The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today in Lausanne ahead of the 2013 Extraordinary IOC Session, with IOC President Jacques Rogge conducting a drawing of lots to determine the order of the presentations to be made to the full IOC membership on 4 July by the six IOC members vying to become the next IOC President.
The order of presentations will be: Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Thomas Bach, Ching-Kuo Wu, Denis Oswald, and Sergey Bubka. The presidential elections will take place on 10 September during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The IOC Nominations Commission announced that nine new candidatures had been forwarded to the IOC President, and all were approved by the EB for submission to the 125th IOC Session. The nine proposed candidates are: Octavian Morariu of Romania, Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski of the Philippines, Alexander Zhukov of Russia, Paul Kibii Tergat of Kenya, Lawrence Probst III of the United States, Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Camiel Eurlings of the Netherlands and Stefan Holm of Sweden.
The EB also approved the four athletes elected by their peers to the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the London 2012 Games for election and swearing-in as IOC members at the Extraordinary Session on 3 July. The four are Danka Bartekova from Slovakia (shooting), James Tomkins from Australia (rowing), Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe (aquatics) and Tony Estanguet from France (canoe-kayak).
The EB heard a report on the proposed extension of the IOC headquarters. A dozen architecture firms from four continents have been shortlisted for the job, and each will receive a full brief from the IOC on 30 July before making a personal visit to the current IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The winning bid will be selected by an international jury and proposed to the EB in December this year.
Olympic Programme for Rio 2016
The EB discussed the topic of possible modifications to disciplines, events, quotas and competition formats at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and reiterated that any request from International Federations (IFs) that would result in a higher number of athletes or increased number of medals, thereby adding to the cost and complexity of the Games, would not be considered. At a later stage, the IOC will study the quota-neutral requests already made by IFs for either a swap of event or modifications of competition format.