IOC Executive Board lifts suspension of the Brazilian Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) concluded its first of two days of meetings in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 2018.
As part of its deliberations, the Board decided to revoke, with immediate effect, the provisional suspension of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), including all the specific measures in relation to the COB as mentioned in the IOC EB decision of 6 October 2017.
Since then, the IOC has been in close contact with the COB, which has been extremely cooperative and immediately took a series of actions to address the IOC’s concerns.
On 31 October 2017, the IOC EB had already decided to allow the COB to exercise its membership rights in NOC associations again, to enable the organisation to participate in the ANOC meeting which took place at that time.
Since then, the revision process of the COB statutes and internal governance was finalised in close coordination with the IOC, to ensure full compliance with the Olympic Charter and the basic principles of good governance of the Olympic Movement, and the new COB statutes were formally adopted by the COB General Assembly on 22 November and 6 December 2017.
In addition, the COB – together with an independent auditor – has conducted a specific review of its internal situation and accounts for the period from 2008 to 2010. The independent auditor officially confirmed that the COB accounts were properly audited and approved by the COB General Assembly. Furthermore, it verified that the COB, as a legal entity, was not involved in any manner whatsoever in any of the allegations/charges against Mr Carlos Nuzman in the framework of the ongoing investigation by the Federal Public Prosecutor in Brazil.
The IOC EB moved to provisionally recognise the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Already in November a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the IOC and GAISF. Granting full recognition is planned at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires later this year.
The Executive Board also approved the two applications it has received for changes of sporting nationality. Speed skater Cole William Krueger has switched from the USA to Hungary, while figure skater Kirill Khaliavin (Jalyavin) changed from Russia to Spain after assurances were given in writing by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) that he had no record of Anti-Doping Rule Violations or any cause for concern.
Finally, the EB received a number of reports, including the implementation of the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration” and of its 5 December decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee. The Board was informed of all the steps taken by the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) Invitation Review Panel and Implementation Group.