Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in the National Stadium in north Beijing, China, on Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Li Ga)
Jacques Rogge (C), president of the
International Olympic Committee, delivers a speech during the opening
ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in the National Stadium in north
Beijing, China, on Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)
BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full
text of the speech given by International Olympic Committee President Jacques
Rogge at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics here on Friday night:
Mr. President of the People's Republic of China, Mr.
Liu Qi, Members of the Organizing Committee, dear Chinese friends, dear
For a long time, China has dreamed of opening its
doors and inviting the world's athletes to Beijing for the Olympic Games.
Tonight that dream comes true. Congratulations, Beijing.
You have chosen as the theme of these Games "One
World, One Dream". That is what we are tonight.
As one world, we grieved with you over the tragic
earthquake in Sichuan Province. We were moved by the great courage and
solidarity of the Chinese people. As one dream, may these Olympic Games bring
you joy, hope and pride.
Athletes, the Games were created for you by our
founder, Pierre de Coubertin. These Games belong to you. Let them be the
Remember that you are role models for the youths of
the world. Reject doping and cheating. Make us proud of your achievements and
As we bring the Olympic dream to life, our warm
thanks go to the Beijing Organizing Committee for its tireless work. Our special
thanks also go to the thousands of gracious volunteers, without whom none of
this would be possible.
Beijing, you are a host to the present and a gateway
to the future. Thank you.
I now have the honor of asking the President of the
People's Republic of China to open the Games of the XXIX Olympiad of the modern