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20 Dec 2006
Olympic News

The IOC President in Algeria

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, has just completed a two-day visit to Algiers, at the invitation of Tayeb Zitouni, President of the Algiers City Council. It was the second visit to the Algerian capital for President Rogge, after one in 2004. During his stay, President Rogge was received by the President of the Algerian Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, with whom he discussed the organisation of the All Africa Games, as well as the development of sport in the country and the role it can play, particularly in teaching young people values such as respect, friendship and the search for excellence. He also discussed these subjects with the Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Belkhadem. Accompanied by Julio César Maglione, IOC member in Uruguay, and Mustapha Berraf, the Algerian NOC President, President Rogge attended a gala evening during which Mustapha Larfaoui, IOC member and President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Algiers City Council and honoured by sports and government representatives. President Rogge concluded his visit to Algeria with a meeting with the presidents of the national federations and members of the NOC General Assembly.
The Olympic values in Algerian schools
As the sports movement is above all an educational movement, the Algerian NOC has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the Olympic values among children, using the National Olympic Academy. In this connection, an inter-ministerial/NOC agreement on introducing the Olympic values in schools was officially signed on Tuesday 19 December at a ceremony at the Cité des Sciences in Algiers, in the presence of President Rogge and the ministers of National Education; Post, Information Technology and Communication; Professional Training and Education; and Youth and Sport.
For President Rogge, this commendable initiative illustrates that today, more than ever, “sport has an essential educational role to play in our societies, and at all levels, from school sport to elite sport and mass sport. We have a responsibility”, President Rogge added, “to show by example that sport teaches respect for ourselves and others, the quest for excellence in all we do and, above all, an attitude based on friendship and peace.”
Algiers: host of the 2007 All Africa Games
Another subject on the agenda for President Rogge was the 9th All Africa Games. After hosting the third edition in 1978, Algeria is getting ready, 27 years later, to stage the ninth edition of the biggest sports event on the African continent. From 11 to 23 July 2007, almost 9,500 athletes and leaders will be there from the 53 NOCs of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). The Games programme features competitions in 21 Olympic sports, three non-Olympic sports and three Paralympic sports. The 10th edition of the All Africa Games will taken place in 2011 in Lusaka (Zambia).
Official website of the 9th All Africa Games
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