- 02 Jul 2003
- IOC News
A historic day opens for the Session
Before the presentations by the three candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, the 115th IOC Session began with the oath-taking ceremony by Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, elected in 2002 in Salt Lake City, who undertook to defend the interests of the IOC and the Olympic Movement. The IOC President then paid a special tribute to Manuela Di Centa, seven-time Olympic medallist, for her achievement in May 2003 when she climbed Everest, the summit of the world. For their part, João Havelange, Marc Hodler and King Constantine were honoured for their 40 years of service to the Olympic Movement.
President Rogge also presented the VIII Olympia Prize, to honour the most attractive stamp issued by postal administrations on the occasion of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Gold went to Poland, silver to Canada, and bronze to Serbia and Montenegro, with the United States winning the prize for originality.
Less than two years after the XIX Olympic Winter Games closed in Salt Lake City, the Organising Committee President, Mitt Romney, presented the final official report on these Games.