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22 Feb 2003
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Highlights of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne

The IOC Executive Board (EB) convened in Lausanne for a two day meeting to cover a number of issues, including reports by the Organising Committees for future Games.

The highlights of day one included:

- The appointment of Mr Gilbert Felli, currently IOC Director of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with the International Federations, to the newly created post of IOC Olympic Games Executive Director. (see link below for further information)

- The IOC Director General's report in which he noted 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. He 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.

- An update by the Ethics Commission on the complaint received by the British NGO "Indict" against the Iraqi NOC and its President, Mr Uday Hussein. The commission noted that it is looking into the claim, and in respect for the rules of procedure, especially concerning issues of confidentiality, it is not possible to make public the commissions work before its conclusions have been submitted to the EB. As soon as these conclusions and possible recommendations have reached the IOC President, they will be made public.

- The Olympic Programme Commission's review of the disciplines and events which make up the Olympic Games. After ensuing discussion by the EB members, a series of decisions on the Olympic Games programme were taken (see link below for further information), and the Programme Commission’s objectives and working timetable were approved.

Day two of the EB meeting covered the following topics:

- Reports on the preparations for the upcoming Games of Turin 2006 and Beijing 2008 by the Coordination Commissions and Organising Committees for these Games.

- The report on the Athens 2004 Games by the Coordination Commission for Athens and the Organising Committee (ATHOC). The EB approved the Olympic Torch Relay, which for the first time will follow an international route.

Immediately following the close of the meeting, the IOC President Jacques Rogge held a press conference. Commenting specifically on the progress of the organisation of the Athens 2004 Games, he said: "The good rhythm noticed six weeks ago during my visit has slowed down. We were expecting the situation in several areas to be resolved, namely the signing of the security tender, the rebuilding of the Karaiskaki football stadium and the construction delays that could affect the staging of test events. This is not the case today and we are therefore concerned." President Rogge added, "We are now sixteen months away from the Games, time is critical and a sense of urgency needs to be found. There is no question of the Games not taking place in Athens - what is at stake here is the quality of the Games. Mrs Angelopoulos and her team have our full support and we are confident that solutions will be found very quickly to ensure the success of the Games."

Photo: IOC President Jacques Rogge (left) and Denis Oswald, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Athens 2004.

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Decisions by the IOC on disciplines and events, objectives and timetable
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