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  • Rogge: 2012 Olympics Losers, Don't Quit


    07/05/05

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/OpenCeremony.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>More than 300 performers took part in the opening ceremony for the 117th IOC Session.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) IOC president Jacques Rogge has made an appeal to the four cities certain to lose the 2012 Olympics race to not quit and try again. The IOC votes on a 2012 host later today in Singapore. <BR><BR>"The election of the host city for the 2012 Games will not be easy in view of the very high quality of the candidates," Rogge said at the Opening Ceremony of the 117th IOC Session in Singapore.<BR><BR>"Four cities will, of course, be deeply disappointed, but they should know that a candidature, even if it is not selected, leaves a tangible legacy.<BR><BR>"In view of their assets and qualities, we would, of course, be very pleased to see at future elections the cities not chosen now as the host city."<BR><BR>Roggue says the quality of the bids from all five of the cities would give them an excellent chance in future bidding.<BR><BR>The guest list for tonight's event featured high profile politicians including French President Jacques Chirac, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.<BR><BR>Among the sporting stars were England football captain David Beckham, Australian swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe and Real Madrid football star Raul Gonzales.<BR><BR>Rogge's opening remarks delivered new praised for Athens and the 2004 Games, for which a final report will be submitted this week to the IOC.<BR><BR>"I once again pay tribute to our Greek friends for their unforgettable, dream Games in Athens."<BR><BR>Rogge also says the IOC has been able to affirm its values in the fight against doping in both Salt Lake City and Athens.<BR><BR>"This reinforces the trust of the athletes in clean competition, and that of the general public in the image of the Games," he says.<BR><BR>"In Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, we shall intensify our efforts even more by increasing the number of tests. The IOC will continue to support WADA, which it created with the Olympic Movement and governments in 1999."<BR><BR>The IOC president also singled out the US for commendation in the fight against drugs in sport.<BR><BR>"We are delighted by the progress demonstrated by our American friends and in particular the United States Congress to bring the American professional leagues in line with <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/atr_ots_singapore.jpeg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B></B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>international standards," Rogge says.<BR><BR>Numerous candidatures are already emerging for the 2014 and 2016 Games, Rogge says, and the IOC will continue to give its financial, technical and expert advice to the bidding and organising Committees.<BR><BR>"We shall also pursue our efforts to control the size, cost and complexity of the Games," he says.<BR><BR>Linked to this goal is the vote later this week by IOC members on the composition of the Olympic program for 2012.<BR><BR>Rogge says that any responsible and prudent organization must think ahead to the long term and acquire, especially in periods of affluence, the tools and mechanisms to allow it to anticipate rather than react. <BR><BR>"The Olympic Games are today still perfectly manageable but cannot be allowed to grow," Rogge says.<BR><BR>"It was for this reason that we took the decision to limit the program to a maximum of 28 sports, 301 events and 10,500 athletes. This limit must not be exceeded since it would risk creating organizational difficulties."<BR><BR><B>On the scene coverage from the Singapore IOC Session throughout the week at www.aroundtherings.com.</B><BR>