- 04 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
TORINO 2006: President Rogge Arrives In Turin
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, today arrived in Turin, the Host City for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006. The President is in Turin for these Games, which will begin on 10 February 2006. President Rogge will also chair an IOC Executive Board meeting and the 118th IOC Session, which will begin on 5 February 2006 and 8 February 2006 respectively.
On his arrival in Turin, President Rogge commented, "I am extremely happy to be in Torino and eager for the Games to begin in a week. We know the organisers will be ready for the Opening Ceremony. We are excited and waiting for excellent Games".
Second Olympic Winter Games
These will be the second Winter Games for President Rogge as IOC President; his first Winter Games as President were the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Rogge was also President during Athens 2004 and he has participated in sailing competitions at three Olympic Games (Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976) as an athlete. During his sports career he was also a member of the Belgian national rugby team.
Elected President in 2001
Rogge was President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee between 1989 and 1992, and President of the European Olympic Committees between 1989 and 2001. Elected as a member of the IOC in 1991, he acceded to the IOC Executive Board in 1998 and was elected IOC President in 2001.
Eight IOC Presidents
Rogge has had seven predecessors as IOC President: Juan Antonio Samaranch (1980-2001), Lord Killanin (1972-1980), Avery Brundage (1952-1972), J. Siegfried Edström (1946-1952), Henri de Baillet-Latour (1925-1942), Pierre de Coubertin (1896- 1925) and Demetrius Vikelas (1894-1896).
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,600 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.