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We cannot force change in China, says IOC chief

Updated: August 23, 2008, 10:48 PM ET
Reuters

BEIJING, Aug 24 -- The International Olympic Committee is devoted to sports and cannot force changes in a sovereign state, IOC president Jacques Rogge said hours before the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games on Sunday.

Rogge has long defended the IOC's decision to host the Games in China after criticism from activist groups questioning Beijing's human rights track record. He says the IOC is not a political organization.

"The IOC and the Olympic Games cannot force changes on sovereign ...

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