POSTED: June 29th 2012
Lillehammer 2016: IOC head Rogge visits second winter YOG Olympic city
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
June 29 – Last week a series of preparatory meetings and a seminar for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games were taking place in Lillehammer and International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Dr. Jacques Rogge personally was in attendance.
The President spoke to the 200 delegates coming from the world of sports, universities, authorities and Games organisers. He highlighted the IOC’s aim for the YOG as a cultural and educational event as well as an elite sports competition.
Rogge said, “We will give skills to these athletes; skills for their later life, not only for their athletic and sporting careers, but also as a citizen of the world and as an individual person.”
“Our vision at the IOC is that sport is far more than a competition - sport is also about the education of young people. It is about integrating minorities into the mainstream of society, and it is about bringing a healthy lifestyle. Sport is about bringing a dream and joy to the athletes.”
The Innsbruck 2012 organizing committee gave a debrief on the very successful first winter edition held this year in another Olympic host city.
The President then made a venue tour and opened a new curling facility that will host the competition in four years’ time.
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