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04 Jul 2003
IOC News

A Busy Morning

The last day of the Session opened with the adoption of the EB's recommendation to postpone the decision concerning Indonesian IOC Member Mohamad Hasan until the next Session in Athens in 2004, because of the legal appeal still pending.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Philip Craven, was elected as an IOC member with 83 votes. A British national, Philip Craven made a career as a Paralympic athlete at international level, taking part in five editions of the Paralympic Games in the wheelchair basketball and swimming events. Following his sporting career, he moved towards sports administration, becoming President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation from 1988 to 2002, and President of the IPC in 2001.

The Session then proceeded with the election of a Vice-President and two Executive Board members: Richard Kevan Gosper (Australia) came to the end of his mandate as first Vice-President and Zhenliang He (China) as member, while Tomas Sithole (Zimbabwe) had resigned from the EB following his appointment as IOC International Cooperation and Development Director. Un Yong Kim (Korea) was elected as IOC Vice-President with 55 votes. Gerhard Heiberg (Norway) (with 59 votes) and Alpha Ibrahim Diallo (Guinea) (with 58 votes) became members of the Executive Board.

Reports by chairpersons of the commissions continued with Thomas Bach (Sport and Law and Juridical), Anita DeFrantz (Women and Sport), Pál Schmitt (Sport and Environment), Sergey Bubka (Athletes'), Guy Drut (International Relations), and Richard W. Pound (Olympic Games Study). The Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch, spoke of the activities of the Olympic Museum on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, and as it prepares to welcome its two millionth paying visitor in a few weeks' time.

The report on the World Anti-Doping Agency by Richard Pound closed the morning session.
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