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  • Monday Memo: New Year Begins in Lausanne


    New IOC headquarters (Anthony Edgar / IOC)
    Back to Work in Lausanne

    The IOC staff returns January 7 from a long holiday break . The headquarters building has been a quiet place since Christmas two weeks ago.

    These will be the final months of operation in the office tower the IOC has occupied for three years in the Lausanne suburb of Pully. Construction of the new headquarters is nearly complete with occupancy planned for June at the site of  the former headquarters on the shore of Lake Geneva. 

    Commissions Week in Lausanne

    IOC staff will be preparing for meetings of the 26 commissions that will take place from Jan. 11 to 20. Usually scheduled in November, the Youth Olympic Games moved commissions week to January. The schedule goes back to November in 2019.

    No specifics yet from the IOC on the calendar for the meetings, which involve some 400 members across all the commissions.

    2026 Winter Olympic Bid Books, Minus the Book

    Candidature files from Stockholm and Milan are due at IOC headquarters by January 11. The two finalists for the 2026 Games will submit their overall plan. Formerly known as bid books, the cities are now required to file only digital documents instead of the expensive and weighty printed versions. The change, a result of Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, probably saves hundreds of thousands of dollars for the candidate cities.

    The files submitted this week will be reviewed by IOC staff in preparation for the visit to each city in March or April by the Evaluation Commission. It is headed by IOC member in Romania Octavian Morariu. The IOC session to decide the host city is June 24 in Lausanne.

    ATR Radio with Sam Ramsamy

    Retired IOC member Sam Ramsamy talks about his career at the IOC in the latest Around the Rings Radio podcast. The South African sports leader  comments about the impact of the IOC in the campaign to repeal apartheid, issues and opportunities ahead for Africa and how the IOC changed in the 23 years he served. The podcast is scheduled to be published January 8.

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