The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday concluded two days of fruitful meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Thursday morning, the Board met with the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and was pleased to see the resolutions approved during the last ANOC General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur in May 2002 had been adopted by all NOCs.
The Executive Board took the important decision to re-test the samples collected during the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City for the new designer drug THG, based on advice from experts who confirmed that it is legally and scientifically possible to do so. The Executive Board also agreed to consider the period from the Opening of the Olympic Village to the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games as an in-competition testing period. The Board further received an update on the newly-restructured organisation of the IOC administration and Olympic Museum, which will provide a framework for the future development of IOC operations.
The afternoon session was mainly dedicated to the Olympic Games and the progress made by the Organising Committees. The amount and quality of work achieved in recent weeks in Athens received praise from Coordination Commission Chairman Denis OSWALD. Following the comprehensive report given by Athens Organising Committee President, Gianna ANGELOPOULOS-DASKALAKI, the Executive Board approved the Olympic Torch Relay, which for the first time will travel through the five continents, together with the organisation of the Men's and Women's Shot Put event in Ancient Olympia as a tribute to the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The report by Turin Organising Committee President Valentino CASTELLANI followed, with updates on the preparations in Beijing and Vancouver.
The Executive Board also clarified its position on the issue of the non-payment of governments to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Board confirmed that ensuring that governments make their contributions to WADA was not its responsibility but that of WADA itself. It made it clear that in the case of non-payment by a government, the athletes would be allowed to participate in the Games, NOCs would continue to benefit from the IOC share of revenues, and national flags and anthems would not be banned. It was agreed that the only measures that the IOC might decide to take would be not to invite to the Olympic Games officials of governments who do not contribute. The Executive Board stressed that athletes should not be the victims of the non-payment of their governments.
Yesterday, the Executive Board heard the report by the Ethics Commission on its activities and various cases of recently-lodged complaints and approved a series of recommendations. It also received updates from the Commissions and directors.
Finally, the Medical Commission, which had been asked to study the report by USOC on alleged doping cases involving US athletes in the 80's and 90's, including the case of Jerome YOUNG, made a presentation to the Executive Board. It was agreed that, despite the amount of material that was reviewed, key elements were missing and that USOC would be asked to provide further information. A report by the Medical Commission has been requested for the next Executive Board meeting in February in Athens.