IOC president Rogge visits Zambia

09:17, May 12, 2010      

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Jacques Rogge (Front L), president of International Olympic Committee (IOC), visits the hocky stadium of the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, May 11, 2010. As the first of its kind, the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka is inaugurated by IOC Tuesday. Its main purpose is to help enhance sports development in Zambia by holding sports competitions and offering training facilities. It will also provide a wide range of educational programmes, health services and community activities to athletes and the general public in the region. (Xinhua/Hai Mingwei)

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge told Xinhua on Tuesday that the organization is targeting to build more Olympic Youth Development Centers (OYDC) in developing countries.

"We are going to continue the construction of this center in more developing countries in the world," said Rogge after he inaugurated Zambia OYDC, the first of its kind in the world, in Lusaka on Tuesday.

As the main purpose of the OYDC is to help youth in developing countries enjoy sports, Rogge said IOC will first explore which country will benefit most, then it is going to build and sponsor the center in that country.

Talking about the meaning of OYDC to the youth in developing countries, Rogge said the center will be the home of thousands of kids who will learn about sport and life.

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