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24 Oct 2006
IOC Events , Press Release

Rogge visits Beijing Olympic venues – Free footage/B-Roll

IOC President Jacques Rogge today visited, in Beijing, the Olympic Venues of the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”, and the National Aquatics Centre or “Water Cube” as it is more commonly known. Commenting on his visit, Rogge said, ”I feel a sense of tremendous excitement at having seen these magnificent sites which, in less than two years’ time, will be the home for emotional moments of Olympic sport and ceremony. It is impressive to see how much has been done since I was last here, in October 2005. The venues are of course the most visible sign that preparations are progressing well. But in addition to this, my visit to Beijing has confirmed what my colleagues in the IOC Coordination Commission have told me, namely that in all areas, the Games organisers are doing a tremendous job. When the IOC awarded the Games to Beijing in 2001, it did so with the belief that, in addition to the technical excellence of the bid, the Games would leave a unique legacy to China and to the world of sport. What I see here today confirms to me that this belief not only still holds true, but indeed grows stronger every day.”
For free-of-charge b-roll footage of the President’s visit, plus interview clips of him talking about the state of preparations, what bringing the Olympic Games to Beijing means for the world of sport, and how the Games organisers are endeavouring to tackle environmental issues specific to the Games against the effects resulting from China’s economic boom, visit
In the IOC newsroom, you will also find interviews with:-
  • Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission - the group of IOC men and women tasked with guiding and advising Beijing Games organisers
  • Sergey Bubka, Olympic champion, IOC member and member of the Coordination Commission
  • Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director
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