IOC boss Rogge predicts successful Beijing Games
(dpa) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge predicted Friday the Beijing Games would be a "great success."
At the end of an IOC executive board meeting, Rogge reiterated that the organization would not press China to hold talks on Tibet, human rights or other political issues.
On Thursday, Rogge had urged China to respect its "moral engagement" to improve human rights. But Beijing told the IOC to keep politics out of the Games.
The IOC said he did not wish to comment on the statement from the Chinese foreign ministry, but said the IOC had held good talks with the Chinese government and the Games organizing committee.
The state of preparations for the August 8-24 Games was excellent, he said.
Rogge had said Thursday the Olympics were in "crisis" as a result of the political turmoil in Tibet and protests surrounding the torch relay.
Asked how long the crisis would last the IOC president said: "I have no crystal ball but I am optimistic the Games will be a great success."
Rogge said many athletes would regret the absence of their political leaders at the opening ceremonies but that would not harm the quality of the Games.
"We would obviously prefer politicians not to boycott but there will be no boycott by anyone in the Olympic movement and public opinion around the world does not support a boycott," he said.