- 10 Apr 2014
- Olympic News
On the second and final day of its meetings during the 2014 SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today discussed and agreed on a series of new measures and a clear action plan that will support the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In concrete terms, this means:
1. Increasing frequency of visits by IOC administration and advisors. Appointing dedicated joint task forces with Rio 2016.
2. Creating a high-level decision-making body bringing together the IOC, government and all key partners of the project.
3. Enhanced collaboration with International Federations and key stakeholders.
4. Strengthening key structures on the ground:
a. Recruitment of a local construction project manager
b. Frequent assessment visits by IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli
These four steps will deliver stronger oversight and management in close cooperation with the Coordination Commission, the Organising Committee and key government representatives.
“There is strong commitment from both sides to make the Games in Rio a success,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, referring to the Olympic Movement and its counterparts in Brazil. “The measures approved today are intended to support the local organisers by putting at their disposal the experience of previous organisers of the Olympic Games and those with expertise on how different levels of government can work together in seamless cooperation. We are leading by example, as facilitators and partners.”
Protecting clean athletes at the Sochi 2014 Games
Updates from the IOC administration included a report from the IOC Medical Department on the final drug-testing figures from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games that underscored the IOC’s firm commitment to protecting the clean athletes. The Sochi Games featured the most stringent anti-doping programme in the history of the Olympic Winter Games both in terms of quality and quantity – a record 2,812 tests were conducted in total. More emphasis was placed on pre-competition and intelligence-based testing than ever before, with 1,528 tests (52 per cent) taking place pre-competition and 1,284 taking place post-competition. Of the 2,812 tests, 2,186 were urine and 626 were blood.
Samples will be kept for 10 years for possible retesting in response to technological advances or new information about possible doping violations.
The EB heard updates on the situations of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Egypt and Pakistan.
In 2013, the IOC was informed by the NOC of Egypt about attempts by the Sports Ministry to interfere in the running of national sports federations and sports clubs. Following many months of correspondence and discussions between the Olympic Movement and the Sports Ministry, the IOC recently received a positive report on the situation that was jointly signed by the new Sports Minister and NOC and Olympic Movement representatives. The report included the commitments to a new draft sports law by May 2014; to allow national federations to develop their own statutes without government interference; and to guarantee the autonomy of the national federations and sports clubs. The IOC will continue to follow this file and the implementation of the agreed roadmap in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.
Government interference in the running of the NOC of Pakistan led the IOC to hold a meeting in Lausanne in October 2013 with all the parties concerned, during which it was agreed that the IOC would verify the legitimacy of the NOC’s composition, in consultation with all the IFs concerned, which was done, and that the government would revise the provisions of the national sports policy that were incompatible with the Olympic Charter.
Until now the government of Pakistan has not kept its promises. However, it did recently contact the IOC proposing a dialogue to improve the situation, which the IOC has agreed to. The Executive Board decided today that, should the agreed roadmap not be followed, the NOC of Pakistan will be suspended at the next EB meeting in July.
Architecture – Potential consolidation of the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne
The Executive Board chose Danish firm 3xN as its preferred architectural partner for the potential consolidation of the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The decision follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College made during a meeting on 25 March that included the IOC President, IOC Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel, Craig Reedie and Zaiqing Yu, Executive Board member Ching-Kuo Wu, and IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou.
The EB announced its intention last year to look into regrouping the staff of the IOC, who are currently spread throughout Lausanne at a number of sites. The new IOC headquarters would bring the vast majority of the administration to the same location in Vidy, resulting in substantial savings in rental fees, increased working efficiency and energy conservation. The final decision on whether IOC goes ahead with plans to consolidate the headquarters will be dependent on discussions and decisions with the relevant Swiss authorities.
IOC welcomes Ski Mountaineering
The EB has granted provisional recognition to the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF), after the International Federation fulfilled all the criteria of the IOC recognition procedure. The EB noted that the ISMF is a rapidly growing Federation with tremendous youth appeal, a strong grounding in Olympic ideals, gender equality and good governance, including WADA compliance. The EB welcomes the Federation into the Olympic family.
EB decisions on doping cases
Following the sanctions from the relevant National Federations and as confirmed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Zhanna Block (Athens 2004), Darya Pishchalnikova (London 2012) and Igor Erokhin (London 2012) have been disqualified from the relevant Olympic Games:
Ms Zhanna Block (Ukraine, athletics)
Pursuant to the decision of the Ukrainian Athletics Federation, dated 19 December 2011, the following sanctions were imposed, as a result of an anti-doping rule violation that the athlete had committed:
- 2 years ineligibility starting on 6 November 2011; and
- Disqualification of all results since 30 November 2001.
This decision impacts the following results achieved by Zhanna Block at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, where she placed:
- 6th in the semi-final of the women’s 100m event; and
- 7th in round 1 of heat 1 in the women’s 4 x 100m relay team event, as a member of the Ukrainian relay team.
The athlete is now disqualified from both events and the IOC has requested that the IAAF amend the results from the Olympic Games Athens 2004 accordingly. The IOC will also ask the IAAF to decide, based upon the rules of the IAAF at that time, whether or not the whole relay team should be disqualified.
Ms Darya Pishchalnikova (Russian Federation, athletics)
Pursuant to the decision by the Russian Athletics Federation, dated 30 April 2013, the following sanctions were imposed, as a result of an anti-doping rule violation that the athlete had committed:
- 10 years ineligibility starting on 2 November 2012; and
- Disqualification of all results since 20 May 2012.
This decision impacts the following results achieved by Darya Pishchalnikova at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she placed:
- 2nd in the women’s discus throw event
The athlete is now disqualified from this event and the IOC has requested that the IAAF amend the results from the Olympic Games London 2012 accordingly. The IOC will also take the appropriate steps to reallocate the medals and diplomas accordingly.
Mr Igor Erokhin (Russian Federation, athletics)
Pursuant to the decision by the Russian Athletics Federation, dated 28 August 2013, the following sanctions were imposed, as a result of an anti-doping rule violation that the athlete had committed:
- Lifetime ineligibility; and
- Disqualification of all results since 25 February 2011.
This decision impacts the following result achieved by Igor Erokhin at the Olympic Games London 2012, where he placed:
- 5th in the men’s 50km walk event.
The athlete is now disqualified from this event and the IOC has request that the IAAF amend the result from the London 2012 Olympic Games accordingly. The IOC will also take the appropriate steps to reallocate the diplomas accordingly.
The Executive Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7-9 July in Lausanne.