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19 Apr 2005
IOC News

Barbara Kendall to become IOC member, global torch relay welcomed by IOC EB

The IOC Executive Board today started its second day of meeting by accepting the candidature of Barbara Kendall, Olympic champion in sailing from New Zealand. Kendall took on Susie O'Neill's position on the Athletes' Commission after O'Neill resigned earlier this year. She was put forward by the Nominations Commission as she was the athlete from Oceania who received the highest number of votes after O'Neill in the election to the Athletes' Commission in Sydney. The vote will take place at the 117th IOC Session next July.

Mr Yoshiaki Tsutsumi
Following the recommendation of the Ethics Commission, the Executive Board decided unanimously to provisionally deprive Mr Yoshiaki Tsutsumi of all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC honour membership while the investigation in Japan and the inquiry of the Ethics Commission are taking place.

Gymnastics and Taekwondo
On the sports front, it was reported that after constructive discussions with the IOC, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and The World Taekwondo Federation made substantial changes to their judging systems.

Global torch relay welcomed
Given the tremendous success of the Athens Torch Relay, which for the first time was held across the five continents, the Executive Board indicated that it would welcome initiatives and study proposals from future Organising Committees wishing to repeat the experience. It was agreed that the IOC should play a greater role in the planning and staging of this event which strongly conveys the spirit of the Olympic Games and sets the tone of the forthcoming celebration across the world.

Torino 2006
The afternoon session was dedicated to the reports of the Organising Committees and the respective chairmen of the Coordination Commissions. Torino 2006, led by Messrs Pescante and Castellani introduced to the Executive Board the new members of the team, CEO Cesare Vaciago and COO Luciano Barra. Significant progress in construction work as well as a improved cooperation between the various parties involved the preparations of the Games were reported. This was confirmed by Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy who also reported that the input from former Salt lake City CEO Fraser Bullock had been welcome and beneficial to the team in place in Turin.

Beijing 2008
A delegation from the Beijing Organising Committee was present in Berlin to update the Executive Board on its activities. Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen praised the quality of the work achieved so far. The proposal to hold equestrian events in Hong Kong was discussed during the meeting. After having heard the representatives from both the Organising Committee and the International Equestrian Federation on the matter, the IOC Executive Board decided that further meetings should be held in due course to find a solution.

Vancouver 2010
Chairman of the Vancouver Organising Committee John Furlong reported on the latest developments and confirmed that the emblem will be launched on 23 April. Coordination Commission Chairman René Fasel said he was very satisfied with what he had seen during his recent visit to Vancouver and Whistler.
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