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10 Dec 2009
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Executive Board Recap, Day 2

10 December 2009 

The IOC Executive Board wrapped up its final meeting of 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland, today.

At the meeting, the EB approved the inclusion of a mixed doubles tennis event, as well as several changes to the track cycling programme of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The requested changes came from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and and the International Cycling Union (UCI) as part of the IOC’s systematic review of the Olympic programme. The changes reflect the IOC’s desire to continually refresh the programme, as well as its commitment to increasing women’s participation.

“We have followed the advice of the UCI that the new format will be far more appealing and improve audience numbers and the popularity of track cycling,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a press conference at the end of the two-day meeting.

Asked about the format of the mixed doubles tennis event, the President said 16 teams would compete in a direct elimination competition until the final.

For more information, click here.

The drawing of lots for the order of Applicant Cities for the 2018 Winter Games was conducted, with Munich (Germany) being drawn first, followed by Annecy (France) and Pyeonchang (South Korea).

The second phase of the bid process begins with the selection of the Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board from 21 to 23 June.

The EB also approved the qualification system for each event at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will be held in Innsbruck in 2012. This follows the previous EB approval of the sports competition programme.

The qualification system for each sport and discipline, which was prepared in close collaboration with the International Federations (IFs), strives to guarantee participation of the best athletes in their age category.

For all disciplines, competitions such as Junior World Championships and Continental Championships, or official junior ranking lists, will allow athletes to attempt to qualify for the YOG. For more information, click here.

The EB will next meet in Vancouver from 7 to 8 February 2010 ahead of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

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