Belek – Turkey, Apr 15, 2014: IOC EB, On the second and final day of its meetings during the 2014 SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey, the IOC Executive Board agreed on a series of new measures and a clear action plan that will support the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In concrete terms, this means:
1. Increasing frequency of visits by IOC administration and advisors. Appointing dedicated joint task forces with Rio 2016.
2.Creating a high-level decision-making body bringing together the IOC, government and all key partners of the project.
3.Enhanced collaboration with International Federations and key stakeholders.
4.Strengthening key structures on the ground:
a.Recruitment of a local construction project manager
b.Frequent assessment visits by IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli
These four steps will deliver stronger oversight and management in close cooperation with the Coordination Commission, the Organising Committee and key government representatives.
“There is strong commitment from both sides to make the Games in Rio a success,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “The measures approved today are intended to support the local organisers by putting at their disposal the experience of previous organisers of the Olympic Games and those with expertise on how different levels of government can work together in seamless cooperation. We are leading by example, as facilitators and partners.”
Protecting clean athletes at the Sochi 2014 Games
Updates from the IOC administration included a report from the IOC Medical Department on the final drug-testing figures from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games that underscored the IOC’s firm commitment to protecting the clean athletes.
The Sochi Games featured the most stringent anti-doping programme in the history of the Olympic Winter Games both in terms of quality and quantity – a record 2,812 tests were conducted in total.
More emphasis was placed on pre-competition and intelligence-based testing than ever before, with 1,528 tests (52 per cent) taking place pre-competition and 1,284 taking place post-competition. Of the 2,812 tests, 2,186 were urine and 626 were blood.
Samples will be kept for 10 years for possible retesting in response to technological advances or new information about possible doping violations.
The EB heard updates on the situations of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Egypt and Pakistan.
Government interference in the running of the NOC of Pakistan led the IOC to hold a meeting in Lausanne in October 2013 with all the parties concerned, during which it was agreed that the IOC would verify the legitimacy of the NOC’s composition, in consultation with all the IFs concerned, which was done, and that the government would revise the provisions of the national sports policy that were incompatible with the Olympic Charter.
Until now the government of Pakistan has not kept its promises. However, it did recently contact the IOC proposing a dialogue to improve the situation, which the IOC has agreed to. The Executive Board decided today that, should the agreed roadmap not be followed, the NOC of Pakistan will be suspended at the next EB meeting in July.
Architecture – Potential consolidation of the IOC HQ in Lausanne
The Executive Board chose Danish firm 3xN as its preferred architectural partner for the potential consolidation of the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The decision follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College made during a meeting on 25 March that included the IOC President, IOC Vice Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel, Craig Reedie and Yu Zaiqing, Executive Board member Wu Ching-Kuo and IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou.
IOC welcomes Ski Mountaineering
The EB has granted provisional recognition to the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF).
The Executive Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7-9 July in Lausanne. —- IOC/OCA