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Rogge salutes Vancouver

VANCOUVER, February 25 – International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge described the 2010 Winter Olympics as "very, very good on Wednesday" and said he'd never seen a city embrace a Games so warmly.

Rogge’s comments came with just five days left of these Olympics which were overshadowed by the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on the opening day and then suffered a series of organisational glitches as well as problems with the weather.

"The Olympics are very, very good and this will be stressed in my closing speech. The athletes are happy, the public are excited, the infrastructure is good and the transport is functioning," said Rogge.

"TV figures are also superior to the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the most important thing is the enthusiasm of the people. I have never seen a city embrace the Games in this way.

"Sydney in 2000 was certainly at the same level, but you can’t compare Summer Games with Winter Olympics. The Winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994 were also superb but the city didn’t have the same profile."

Rogge admitted that the record-breaking performances of Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann, who won both individual events for the second time after also sweeping the normal and large hills in 2002, had been a standout performance.

He also acknowledged that despite the death of Kumaritashvili, the Games had been boosted by Canada’s first ever gold on home soil.

"The Games started in difficult circumstances with the death of Kumaritashvili," he said.

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"This also weighed on Canadians. But when Alexandre Bilodeau won freestyle gold, it kick-started the Games. It was the beginning of joy for the country."

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Brian

    May 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for demystifying the Anglo leasing monster.

  2. haki

    May 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Its a difficult and painful decision but Kenya has to pay and let it be a lesson for the country. Next time anyone signs any agreements on behalf of Kenya the lazy ministers/senators have to vet it accordingly without politicizing everything. Today its Jubilee in power tomorrow its cord lets be financially responsible no party want’s to clean anyone’s mess.

  3. Anthony Kalume

    May 16, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Lastly who was the fixer for this deal and how much is he gaining 10%??

  4. Samuel

    May 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Best put. Let’s not politic about anything and everything.

  5. Qwani

    May 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The major problem we have in Kenya is that many people don’t sit down to find out what exactly the Truth is. They believe everything their political leaders tell them and take it as the gospel truth. Right now Cord is planning to hold mass action demonstrations about anglo leasing, heaping all the blame on Githu and remaining very silent on Wako’s contribution. And yet the masses will be caught on tv screaming at the top of their voices like they even have a clue about what they are demonstrating for.

  6. mkenya

    May 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Interesting, except that this is the sort of treatise I would expect from the AG but unfortunately, its coming from a private citizen. This fact further gives credence to the opinion now gathering currency that the state law office is incompetent or that the officials there deliberately lost the case in court

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