The Olympic Programme Commission, created by the IOC President at the beginning of 2002 to study the recent evolution of the Olympic Games in terms of cost and size, is due to present its findings to the extraordinary Session in Mexico on Thursday 28 November.
The Commission's ultimate aim is to make recommendations on ways in which the cost, size and complexity of organising the Games may be capped, or in some cases reduced, whilst maintaining the unique appeal and popularity of the largest sporting event in the world; the Olympic Games.
This interim report summarises the work that the Commission has undertaken to date. It details certain key areas of the Games that have undergone considerable growth in recent years, namely the number of accredited persons, the number and cost of venues and service levels etc. and also offers recommendations on how these areas can be better managed in the future.
The report concludes with some main recommendations for the future and an outline of the next steps that the Commission intends to take. The final outcomes of the Programme Commission's work, including recommendations on how to implement and monitor the proposed measures, will be presented at the 115th Session in Prague, July 2003. This is when the proposal to reduce the sailing events to 10 will be considered. Sailing has been identified, along with several other sports for a reduction in events. Click here for details of the IOC Programme Commission proposals.
However, one of the more immediate decisions to be made is on the proposal to cut sports from the 2008 Olympic in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee has received a legal opinion from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne backing its plan to vote on whether to exclude certain sports from the Olympics at its extraordinary meeting in Mexico City on November 28 and 29, and CAS has confirmed that the IOC may proceed with the vote to cut the sports in time for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Earlier it had appeared possible that the IOC would be forced to delay its plans to cut baseball, softball and modern pentathlon from the summer games until 2012 because of a clause in the Olympic Charter which states that such changes must be made no later than seven years before the event. Golf and rugby union are potentially in line to replace the axed sports.
Yesterday, the IOC Executive Board decided that the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission to exclude three sports (baseball, Softball and Modern Pentathlon) should be directly voted on by the IOC Session. That vote will take place on Friday 29 November in the afternoon, and will be done in alphabetical order, by secret ballot. The results will not be given until all three sports have been voted upon.