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26 Oct 2010
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IOC Executive Board meeting in Acapulco – Key decisions

Over the last three days, the IOC Executive Board (EB) had a fruitful meeting and took several decisions.

The EB announced that it is looking favourably at the inclusion of Women's Ski Jumping, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Slopestyle, Snowboard Slopestyle, Biathlon Mixed Team Relay, Figure Skating Team Event and Luge Team Relay in the programme of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

However, before taking a final decision, the EB said it would like to consider the outcome of the respective World Championships which will take place during the winter season in 2011.

Youth appeal, gender equity and universality are key

The IOC Olympic Programme Commission analysed all the requests put forward by the International Sports Federations based on established criteria, and submitted its findings to the EB. The key positive factors included whether the changes would increase universality, gender equity and youth appeal, and in general add value to the Games. Other considerations included the cost of infrastructure, and the impact on the overall quota and the number of events.

Read here the press release.

Programme for 2018

The EB also confirmed that the sports programme of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which will be presented to the IOC Session for approval, would be the same as the one in Sochi, with seven sports.  

5th International Athletes’ Forum in Colorado Springs

The EB chose Colorado Springs, USA, as host of the next International Athletes’ Forum to be held in October 2011. Led by the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission, the event will bring together sportsmen and women from all continents as well as from International Federations to discuss the current matters affecting their career and lives after their years of high-level competition. It was also agreed that Los Angeles, USA, will organise the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport in February 2012

Olympic Youth Development Centre in Haiti

The EB also received an update about the activities of the first Olympic Youth Development Centre, which was inaugurated last May in Lusaka, Zambia. The centre, a pilot project run as part of the IOC’s Sports for Hope programme, has seen an increasing number of athletes and young people using the facility and practising some 21 sports.

The age range is 5 to 35, with the majority between ages 12 and 18, mainly because there are 16 schools and 25,000 children within a radius of 500 metres. The centre not only provides state-of-the-art sport facilities, but also offers a wide range of educational programmes, health services and community activities. Based on the promising success of the centre in Zambia, the IOC is preparing plans to build the next centre in Haiti and to use once again sport as a tool to rebuild communities, promote social values and help the people look towards a better future after the devastating earthquake that hit the country at the beginning of the year .

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