President of the IOC praises London 2012

The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, on Monday said that he was sure the 2012 London Olympics would be able to capture the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. The statement was made as he and other dignitaries were at the Royal Opera House to enjoy an evening of opera and classical ballet.

More than 100 IOC members from around the world were present at the opening of the Royal Opera House’s annual session, as well as other dignitaries. During the evening they were treated to performances by Bryn Terfel, Justina Gringyte, Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming; with music from Beethoven and the opera Tosca; and performance by the Royal Ballet.

Jacques Rogge claimed that he was confident that the London Games would have a lasting positive legacy on the city. He paid homage to the city, saying the memories would last a lifetime, and thanking the Government for contributing to the staging of the Games. He said Britain was the birthplace of modern sport, where formal rules and regulations were first codified giving the concept of fair play.

The VIPs had earlier been confronted with a protest against discrimination of females in the Olympic movement. Following this, the entertainment started with a special created fanfare composed by Alex Wolff, one of this country’s young composers. The finale was a joint performance by the singers and the Royal Opera ballet dancers’ rendition of Ode to Joy by Beethoven.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recited the a poem in Ancient Greek and English, wowing the audience. The poem, which was in the style of Pindar, had been commissioned for the Olympics from Armand D’Angour.