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20 Feb 2003
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Day 1 of the IOC Executive Board Meeting - Part 1

The IOC Executive Board convened today in Lausanne for a two day meeting to cover a number of issues, including reports by the Organising Committees for the Games of Athens 2004, Turin 2006 and Beijing 2008, a report by a number of IOC Commissions.

The meeting began with the appointment of Mr Gilbert Felli to the newly created post of IOC Olympic Games Executive Director. Mr Felli, currently IOC Director of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with the International Federations, will take on this new role recommended by the audits conducted last year. Mr Felli will be responsible for the running, coordination and follow-up of all Olympic Games activities, from the candidature phase to the actual holding of the Olympic Games. (see link below for further information)

The Executive Board further confirmed the appointment of Mr Tomas Sithole as Director of International Cooperation and Development and discussed the search for a new IOC Director General, following the course of the restructuring of the IOC administration.

Other notable points from the morning's meeting included information given by the IOC Director General in his report that, according to information received by the German Minister for the Interior regarding the case of Mr Tokhtakhounov in the Salt Lake City figure skating results fixing, this was an isolated case and that there is no hint of the involvement of organised crime. The Director General also confirmed that the IOC continues to monitor the case closely and to work with the authorities involved. IOC President, Jacques Rogge, welcomed the news from the German ministry whilst reminding his Executive Board that the IOC would continue to remain vigilant.

In addition, the EB heard a report by Mario Vázquez Raña, IOC Member and President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), regarding the recent meetings between ANOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). This is the first time the two organisations have met to exchange views, and future working groups will be held in order to discuss common interests.

The afternoon session of the EB meeting reconvened at 3 p.m. local time, with a number of Commission reports on the agenda before close of business at 6 p.m.

Photo: Gilbert Felli.

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