POSTED: August 18th 2014
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Rogge confident in Beijing's potential to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games

The Olympic Stadium in Beijing where former IOC President Jacques Rogge opened the 2008 Games / Big Stock
The Olympic Stadium in Beijing where former IOC President Jacques Rogge opened the 2008 Games / Big Stock

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge told Xinhua Beijing would do a “very good job” hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games should it be selected by the International Olympic Committee as Host City.

“Of course, Beijing is not alone,” noted Rogge regarding fellow Candidate Cities Almaty and Oslo. “There are other candidates. But I’m sure if Beijing wins [the bid], they will do a very good job.”

Rogge is currently in China attending the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing as honorary president of the International Olympic Committee. Thomas Bach was voted IOC president following Rogge’s departure last September. 

With Beijing 2008 only six years ago and the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games successfully underway, Rogge is confident in China’s ability to host major international sporting events.

“I have been privileged to follow the preparations very closer since Nanjing was elected,” he told Xinhua. “I came four or five times to review the preparations, so I know exactly what you did. It is remarkable. I’m very grateful to the Chinese people and Nanjing for what they have done.

“My expectations are very high. I’m sure the young athletes will enjoy [the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing].”

Rogge also told Xinhua the Youth Olympic Games were important to the International Olympic Committee and the competing athletes, as well as young athletes around the world.

“These Games will grow in importance,” he told Xinhua. “This is only the second time they are being organised. With time the Youth Games will develop. They will prove to be very, very important for the Olympic Movement, because it’s an ideal way to bring young people to sport, and to bring sport to the whole world.”

The International Olympic Committee will vote on the Host City of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games – one of Beijing, Almaty, and Oslo – at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur 31 July 2015. 



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