The 117th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today concluded in Singapore four days of productive meetings with the election of two new Vice-Presidents and one member to its Executive Board. IOC member from Greece, Lambis Nikolaou, and IOC member from Japan, Chiharu Igaya, were elected Vice-Presidents of the IOC Executive Board. The Session also selected Ser Miang Ng, IOC member from Singapore, as member to its Executive Board. The voting continued with the election of Barbara Kendall, Olympic champion in sailing from New Zealand, as an IOC member. Kendall takes on Susie O’Neill’s position who resigned earlier this year.
The highlight of the week of meetings was the election of London as Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 from a prestigious list of five Candidate Cities. Commenting on the election, IOC President Jacques Rogge noted, “The IOC was very privileged to have had such prestigious and professional candidate cities, which I would like to thank again for the quality of their work throughout the bidding process. Our warm congratulations go to London, with who we very much look forward to working in the next seven years.”
As part of the systematic review of the Olympic Programme, the IOC Session selected a quality programme of 26 sports for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012. It is the first time that the IOC amends the Olympic Programme since 1936.
Following the close of the meetings, President Rogge said, “I’m very happy to see the Olympic Movement in such a good state, as demonstrated by the success of the Athens Games, the increases in revenue across the board and the high quality of the candidacy process for 2012. Our recent market research statistics show that Olympic values are recognised and understood throughout the world and that the Olympic Games are more than ever the world’s most popular sporting event. Our job as the guardians of the Olympic Games and the values they stand for is to work to ensure they remain of excellent quality and an inspiration for the youth of tomorrow.”
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