A Entrevista De Jacques Rogge Ao Chicago Tribune

2. “There is an austere feeling to the president’s

office, in the old part of International Olympic

Committee headquarters. Gray leather chairs.

Glass-topped desk free of any clutter. Modern

paintings from the Olympic Museum as its only

ornamental elements.


3. The spare décor reflects the no-frills personality

and formal demeanor of the current occupant, Jacques

Rogge of Belgium, finishing his seventh full year in

the IOC presidency. It is a year in which Rogge’s

worries over how the politically charged Beijing

Olympics were assuaged by their organizational and

sporting success. It is a year ending with the IOC

president knowing that, despite the global economic

crisis, his organization’s finances look solid with

$400 million in reserve even after a 14 percent drop

in value during 2008.


4. So a relaxed Rogge had gone positively casual, with

a sport coat and no tie, as he sat down for a Friday

interview with the Tribune. My first question was

about Rogge’s reaction to President-elect Barack

Obama’s video showing his enthusiastic support for the

Olympic movement, for his home town of Chicago’s 2016

Olympic bid and for using the Summer Games to help the

United States re-engage an Olympic world that widely

resented the Bush administration’s policies.


5. “This makes me rejoice, of course,” Rogge said.

Circumspect as usual, Rogge hastened to add President

George W. Bush was also a “great supporter” of the

Olympic movement. “He helped us a lot immediately

before Salt Lake City (2002 Winter Games) after 9/11,”

Rogge said. “He was also very supportive in declaring

he would attend the opening of the [Beijing] Games,

and for this he was criticized.” And then Rogge got to

the point: that the Obama effect is good for Chicago’s



6. “Now to come back to President-elect Obama: It’s

always good to see the support of the president of the

United States for a candidate city, and of course the

fact this is Chicago will definitely help that. This

is very positive. Also, he is na athletic man, still

very active, so that’s good.” And off we went:


7. Does the record of the United States having staged

three successful Olympics in the past 25 years under

frequently difficult economic conditions help Chicago

if its guarantees don’t conform to the language of the

IOC Charter and the host city contract, as the IOC bid

report noted in June” We are going to judge next year

the guarantees and the underwriting and the financial

security, but we have to do that not by thinking of

the past but by looking at the actual situation in a

changing world-a globalized, volatile world where

certainties disappear.


8. So the track record does or not affect anyone’s

impression of U.S. capability” Don’t misunderstand me.

There is this fundamental trust in the inherent values

of the United States being a very strong country,

politically, democratically, economically. That

remains. The fact you are still and will remain for a

long time the biggest economic market in the world is

not going to disappear.


9. Former U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter

Ueberroth has made it clear that in the ongoing

IOC-USOC negotiations about revenue sharing, he does

not want to cut the percentages the U.S. receives from

global sponsors and U.S. TV rights. Is there any way

you can sell an agreement that does not include drops

in the percentages”.


10. I am not going to speculate about the declarations

of Peter Ueberroth. I hope we can find a resolution.

Don’t ask me to enter into specific details. Were you

surprised at how adamant he was” I know Peter since

1983, so what he said does not surprise me. Didn’t he

seem to leave little room for negotiation” I am

saying-and you know I have never made incendiary

declarations on this-to just wait and see. You said

you hope to find a resolution. Is it possible there

won’t be one” Everything is possible.


11. As an example of how he wanted the IOC to get more

money without cutting USOC percentages, Ueberroth made

a point of noting NBC paid $894 million for rights to

the 2008 Beijing Games and Chinese Central TV paid

just $7.3 million. Should China pay so little when its

advertising revenues were almost equal to NBC’s” This

is going to change with the rights for 2014 and 2016.

The figures will be way higher. China will pay its

legitimate share. In the magnitude of NBC’s” No. The

economics don’t allow for the same situation as for



12. The USOC continues to do without government

support, which some IOC members think it should ask

for. Given that the economic crisis is leading some

governments to ask for a larger role in how their

Olympic money is spent, doesn’t the U.S. model look

like the better one” There is no better model … but

I know of wonderful models of close association

between the government and sport without loss of

autonomy-the French, the English, the Italian. The

American model of splendid isolation is only possible

in a very rich country with the right culture for

it-minimal government and a private market that can

bring in the resources. That is not the reality for

the other 204 countries of the [Olympic] world.


13. Two years ago, you emphatically told me the

Olympics need a strong U.S. team. Feel the same now”

Absolutely. I am a great defender of the place and the

role of the United States in sport”.

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