POSTED: July 2nd 2013

USOC Chief Larry Probst and Russian NOC head Alexander Zhukov nominated for IOC membership

The Executive Board meeting today at the IOC / IOC / Richard Juillart
The Executive Board meeting today at the IOC / IOC / Richard Juillart

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) met today on the eve of the Extraordinary IOC Session being held in Lausanne and a number of key decisions were made. 

USOC head Larry Probst was put forward for consideration for IOC membership as well as Alexander Zhukov, NOC chief and the former deputy prime minister of Russia. There were nine people in total put forward to join the ranks of the most prestigious group managing world sport.

The nominees are: Octavian Morariu of Romania, Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski of the Philippines, Alexander Zhukov of Russia, Paul Kibii Tergat of Kenya, Lawrence Probst III of the United States, Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Camiel Eurlings of the Netherlands and Stefan Holm of Sweden.

Probst was instrumental in the renegotiating of the revenue sharing deal with the IOC and IOC Communications Director Mark Adams noted that the USA is a very “strong and important part of the IOC and USOC is a very important partner”.

Olympian rower and head of the LA '84 Foundation, Anita DeFrantz, is also running for a return seat on the IOC EB to be decided in September. The nomination of Probst and if DeFrantz makes the EB again will set the USOC up nicely for a powerful 2024 bid for the summer Games. Now that the revenue sharing equation has been sorted out the IOC may decide to reward the country that carries the majority of the TOP sponsors and the lion's share of the TV and media rights.

Presidential Candidates

There are six candidates vying for the job as leader of the IOC as Dr. Jacques Rogge completes his second and final mandate in September. Today a drawing of lots was carried out as all six will make formal presentations to the IOC assembly on Thursday to put forth their plans for taking the Olympic Movement through the next eight years.  

Order of the presentations for the IOC Presidential candidates will be Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Thomas Bach, Ching-Kuo Wu, Denis Oswald, and Sergey Bubka. The presidential elections will take place on the 10th of September following the 2020 bid city election on the 7th.

IOC revamping

Today the EB also heard a report on the updates about the remodeling of the IOC headquarters and a dozen architecture firms from four continents have been shortlisted for the job.  Each will receive a full brief from the IOC on 30 July before making a personal visit to the current IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

An international jury will select the winning bid and will be the put forward to the EB in December later this year.

Rio 2016 Olympic Programme

The EB also tackled the issue of possible modifications to disciplines, events, quotas and competition formats at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They came to the conclusion that any request from International Federations (IFs) that would result in a higher number of athletes or increased number of medals, thereby adding to the cost and complexity of the Games, would not be considered.

Later on the IOC will study the quota-neutral requests already made by IFs for either a swap of event or modifications of competition format.

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