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02 Feb 2002
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IOC Approves New Conflict of Interest Rules - Rules Apply to All Olympic Parties


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today in Salt Lake City adopted expanded rules concerning conflict of interest. Anyone who may have a possible conflict of interest will be required to declare the possible conflict to the Special Representative of the Ethics Commission. The IOC President had asked the Ethics Commission to draft the new rules, which are effective as of 1 April 2002.




The rules are applicable to all members or staff with actual decision-making power within the Olympic parties as defined by the IOC Code of Ethics preamble: the International Olympic Committee and all of its members, National Olympic Committees, organising committees for the Olympic Games and candidate cities for the organisation of the Olympic Games.




According to the new rules, a possible conflict of interest is defined as any situation in which the opinion or decision of a person, acting alone or within an organisation, may be reasonably considered as liable to be influenced by relations that the aforementioned person has or is on the point of having with one or more natural or legal persons that would be affected by his/her judgement or decision.




Conflict of interest arises for any person who, finding themselves in a situation where a potential conflict of interest exists, neglects to declare it, expresses an opinion or takes a decision in favour of or against a natural or legal person, as set out in the paragraph above, or accepts any benefit from one or other of the persons described in the paragraph above.




The full text follows:





Article 1: Scope of Application
This text is applicable to Olympic parties as defined by the IOC Code of Ethics preamble: the International Olympic Committee and all of its members, National Olympic Committees, organising committees for the Olympic Games and candidate cities for the organisation of the Olympic Games.




With respect to legal persons among the Olympic parties, this text is applicable to all members or staff with actual decision-making power within them. Each such legal person may, if it so wishes, define categories of persons meeting this criterion, in cooperation with the Ethics Commission.




Article 2: Definition
A possible conflict of interest, according to this text, is any situation in which the opinion or decision of a person, acting alone or within an organisation, may be reasonably considered as liable to be influenced by relations that the aforementioned person has or is on the point of having with one or more natural or legal persons that would be affected by his/her judgement or decision.




Conflict of interest arises for any person who, finding themselves in a situation where a potential conflict of interest exists, neglects to declare it, expresses an opinion or takes a decision in favour of or against a natural or legal person, as set out in the paragraph above, or accepts any benefit from one or other of the persons described in the paragraph above.




Article 3: Types of interest to take into consideration
In assessing the situations described in Article 2 above, direct as well as indirect interests must be taken into account. Thus, this includes the interests of a third person (e.g. parent, partner, relation or dependent).




In the following non-exhaustive list of examples, the circumstances in which a conflict of interest could arise are:
- Personal and material involvement (salary, shareholding, various benefits) with suppliers of the Olympic party concerned;
- Same situation with sponsors, broadcasters, various contracting parties;
- Same situation with an organisation liable to benefit from the assistance of an Olympic party concerned (including subsidy, approval clause or election).
- Even voluntary involvement with another Olympic Movement entity liable to having a differing interest in a given decision.





Article 4: Prohibition
Conflicts of interest are prohibited. Any person in a situation where a possible conflict of interests exists must make a disclosure as set out in Article 5 hereafter.





Article 5: Resolution of conflicts
It is the personal responsibility of each person to avoid situations where a conflict of interest exists. In such a situation, the person concerned must declare the situation immediately to the Ethics Commission's Special Representative.




The information given will be kept confidential.




The IOC Ethics Commission is responsible for advising individuals in a with a possible conflict of interests situation.






Article 6: Procedure
Any case of conflict of interests is dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Olympic Charter and the Ethics Commis
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