have become overly friendly with some competitors
organisers have apologised for an incident in which doves
attempted to nest during a medal ceremony.
have since been advised not to feed bread to the doves or
encourage them by 'cooing' to them.
security is tight at the Athens Olympics, stray doves have
been seen circling overhead during some events.
have said they fear a repeat of the incident in which
some of the more friendly doves have become intent on nesting
in the head adornments during the medal ceremonies.
one security expert told us:
head-crowns were introduced as an homage to the ancient
Olympics, however modern doves, looking for a place to settle,
are thought likely to attempt to nest in them if the Olympians
stand still long enough.
is particularly worrying during the outside medal ceremonies,
especially around water, our experts insist.