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30 Jan 2004
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Presidential Visit to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

During his stay in Switzerland, Mr Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, visited the Olympic Museum. He was received by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC Director General Urs Lacotte and Museum Director Francis Gabet. The Brazilian President was accompanied by his wife and Messrs Agnelo Queiroz, Brazilian Sports Minister, and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and IOC Member, as well as by H.E. Mrs Celina Maria Assumpção do Valle Pereira, Brazilian Ambassador in Bern.

Many questions...
President Lula was very interested in the Olympic Museum and its permanent exhibitions. During his visit, he asked many questions to the hostess who was acting as his guide, spent a long time looking at various pieces of equipment used in the Summer Games, and admired, among other things, the football signed by the unforgettable Pelé.

…and much emotion
In front of the cyclorama images, he spoke about the emotion that all athletes who had participated in the Olympic Games must have felt, something which the IOC President, as a former athlete, could confirm. The name of the IOC Doyen, Brazilian João Havelange, was also mentioned.

A living Museum
In 2003, the Olympic Museum hosted its two-millionth visitor. Since its inauguration in June 1993, this represents some 200,000 visitors per year. A living temple of sport and culture, the Olympic Museum has become the second most-visited museum in Switzerland!
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