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  • Berlin Update: Olympics Sports Worries


    04/18/05

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/oswaldroogge.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>ASF President Denis Oswald(L), and IOC President Rogge in Berlin. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) IOC President Jacques says he was not sending a message earlier today in a speech to international sports federations leaders in Berlin that "strong federations should have nothing to fear" regarding possible cuts from the Olympic program.<BR><BR>"There should be no anxiety," he told the federation chiefs about the report of the IOC Program Commission that will be released later this week. The report, two years in the making, is a review of the 28 sports on the Summer Games program and is to be used by the IOC in July to decide the makeup of the program for the 2012 Games. <BR><BR>"Reading the report, I have only one conclusion. We have very strong federations, and strong federations should have nothing to fear," Rogge said.<BR><BR>Speaking later at a press conference, the IOC leader said he wasn't trying to telegraph what will happen with results of the report.<BR><BR>"I'm trying to be as neutral as possible," said Rogge about his speech to the IFs, during which he assured the federations that the process has been fair&nbsp;and included their participation.<BR><BR>Rogge's comments about strong federations could be seen as a sign that he expects no change, a position he's held in the past. <BR><BR>Denis Oswald, president of ASOIF and IOC member says the decision on changes for the program will be a tough one to make. <BR><BR>"We are an open organization and we cannot claim that the program should not be fixed and should not be changed, although we have sympathy for some sports which have a weaker position in the Olympic program," he says about the conundrum.<BR><BR>The IOC Executive Board will study the report this week says Rogge and make specific recommendations only about the process to be followed by the IOC in Singapore as it decides which sports to include in 2012 -- and which ones to add, should one or more of the 28 be dropped. <BR><BR>Watching all of this from the sidelines are the five sports which have been invited by the IOC to possible be considered for a spot on the program, if there is an opening.<BR><BR>Golf, karate, rugby, squash and roller sport are under consideration. <BR><BR>In other comments at his press conference, the IOC President expressed continued concern about the reductions in out of competition testing being carried out by the World Anti-Doping Agency, shifting the burden to the international federations. <BR><BR>Rogge says he understands the budget limitations of WADA and is seeking a solution that will help smaller federations without the means to afford testing.<BR><BR>On money matters, $240 million will be distributed among the 28 federations from TV revenues for the Athens Olympics, an increase of about $20 million from the Sydney share of TV revenues. <BR><BR><B>More on the scene coverage of the Olympics meetings in Berlin throughout the week at www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only</B><BR><BR><B>Now online, the latest Around the Rings special edition, with more on the Olympic sports program.</B>