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28OLYMPIC REVIEW T he Danish capital of Copenhagen, regularly voted as one of the world's most liveable and forward- looking cities, will provide an apt location when, for the first time in 15 years, the Olympic Movement comes together to take stock and look to the future, as the 13th Olympic Congress, under the slogan " Taking the Pulse", seeks to establish a blueprint for the 21st century. The Olympic Congress has been held at irregular intervals since its inception in 1894, the occasion when the IOC first came into being and the modern Olympic Games were born. It is a chance for all members of the Olympic family to voice their opinion and shape the future of sport in general and the Olympic Games in particular. NOCs, IFs, OCOGs, YOCOGs, top sponsors, coaches, referees, media and of course the athletes themselves are all represented at the Congress. This year, for the first time, the views of the general public will also be aired thanks to the Virtual Olympic Congress. Throughout 2008 the Virtual Olympic Congress website provided people with the opportunity to make their feelings known on any of the five central themes of the Congress. These contributions were incorporated by the Congress Editorial Committee into the draft recommendations for discussion in Copenhagen. The advent of the internet of course has been one of the most significant changes in society since the last Congress, in Paris in 1994, and the Digital Revolution is one of the five key issues to be analysed in Copenhagen, under the overarching theme of " The Olympic Movement in Society". The other four are: The Athletes; The Olympic Games; The Structure of the Olympic Movement; and Olympism and Youth. You can read about the Virtual Olympic Congress and the themes of the Congress in more detail over the following pages. The Editorial Committee, which coordinates all the content and presentations at the Congress, is composed of Jacques Rogge ( IOC President); Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein ( Athletes' representative); Lord Colin Moynihan and Reynaldo González López ( NOC ? ADAM SZRETERLOOKS AHEAD TO THE 13TH OLYMPIC CONGRESSIN COPENHAGEN, WHERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL SECTIONS OF THE OLYMPIC FAMILY, AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WILL CONVENE TO DISCUSS HOW THE MOVEMENT SHOULD TACKLE THE NEW AND EVOLVING CHALLENGES IT FACES OLYMPIC CONGRESS

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