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  • Olympics Will Open China Says Premier


    10/25/06

    IOC President Jacques Rogge with Premier Wen Jiabao. (BOCOG) 
    (ATR) The 2008 Olympics in Beijing will help make China more open, Premier Wen Jiabao tells IOC President Jacques Rogge.

    Meeting Wednesday with the IOC leader, Wen said accepted international practices will be followed for all aspects of Games organization.

    "Through holding the Olympics, a more open, more harmonious China will emerge to the world," Wen said.

    "We will conscientiously carry out the promises we made when we bid [to host the 2008 games]," state media and BOCOG quoted him as saying.

    "According to international practice, we will provide services that conform to Olympic standards for athletes, officials, media and spectators from all nations and regions, and work hard to provide excellent conditions for them to take part in competition," Wen said.

    Rogge said his meeting with Wen was "very productive".

    "We discussed a wide range of Games-related topics and talked about Chinese sport in general," he said.

    "I was particularly heartened by the support and the commitment of the Chinese Government for the 2008 Games, which I expect to be of the highest quality thanks to this support and to the dedication of the leadership and staff of BOCOG and the enthusiasm of the Chinese people."

    Accompanying Rogge were Hein Verbruggen, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing, vice chair Kevan Gosper, Zaiqing Yu, IOC Executive Board member, Zhenliang He, IOC member in China and Gilbert Felli, the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director.

    The IOC Commission wraps up its latest visit to the Olympic City on Thursday.

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