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  • IOC President Has Doubts About Unified Team


    IOC President Jacques Rogge is in Asia for the next week. 
    (ATR) IOC President Jacques Rogge says his doubts are growing about a unified Korean team at the Beijing Olympics, while he questions the first choice to lead to Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Games.

    Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo where he begins a week-long visit to Asia, Jacques Rogge says the tensions resulting from North Korea's nuclear testing has put into peril plans to field a unified team from the Koreas in Beijing.

    "I had meetings with the national Olympic committees of North and South Korea a short while ago and we were making progress," he said,

    "But the nuclear test has changed everything and we are waiting for the resolution of this situation."

    In other remarks, the IOC President said the naming of sports company executive Masato Mizuno to lead the bid for Tokyo 2016 would be a conflict of interest. Mizuno has already declined the appointment.

    "Sponsors of the IOC should remain neutral to competition between candidates. I congratulated him on his wise decision," said Rogge.

    Mizuno supplies uniforms to IOC members and staff during the Games.

    He says Tokyo is a "candidate with great potential" for 2016 but that he regards all potential bidders as equals at this stage of the process.

    Rogge will travel from Japan to Beijing for the 5th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture, followed by the latest meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2008 Olympics.

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