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28 Nov 2005
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London 2012: President Rogge Meets UK Olympics Minister

President Rogge met today with UK Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, who flew to the IOC headquarters to meet with him. During their hour-long meeting, the first since London was elected as Host City for the 2012 Olympic Games on 6 July, Mrs Jowell updated President Rogge on the initiatives undertaken by the UK government in relation to the Olympic Games over the past months, specifically updating him on the recent personnel appointments made*.
Orientation Seminar
Mrs Jowell, who attended last week's co-hosted IOC-LOCOG orientation seminar, also thanked President Rogge for this IOC initiative, which served to bring together representatives of the various authorities with a role in the London 2012 Games and to set them on the right course for Games preparations based on IOC Games know-how. Special attention was also paid during their discussions to the importance of the positive sporting, social, economic and environmental legacy the Olympic Games can bring not only to London, but to the whole of the United Kingdom,
Rogge thanked Mrs Jowell for the support of the UK government, as demonstrated by its speed in moving forwards with necessary Olympic legislation, and its commitment to ensuring the delivery of new constructions on time and on budget. Commenting on the meeting, Rogge said,”Mrs Jowell and I had a very constructive meeting. Government support for the Olympic Games and LOCOG is absolutely vital to ensuring their success, and my meeting with Mrs Jowell left me in no doubt that the UK government is not only fully behind the London Olympic Games and its organisers, but is also enthusiastically embracing all that the Olympic Games can bring in the way they inspire individuals and society at large.”
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid.
* Jack Lemley has been appointed Chairman and David Higgins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
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