POSTED: December 10th 2013

Bach chairs first IOC EB with challenges on the horizon

The IOC Executive Board / IOC Ian Jones
The IOC Executive Board / IOC Ian Jones

IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach chaired his first formal executive board meeting since his election last September 10th and this marks the final get together of 2013. The next time they convene will be on February 2-3 in Sochi at the start of the winter Games.

Sochi is on the horizon with only 58 days to go and the EB heard from the CEO of Sochi 2014, Dmitry Chernyshenko, via a video conference to report on their updates of the preparations.

Chernyshenko updated everyone on the transport, workforce, accommodation and the Sochi 2014 anti-doping laboratory and the EB responded with a call to be aware of the challenges that organizers face in the final two months of preparations.

To note, he also confirmed that there will be an area made available for protests in the city of Sochi, however it is not known where the area will be. Authorities have already planned a security tightening of the perimeters and access will be very guarded.

Bach welcomed the news in the name of freedom of speech, Russia has been a daily news item after the passing of the anti-gay legislation in June of this year and sparking debate on human rights freedoms.

On that note, the IOC, in regulations with its Charter must abide by rules 40 and 50 and the information that will be made available to athletes and National Olympic Committees about how those rules will be implemented.

The rules are put into place to protect the athletes and preserve the atmosphere of the Village and the venue areas. The IOC has always endeavored to keep politics out of sport, albeit difficult.

Rio 2016

The Rio organizers gave their presentation on preparations updates since the last session in Buenos Aires, however Bach noted “it is clear that there is not another day to lose. The clock is ticking and close cooperation with all levels of government is vital.”

The IOC President will be making a personal visit soon before the Sochi Games and will meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to ensure close cooperation, as well as Rio Governor Sergio Cabral and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.

Most indicative is the fact that the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, has agreed to continue to monitor progress and spend more time in the city after the Sochi Games and his retirement. Christophe Dubi will take his place however Felli will stay involved Committee to ensure close cooperation with all levels of government. 

Olympic Agenda 2020

President Bach has convoked a retreat from 11 to 14 December 2013, and the EB will meet to discuss and brainstorm the Olympic Agenda 2020. The fruition of this meeting will be proposed for general debate at the IOC Session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

Indian NOC suspension

The EB was updated on the situation with the NOC of India, which is currently suspended. The NOC of India agreed to amend a clause in its constitution as requested by the IOC to meet the basic standards for ethics, good governance and integrity.

Consequently, this will open the door for approval of the new NOC constitution and new elections as soon as possible.

If the NOC isn’t in alignment with IOC regulations by the beginning of the Sochi Games any Indian athlete that qualifies will be able to compete under the IOC flag.

However no Indian flags or symbols would be allowed at the Games.

Ethics case closed

South Korea IOC Member and taekwondo gold medal champion, Dae Sung Moon, was exonerated of his plagiarism case for lack of evidence. More than a year and a half has elapsed since the investigation started in April 2012, and the university contesting the case has not delivered discovery of the accusation.  

If new evidence emerges the case could be reconsidered.

IOC renovations

The IOC has been accepting bids to renovate the headquarters in Lausanne due to the dispersion of the staff at a number of sites. It is an effort to make the everyday works more close knit and efficient. The EB was impressed with three projects and will follow up with the development to arrive at an optimal solution. 

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