The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today began two days of meetings covering a range of topics, from National Olympic Committee (NOC) relations to progress updates from organisers of future Olympic Games.
The Board welcomed the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), led by its recently elected President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (Kuwait), who expressed his organisation’s overall satisfaction with the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games and reiterated its support for the fight against doping and illegal and irregular betting.
The EB decided to suspend the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) due to its failure to comply with the Olympic Charter and its statutes, failure to inform the IOC in a timely matter, and as a protective measure against government interference in the IOA’s election process.
With this decision, the IOA is no longer entitled to exercise any activity or right, including financial support, conferred upon it by the Olympic Charter or the IOC until the suspension is lifted by the IOC Executive Board.
In particular, the Executive Board confirms that the IOA is not entitled to hold any elections until all pending issues are resolved and the EB decides to lift the suspension.
The EB also confirmed the lifting of the suspension of the NOC of Kuwait following guarantees of its autonomy. The NOC and national federations are now able to operate in full compliance with the Olympic Charter and the rules of the International Federations.
Having obtained the agreement of the two NOCs and International Federation concerned, the three-year waiting period for authorisation of the change of sporting nationality for skier Elise Pellegrin was cancelled, allowing the French-born Pellegrin to now compete for Malta at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
In the case of canoeist Krisztina Fazekas (Zur), who won the gold medal in the women’s K-4 500m event at London 2012, the EB confirmed retroactively that the athlete was eligible to represent Hungary at the Games and does not question the results of the event.
Finally, the EB decided to issue a warning to Irish sailor Peter O’Leary who admitted betting on an Olympic sailing event at the Beijing 2008 Games, but denied any competition fixing. No proof of any match-fixing of the competition in question was found.
In addition, at the time of the Beijing Games, the IOC had just begun its campaign to educate athletes via NOCs and IFs on the risk of irregular and illegal betting, and it seems that, in this particular case, the athlete was not aware that he could not bet on an Olympic event.
While the EB views any breach of its betting rules as a serious matter, the EB considered the special circumstances of this case when taking this decision.