for Olympic product imitators.
In its effort to protect the Olympic trademarks and symbols, teams of inspectors from several government agencies are patrolling streets, squares, ports and airports for any rip-offs of Olympic logos -- from key chains to T-shirts.
In the past two months, more than 100 businesses and shops throughout Greece have been checked, and more than 100,000 pirated items have been confiscated. Customs officials also have seized more than 20,000 such products sent from outside the country.
"In view of the upcoming Olympic Games we are intensifying our effort to protect the official Olympic products, " said organizing committee official Ioannis Spanoudakis. "Our main goal is to inform consumers, to enable them to select the official products bearing the 'Athens 2004' trademarks and reduce illegal trade."
Gebrselassie Tries Again
Haile Gebrselassie knows his dominance of distance events is coming to an end, but that hasn't diminished the Ethiopian's desire for an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meters.
"No question about it," Gebrselassie said. "Everybody wants to win the Olympic gold. Myself, also if I win this competition, it's really wonderful because this is for a third time."
The 31-year-old runner has seen his world records in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters erased this year by his compatriot and training partner, Kenenisa Bekele, 22, who last year also took his world title.
Gebrselassie isn't prepared to consider losing to Bekele.
"You don't just know what will happen in Athens," he said. "If I say 'Bekele wins at the Athens Olympics,' why do I go there?"
Backley Set to Retire
British javelin thrower Steve Backley, a three-time Olympic medalist and former world record holder, said he will retire after the Athens Olympics.
Backley, 35, won silver medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and bronze at the 1992 games. He also won silver medals at the 1995 and 1997 world championships.
He set the world record three times, twice in 1990 and once in 1992.
Backley made the announcement on the eve of Friday's Crystal Palace meet in London, where he will be making his final British appearance.
"I have enjoyed a fabulous career and hope to end it on a real high by winning another medal in Athens," Backley said. "I have so many unforgettable memories, but setting the world record is a special one that I will live with forever."
Jamaican Tests Positive
A top Jamaican track and field athlete has tested positive for a banned substance and could miss the Olympics, officials said.
Jamaican Olympic Association President Mike Fennell said Thursday that international rules prohibited him from naming the athlete, who tested positive at the island's national trials last month.
Fennell declined to identify the banned substance. The athlete has been informed of the results and has five days to respond and request another test of a separate sample taken last month.
Afterward, a preliminary hearing must be held to determine the athlete's status under rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee.
If found in violation, the athlete could be dropped from Jamaica's Olympic team and face a minimum two-year suspension. Jamaica is trying to surpass its seven-medal haul at the 2000 Olympics.