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    The IOC Session in Singapore. (ATR) 
    October 20, 2005 ? IOC Members

    (ATR) There's just a few days left until decisions are made on a new crop of candidates for election to the IOC. Korea and Greece are among the nations seeking new memberships, perhaps against the odds. Nearly 100 nominees from around the world have been proposed for membership, but only three or four are expected to be proposed for membership.

    The IOC Nominations Commission will meet on Oct. 25 in Lausanne to review the files of applicants and make recommendations that will go to the Executive Board for ratification later in the week.

    Korean Olympic Committee President Jung-Kil Kim will travel to Lausanne over the weekend to meet with IOC President Rogge as part of his lobbying for an IOC nomination. His application for membership has been endorsed by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia.

    Among the other nominees is Minos Kyriakou, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, who is hoping to take the seat from Greece held by the retiring Nikos Filaretos, who steps down as he turns 80 this year.

    These nominations would be the first in a couple of years for the IOC, which has tried to lower its membership numbers through retirements before adding new members.

    The IOC President has said he would like to see women added to the IOC. Currently there are 12 women members.

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