POSTED: April 5th 2011

Rogge says London 2012 cash row must run its course all the way to CAS

Jacques Rogge: other presidential conerns / lake images
Jacques Rogge: other presidential conerns / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE at SportAccord / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Apr 05: Jacques Rogge has no intention of wasting his time any further with the escalating and embarrassing row over the British Olympic Association’s pursuit of a revised financial settlement after the 2012 London Games.

The IOC’s support of LOCOG’s resistance to a split of the money before the Paralympics – which risks running at a loss, according to the BOA – was the beginning and end of it for the president of the International Olympic Committee.

Rogge, speaking today at SportAccord in London, said: “The BOA has gone to CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport] and we are waiting for its decision.I am not going to be dragged into emotional observations about this issue. It is purely a legal issue and must be solved by legal people.”

Rogge said he had not seen Lord Moynihan, the BOA chairman who has aggressively pursued the issue, for six weeks and that was at a conference on the dangers of corruption in sport. Rogge said they had not discussed the London cash issue.

Denis Oswald, who heads the IOC’s co-ordination commission for London 2012, said that preparations for the Games had not been affected by the dispute.

He added: “In spite of this, the two organisations are working very well together. The BOA, as far as the athletes are concerned, is working well without any problem.”


On other issues Rogge confirmed that 12 new events were still under consideration for acceptance into the 2014 Winter Games programme in Sochi but that, however many were accepted, would not affect significantly the number of participating athletes.

Both Rogge and Oswald praised progress on preparations for the 2012 Games.

Oswald, whose commission was in London for its latest assessment last week, said: “We were positively impressed by what we saw. Several venues are ready and have been delivered to LOCOG. The Olympic Stadium needs only the track, everything else is done

“The Aquatics Centre is well advanced and 80pc of the park is ready. In the Village, the trees and grass have already planted six months ago and will be in the best possible shape at the time of the Games. It will be a wonderful place for the athletes to be.”

Rogge, while not having visited the Olympic Park personally recently, said: “From what I have seen on television everything, especially the Velodrome, is absolutely smashing.”

** The IOC will decide at the Session in Durban in July on recommendations from the medical commission on how sports should approach and deal with problems arising from gender issues (described as the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism in female competitions).

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