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Still hoping Haiti can send a strong team to the 2012 Games

Alain Jean-Pierre, Secretary General, Haitian Olympic Committee

Still hoping Haiti can send a strong team to the 2012 Games

Alain Jean-Pierre, Secretary General, Haitian Olympic Committee,
15 Apr 2010
We tragically lost around 30-35 of Haiti's top athletes and coaches from the earthquakes. More are missing.
We're now going through a very long, difficult process of rebuilding. We've had a lot of support from the Americas and USA, and also the IOC to help us rebuild.
But we hope to bring between 12-18 athletes to compete at London 2012 - mainly in track and field, judo, taekwondo and boxing.

I've been in London this week with colleagues from other National Olympic Committees from around the world. We were invited by LOCOG - the London 2012 Organising Committee - to find out their plans so far and see the Olympic Park and ExCeL. London's a lovely city with a lot to offer and I was impressed by what I saw and heard.

At the Olympic Park:

Alain Jean-Pierre from Haitian NOC in front of the Olympic Stadium

During the visit we've also been discussing where our team might go for the Pre-Games Training Camps, talking with representatives from potential training venues around the UK. We've had offers from several towns and regions and I'll be working with my executive to decide what's best for us.
Back in Haiti, we're now using sport to help give children a focus. Alongside partners including Unicef and Sport Without Borders, we're going into the refugee camps with a joint programme of education and sport training. We're giving them something to look forward to, something to aim for - sport is providing pyschological help in rebuilding our country. London 2012 can be a focus for that.
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