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26 Feb 2006
IOC News , Press Release

IOC President’s speech at the Closing Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games

IOC President Jacques Rogge gave the following speech at the Closing Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games, this evening, in the Olympic Stadium in Turin:
Dear Italian friends,
Well done and thank you!
Dear Organising Committee friends and partners, you have succeeded brilliantly in meeting your challenge. These were truly magnificent Games. We say a heartfelt thank-you to Italy, Piedmont and Turin!
Dear volunteers, you, like the athletes, have been the champions of these Games. Your generosity and smiles have won us over. You have been marvellous.
These Games have been held in the sprit of the Olympic Truce, with the peace and harmony we all desire.
In two weeks’ time, Turin will be hosting the Paralympic Games. Let us encourage these great athletes who will inspire you.
Athletes, we have admired your brilliant performances. You have seduced us with your spirit of fair play and brotherhood. Keep the Olympic flame burning in your hearts. Spread the Olympic dream in your countries. You are the true ambassadors of our values. Give back to sport what it has given you.
Athletes, it is to protect you that the International Olympic Committee fights untiringly against doping. I promise that we shall continue to fight for a pure and healthy sport.
And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the XX Olympic Winter Games closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Vancouver, to celebrate the XXI Olympic Winter Games.
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