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Rogge: London Olympics 'really very good'

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, center, watches a men's hockey preliminary match between Belgium and New Zealand at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

LONDON (AP) -- International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge praised the London Olympics on Wednesday as "really very good games."

Rogge said a successful British team has been "very important" in lifting the mood of the home fans. Britain has 22 gold medals through early Wednesday, its best since London hosted the 1908 Games. Only China and the U.S. have more medals overall.

"There is the success of the home team which is always very important for the mood of the public, and our British friends are performing in an unbelievable way," Rogge told reporters.

He said the athletes are "ecstatic" about conditions in the athletes village.

"All in all, I would say these are really very good games, and a I'm a very happy man," Rogge said.

The IOC chief, who sailed for Belgium at the Summer Games in 1968, 1972 and 1976, said he had attended 22 sports and would go to the four remaining on his list before the Olympics end Sunday.