- 23 Apr 2008
- IOC News
New UN Special Adviser visits the IOC
IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed the new Special Adviser to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, to the IOC headquarters yesterday. Lemke, a former manager of first division German football club Werder Bremen, and a former Senator of the German State of Bremen, succeeds Adolf Ogi.
During their meeting, Rogge and Lemke agreed to continue the fruitful cooperation between the two organisations in numerous areas. Both will continue to promote sport as a tool in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combine their efforts in peace-building, environmental protection and the fight against doping. Lemke offered his support in securing ratification of the UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention by new member states. The Convention provides a framework for harmonising anti-doping rules and policies worldwide, and ensuring the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code. It calls upon governments to join efforts to strengthen ethics, personal responsibility and integrity in sport. Lemke and Rogge also agreed to explore new areas of joint activities such as the Youth Olympic Games.
With less than four months to go until the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Lemke und Rogge pledged their commitment to ensure that the Games are celebrated by Beijing, China and the world in an Olympic spirit of friendship and respect.