The next ten days will see ROGGE deal with a punishing schedule of meetings, sponsor signings and press conferences, not to mention the chairing of the IOC Executive Board and IOC Session meetings! Day one set the tone, with the local media gathering followed just a few hours later with a signing ceremony with IOC sponsor partner Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games since 2001, for an extension of their agreement with the IOC for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Questioned by media on his predictions for the 2012 election, to take place on 6 July, ROGGE said, 'I cannot predict it since I don't know how the IOC members will vote. But my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say, ten votes, or maybe less. It might be a similar scenario to what the IOC saw in Monte Carlo in 1993 when Sydney won the election by two votes. But this is just my gut feeling. Don't blame me if I am wrong. We will all have to wait to see.'
ROGGE went on to explain that the IOC finds itself in an unprecedented situation. 'The IOC is, for perhaps the first time in its history, presented with five cities all of whom are absolutely capable of hosting excellent Games,' he said. 'This, on the one hand, means that we are in a very fortunate position. On the other, it means the decision of which city to elect is arguably more difficult to make than ever.'
The IOC President also spoke of the benefits which the 2012 candidature process has already brought to the five bidding cities. 'Ultimately, there will of course be only one winner on 6 July,' he said. 'But by being part of the process alone, the cities have already built an important legacy by bringing people together around their Olympic project to look at a number of aspects which affect their city and their country, such as the place of sport in their society, the city's infrastructure needs for the future, environmental sustainability projects and so forth.'
Meetings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will start on 3 July in Singapore, first with the IOC Executive Board on 3-4 July, followed by the 117th IOC Session from 6-9 July.
On 6 July, IOC members will elect the host city of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 from among the five Candidate Cities: Paris, France; New York, USA; Moscow, Russian; London, Great Britain and; Madrid, Spain. On 7-9 July, the Session will take decisions on key policy issues and areas under its authority.
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE) and ISAF Secretary General Arve SUNDHEIM (NOR) will be arriving in Singapore on the 4 July.