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27 May 2005
IOC News , museum-news-articles

Finding the Roots of Sport - Rites - Identities

On Wednesday evening, many people came to the preview of the new exhibition: Finding the Roots of Sport. For the first time on two levels (720 m2), the Olympic Museum is on a quest for the roots of sport in both time and the four corners of the world.

First visit for the President and his guests
Before the speeches, Jacques Rogge, IOC President, visited the exhibition accompanied with many guests, including the Consul General of Italy, ambassadors and representative from United Nations’ permanent missions, a delegation from Uzbekistan, led by its Sports and Culture Minister, as well as representatives from the local authorities.

International Year of Sport and Physical Education
In his welcome speech, Francis Gabet, Museum Director, underlined the perfect justification of the exhibition in this International Year of Sport and Physical Education proclaimed by the UN, and invited everyone present to take part in the many activities which will take place over the course of the summer. Frédérique Jamolli, Head of Museology, then recalled the birth of the project, which required many months of study and research and contacting experts and various museums worldwide. She also thanked all those who had contributed to the setting up of this exciting exhibition.

Mankind and sport
The last word was for Jacques Rogge, IOC President. For him, sport has more than simply a competitive, educational or social dimension. “Sport is the expression of mankind and mankind is life!”

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