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04 Nov 1999
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PROGRESS MADE ON BUILDING COMMON TEAM FOR BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA


Lausanne, 4 November 1999 - Representatives of the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina attending the second round of talks on sport on 22 and 23 October in Sarajevo reinforced their commitment to the agreements reached during the opening conference in Lausanne on 28 July. The event was organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the help of the Office of the High Representatives (OHR).
The participants agreed to a five-point statement outlining the implementation of various actions aimed at building the future of sport in their country. These include the preparation of 19 athletes for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, the reorganization of sport in the country and the review of progress before the end of March 2000.

The full text of the common statement follows:

COMMON STATEMENT

1. We, the representatives of the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Kvesic, Mr Vukic, Mr. Haracic, Mr Sokolovic, Mr Karalic and Mr Savic, reinforce our commitment to the agreements reached during the opening Conference in Lausanne, 28th July 1999, specially regarding the

1.1. Support of the participation of all the athletes from the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina in one common team, led by the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games;

1.2. Reorganization of Sport in BiH, including its Olympic Committee, based on the principles of decentralization and the rule of one single body for each sport and one NOC at state level, as umbrella for different decentralized organization.

2. We agree on a list of 19 athletes, selected from the entire territory of BiH following the technical criteria given by the International Federations, as the potential candidates to form the BiH Olympic Team in Sydney 2000:

2.1. According to the remaining qualification opportunities, seven individual sports have been selected: Athletics (3 male, 2 female), Swimming (1M, 1F), Boxing (2M), Judo (1F, 3M), Cycling (3), Wrestling (1) and Shooting (2M).

2.2. By the 15th of November 1999, all athletes have to be identified, and shall be presented by the NOC BiH, to the IOC for agreement, as the Potential BiH Olympic Team for Sydney 2000.

2.3. A Special Development Programme shall be immediately put into force, with the assistance of the IOC, in order to get the maximum of athletes qualified. This Programme will involve technical and financial aid, as well as a competition plan monitored by the IOC and the IF.

3. We agree and recognize the right of sportsmen and women to associate under the principle of individual freedom.

3.1. The local level will be the club organized through private structure by individual citizens.

3.2. At the country level, there is one Bosnia and Herzegovina National Olympic Committe (BiH NOC) and one single national Federation for each sport.

3.3. The following BiH level structures are in charge of :
a) BiH National Olympic Committee, as defined by its Statutes and in accordance with the Olympic Charter: the olympic activities including the selection and preparation of the BiH Team for the Olympic
b) BiH Sport Federations, as to be defined by its Statutes and in accordance with the Statutes of the International Sport Federations concerned: the representation of their sport at the international level, including the composition of the national team and the representation of their team / athletes at the international competitions; and the organization of the BiH internal country wide competitions.

3.4. These BiH level structures will be the only recognized by the International Olympic Committee and International Sport Federations.

4. In order to implement these steps and to prepare the final meeting, a working group will be set up with immediate effect. This working group will be placed under the responsability of the IOC and OHR and will regularly meet with the representatives of the Members of the Presidency, together with representatives of sports associations when considered necessary. This working group will provide through the IOC representative a monthly report on the work progress until the final meeting.

5. The next and final meeting will take place in Lausanne, in the IOC HQ, before the end of March 2000.

List of people who attended the conference:
Representatives of the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mr. KVESIC, Mr. VUKIC, Mr.HARACIC, Mr. SOKOLOVIC, Mr. KARALIC and Mr. SAVIC.
Mr. MIRÓ (IOC), Mr.Van LAMOEN (OHR), Mr. BOGICEVIC (NOC BiH), Mr. MONNIER (FIFA), Mr. HAHN (IHF) and Mr. KOTLEBA (FIBA).

ADDENDUM

The delegation of Republika Srpska has not signed the Common Statement issued at the end of the Conference as its members wished to consult their orderly first.

The delegation has demonstrated, through its chief Mr. Karalic, Sports Minis
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