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Rogge (r) Has Arranged Meeting With Probst (l)
To Help Improve IOC's Relationship With USOC
SWEET SIXTEEN: Rogge Thursday said that Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the '16 Games "on merit and not on its geographical location." He said the IOC "did not choose Brazil because South America had never got the Games before." Rogge: "We chose Brazil because of the quality (of the bid). The purpose of the Olympic Games is not to serve the public opinion of a country of region." Meanwhile, Rogge "denied that the costs of staging the Games had spiraled out of control, saying that many governments had chosen of their own accord to make improvements to coincide with the event." He added, "We make every effort to keep the costs under control. They are in line with inflation and it is not up to us what improvements the government decides to make in terms of general infrastructure" (REUTERS, 1/14).