Rodney Mark Jones
Monday, 16 July 2001
112th IOC Session in Moscow
I'm a computer networking
consultant working in the Washington DC metro area. In my spare time I enjoy
learning about other cultures and languages. My greatest interest is
I am also very fond of
and the Caribbean, especially the
US Virgin Islands. I enjoy
cooking, home brewing, reading and listening to all kinds of music when
I have time at home. Sports activities I really like are swimming, bicycling,
skating, hiking, orienteering and camping. I enjoy hard science-fiction but I'm also a fan of
and James Bond.
I collect Olympic pins and
My wife and I are currently studying for our Business Management degrees at Ashworth College. These interests keep me pretty busy.
Rodney Mark Jones
Eighth IOC President Elected
By profession, Jacques Rogge is an orthopaedic surgeon and former sports medicine lecturer. In the course of his sports career, he competed in the yachting competitions (Finn class) at the Games of the Olympiad in Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976, becoming world champion once, vice-champion twice and Belgian national champion sixteen times. He was also a member of the Belgian national rugby squad on ten different occasions.
Chef de mission at the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and Calgary and at the Games of the Olympiad in Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul, he subsequently served as President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee from 1988 to 1992. He became President of the European National Olympic Committees in 1989. Becoming IOC Member in 1991 then Executive Board member in 1998, Jacques Rogge played an important role as President of the Coordination Commission for the Sydney Games.
Beijing To Host 2008 Summer Games
Beijing has been elected the Host City for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 by the IOC members. The vote follows in line with the recommendation of the IOC Evaluation Commission that “a Beijing Games would leave a unique legacy to China and to sports. The Commission is confident that Beijing could organise an excellent Games”.
Beijing has approximately 12 million inhabitants and a history of more than 3000 years. The City of Beijing anticipates considerable population growth and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the city is expected to double by 2010.
There is very strong support from national and local levels of government as shown by the financial guarantee provided jointly by the Chinese Central and Beijing Municipal governments guaranteeing the funding of any shortfall, the construction of infrastructure and venues and working capital for the OCOG.
The Commission also received strong personal assurances of support from the President of China and the Mayor of Beijing. The Bid Committee claimed 95% public support. The IOC poll showed 96% support in Beijing and other urban areas.
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