Rogge, golf, rugby and a crown prince hope for IOC

IOC President Jacques Rogge Hamburg/Copenhagen  - Golf and Rugby hope for the nod to return to the Olympics in 2016 and Jacques Rogge seeks re-election as top Olympian at the International Olympic Committee Session Friday.

The week of Olympic meetings also concludes with the election of six new members into the IOC, including crown-prince Frederik from the host nation Denmark.

Rogge took the IOC presidency in 2001 and is running unopposed for a final four-year term until 2013. The former Olympic yachtsman and surgeon said he wants a secret ballot and no acclamation.

"I want to see how much support I have in the IOC," the Belgian Rogge said.

Rogge, 67, has received praise for his leadership in succession of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who ruled the Olympic world for 21 years.

The fight against doping has been stepped up during his reign, Rogge has completed the IOC cleanup after the Salt Lake City bribes- for-votes scandal, managed to control the size of the Games and introduced his brain child, the Youth Olympics.

In Copenhagen, the election of Rio de Janeiro last week as 2016 host brings the Games to new territories, the weekend Congress took place to make the Olympic Movement fit for the future and Rogge could report that the IOC reserves have more than quadrupled to 455 million dollars during his reign.

"I discovered that this was a very privileged position to be in because it gives you the power to realise things that you believe in and that you dream of in sport," Rogge told German Press Agency dpa in an interview in August.

Rogge also said that 12 years are enough for him on the job: "If you are engaged so heavily as I am ... I think 12 years is ok. You have the time to put your stamp on the organization, you have time to realize your ideas."

But Rogge has also been criticised for the human rights violations around the 2008 Beijing Olympics and there appears to be no total consensus about whether golf is really the right sports for the Olympics as the Games turn their attention to a young audience.

Rogge is all in favour of having Tiger Woods and company returning after 112 years for the Rio Games and to welcome rugby sevens again after the 15-a-side game was last played at the Olympics in 1924.

"There is a new generation of young players coming, 26, 27 years old. That is the generation that will be playing (in 2016)," Rogge said in Copenhagen about golf.

Woods will address the IOC members in a video message while 19- year-old Michelle Wie has travelled to Denmark to ask the IOC for a vote of confidence in the final presentation.

Golf proposes a 72-hole strokeplay competition with 60 women and men each, while rugby plans a 12-team tournament.

But the 106 IOC members must not only decide on whether they want these sports in the 2016 programme, there are also elections for new members into their ranks.

Apart from the crown prince Frederik they are Richard Peterkin of St Lucia, Nigeria's Habu Ahmed Gumel, Habibi Abdul Nabi Macki of Oman, Goran Petersson from Sweden and Lydia Nsekera of Burundi.

Elections for two IOC vice-presidents and one executive board member are also set for Friday.

Mario Pescante of Italy, Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan and Sami Moudallal are in the running for vice-president, while Australia's John Coates Patrick Hickey of Ireland, Briton Craig Reedie, Moudallal and Wu are candidates for the regular EB position.  dpa

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