IOC Executive Board holds productive meetings in Berlin
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today wrapped up two and a half days of meetings in Berlin where representatives of the sports world convened this week to attend the SportAccord International Sports Convention.
Moving forward in its process of systematically reviewing the Olympic programme, the Executive Board decided on the voting procedure that will be used during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore when IOC members will decide on the composition of the Olympic programme for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012. It was agreed that on 8 July the Executive Board will not make any recommendations on the admission or non-admission of one or more of the 28 sports. IOC members will vote by secret ballot on each of the 28 sports that were part of the Olympic programme in Athens. The results of the vote will only be announced at the end of the proceedings. The full details of the procedure are available here.
This decision was immediately communicated to all 28 International Federations which have been consulted on a regular basis during the evalutation process. Earlier this week, during the joint meeting between the IOC Executive Board and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), ASOIF Chairman Denis Oswald praised the fair and transparent process put in place by the IOC to review the Olympic programme. Each federation was given the opportunity to discuss the evaluation criteria, provide further information and comment on the draft Programme Commission report.
During the same joint meeting, it was noted that the success of the Athens Games last summer was the demonstration of well coordinated efforts and that the lessons learnt from that experience will now be used to improve key documents supporting the Organising Committees in their preparations. It also allowed the IOC to substantially increase the financial redistribution allocated to the federations.
Constructive discussions also took place with the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
During its proceedings, the IOC Executive Board accepted the candidature of Barbara Kendall, Olympic champion in sailing from New Zealand as an IOC member. Kendall took on Susie O'Neill's position on the Athletes' Commission after O'Neill resigned earlier this year. She was put forward by the Nominations Commission as she was the athlete from Oceania who received the highest number of votes after O'Neill in the election to the Athletes' Commission in Sydney. The vote will take place at the 117th IOC Session next July.
On ethics matters, the Executive Board unanimously decided to follow the recommendation of the Ethics Commission and to provisionally deprive Mr Yoshiaki Tsutsumi of all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC honour membership while the investigation in Japan and the inquiry of the Ethics Commission are taking place. Mr Tsutsumi was remanded in custody in March by the Japanese Public Prosecutor for giving false information about stock exchange-quoted companies and falsifying financial statements.
On the sports front, it was reported that after constructive discussions with the IOC, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and The World Taekwondo Federation made substantial changes to their judging systems.
Given the tremendous success of the Athens Torch Relay, which for the first time was held across the five continents, the Executive Board indicated that it would welcome initiatives and study proposals from future Organising Committees wishing to have an international element in their Torch Relay. It was agreed that the IOC should play a greater role in the planning and staging of this event which strongly conveys the spirit of the Olympic Games and sets the tone of the forthcoming celebration across the world.
The Executive Board also heard the reports of the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and the respective chairmen of the Coordination Commissions. Torino 2006, led by Messrs Pescante and Castellani introduced to the Executive Board the new members of the team, CEO Cesare Vaciago and COO Luciano Barra. Significant progress in construction work as well as improved cooperation between the various parties involved the preparations of the Games were reported. This was confirmed by Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy who also reported that the input from former Salt lake City COO Fraser Bullock had been welcome and beneficial to the team in place in Turin.
A delegation from the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee was present in Berlin to update the Executive Board on its activities. Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen praised the quality of the work achieved so far. The proposal to hold equestrian events in Hong Kong was discussed during the meeting. After having heard the representatives from both the Organising Committee and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on the matter, the IOC Executive Board decided that further meetings should be held in due course to find a solution.
Chairman of the Vancouver Organising Committee John Furlong reported on the latest developments and confirmed that the emblem will be launched on 23 April. Coordination Commission Chairman René Fasel said he was very satisfied with what he had seen during his recent visit to Vancouver and Whistler.
The IOC Executive Board will next convene in Singapore from 3 to 5 July.
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