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Woman who planned 2004 Athens Olympics to lead Greece’s bicentenary festivities

Gianna Angelopoulos has been appointed to the role which marks the 1821 uprising against Ottoman rule.

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General view of The Acropolis in Athens (Nick Potts/PA)

General view of The Acropolis in Athens (Nick Potts/PA)

General view of The Acropolis in Athens (Nick Potts/PA)

Greece’s new government has picked the organising chief of the Athens 2004 Olympics to head preparations to mark the bicentenary of the 19th-century revolt against Ottoman Turkey that led to the creation of the modern Greek state.

Businesswoman Gianna Angelopoulos’ appointment was announced following her meeting on Wednesday with prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

A statement from Mr Mitsotakis’ office said the 2021 celebrations would allow Greece “to reintroduce itself” to the world after its long financial crisis.

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Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

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Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

It said events would be staged in Athens, regional Greek towns and cities abroad.

Greece gained independence from the Ottoman Empire nine years after the 1821 revolution.

Ms Angelopoulos, a former politician in Mr Mitsotakis’ conservative party, is credited with making a success of the 2004 Games after delays by previous organisers nearly wrecked the costly project.

PA