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Rogge Says VANOC Unlikely To Need IOC Bailout After Olympics
Published February 9, 2010
|Rogge Believes VANOC Can Avoid
Deficit Without Aid From IOC
DEALING WITH PROTESTS: Rogge yesterday said that the Vancouver Games "remain fair play -- within limits -- for protesters." Rogge: "We accept people protesting. That is a free democratic expression. What we want is no violence, and we want the people to respect the laws of the country, and then there is no problem" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/9). However, in Vancouver, Damian Inwood reports Olympic security police indicated that they "won't hesitate to 'ramp up' their forces at a moment's notice to deal with illegal protests when an anti-Games rally heads for B.C. Place Stadium on Friday." RCMP Staff Sergeant and Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit spokesperson Mike Cote: "We're not going to stand by and wait until things get out of hand." Inwood notes an estimated 1,000-1,500 protesters "plan to rally at 3 p.m. at Vancouver Art Gallery before heading to B.C. Place" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/9).
CONCERNED ABOUT DOPING: In Vancouver, Jeff Lee reports Rogge also "expressed concern" about the high number of Russian athletes "who have tested positive for doping offences in advance" of the Vancouver Games. He said that he is "aware of the problem and raised it" with Russia President Dmitry Medvedev. Rogge also "defended the right" of Russia biathlete Olga Medvedtseva to "participate at the Vancouver Games after serving a suspension for using drugs" during the '06 Turin Games (VANCOUVER SUN, 2/9).