February the 11th, 2012, was a very special day for AIBA President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu. Not only was he celebrating the fourth anniversary of one of his biggest achievements, the Xiamen Olympic Museum, but he also started his 25th year of International Olympic Committee membership. Approximately 200 people attended these celebrations in Xiamen, China.
Located on the southeast coast of China, the Xiamen Olympic Museum, one of the twelve members of the International Olympic Museum Network, is a non-profitable international organisation approved by the IOC and the Chinese Olympic Committee. It is the first Museum in China that is entitled "Olympic". It was planned, designed and founded by Dr. Wu, who is a world-renowned architecture expert and the curator of the Museum. It displays rich collections of Olympic culture relics with the purpose of promoting Olympic cultures and spirits, and making more people knowledgeable about Olympic history.
Since 1988 when he was first elected as IOC member, Dr. Wu took part in the coordination for the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 (1992-1998), the coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (2002-2008), the evaluation of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 (2008-2009) and the coordination for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 (since 2010). He has also been a member of several Commissions: the International Olympic Academy (1989-1991), Cultural (1992-1999), Culture and Olympic Education (since 2000), Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia (since 2002) and Olympic Games Study (2002-2003).
"It is obviously a very special day for me and I am very happy", stated Dr. Wu. "I can say that with the creation of this private museum, I have achieved one of the most important goals of my life. During my 24 years as IOC Member, I have had the chance to be involved in some of the most historical sporting moments such as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
"I have learned and grown both personally and professionally under the Presidency of the Marquis Juan Antonio Samaranch. We faced some difficult times but I am proud of the way we surpassed them. Then came Dr. Jacques Rogge in 2001 and he has already left an important legacy to the Olympic Movement with the Youth Olympic Games. I would like to thank him for the kind anniversary message he sent me.
"In 2006 I was elected AIBA President and we immediately started to reform the institution to bring a new vision to the sport of boxing. Today we can speak of a new AIBA. Of this we can be proud."
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