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01 Jul 2007
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IOC Session in Guatemala: "How Olympic values are brought to life"

The Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect will be the underlying theme underpinning the 119th IOC Session, which starts on 4 July in Guatemala City. The various speeches and reports by the IOC President Jacques Rogge and members will demonstrate how these values are brought to life every two years at the Olympic Games and each and every day through programmes and projects carried out in collaboration with National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the TOP partners as well as external agencies, particularly from the UN system. “The IOC acts as a catalyst for collaboration to shepherd success”, explains the President.
Support through sport
This collaboration assists a cross-section of people primarily in emerging and developing countries; from victims in refugee camps and people living in post-conflict situations, to young athletes aiming to achieve the pinnacle of sport. The Chairmen of different IOC Commissions will highlight specific results achieved in the following fields: “Women and sport”, “Sport for peace”, “Olympic Solidarity”, “Olympic Truce” and “Cooperation and development”, with the new “Sport for Hope” project in Zambia as a flagship. President Rogge will present to the members a 20-minute video highlighting all these activities (to be seen on on 5 July).
2014 election live
One highlight of the 119th IOC Session will undoubtedly be the election – on 4 July – of the host city for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 from among the three Candidate Cities: Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria), and PyeongChang (South Korea) - listed in the order of drawing of lots.  Live coverage of this event – including the presentations of the cities and the announcement ceremony of the host city - will be webcast on
Congress and Youth Olympic Games
The Olympic Congress in 2009 and the Youth Olympic Games, two major topics of the 119th IOC Session, are an additional illustration of the IOC’s work to implement its values. In addition, the IOC will launch in Guatemala City its project “Giving is winning”, which aims to provide more than 10 tons of clothing to people in refugee camps.  
Watch IOC President Jacques Rogge explain the meaning of the Olympic values:
 Video podcast (mp4 format, approx. 2 minutes)
 Watch the video (Windows Media Stream, high band, approx. 2 minutes)
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