IOC chief optimistic about Beijing Olympics
To the previous articles about the Olympics, I am surprised the IOC president, Jacques Rogge is optimistic about the upcoming Olympics. Did he not see the major protests when the torch was being relayed around the world? The China's visa policy problem and also the 1 million unsold tickets are just some of the side problems the 08' Olympics has to deal with. Maybe im being pessimistic, but there seems to be a lot of issues that needs to be solved before and during the games. Nonetheless, if the President of the IOC is optimistic about the upcoming games, I should be too.
GENEVA - International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Jacques Rogge said on Monday that he was "very optimistic" about the success of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.
Rogge was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a new attached building to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, the official Swissinfo website reported.
Rogge told assembled guests that there remained a few elements to refine for the Beijing Olympics, but he was optimistic that the games would be a success.
The IOC's priorities for the moment were anti-doping activities and curbing illegal betting, which had become a "major problem," Rogge said.
Swiss Sports Minister Samuel Schmid, present at the inauguration, also expressed his hope that the upcoming Games would bring moments of "intense joy," according to the Swissinfo report.