Beijing, May 27 (IANS) Wei Jizhong, honorary life president of Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB), says the Olympic Movement needs a new push as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to elect a new president in September.
Thomas Bach of Germany, Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and Wu Ching-Kuo of Chinese Taipei have confirmed their candidacy to replace Jacques Rogge, who will step down in September after 12 years. The election is set for Sep 10 in Buenos Aires, reports Xinhua.
“The Olympic Movement is embracing a new era and the Olympic Movement needs new vision,” Wei said Sunday.
Wei said that the new IOC chief needs to address a number of issues faced by the Olympic Movement such as extravagant spending on the Games, manipulation of professional sport by non-sporting forces, lack of governmental support for school sports, and irregular betting, corruption and violence in sport.
“I am confident that each candidate will work hard to tackle these challenges,” he said.
Wei, also former secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee, heaped praise on the 71-year-old Rogge.
“Rogge has made great contribution to the Olympic Movement. He not only carried on the good traditions left by his predecessor Juan Antonio Samaranch, but also brought on positive changes to the Olympic Movement,” said Wei.
Wei hailed the Youth Olympic Games, the brainchild of Rogge, a “pioneering undertaking”, saying it has promoted Olympic ideals among the youth.
“Athens overcame a lot of difficulties to deliver the 2004 Olympics successfully while the 2008 Beijing Games enhanced mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world, and London 2012 made the event more social and popular among the youth,” he said.
“Rogge has also maintained a tough stance against political interference in sport, drug cheats, match-fixing, corruption and over-commercialisation of the Olympics. Meanwhile, he always attaches great significance to the moulding of younger sports leaders, especially the retired athletes and women.”