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30 Jun 2003
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Rogge notes: A very productive EB

The EB was short but very productive, said IOC President Jacques Rogge during the final press conference of the IOC Executive Board. President Rogge gave an overview of the main decisions taken by the EB these last two days (see previous news). The EB discussed mainly sports issues and spoke about athletes. Commenting on the decision of the annulment of Lazutina's medals, President Rogge declared that he is happy to see that clean athletes like Beckie Scott and Katerina Neumannova got the medals they deserved. Also, in response to questions from the media regarding bid cities, he highlighted the importance of the legacy for a city which hosts the Olympic Games.

About gigantism that has been a point of discussion for decades, the IOC President noted that the priority of the IOC would remain the quality of the Games, and this quality should not be affected by the reduction of the cost and size of the Games, which is also necessary. With regards to the new sports that could be added to the Olympic programme, the EB will define the selection criteria during its February 2004 meeting, a survey will be then conducted following the Athens Games and the IOC Session in Singapore in 2005 will take the final decision about the new Olympic sport programme.

Tomorrow evening, the Opening Ceremony of the 115th IOC Session will be held at the Theatre Obecnidum in Prague in presence of the Head of State of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus.
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