POSTED: October 6th 2008

Rogge eyes the task ahead

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

COPENHAGEN: President Jacques Rogge demanded that the Olympic Movement take a long, hard look at the challenges ahead as he marked the one-year countdown to the opening of the 121st IOC Session and XIII Olympic Congress in the Danish capital.

An Olympic Congress is held only every 10 to 15 years and next year's session will be especially important as it will include decisions on the 2016 host city and possible additions to the Olympic sports program. A good 2,000-3,000 delegates are expected to attend with another 1,000 members of the media.

Rogge told the delegation: "Traditionally, the Olympic Congress has been the catalyst for significant and meaningful developments, and I believe Copenhagen will be no different.

“This is why I want to encourage everyone to contribute their thoughts, ideas and best thinking. It is our opportunity to take on bold new directions and set the tone for the Olympic Movement for years to come.”
Young people and the digital revolution

Rogge, who has said he will decide this month on whether to seek a further term as president, added: “First, we need to address our responsibility to better engage with young people and to combat inactivity and obesity. I am also eager for us to fully embrace the digital revolution, which affects the way the world experiences the Olympic Games, whether via the internet or on mobile phones.

“Today, we are faced with the challenge of building on our past success and ensuring the Olympic Movement remains relevant into the rest of the 21st century. For this, we are going to need everyone’s best thinking.”

Some 750 guests were invited to the launch event 'One year to go' including Crown Prince Frederik, the Danish Minister for Culture, Carina Christensen and Lars Krarup, chairman of Sport Event Denmark. The next year has been designated the Danish Year of Sport.

Christensen said: "Every single sports fan in Denmark will be proud to be hosting the IOC session and the Olympic Congress here in Copenhagen next year: 2009 truly will be the year of sport."

Keywords · Jacques Rogge · Congress · Crown Prince Frederik · Carina Christensen · Lars Krarup · Denmark · Copenhagen · 2016 Olympics · International Olympic Committee

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