» Download Audio
IOC New Leader Elected
Jacques Rogge, an orthopedic surgeon from Belgium, now holds the most powerful job in world sport. He’s been elected as the new president of the International Olympic Committee and takes over after the 21-year presidential term of the outgoing Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Received in Moscow like a head of state, the last act of the outgoing president was to announce his successor. Mr. Samaranch didn’t vote. He left that to the hundred-odd members of the Olympic committee, a disparate collection of sports administrators, many with conflicting agendas. The result, when it came, was no surprise.
Samaranch: The new President of the International Olympic Committee is Dr. Jacques Rogge.
With all the pageantry of a Miss World, save the tears and tiara, a Belgian surgeon, and Samaranch disciple, now assumes the most powerful position in world sport. So the Olympic committee has opted for compromised Belgian style. Jacques Rogge was believed to be President Samaranch’s preferred candidate. Another European, he was also considered to be the least controversial choice. But controversy stalks this movement. Jacques Rogge may be Mr. Clean, but even one of the failed candidates was alleged to have offered a $50,000 salary for every committee member. Un Yong Kim from South Korea denied it. He was too unwell to attend today’s ceremony and hear the new president’s pledges.
Rogge: I would definitely want to innovate in many fields because the IOC has to follow the changes of society and I would particularly want to defend the credibility of sport against threats of doping, corruption, violence.
The new man’s first task was to award the old man the highest honor in the Olympic movement. Samaranch bows out with a gold for his mountain effort. Jacques Rogge is left to negotiate the hurdles of drug cheats, high finance, and corruption.
David Eeds, BBC News Moscow
orthopedic: a. 整形外科的；矫形术
pledge: n. 誓言
innovate: v. 变革
doping: n. 毒品，兴奋剂