PRESIDENT ROGGE: IMPRESSIVE PROGRESS AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
“They all tell me how impressed they are with the progress that our Chinese friends are making in developing the Beijing 2008 project” said IOC President Jacques Rogge, as he addressed the organisers of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at a meeting in the Chinese capital. Rogge was talking about the feedback from athletes and the wider world of sport and from the IOC’s Coordination Commission, which is tasked with overseeing and guiding the Organising Committee (BOCOG), all of whom have reported positively on Games preparations and the growing sense of excitement felt two years out from the Games.
Rogge underlined how Beijing 2008 would allow a much greater level of understanding to be created not just between the IOC and BOCOG, but also between China and the rest of the world. He stated, “As we get closer to the start date of the Games of 8 August 2008, I hope that the relationship between our two organisations will continue to grow and strengthen, as it has during the past five years. Indeed, these Games will allow a greater level of mutual understanding to be created, not just between BOCOG and the IOC, but also between China and the rest of the world, as the world starts to discover this nation with 5,000 years of history, thanks to the exposure that the Games bring to the host city and country.”
Rogge also paid tribute to the magnificent work that BOCOG has been carrying out under the leadership of President Liu Qi, as the BOCOG team works towards making the dream of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games a reality. The IOC President underlined the level of BOCOG’s progress when he said, “This progress was seen recently, as BOCOG successfully held several events that will ultimately help the Beijing Games succeed: the 1st World Broadcasters’ Meeting, the 1st World Press Briefing, and of course, the recent sailing and softball test events.”
However, Rogge also warned against complacency saying, “Despite the great progress that BOCOG has so far been able to achieve, my experience throughout my Olympic career has been that it is extremely important not to take your eye off the ball, because it is often in the moments when you lose your focus that mistakes can creep in. I would therefore encourage BOCOG and the Chinese authorities to continue working diligently, as they currently are, towards hosting very successful Games.”
Note to Editors and Broadcasters
B-roll of the President’s speech to the Coordination Commission and visit to the principal Olympic venues, including comments from some personalities involved in the Coordination Commission, will be available for broadcasters to download from the IOC’s News Room (www.olympic.org/thenewsroom) this evening (Central European Time). Please check out the news room at this time for more information.
About the IOC Coordination Commission
The IOC, as the guardian of the Olympic Games, assists and monitors the work of Organising Committees for the Olympic Games through the work of the Coordination Commission. The Commission visits the host city once a year until four years from the Games when the visits become twice yearly until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings are supplemented by the regular visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairman, selected members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration.
About the International Olympic Committee
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