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01 Jun 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 1 June 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be visiting Oman, Palestine and Israel from 2 to 4 June 2001 to meet representatives of the respective countries and the National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

The President will start his trip in Oman where he will award the Gold Olympic Order to H. M. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, head of state. He will also visit the Oman Olympic Committee before departing for Palestine.

On 3 June, the IOC President will travel to Gaza City, Palestine, where he will meet with President Arafat. He will then visit the Palestinian NOC where he will take part in the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the new NOC headquarters, meet with local sports leaders and attend a sport exhibition. This will be the IOC President’s first visit to Palestine.

He will then travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, and meet with the Director General of the Ministry for Sports, Culture and Science, the Mayor of the city and the NOC. A press conference will be organised on 4 June before the IOC President’s departure.

After this trip, the IOC President will have visited 196 of the 199 NOCs.

Dates of visits:



2 June 2001
Arrival in Muscat (Oman)
Oman Olympic Committee
Tel: +968 79 98 91 / 79 98 92

3 June 2001
Meeting at the Oman Olympic Committee

Departure from Oman to Israel and transfer to Gaza City
Meeting with President Arafat followed by a visit of the Palestinian Olympic Committee

Palestinian Olympic Committee
Tel: +972 282 92 22 / 282 47 42

3 June 2001 (continued)
Departure from Gaza City to Tel Aviv
Meeting with the Director General of the Ministry for Sports, Culture and Science

The Olympic Committee of Israel
Tel: +972 3 649 83 85/6

4 June 2001
Meeting with the Mayor of Tel Aviv followed by a press conference

Departure from Tel Aviv

Contact :
Media representatives are asked to contact the NOCs to obtain practical details of the organisation of each visit and the filming and interview possibilities.

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