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30 Oct 1999
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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IOC REFORM FINALIZED


Lausanne, 30 October 1999 - Reforms to be Voted on December 11 and 12

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) reform commission, IOC 2000, reached consensus on a final report recommending the adoption of new reforms and the enhancement of current IOC policies during its meeting today in Lausanne. The 49 reform recommendations, to be submitted to the IOC membership for vote at the December 11-12 Extraordinary Session, would bring about changes in policy and structure that will lead to a more contemporary and transparent IOC.

“Since the impact of the crisis was first felt, I was determined that positive changes would result from it,” said the IOC President, who presided over the day’s proceedings. “After months of study, IOC 2000 has done a great service to the Olympic Movement by laying out the path toward reform. Now the membership must end this Century by taking these recommendations and building an IOC better suited for the next.”

The final report endorses a number of current IOC policies and practices, including the use of only “free TV” to broadcast the Games and the IOC’s support of educational and cultural activities.

Of the changes to the IOC’s structure, the main recommendations are:
the invitation of 15 active Olympic athletes elected by their peers to become full IOC members
the lowering of the age limit for membership to 70 years
the application of eight-year, renewable terms of service
the setting of the eventual composition of the IOC membership to a maximum of 115, 15 of which will be chosen from active Olympic athletes, 15 from National Olympic Committee (NOC) presidents, 15 from International Sports Federation (IF) presidents, and 70 as individuals
the creation of a nomination and screening process that would recommend candidates for membership to the IOC
the enlarging of the IOC Executive Board to allow for a better representation of the new composition of the IOC membership
the application of term limits to the IOC presidency (Two recommendations were put forward for decision by the IOC membership: one for a non-renewable eight-year term and another for an eight-year term with a possibility of reelection for an additional four years.)

IOC 2000’s recommendations would create an improved host city election process that would clarify both the qualifications necessary to bid for the Games and the responsibilities and obligations of all parties involved in the process. Among the major recommendations are:
the addition of a bid acceptance procedure that would review the organizational capacity of the interested cities in order to accept them as candidates
either the elimination of member visits to the candidate cities on the basis of having the benefit of knowledge gained from a strengthened Evaluation Commission or the allowance of visits only under certain conditions. It should be noted the IOC membership also would be able to rely on a bid acceptance process that would bring forward only the candidates most qualified to host the Games.
the strengthening of the obligations of the NOCs to oversee and counsel the bidding committees in their countries
the signing of a contract between the IOC, the bid cities, and their NOCs outlining the obligations of each party, the applicable code of conduct, and the sanctions for breach of the terms

Regarding IOC policies relevant to the work done leading up to and in-between the Games, IOC 2000’s key recommendations were to:
require all NOCs to participate in the Summer Olympic Games
publish additional financial reports that clearly illustrate the flow of the sources and uses of IOC revenues in order to enhance its financial transparency;
require that every entity that receives funds from the IOC provide the IOC an accounting of the use of those funds, again, to enhance financial transparency;
limit both the number of events and athletes at the Summer Games in order to control the growing size of the Games and the resulting managerial challenges;
work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to distribute “passports” containing all necessary information to carry out efficient doping controls and to monitor the athletes’ health; and
refuse participation to sports that do not apply the Olympic Movement’s Anti-Doping Code or perform out-of-competition testing.

The IOC membership will convene in Lausanne, December 11-12, to vote on the adoption of the IOC 2000 recommendations and to finalize the details of how to implement these policy changes. Those recommendations requiring changes to the Olympic Charter will require a two-thirds majority vote.

Seventy-one members were present at today’s session that ended a day earlier than expected due to the clear consensus built up with the Commission over the past couple of months of its work.

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