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  • Guatemala Report: Olympics Games Preps Face IOC Review


    07/01/07

    IOC President Jacques Rogge at the start of the EB meeting. (ATR)  

    (ATR) The IOC Executive Board opens two days of meetings in Guatemala Sunday, with London Olympics leaders having their first opportunity to deliver assurances over Games security in the wake of the car bomb incidents in the U.K.

    London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and COO Paul Deighton will report on their preparations for the Games during the Monday session of the EB.

    Amid the increased threat level in the U.K., security for the 2012 Olympics could come up in the discussions between the IOC and London leaders.

    In addition to the importance of safety at gateway airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick, London organizers must address safety for public transit, which will be used by as many as 500,000 spectators each day during the Games.

    Beijing Olympic organizers and Vancouver 2010 officials will also update the IOC EB Monday at the Intercontinental Hotel.

    With one year to go to the Beijing Games, BOCOG Secretary General Wang Wei will report on the series of test events taking place this summer in the Olympic City, as well as progress on transport.

    The most serious unresolved issue for Beijing may be air pollution, a concern that as been raised by IOC members and is expected to be mentioned in the BOCOG report.

    On Sunday’s opening round of the EB meeting, IOC President Jacques Rogge will lead his colleagues through a series of reports on the IOC administration.

    The EB meeting precedes the IOC Session, which runs from July 4 to July 7. Opening day of the meeting will be devoted to election of the 2014 host city. The IOC Ethics Commission will report to the EB on the conduct of the cities in the lead-up to the vote.

    On Sunday evening, Willi Kaltschmitt, IOC member in Guatemala and chief organizer of the 119th IOC Session, hosts a dinner for the 14 members of the EB.

    Coverage of the IOC meetings throughout the week, at www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.