POSTED: April 6th 2011
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CAS claim suspended as BOA and LOCOG plan new 2012 cash talks

Colin Moynihan and seb Coe: n opposide sides this time / Fotosports.com
Colin Moynihan and seb Coe: n opposide sides this time / Fotosports.com

KEIR RADNEDGE at SportAccord / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Apr 06: The weight of pressure which has built up over the past 10 days appears to have played a significant role in bringing the British Olympic Association and the London 2012 organisers back to the table to settle the embarrassing row over how to split the Games surplus.

The BOA, which had requested then ignored an IOC ruling after it went in favour of LOCOG, has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend indefinitely its appeal.

Even though LOCOG had claimed there was nothing further to discuss it has now agreed to meet the BOA. A spokeswoman was reported by the BBC as saying: "We have always said our door is open if the BOA wants to talk. We can confirm the BOA has asked us to meet to discuss an offer it would like to put on the table."

A BOA spokesman said: "We have requested a meeting with LOCOG which they have agreed to. The purpose of that meeting is to continue working towards a resolution."

The embarrassing row between bodies led by high-profiles figures in Lord Moynihan (BOA) and Lord Coe (LOCOG) - had marred the run-up towards next year's Games.

Over the past 11 days Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, former Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell and - Monday night at a UK Sports Journalists' Association questiontime - the current Sports Minister Hugh Robertson all urged a rapid resolution.

Coe told the opening conference session of SportAccord: "The BOA issue is not getting in the way of the Games, it is not getting in the way of Team GB’s preparation for the Olympics and it doesn’t get in the way of staging the games, that’s what we do [LOCOG]. It is a distraction.

"I can tell you that BOA have suspended their activity with CAS this morning and they will have a meeting with us by the end of the week with a proposal to sort it out. We have helped above and beyond anything we’ve been contracted to help with."

Mark Adams, the IOC's director of communications, said: "It's always a good thing if people are talking. As Winston Churchill said: 'Jaw-jaw is better than war-war. It's a positive sign for us."


Keywords · IOC · London 2012 · BOA · LOCOG · CAS


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