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05 Jul 2011
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123rd IOC Session opens in Durban

The IOC officially opened its 123rd Session tonight in Durban during a vibrant ceremony held at the city’s Playhouse in the presence of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

During his opening speech, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “Tonight, as we open the 123rd IOC Session, let us renew our commitment to the values that led to the founding of our Movement over a century ago. The Olympic Movement is strong because we have held true to those values.”

“Our Movement exists to place sport at the service of humanity. That is what brings us to Durban. So let us enjoy this pleasant evening. And tomorrow, we will go to work for the good of our Movement; for the athletes we seek to serve; and for the greater good of society,” he continued.

The IOC Session will elect the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games tomorrow. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) are candidates and were present at tonight’s ceremony. All three Candidate Cities enjoyed the presence of their respective governmental representatives, including the President of Germany, Christian Wulff, French Prime Minister François Fillon, and the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-bak.

“I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results,” said Rogge.

Click here to read President Rogge’s full speech.

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