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09 Feb 2004
Olympic News

Sarajevo celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Games

On 9 and 10 February the city of Sarajevo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games, which it hosted in 1984. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, will be in the Bosnian capital today for this commemoration.

Inauguration of the Olympic Museum at the Zetra Olympic Centre
The inauguration of the Olympic Museum at the Zetra Olympic Centre and a figure skating gala, featuring some of the new European champions recently crowned in Budapest, will be the highlights of this commemoration.

Torvill and Dean's Bolero
Twenty years ago Zetra hosted the ice hockey tournament and the (figure and speed) skating events with the unforgettable interpretation of Ravel's Bolero by the British couple Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, as well as the Closing Ceremony.

Joint project to reconstruct Zetra after the war
Destroyed in 1992, the Zetra Hall was reconstructed in 1999 thanks to a project organised by the IOC in cooperation with the European Union, the canton of Sarajevo, the International Skating Union, the city of Barcelona, the Spanish, Norwegian and Dutch governments, and the Sports Humanitarian Group.

Reinforcement of the Olympic Truce
In 1994, during the XVII Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, President Rogge visited Sarajevo as part of an IOC delegation led by the then President, Juan Antonio Samaranch. This trip, 10 years after the Sarajevo Games, strengthened the appeal for the Olympic Truce, which was launched by the IOC on the occasion of the Lillehammer Games.

Meeting with political figures
During his visit President Rogge will take the opportunity to meet political figures, notably the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Covic, and the President of the Canton of Sarajevo, Denis Zvizdic.

Learn more on Sarajevo 1984


Christopher DEAN
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