TORINO 2006: Giorgio Rocca To Take Athletes’ Oath
Giorgio Rocca will take the Athletes' Oath at the Opening Ceremony for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006. Rocca was informed of his selection by the Italian chef de mission and General Secretary of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Raffaele Pagnozzi. The Italian athlete stated that he was deeply honoured to have been selected for this role.
Originally written by Pierre de Coubertin
The modern Olympic Oath was originally written by Pierre de Coubertin, and has been modified over time to reflect the changing nature of the sporting competition. The Athletes' Oath was first taken during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. The current version of the Oath was introduced in 1999. The first oath taken by an athlete at an Olympic Winter Games was taken by Camille Mandrillon in Chamonix in 1924.
The following words will be spoken by Giorgio Rocca: “In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”
Judges’ or Officials’ Oath
Since Munich 1972, a judge or official from the country in which the Games take place has also sworn an oath at the Opening Ceremony. Therefore, in Turin, it will be up to an Italian judge or sports official to speak the following words: “In the name of all the judges, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship.”
The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,6.00 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
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