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06 Apr 2006
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“A Lot Of Unity In The Olympic Movement”

 “A lot of unity in the Olympic Movement” was how IOC President Rogge summed up a day of joint meetings between the IOC Executive Board (EB) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) at a closing press conference yesterday, where he was accompanied by the Presidents of all of these organisations. 

One of the principal topics of the day was the Olympic Programme and the process that is used to examine it after each edition of the Games. At the IOC’s request, each of the above-mentioned organisations and the IOC Athletes’ Commission were asked to give their feedback on how the process could be improved and, in the words of President Rogge, “a lot of convergence” was to be seen in the suggestions of the different stakeholder groups. They suggested improvements will be studied by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, which will make its recommendations to the EB, before the IOC Session in Guatemala in 2007 votes upon any proposed amendments to the Olympic Charter.
Protecting the autonomy of NOCs
President Rogge also announced the organisation of a congress in Lausanne on the subject of protecting the autonomy of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), with ANOC and the International Federation groups. This follows on from a decision by ANOC to create a commission to help with this very subject.
Truly Magnificent Games
René Fasel, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010, President of AIOWF, and President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), also commented during the press conference on the Turin Olympic Winter Games. President Fasel noted that at AIOWF’s first meeting since the Turin Games, they were able to say that these were truly “excellent Games” or as President Rogge had said at the Closing Ceremony in Turin “truly magnificent Games”. Fasel pointed out that the success of these Games had been, in large part, thanks to the cooperation between the IOC, the International Federations, the NOCs and the Organising Committee. This cooperation is encouraged from the beginning of each organising committee’s life cycle by the creation, by the IOC, of a Coordination Commission, which regroups the principal stakeholders of an Olympic Games and draws upon their experience to guide and support the organisers.


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