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16 May 2003
IOC News

IOC Executive Board meets with the International Sports Federations

The IOC Executive Board (EB) had constructive meetings, Thursday 15 May, with the International Olympic Summer and Winter Sports Federations and with the council of GAISF.

Among the various discussions that were held during the day, the Federations were updated on the work of the Olympic Programme Commission, which will now identify the criteria against which Olympic sports will be assessed after the next edition of the Olympic Games. Details were also given on the activities of the Olympic Study Commission, on the progress made in the fight against doping, and on the preparations of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. The Olympic Winter Sports Federations were given the opportunity to listen to the three candidate cities bidding for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Vancouver, Salzburg and PyeongChang all made a short presentation to the Federations before holding a press conference for the attending media.

The day concluded with a joint press conference held by the IOC President Jacques Rogge, ASOIF President Denis Oswald, AIOWF President René Fasel and GAISF President Un Yong Kim. The IOC President took the opportunity to confirm that London would bid for the Olympic Games in 2012 and that he was expecting other cities to announce their intention to bid in the coming days. "I believe that the enthusiasm of the cities to bid for the Games reflects the IOC's policy of investing money in the Olympic Games", he said. When asked about the intention of the two Koreas to create a unified team for the Olympic Games in Athens next year, the President said: "We are thrilled by this initiative that we fully support. This is a symbolic sign of what sport can offer to mankind".
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