© IOC/Daniel Stucki
26 November 2004
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today concluded in Lausanne its last meeting of the year and its first in its new composition. Gunilla Lindberg has joined the EB as Vice-President, and Zaiqing Yu and Richard Carrión as members, further to their election at the 116th IOC Session in Athens in August.
Mr Ivan Slavkov
The meeting was marked today by the IOC's decision to approve the Ethics Commission's recommendations relating to the case of Mr Ivan Slavkov. By an earlier EB decision taken on 8 August in Athens, Mr Slavkov was provisionally deprived of all of the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his membership of the IOC and an inquiry was launched by the Ethics Commission with regards to alleged unethical behaviour. The EB today decided 1) that Mr Slavkov has violated the ethical principles set out in the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics, thereby seriously tarnishing the reputation of the Olympic Movement; 2) to propose the expulsion of Mr Slavkov to the 117th IOC Session, pursuant to Rule 22.214.171.124 of the Olympic Charter; 3) until the Session's decision, to suspend Mr Slavkov and deprive him of all the rights and prerogatives and functions deriving from the membership, pursuant to Rule 126.96.36.199 of the Olympic Charter.
Commenting on the EB decision, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "This morning the EB had to deal with a very serious issue. It has taken a clear and strong decision. As I have said before, there is zero tolerance for unethical behaviour in the IOC and today's decision reinforces this position."
Mr Un Yong Kim
Other ethical matters included the case of Mr Un Yong Kim, the EB decided to maintain the interim measure of suspension pending a further decision by the South Korean Supreme Court.
A recap of Athens looking ahead to Turin, Beijing, and Vancouver
Yesterday, Coordination Commission Chairman and EB member, Denis Oswald made a presentation on the success of ATHENS 2004, which met with the widespread satisfaction of athletes, spectators, viewers and other Games stakeholders.
Turin 2006 supervisor Mario Pescante addressed the EB, together with the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee (TOROC) President Valentino Castellani and TOROC Chief Executive Officer Paulo Rota.
Turin 2006 Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy reported to the EB on the progress of Games preparations, as did Hein Verbruggen, Chairman for Beijing 2008 and René Fasel, Chairman for Vancouver 2010.
The EB, ANOC, and the Athletes Commission
On Wednesday morning, the EB met with the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Athletes' Commission. In his final press conference, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: 'I would like to thank the NOCs and the athletes for their constructive feedback on the organisation of the Athens Games. Their valuable remarks are particularly useful in the debriefing process that the IOC has put in place to allow the next host city to learn from past experiences'.
Deadline for the Winter Games in 2014
In the afternoon, the EB approved the deadlines for the election of the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and decided to propose to the IOC Session the recognition of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH). It was also confirmed that the IOC had received all the questionnaires from the International Federations (IFs) to be assessed by the Programme Commission as part of the systematic review of the sports programme of the Olympic Games. The Commission, which is expected to meet in March 2005, will make recommendations to the 117th IOC Session in Singapore next year.
Constructive dialogues with the IFs
Following judging problems that surfaced during the Athens Games, the IOC initiated constructive dialogues with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), the International Fencing Federation (FIE), and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The IOC is also waiting for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to reply to its request for a meeting.
Approval by the EB of the IOC functional budget
The EB approved the IOC functional budget for the IOC administration of CHF107 millions (zero growth compared to 2004) and took note that the Olympic Solidarity quadrennial budget for 2005-2008 will be UD$ 244 millions (an increase of 16.5% compared to 2001-2004).