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03 Jul 2005
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SINGAPORE 2005: IOC Executive Board Ends First Day Of Meetings

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) has concluded its first day of meetings this evening in Singapore. During an afternoon session that dealt mainly with reports from several IOC departments, the EB also heard reports from Denis Oswald on behalf of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Ottavio Cinquanta on behalf of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and Sergey Bubka on behalf of the Athletes’ Commission. The IOC departments that reported to the EB were: the Olympic Games Department, Technology, Sport, Communications, Legal Affairs, Medical & Scientific, International Cooperation & Development, Information Management and the Olympic Museum.
Venue Design And 2014
During the presentation of the Executive Director of the Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli, gave the EB details on the bid process for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which opened in May. National Olympic Committees have until 28 July to put forward the name of an applicant city. On other Games matters, Felli announced the completion of a project to develop venue design standards for all competition venues. This comprehensive document, which provides design principles, requirements, guidelines and specific descriptions for each space within a venue, was developed with assistance from International Federations and input from many technical specialists. The document is available to all Organising Committees, Applicant and Candidate Cities and International Federations, and will be of tremendous assistance in helping to control the size and cost of the Games.
Cian O’Connor Loses Gold Medal
The EB took the decision to disqualify Cian O’Connor from the events he took part in during the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad – Athens 2004 and to redistribute the medals and diplomas according to the new results. This decision comes further to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) decision on 25 May that the horse, Waterford Crystal, and its rider, Mr Cian O’Connor, be disqualified from the show-jumping event at the Athens Games in 2004. The gold medal now goes to Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.
Doping Test Increase In Turin
The EB also heard from Dr Patrick Schamasch, IOC Medical Director, that the number of doping tests during the Games period at Torino 2006 will increase by 45%. The athletes doping control form will also now be adapted to include the name of the athlete’s coach and doctor after a proposal was made by the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission that this information be added.
Delivering The IOC’s Core Values
Joining IOC Director of Communications Giselle Davies at the press briefing was the IOC’s Director of International Cooperation, Tommy Sithole, who helped to inform the gathered media about some of the good work that the IOC carries out. Delivering the IOC’s core values, the International Cooperation & Development Department carries out work on many humanitarian issues for the IOC. Mr Sithole talked about the IOC’s collaboration with UNICEF and the Red Cross in bringing relief to the Darfur Region of the Sudan; of the USD1 million donation that the IOC made to the tsunami relief effort; of the work that the IOC does with the World Bank and Red Cross on AIDS in Africa; on the IOC’s efforts to help eradicate poverty in Africa; and the work of the Olympic Truce Foundation, which tries to use sport to help bring dialogue to areas of the world affected by conflict.

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