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  • 10 / 14 / 2006

By Miguel Hernández

The 11th World Sport for All Congress, set to begin October 31 in Havana, will bring together representatives of at least two thirds of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, said organizing committee president Jose Ramon Fernandez at a press conference in the Cuban capital.

Irena Szewinska, Anton Geesink, and Jan Zelezny when they were at the height of their careers. Today they are members of the Sport for All commission.

Fernandez said that Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, will arrive in Cuba on October 31st and attend the official inauguration of the forum on Physical Activity: Benefits and Challenges, at the Havana Convention Center on the following day.

Olympic glories such as Irena Szewinska (sprinter from Poland), Jan Zelezny (javelin, Czech Republic) and Anton Geesink (judo, Holland) are among those also planning to attend.

The International Soccer Federation will be represented by its vice president, Issa Hayatour. Another prominent guest will be Hein Verbruggen of Holland, president of the coordinating commission of the IOC for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

"It is an honor to host this congress in our country where the practice of sports is a right of the people and plays an important role in the level of health, well-being and quality of life," said Fernandez.


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