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20 Feb 2003
IOC News , Press Release

The IOC Names Its Olympic Games Executive Director

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today appointed Mr Gilbert Felli to the newly created post of Olympic Games Executive Director.

The appointment of an Executive Director was decided upon by the IOC following the recommendations of audits conducted within the organisation last year, which highlighted the increasing importance of all the IOC's Olympic Games-related tasks and missions. In taking up this new role, Mr Felli will be responsible for the running, coordination and follow-up of all Olympic Games activities, from the candidature phase to the actual holding of the Olympic Games.

Born in 1947, Mr Felli took over as director of the sports centre and ski school in the Swiss resort of Leysin in 1976, before becoming head of the sports department for the City of Lausanne in 1983.

Mr Felli joined the IOC in 1990, and is currently Director of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with the International Federations. In this role, he is also responsible for the IOC's Olympic Games coordination commissions (he has coordinated seven editions of the Games), as well as the Evaluation, Olympic Programme, Sport for All, Athletes' and Olympic Games Study Commissions.

Mr Felli has also taken part in a large number of skiing and ice hockey competitions as a competitor, coach and club leader, and has chaired the technical and organising committees of numerous world and continental competitions.

"Mr Felli was the ideal candidate for this post. His experience, professionalism and passion for sport will enable him to accomplish the mission we are entrusting to him, that of coordinating the IOC's activities linked to the Olympic Games and, with his team, to provide the necessary support and know-how to the organising committees," said IOC President Jacques Rogge.


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