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  • Officials dispute Rogge's criticism


    Vancouver Olympic organizers are refuting a suggestion from International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge that they aren't doing enough to promote the 2010 Winter Games.

    Rogge sparked a media blitz when he said "a bit more promotion would be useful" in response to questions from Atlanta-based online magazine Around the Rings.

    "The magic and the beauty of the geography of Vancouver will definitely be very important," Rogge also told the magazine. "It's one of the most iconic places in the world to organize Winter Games.

    Canadians know sports very well, they have a good home team, the population loves winter sports, ice and snow, and I think we will see a very well organized Games."

    But the media latched on to his criticism.

    "Our understanding is that president Rogge was quite complimentary in the story and the piece in question is really recognizing the potential that exists in the next six months, leading up to the Games," said Vancouver spokesman Chris Brumwell.

    The IOC quickly skated in to "clarify" Rogge's comments.

    "The president did not say that VANOC was 'falling short,' " said Mark Adams, IOC communications director.

    "Indeed, he pointed out how great the Vancouver Games will be, how supportive the Canadian public will be, and that - as we enter the final stretch - with the Olympic torch relay and winter sports season approaching, that VANOC will undoubtedly start to step up its promotion of the Games in a final push before the Games begin."