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06 Nov 2001
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Lausanne, 6 November 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Jacques Rogge, has decided to appoint Mr Hein Verbruggen as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, in 2008.

An IOC member in the Netherlands since 1996 as President of an International Federation (IF), Mr Verbruggen chaired the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2008 Games from September 2000 to July 2001.

“Hein Verbruggen has all the qualities needed to chair the Coordination Commission. His experience as Chairman of the Evaluation Commission and his knowledge of the Olympic Movement make him the ideal person to accompany Beijing in its preparations for the Olympic Games in 2008”, the IOC President declared.

“It is a great honour for me to be entrusted with this responsibility. Having already worked as Chairman of the Commission which evaluated the candidate cities for the Summer Games in 2008, I am very pleased to be able to make a further contribution to the IOC during the forthcoming years of hard work that await us”, said Mr Verbruggen.

“I am confident that the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) will be able to guarantee us ideal conditions for staging superb Games”, he added.

President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) since 1991, Mr Verbruggen is also Vice-President of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and has been a member of the Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency since 1999. A member of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 (1996-1997), representing the IFs, he has been on the Coordination Commission for these Games in Athens since 1998.

The creation of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games is scheduled for December 2001, and the first Coordination Commission meeting should be held in the spring of 2002. The Commission members will be appointed in December this year.

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