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07 Jan 2004
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President Rogge stresses confidence the world has in the IOC

IOC President Jacques Rogge has sent his traditional New Year message to all members of the IOC, the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees. In this message the IOC President stressed that the IOC can be happy with the confidence that the organisation enjoys among the public, as well as the worlds of politics, economics, sport and the media.

Politics, economics, sport and the media
According to Rogge, this confidence and success is reflected by:

- Nine prestigious cities that hope to organise the Games in 2012. In all these cities, public opinion is greatly in favour of the Games and Olympism. This same confidence can be found in the host cities of the Games in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

- The world of politics, which has shown its confidence in the IOC. During the United Nations General Assembly, the Member States approved the resolution on the Olympic Truce unanimously.

- The new agreements that have been signed with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UNESCO and the World Bank, as well as efficient joint actions between the IOC, IFs and NOCs that have led to the inclusion of an article on sport in the Treaties on European Union to be adopted in the near future.

- The economic world that has shown its confidence through the success of the TOP programme, which is complete until 2008. New sponsors have been found and a large number of partners have already agreed to support the IOC through to 2010 and 2012. The TOP programme has never before had agreements concluded for so far in advance.

- The world of television has also shown its confidence in the Olympic Games, as proved by the record-breaking contract with NBC for the 2010 and 2012 Games worth more than two billion US dollars - a 34% increase.

Rigorous, ethical conduct
Rogge also launched an appeal to all the members: "Whilst it is pleasing to see the confidence the IOC enjoys among the different sectors of society, we must not become complacent. Such confidence implies rigorous, ethical conduct and effective action based on the values of Olympism." In this sense the IOC must federate the Olympic Movement's support to WADA and redouble its efforts in the fight against doping, which is sport’s major problem.

Not protected from life's uncertainties
Rogge also reminded the IOC members that sport is not protected from the uncertainties of life. "The war in Iraq, the increase in terrorism, the economic crisis and the SARS epidemic have not made life easy for the IOC, IFs and NOCs."

Priorities for 2004
In his message, President Rogge stressed the priorities for 2004: "The IOC must give priority to working with its partners for the success of the Games in Athens." He then concluded: "The IOC's success is that of all its members, who spare neither time nor effort to fulfil the IOC's missions. The IOC can count on an administration which is now even more efficient after the audit, and which is led by a highly competent new Director General."
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