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Monday, 16 July, 2001, 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK
New era for Olympic movement?
Will Jacques Rogge, the new president of the International Olympic Committee, mark a changing era for the movement?
After 21 years of service, Juan Antonio Samaranch steps down as president of the International Olympic Committee

What changes should successor Jacques Rogge employ to take the IOC forward?


Juan Antonio Samaranch has been the most influential president since Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympic movement.

There has been many publicised highs and lows throughout his reign.

As Samaranch ventures into retirement the new man at the helm is Belgian doctor, Jacques Rogge.

What changes should Rogge make to reform the great divides of the IOC?

And how can the movement be taken forward to avoid further corruption and scandal?


I imagine his likely legacy will be an initiation of reforms concerning the bidding process and the introduction of rotational hosts...What I would like to see would be a percentage of the profits distributed worldwide for investment in sporting infrastructure, coaching and youth development schemes.
Rhys Jaggar, England

My fervent hope is that Doctor Rogge's first (and only) act as incoming President of the IOC will be to abandon the Olympic Games entirely. It really is time we put a stop to the ridiculous waste of time and money the Games have become. The prospect of another vulgar quadrennial spectacle of politics, polemic, and propaganda sickens me. Does anyone who doesn't have a vested commercial interest really care about the Games anymore?
Bruce, USA

Many people like me associate the IOC and Samaranch with autocracy, corruption and nepotism
  Tridiv Borah, Germany/India
The Olympic movement is rotten to the core, from Samaranch to the other IOC members, to the athletes themselves. Thank God Toronto wasn't awarded the 2008 Games. We aren't rich enough to pay all the bribes necessary to "win" the games, and we taxpayers can't afford another Montreal debacle. By the way, we're still paying for those 1976 Games, and will do so for the next 5 years. How's that for scary?
John S, Canada

I don't understand why the media keep on referring to "so many years of service" when talking of Samaranch. It was more of a disservice. Many people like me associate the IOC and Samaranch with autocracy, corruption and nepotism. The question, therefore, is: will the new president be able to undo what his predecessor has done?
Tridiv Borah, Germany/India

Different President but the same members so I wouldn't expect too many changes.
Kenneth, England

Rogge should steer IOC the ship in a more liberal and democratic manner. There is too much power within the inner circle of the organization. The perks that come with the positions should be reduced to make the officials work for their money. Less developed nations are less represented, and it is high time they are given more committee members.
Wanzusky, Canada

The IOC needs dynamic thinking and I trust that Rogge is the right person to do it. I wish him luck
  Rodney Lobo, Norway
I am not at all surprised that Rogge was elected President. I used to watch the Olympics faithfully until about 15 years ago, but all the scandal, politics and blatant corruption just turned me right off. I hope Rogge can turn things around, but I fear that the Olympics are on the slippery slope to "so, who cares."
Lynn F, Canada

I hope that sport will again come to the forefront of the Olympic movement. Samaranch, who was a disaster to the movement should have gone after Barcelona. I hope that Rogge will bring in younger and more idealistic blood to the organisation. The games must be made cheaper to host so that also less affuent countries can host them. What about dividing them between more than one city, or rotating them between the continents? The IOC needs dynamic thinking and I trust that Rogge is the right person to do it. I wish him luck.
Rodney Lobo, Norway

The whole organisation just gives the impression of being corrupt and sleazy. I notice that Samaranch's son has now joined the organisation, so it has nepotism included in the mix as well.
Bill, UK

Rogge's succession to the IOC presidency of this autocratic organization comes as no surprise. He is a European and the IOC membership is overwhelmingly dominated by Europeans. This is evident in the fact that Europe has more votes on the IOC than Asia and the Americas combined. This is not a democratic organization by any stretch of the imagination, and for the next 8 years Rogge can expect to have heads of states and prime ministers bowing and scraping before him while they plead for the favour of the IOC. I think the time has come for democratic countries to disengage from any further dealings with this organization.
M MacDonald, Canada

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