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04 Oct 2006
IOC News

Busy weeks ahead for IOC President

Both French men born in the same century, one the founder of the International Olympic Committee, the other referred to by many as the inventor of science fiction. But what else do Baron Pierre de Coubertin and Jules Verne have in common? Perhaps that Jacques Rogge has followed in their footsteps, or in the case of Jules Verne, more in the footsteps of one of his most famous characters, Phileas Fogg.
Over the next three months, President Rogge will visit no less than 10 countries in a gruelling but enjoyable travel itinerary which will take him across the continents. It’s not quite “Around the World in 80 Days” but it’s not far off!
Rogge’s upcoming agenda will see him discussing the role of sport in society with world leaders and members of the Olympic family. He has started this week in Ukraine, meeting with President Victor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych to discuss the role and development of the Olympic Movement. Accompanied by IOC members and Olympic athletes Sergey Bubka and Valeriy Borzov, Rogge participated in the 10th anniversary celebrations of Ukraine’s participation as an independent country at the Olympic Games.
Later this week, Rogge travels to Russia where he will meet President Putin. The two leaders are likely to discuss the development of sport in Russia, and the role it can play, especially as regards teaching young people the values of respect, friendship and striving for excellence. Collaboration between the worlds of sport and governments may also feature in the discussions, with an emphasis on the strength that results from a combined approach to fighting doping in sport.
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