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23 Jun 2010
IOC News

Third Executive Board Meeting of 2010 wraps up in Lausanne

IOC President Jacques Rogge capped the third Executive Board (EB) meeting of 2010 on Olympic Day by welcoming interest from South Africa to one day host the Olympic Games. At a press conference ahead of Olympic Day celebrations at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, President Rogge was asked whether he agreed with South African President Jacob Zuma’s comments that his country, buoyed by the ongoing FIFA World Cup, could one day host an Olympic Games.

Rogge responded: “It’s always good news when a country such as South Africa wants to bid, and I remind you of the fact that Cape Town already had a very credible bid in 1997 when they finished third in the ranking behind Athens and Rome. “(South Africa) then focused twice on FIFA World Cup bids. I think it is absolutely normal that they think about the future. So we are glad they are thinking of the Olympic Games. I will definitely take this up with the president (Zuma) when I meet him at the FIFA World Cup final.”

Rogge described the two days of EB meetings as very successful, and said the members, in addition to voting to upgrade Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea) from Applicant to Candidate Cities of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, were heartened by reports they received from the Olympic Games Organising Committees and pleased to report that the IOC’s finances were “very solid.”

Part of the reason for the good health of the IOC coffers is the strong partnership the IOC has enjoyed over the years with its TOP Partners. The relationship marks its 25th anniversary this week.

“(The TOP programme) is a programme that is of course an important one for everyone in the Olympic Movement,” Rogge said. “It is important to the 205 National Olympic Committees and for all the Organising Committees. And the great quality of the programme is that it is a worldwide programme that offers our partners worldwide exclusivity and adds the value and respect of the Olympic Movement, be it the IOC, Organising Committees, or the National Olympic Committees. We are very pleased to have the support of prestigious international companies who not only help us financially but also with their guidance and their expertise with a lot of value in kind.”

President Rogge also said that while the IOC would respect the recent Court of Arbitration decision to uphold an appeal by Belarusian hammer throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan — who tested positive for elevated testosterone after the hammer throw final in Beijing 2008, where they won silver and bronze medals, respectively — it has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to make an inquiry into the doping procedures within the Beijing lab.

“The IOC created the Court of Arbitration so it’s going to respect the Court of Arbitration’s decisions at all times,” Rogge said. “But this is in our opinion what we would call a decision based on technicalities, not on the essence of the judgment. “I’d like also to say that in this aspect this is not an IOC issue because the IOC is not responsible for the laboratory at the Games. This is the responsibility of the World Anti-Doping Agency. We have asked WADA to make an inquiry to see why the procedures apparently were not respected as they should have been because that is their responsibility as they accredited the workers. And we are waiting for that information.”

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