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24 Nov 1999
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FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IOC REFORM PUBLISHED


Lausanne, 24 November 1999 - The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) today releases the final report presenting the 50 reform recommendations adopted at the Plenary meeting of the IOC 2000 Commission on 30 October. The report will be submitted to the IOC membership for vote at the December 11-12 Extraordinary Session.

Among the key recommendations are:
the setting of the eventual composition of the IOC membership to a maximum of 115, 15 of which will be chosen from active Olympic athletes, 15 from National Olympic Committee (NOC) presidents, 15 from International Sports Federation (IF) presidents, and 70 as individuals
the creation of a nomination and screening process for membership to the IOC
the application of eight-year, renewable terms of service
the lowering of the age limit for membership to 70 years
the enlarging of the IOC EB to better reflect the new composition of the IOC membership
the application of term limits to the IOC presidency
the addition of a bid acceptance procedure that would review the organizational capacity of the interested cities in order to accept them as candidates
either the elimination of member visits to the candidate cities or the allowance of visits only under certain conditions
the signing of a contract between the IOC, the bid cities, and their NOCs outlining the obligations of each party, the applicable code of conduct, and the sanctions for breach of the terms
the publishing of additional financial reports that clearly illustrate the flow of the sources and uses of IOC revenues in order to enhance its financial transparency
the requirement that every entity that receives funds from the IOC provide the IOC an accounting of the use of those funds, again, to enhance financial transparency
the limitation of both the number of events and athletes at the Summer Games in order to control the growing size of the Games and the resulting managerial challenges
the distribution to athletes of “passports” containing all necessary information to carry out efficient doping controls and to monitor the athletes’ health
the refusal of participation in the Games to sports that do not apply the Olympic Movement’s Anti-Doping Code or perform out-of-competition testing

IOC 2000’s general membership of 82 was led by a 26-member Executive Committee, comprised equally of IOC members and external personalities. IOC 2000’s general membership included top leaders of international sports organizations, senior business executives, academics, sponsor and television broadcast partner representatives, and internationally-known public figures. The IOC 2000 Commission also included the ten members of the IOC Athletes Commission elected by their peers during the last Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Among the members are: Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General; Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State; Paul Allaire, chairman, Xerox; Michel Barnier, French senator; Dick Ebersol, chairman, NBC Sports; and Thomas Stoltenberg, former Norwegian Foreign Minister.

Members of the IOC 2000 Commission will attend the 110th Extraordinary IOC Session on 11 and 12 December.

The report is available on the IOC website.

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