The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today concluded two days of productive meetings in Lausanne.
As part of yesterday's discussions, the EB received the interim report of the joint IOC/World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Inquiry Commission set up on 1 September to study the case of the American athlete Jerome Young. This Commission, composed of IOC Director General François Carrard, IOC Medical Director Patrick Schamasch, WADA Director General David Howman, and WADA Legal Director Olivier Niggli, recommended that the case be reviewed by the relevant competent bodies, essentially the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and possibly the United Stated Olympic Committee (USOC).
The EB then heard the updates of the various IOC Commissions. Reporting on the work of the TV and Internet Rights Commission, the IOC President Jacques Rogge confirmed that the same procedure which was followed for the US TV rights negotiations will be used for the regions of Asia/Oceania, Europe and The Americas. This procedure includes beginning with a fact finding mission, the hiring of specialist advisors where needed, and then an open tender auction process.
The EB also drew lots to determine the order for both phases of the bid process (Applicant and Candidate City) for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012. The result was: Paris (FRA), Leipzig (GER), New York (USA), Moscow (RUS), Istanbul (TUR), Havana (CUB), London (GBR), Madrid (ESP), and Rio de Janeiro (BRA). The Commission agreed that the decision to accept 2012 Candidate Cities would be made on 18 May 2004 and that the report of the Evaluation Commission would be released one month before the election of the Host City.
This morning's discussions focused on the preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games of Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010. A delegation from the Athens Organising Committee (ATHOC), led by its President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, made a formal presentation, during which she highlighted, amongst other issues, the successful test events which took place in August, a number of fruitful meetings over the past months including the World Broadcasters meeting and the Chef de Missions seminar as well as good progress in the recruitment of volunteers and in the second phase of ticket sales. Executive Board members praised ATHOC's progress in their preparations for the Games, notwithstanding that deadlines remained tight.
The reports on the state of preparations in Turin and Vancouver were given by the Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. As Chairman of the Beijing Coordination Commission, Hein Verbruggen gave the EB members an update on the smooth progress of preparations for the 2008 Games. The morning closed with administrative matters including the reports by IOC Directors.
This afternoon, the EB heard the report by USOC on alleged doping cases involving US athletes in the 80's and 90's. A delegation led by NOC acting President Bill Martin and composed of USOC Acting Secretary General Jim Scherr, General Counsel of the USOC Jeffrey Benz, Outside Counsel on doping matters Richard Young, and Olympic champion and First Chairman of the US Anti-Doping Agency Frank Shorter, thoroughly presented the outcome of their investigation. USOC confirmed that, on the basis of his own quotations reported in the Los Angeles Times on 29th August, the identity of the so-called ‘unnamed athlete’ who had tested positive for a banned substance but was allowed to compete in track and field in Sydney, was indeed Jerome Young. It also confirmed that it would take whatever steps it could, within its rights and constitution, to urge the US Track and Field Federation to cooperate with the request of the IOC to take up this issue. The USOC report will now be further studied by the IOC Medical Commission.
During the press conference concluding the meetings, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "I am particularly pleased with the scope and quality of the work that we covered over the last two days. The updates that we received, especially those on Games preparations, are extremely positive. The EB particularly welcomed the thorough and transparent report received by USOC. For years, the IOC has been urging for information to be disclosed and today's report represents a great step forward. The IOC hopes that the confirmation of the identity of Jerome Young will offer the opportunity for further action. This has to be done in the interest of sport."