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11 Feb 2005
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IOC Executive Board wraps up first meeting of the year in Turin


The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today concluded one-and-a -half days of meetings in Turin.

The highlight of the meeting was yesterday's "One Year To Go" ceremony, where IOC President Jacques Rogge symbolically signed the invitations to the Italian, San Marinese, Slovenian and Swiss National Olympic Committees (NOCs), officially inviting them, and the other NOCs, to the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin (10-26 February 2006). For the first time, this ceremony was held in the host city rather than in Lausanne at the IOC headquarters, where the event usually takes place.

With exactly 365 days remaining until the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the Organising Committee (TOROC) presented the EB with a comprehensive report on the latest progress of the preparations. TOROC was represented by Mario Pescante, IOC Member and Italian Under Secretary of State for Culture; TOROC President Valentino Castellani and TOROC CEO Paolo Rota, who reported to the EB on a series of subjects including the Olympic Torch, finances, the recent test events and their move towards operational mode. The EB members also received an update from the Chairman of the Turin 2006 Coordination Commission, and had the opportunity to join a venue tour to view key competition and non-competition venues in Turin.

The EB also heard reports from Beijing 2008 Coordination Commission Chairman Hein Verbruggen on the progress of construction at Olympic sites in Beijing and the Organising Committee’s planning for operations. In the absence of the Chairman of the Vancouver 2010 Coordination Commission, René Fasel, Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, reported on the development of the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee, as well as the Canadian Olympic Committee’s “Own the Podium” programme for athletes in the lead-up to the Vancouver Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge also noted the warm welcome that he had received during his recent visit to Canada.

The EB yesterday approved the Ethics Commission's recommendations relating to the case of Mr Un Yong Kim and unanimously decided:

- that Mr Un Yong Kim has violated the ethical principles set out in the Olympic Charter and the Code of Ethics, and thereby seriously tarnished the reputation of the Olympic Movement;

- to propose the expulsion of Mr Un Yong Kim to the 117th IOC Session in Singapore pursuant to Rule 16.3.8.2 of the Olympic Charter;

- until the Session's decision, to provisionally suspend Mr Un Yong Kim and deprive him of all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC membership, pursuant to Rule 16.3.8.3. of the Olympic Charter.

Today, during the closing press conference, the IOC, in joint collaboration with Adecco, launched "The Athletes' Career Programme" designed to facilitate the integration of athletes into the labour market at the end of their sporting careers.

"Athletes are at the core of the Olympic Movement", said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "They dedicate their lives to sports and it is only right that sports should give them something back at the end of their sporting careers. We believe this is a great step for the Olympic Movement, and we are looking forward to fruitful collaboration with Adecco in the best interest of the athletes."

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