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26 Oct 2005
IOC News

EB Approves Two Changes of Nationality

The Executive Board this afternoon considered the requests made by two athletes for a nationality change for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino.
French skier Christelle Douibi requested to compete for Algeria and New Zealand skater Jeremy Beck requested to compete for Australia. Given that these requests came with the backing of the NOCs and IFs concerned, as well as valid justifications, the EB gave its approval.
The EB is the IOC body responsible for dealing with changes of nationality, as stated in
Bye-law 2 to Rule 46 of the Olympic Charter: 'A competitor who has represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognized by the relevant IF, and who has changed his nationality or acquired a new nationality, may participate in the Olympic Games to represent his new country provided that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented his former country. This period may be reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the NOCs and IF concerned, by the IOC Executive Board, which takes into account the circumstances of each case.'
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