The IOC Executive Board met today in Durban, South Africa, ahead of the 123rd IOC Session, at which the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be chosen.
The EB confirmed the inclusion of ski slopestyle (men and women), snowboard slopestyle (men and women) and snowboard parallel special slalom on the sports programme of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The EB also agreed on a shortlist of sports that will be considered for inclusion in the sports programme of the 2020 Games of the Olympiad. The sports are: baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu, one of which could be added to the 2020 Games sports programme to be voted on by the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013. The programme can include a maximum of 28 sports.
A proposal for a number of changes to the sports programme of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games was also approved, bringing the number of sports to 28 from 26 in Singapore 2010; the number of events to 216 from 201; and the number of athletes to 3,809 from 3,595.
The EB reviewed the situation of the Ghana Olympic Committee, which has been suspended since January due to government interference (as a result of the national sports legislation in force) in the operations of the Olympic Movement in Ghana.
The EB acknowledged with great satisfaction all efforts made by the government authorities in Ghana to amend the national sports legislation so that it fully complies with the basic principles and rules that govern the Olympic Movement.
It was agreed that the EB would consider lifting the suspension of the NOC of Ghana as soon as all formal steps for the adoption and official publication of the newly amended sports legislation are fully completed by the Ghanaian authorities and the IOC is formally notified of the development.
Then, the NOC of Ghana should take all necessary steps and immediately start the process to convene and hold an Elective General Assembly.
Fight against Illegal and Irregular Betting
As part of its fight against illegal and irregular betting, the IOC approved the rules of application regarding betting for the London Games. The rules that address the prohibition of betting activities linked to the Games and any form of cheating affecting the results of the competitions have been applied as of the Beijing Games and adapted for each edition of the Games since then. The EB also agreed to amend article A6 of the Code of Ethics in order to take into consideration attempts to influence not only the result of the competition but also the course of the competition itself.
Sport for All
The EB selected Lima, Peru as the host city for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All in 2013.