The IOC Executive Board and the IAAF Council today held their traditional joint meeting. Just a few hours before the start of the IAAF World Championships in London, both boards met to exchange views and to determine common approaches.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “It is great to see the IAAF World Championships coming to London into the same stadium where we celebrated great Olympic Games 2012.” He also congratulated the IAAF on the success of athletics at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. “Overall, athletics is in good health,” he noted. For the first time, for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC evaluated the 28 sports event by event. “The evaluation showed this strength of athletics, but it also revealed some differences in the events. This is normal,” the IOC President explained.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe recalled that there would not have been a stadium in London to hold the IAAF World Championships without the Olympic Games. “This is a legacy of the Olympic Games,” said Coe, who was also the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games London 2012. He reported that the Championships would be seeing the largest number of athletes, with more tickets sold, than at any other World Championships before, and huge interest from the media: “This will be the biggest World Championships and a milestone for the IAAF.”
The IAAF Council was updated on the joint allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 to Paris and Los Angeles. “This is a golden opportunity not just for IOC, but also for the International Federations,” the IOC President said. For 11 years, they would have a partner on their side to promote their sport and their athletes.
There was also an update on the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), which the IOC is establishing in a joint effort with a number of International Federations. Two years ago, President Bach and President Coe had agreed on a “twin-track approach”. While the IOC was looking into founding the ITA, the IAAF was looking into founding the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). “At the time, we both did not know when we would reach our goal,” President Bach said. “The ITA and the AIU have the same goal: to make the fight against doping more independent and more effective.” Once the ITA is founded, the IOC will contact the IAAF and other International Federations to invite them to cooperate and join.
The IOC President again made it clear that testing and sanctioning will be independent from the IOC at the Olympic Games from PyeongChang 2018 onwards.
Cooperation in the field of competition manipulation was also discussed. The IOC President invited the IAAF to join the long-running initiative of the IOC and a number of International Federations. “There is a good structure in place. Together with the International Federations and National Olympic Committees, we have created the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions, and we invite the IAAF to work closely together with the IOC in this field.”
In 2013, the “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” was created, followed by the creation of the “Olympic Movement Unit for the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions”. There is strong cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Council of Europe and other governmental and non-governmental organisations. Since 2013, there has also been cooperation with INTERPOL. Together with INTERPOL, a large number of workshops have been held all around the world.