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Tuesday, 1 February 2005

Canada Owns The 2010 Olympics

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, has called on all Canadians to put their full weight behind the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Speaking in Montreal, Rogge said:

"We believe the Games must be Canadian Games...There must be a sense of ownership in all of Canada, in all the provinces, for these Games...I know our friends in Vancouver want that, too..." .

Rogge is spending 3 days in Canada, meeting with political and business leaders to build support for the 2010 Games.

The federal government has been asked to put up half the money for the Games, the rest will be tapped from private sources.

Rogge expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the 2010 Olympics. However, he warned that the Games were still only in their "honeymoon phase".

The next stage will be more difficult; when roads are blocked, and holes dug, during the construction of the venues.

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