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  • IOC Serves Ultimatum, Warns Indian Olympic Association Of Derecognition

    The IOC on Friday served an ultimatum to India, saying that "the country will be de-recognised if the Indian Olympic Association does not amend its constitution" by Dec. 10 as per the world body's earlier dictate of barring charge-framed persons from contesting elections, according to the PTI. The IOC rejected the IOA's proposal passed in its Oct. 27 special general body meeting "to refer the cases of charge-framed persons to an internal Ethics Commission instead of barring them from contesting elections and asked it to include a clause in its constitution to provisionally suspend them until a final ruling is made." A letter, written by IOC Dir General Christophe De Kepper and addressed to IOA officials, said, "The specific clause which has been included in Article V (ii)(c); XI(1)(g)(iv); and XXII(v) concerning any IOA member charge-framed by a Court in India with respect to an offence which is of serious nature under Indian Penal Code/Prevention of Corruption Act is not satisfactory and does not meet IOC's requirements expressed in our letter of 5 September 2013." The world body's ultimatum "came after its directives were repeatedly sought to be diluted by the officials of the suspended IOA" and any deviation from the IOC's dictate could now jeopardize India's participation in int'l events (PTI, 11/15). The HINDUSTAN TIMES reported IOA President Abhey Singh Chautala said, "Members will meet and discuss the issue. We will then think of the next step." The IOA's request for a meeting in Lausanne "was also rejected." In its two-page letter, the IOC has mentioned that "it will not compromise on the basic principles of good governance." The letter said, "We are looking ahead at a long-term solution which is beyond personal interests" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 11/16).

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  • Stockholm, Beijing Among Six Cities Set To Bid For 2022 Winter Olympics

    The IOC has confirmed that six cities "are to bid" to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the PA. The cities are: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Beijing (China), Krakow (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine), Oslo (Norway), and Stockholm (Sweden). That is "twice as many" as bid to host the 2018 Winter Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said that "he was delighted with the interest." The final vote will take place at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015 (PA, 11/15). The AP reported "notably missing are any contenders from the traditional Alpine countries of Europe, where voters in Switzerland and Germany rejected proposed bids because of concerns over high costs and the environment." The new bidding "comes amid concerns" over the costs of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where the overall price tag is more than $50B -- "a record for any summer or winter Olympics." Senior Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg said, "Maybe some of the investments we have seen in Sochi with $50 billion has scared some people away. I felt that when Switzerland pulled out and I felt even stronger when all the four constituents in Germany said no" (AP, 11/15).

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  • Multi-Headed Organizational Structure For Tokyo 2020 To Mirror London 2012

    A multi-headed organizational structure based on the one used for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games "will likely be adopted for the 2020 Tokyo Games," according to ASIA NEWS NETWORK. The organizing committee "will be led by an Olympic board -- a four-member decision-making body to include the Olympic minister and Tokyo governor"-- similar to the board that successfully ran the London Games. The Tokyo metropolitan government and Japan Olympic Committee expect the IOC secretariat "to endorse the plan during working-level talks, which began Thursday in Tokyo."  The top decision-making body for the 2020 Games "is expected to be a four-person Olympic board comprising the Olympics minister, the Tokyo governor, the JOC chairperson and the organising committee director" (ANN, 11/16).

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  • Olympic Notes: Russia Introduces Strict Registration Rules For Sochi Visitors

    As part of moves to tighten security for the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin "has signed a decree introducing strict registration requirements for both foreign and Russian visitors." The rules "will not affect accredited delegates or people with hotel reservations." But others "will need to register with the authorities soon after they arrive" (EURO NEWS, 11/16). ... The Moscow laboratory set to process drug tests at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi "was sanctioned Sunday by the World Anti-Doping Agency but remains free to handle testing at the Games." WADA cited the laboratory's "status of compliance" in the decision, without providing further details, and said that "the laboratory would be stripped of its accreditation if it did not start reforms within two weeks" (R-SPORT, 11/17).

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