IOC chief calls for unity of Olympic movement

April 7th, 2008 - 4:11 pm ICT by admin  

Xinhua
Beijing, April 7 (Xinhua) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge Monday called for unity of the Olympic movement. “I’m very concerned with the international situation and what’s happening in Tibet. The torch relay has been targeted. The IOC has expressed its serious concern and calls for a rapid peaceful resolution in Tibet.

“Violence for whatever reason is not compatible with the values of the torch relay or the Olympic Games,” he added.

Rogge acknowledged that some politicians have played with the idea of boycotts, but said there is “no momentum for a generalised boycott”.

“We need the unity of the Olympic movement to help us overcome the difficulties. Our major responsibility is to offer good games to the athletes who deserve them,” Rogge told delegates at the 16th assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) here.

Xinhua

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