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  • On the Scene: Olympic Cities Report to IOC


    (ATR) The IOC Executive Board is ready to put its stamp on sports plans for the next three Olympic Games.

    EB opens three days of meetings in Lausanne with reports from Tokyo, Beijing and Paris…

    Tokyo 2020 chairman Yoshiro Mori is leading the delegation from Japan, just a week after the IOC Coordination Commission held its last inspection of the host city.
    The IOC EB meets through July 20. (IOC Greg Martin)

    The schedule of events for Tokyo is the main item needing approval, but it’s not certain all will be okayed by the EB.

    Around the Rings is told that there still may be further discussions about the times for finals of swimming, gymnastics and other high profile events. Some of the medal rounds of those sports could be scheduled for mornings in Tokyo so that U.S. audiences can see them in prime time. European audiences may also figure into the timing of events in Tokyo.

    has been told to expect the start times of the men and women’s marathons to be in the morning to avoid the heat that builds through the day of a Tokyo summer.

    IOC Executive Board members rise for a moment of silence for Irena Szewiska, IOC member in Poland and Olympic gold medalist. She died in June at age 72. (IOC Greg Martin)
    The sports program for the 2022 Winter Games is up for approval. No new sports will be added, but some new disciplines such as telemark skiing could enter the program in Beijing.

    Juan Antonio Samaranch, chair of the Beijing coordination commission tells ATR he is enthused with the progress The IOC member in Spain says he probably will make a dozen more trips to the Chinese capital each year ahead of the Games.

    The process for Paris 2024 to follow in selecting the optional sports for those games may be the most intriguing approval coming today. While only defining the process, the next steps will come from those sports hoping for a chance to be on the Paris program.

    Boules, esport, squash, karate, baseball/softball, skateboard and surfing are among those sports with an interest in 2024.

    Written by Ed Hula

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