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21 Feb 2003
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Day 2 of the IOC Executive Board Meeting - Part 1

The second day of the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne began with reports on the preparations for the upcoming Games of Turin 2006 and Beijing 2008.

The meeting began with a report by Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Beijing 2008, before the Executive Board was joined by the Organising Committee for Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) via video conference. In this morning's press briefing, the IOC Director General François Carrard noted that "everything is running smoothly, we are extremely satisfied with the developments and preparation states of the Games in Beijing."

The EB then heard a report by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Turin 2006, followed by a report from the Organising Committee for Turin 2006 (TOROC) made by President Valentino Castellani and Chief Executive Officer Paulo Rota. It was confirmed by the IOC that the IOC President Jacques Rogge, along with Mr Jean-Claude Killy and Mr Gilbert Felli, will travel to Italy next week to meet Mr Berlusconi, President of the Council of Ministers, before visiting Turin to see the state of preparations.

In response to a question from the journalists, the IOC Director General noted that the USOC issue had been informally reviewed earlier this week when USOC Vice-President Paul George came to the IOC to discuss TV rights. During the same visit, Mr George gave the IOC an update on the situation at USOC. The IOC Director General stated that the IOC "is confident that these matters will be solved and that US sport will come out stronger than ever."

A report by the Coordination Commission for Athens 2004 and the Organising Committee for Athens (ATHOC) which commenced during the morning session will be continued in the afternoon session, which will resume at 2:00 p.m. The EB will also hear a report from the mayor of Moscow regarding the Youth Games.

Photo: Jean-Claude Killy (left) and Jacques Rogge.
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