Jacques Rogge to visit Kazakhstan for first time in sports history of country
January 21. KAZINFORM
President of International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge will visit Kazakhstan for the first time in sports history of the country on January 31. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize with the facilities of the upcoming Asian Games and check out the readiness of them. Deputy Mayor of Almaty city Serik Seidumanov said it during the meeting with the journalists.
As the President of the Olympic Committee noted in one of his interviews he was looking forward to these Asian Winter Games especially after the success of the Asian Games in Guangzhou. ‘I expect professionalism, fair contests and positive moods that reigned at recent Games. Geography of sport expands its borders. These Games in Astana and Almaty are vivid example of it. Kazakhstan has already proved that it’s capable of organizing events at the highest possible levels. I candidly wish Olympic health to all the people of Kazakhstan and prosperity to your country’, he said.
He also noted at the same interview that the country that earns an opportunity to hold the biggest sports events such as Olympic Games or Asian Games benefits from it a lot in development of sport in preparing for the events. First of all the prestige of the country is growing. ‘The legacy of the Olympic Games – beautiful sports facilities, improvement of the infrastructure, resolution of the environment problems, development of tourism – will serve for good of the country over many years then. I call people of Kazakhstan to use the legacy of the Games as long as possible for proposes of the country’, the President of the Olympic Committee added.