Chinese New Year Greetings from Jacques Rogge,
President of the International Olympic Committee
On behalf of the entire Olympic family, I would like to wish the people of China a very happy new year! China is a very important member of the Olympic Movement. Chinese athletes have consistently delivered some of the greatest sporting performances the world has witnessed. And in 2008 the city of Beijing offered the world a magnificent Olympic Games. I was very proud to be able to witness the Games in the most populous country in the world with so much enthusiasm and support from all over China. We will remain forever grateful to Chinese friends for what they have accomplished in 2008. Everything was done to allow athletes and spectators from around the world to feel welcome. Their smiles and their joys stand as testimony to these games' success. At the closing ceremony I described the Beijing Games are truly exceptional. They were historical moment not only for the Olympic Movement but also for the world. And now we look forward to attending to China for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. My colleagues and I know that it will be another fantastic achievement that is built on the supporting legacy of the Beijing Games. I wish you all a happy and successful new year! Xin Nian Kuai Le!