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18 Mar 2011
IOC News

Sports world ready to help Japan

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge met Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda on Thursday at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne and conveyed the Olympic Movement’s sympathies following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.

The IOC has remained in close contact with the JOC since the quake hit on 11 March, with President Rogge offering his personal condolences in a letter sent to Mr Takeda and Japanese IOC members Chiharu Igaya and Shun-Ichiro Okano the same day.

“We are appalled at the destruction the earthquake and tsunami wrought,” President Rogge told his Japanese counterpart. “The entire Olympic Movement is with Japan at this tragic time and we will do whatever we can to help the country recover.”

The IOC, in conjunction with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), is discussing ways in which sport can provide relief to Japan once the most pressing concerns facing the nation have been solved. IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng has been appointed to lead the IOC’s work on the matter

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