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01 Jul 2011
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Working meeting between the IOC and the NOCs of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and the Netherlands

On 30 June 2011, the IOC held a constructive meeting with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and the Netherlands in Lausanne. The territory of the Netherlands Antilles was formally dissolved on 10 October 2010 which subsequently raised the question about the function and future of the NOC. 

The main objective of this meeting was to review the situation from an operational perspective and the practical consequences of the IOC Executive Board’s decisions concerning the case of the Netherlands Antilles that will be submitted to the forthcoming IOC Session next week in Durban, South Africa.

The following matters were discussed:

 1.     The practical way for the athletes from the five islands that formed the “Netherlands Antilles”, if eligible, to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games as independent athletes under the Olympic flag.

 2.     The temporary administrative structure derived from the NOC of the Netherlands Antilles that would operate under the IOC’s supervision and with the IOC’s technical and financial support from the IOC Session’s decision next week until the end of the 2012 Olympic Games. This entity would be the interlocutor of theIOC during this transition period for all technical operations aimed at implementing point 1 above as well as for the discussions about the future in close collaboration with the NOCs of Aruba and the Netherlands.

In addition, the issue of the participation of the athletes from the five islands that previously formed the “Netherlands Antilles” at continental and regional level was addressed. It was agreed that all concerned parties would explore the various possibilities with the ultimate objective to safeguard the interests of the athletes where possible.

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