- 23 Jun 2006
- IOC News
IOC President wraps-up a busy week of meetings
IOC President Jacques Rogge concluded a busy week of Executive Board (EB) meetings and several other commission meetings with a final press conference today at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne.
Athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement
President Rogge reflected on the important celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Athletes’ Commission held earlier this week, noting that “it is great to see the level of energy and dedication that all the members put in to ensure that the voice of their colleagues is heard during the entire process leading to the staging of the Olympic Games as well as in other areas dear to the heart of the Olympic Movement.”
Preparations for 2009 Congress
The IOC President also recalled the first meeting of the 2009 Congress Commission held on Wednesday jointly with the Executive Board. This format of joint meetings has been chosen in order to openly identify and discuss the opportunities and key orientations of this important gathering that will take place in Copenhagen in September 2009.
Candidate Cities satisfied with bidding procedure
President Rogge was pleased with the decision taken yesterday by the EB to select Sochi, Salzburg and PyeongChang as Candidate Cities to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games,.
Reflecting on the candidature acceptance procedure, President Rogge said “It is encouraging to see that the two step bidding procedure that the IOC initiated back in 2000 is working well. Applicant and Candidate Cities for the 2012 Olympic Games clearly expressed their satisfaction during the debriefing meeting that the IOC organised for them. They also made a series of recommendations that we will now study and implement in order to further improve the process.”
As always, the EB meetings are an occasion for the IOC and the future Organising Committees (OCOGs) to discuss progress on the preparations for the Olympic Games. The reports from Beijing, Vancouver and London were held by teleconference with the Executive Board and good progress was noted on the preparations for all three future Olympic Games.
President Rogge also highlighted the last report of Jean-Claude Killy on the Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Representatives from Torino 2006 will meet next month in Vancouver to share their experiences with their Canadian counterparts during the official debriefing meeting. This exercise is very useful as it allows Organising Committees to learn from past experiences and build on the success of past Olympic Games.
IOC decision on Guy Drut
The President also confirmed that the IOC Executive Board today decided to approve the Ethics Commission's recommendations relating to the case of Mr Guy Drut.
The IOC Executive Board today decided :
1. that Mr Guy Drut, IOC member, has disregarded the ethical principles set out in the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics, has tarnished the reputation of the Olympic Movement and was thereby in breach of the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics;
2. pursuant to Rule 23.1.1* of the Olympic Charter, to impose the following combination of sanctions on Mr Guy Drut:
a) a reprimand; and
b) a suspension of the right to chair any IOC commission for five years.
Click here for the full text of the IOC Ethics Commission’s recommendation.
The President concluded the press conference by highlighting the fact that today is Olympic Day and that celebrations this year in Lausanne will take place at the Maison du Sport International, which will be officially inaugurated tonight in the presence of International Federations and the Lausanne authorities.
Built a few kilometers away from the IOC, the Maison du Sport will provide offices for some of the IOC departments and will become the new home of several International Federations, underlining the attachment that the IOC and sports organisations in general have to Lausanne.
* Rule 23.1.1 of the Olympic Charter:
Measures and Sanctions
In the case of any violation of the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code, or any other regulation, as the case may be, the measures or sanctions which may be taken by the Session, the IOC Executive Board or the disciplinary commission referred to under 2.4 below are:
1 In the context of the Olympic Movement:
1.1 with regard to IOC members, the Honorary President, honorary members and honour members:
a) a reprimand, pronounced by the IOC Executive Board;
b) suspension, for a specific period, pronounced by the IOC Executive Board. The suspension may be extended to all or part of the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from the membership of the person concerned.
The above-mentioned sanctions may be combined. They may be imposed on IOC members, the Honorary President, honorary members or honour members who, by their conduct, jeopardise the interests of the IOC, also regardless of any specific violation of the Olympic Charter or any other regulation.