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01 Feb 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 01 February 2001 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially invited the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to participate in the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City at a ceremony held today at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

During the ceremony, the IOC President ceremoniously signed six of the invitations, those to the NOCs of Australia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, and the United States. “The IOC invites the athletes of the world to gather next year in Salt Lake City for the Olympic Winter Games. I wish you all good luck,” said the IOC President. “The Games should be a wonderful experience, since Mitt Romney and his team have such done a terrific job.” Mr. Romney, president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC), joined the ceremony by video transmission.

As this year has been declared the International Year of Volunteers by the United Nations, today’s ceremony also celebrated volunteerism within the Olympic Movement. “The Olympic Movement depends on volunteerism,” said the IOC President. “The members of the IOC and many others volunteer their time and resources to the development of sport and the Movement. In fact, the Olympic Games themselves could not happen without the help of tens of thousands of volunteers. In Salt Lake City, it will be no different. To them, I send many thanks in advance.”

At the ceremony, the IOC President was joined by Mr. Ed Enyon, senior vice president of SLOC human resources who oversees SLOC’s volunteer program, Ms. Sharon Capeling-Alakija, executive coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer Program, and volunteers of past Olympic Winter Games, who spoke about the value of volunteering.

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