The IOC President on an official visit to Paris

10 Jan 2003
IOC News

On Thursday 9 January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, attended the opening ceremony of the meeting of ministers for physical education and sport from more than 90 countries at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris. The ministers met on 9 and 10 January for a round-table discussion in which some 200 representatives of NGOs from across the world and UNESCO member states took part.

Jacques ROGGE, IOC President presenting the Gold Olympic Order to Jacques CHIRAC IOC

The President then met the French Sports Minister, Jean François Lamour, at the Ministry of Sport, where issues related to the role of sport in the European Union, the World Anti-Doping Agency and Paris's candidature for the 2012 Olympic Games were addressed.

On the same day, the IOC President met with the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë. He then presented the Fair Play Trophy to Kenyan athlete Kipchoge Keino at an awards ceremony organised by the International Committee for Fair Play at the UNESCO headquarters. Among the athletes rewarded were Italian climber Simone Moro and Portuguese footballer Eusebio Ferreira da Silva.

On Friday 10 January, the IOC President presented the Olympic Order to the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, at the Elysée Palace in the presence of IOC Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch, French IOC members Jean-Claude Killy and Guy Drut, the President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), Henri Sérandour, honorary member Maurice Herzog, honour member Alain Danet and French Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour.

The President then visited the CNOSF headquarters for lunch with the members of the Executive Board and French IOC members at the invitation of Henri Sérandour.

During his stay, the IOC President also met IOC members Mohamed Mzali and Pál Schmitt.

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