- 05 Dec 2003
- Olympic News
The IOC Executive Board (EB) began two days of meetings yesterday, Thursday 4 December, with a full agenda, including updates on the preparations of the Games of Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010. The proceedings began with the Board discussing the newly-restructured organisation of the IOC administration and Olympic Museum, which will provide a framework for the future development of IOC operations.
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Presentation of various reports
A number of reports by the Chairmen of IOC Commissions were made, including that of Un Yong Kim for the Radio and TV Commission and Richard Carrion for the Finance Commission, via a conference call. Members of the administration, notably the new IOC Director General, Urs Lacotte, and the Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, also gave reports.
Forthcoming Games discussed in the afternoon
The EB focused its afternoon discussions on the organisation of the Athens Games next year. Giving his report on Athens, the Chairman of the Coordination Commission, Denis Oswald, mentioned the impressive amount of progress he had witnessed in the Greek capital over the last few weeks. The Chairman, who was in Athens at the end of October, and again last week, told the Executive Board that the developments over that four-week time period confirmed the information that IOC experts were giving, i.e. that preparations in Athens were on schedule. Following Mr Oswald’s report, the Athens Organising Committee, led by its President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, gave an update on the preparation of the Games with less than 200 days to go before the Opening Ceremony. Noteworthy from the ensuing discussion between the EB and ATHOC was that the EB approved the Olympic Torch Relay and also approved the organisation of the Men's and Women's Shot Put event in Ancient Olympia. Moving on to Turin, updates were then given by the President of the Organising Committee of the Games in Turin (TOROC), Valentino Castellani, followed by a report by the Chairman of the Coordination Commission, Jean-Claude Killy. Regarding the Games of 2008 in Beijing, Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the Beijing Coordination Commission, informed the EB of the work undertaken by the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG). Gilbert Felli then gave the latest developments concerning Vancouver 2010.
After its significant morning decision to re-test the Salt Lake City samples for THG, the EB took important steps about the issue of non-payment of governments to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Clarifying its position on this issue, after a number of recent press reports, the EB confirmed the following: it is the role of WADA, not the IOC, to ensure Governments make their contributions to WADA; that the IOC EB does not believe it proper to consider sanctions against governments, who are partners of the Olympic Movement in WADA; that in the case of non-payment by a government, the athletes and NOCs would be allowed to participate and NOCs would continue to benefit from the share of revenues, as they should not be victims of the negligence of their governments; that national flags and anthems would not be banned (in the case of non-payment) – again so as not to penalise the athletes; that the officials of governments who do not pay would not be invited to attend the Olympic Games; that, according to its existing rules, one of the criteria for the assessment of applicant cities is compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. It was also recalled that International Federations, National Olympic Committees and athletes must comply with the WADA Code in order to participate in the Games.