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  • Clearing the Air in Italy


    (ATR) Representatives of the IOC, the Italian government and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) meet next week to begin work on ensuring the government’s sport reform plan conforms to the Olympic Charter.
    CONI headquarters in Rome (CONI)

    Around the Rings has learned that the first meeting, scheduled for November 20 in Milan, will be at a technical level. A source familiar with the situation says that this initial lower level discussion would set the stage for a political level meeting at a later date, adding that there is time to reach a solution that is best for all parties.

    In August, the IOC Olympic Solidarity director James Macleod sent CONI President Giovanni Malagò a letter warning that the pending legislation could put at risk the status of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

    “As is customary in these circumstances, we have carefully examined these provisions and we wish to express serious concerns on the part of the IOC regarding some of them which, if approved, would clearly affect CONI's autonomy,” Macleod wrote in the letter.

    Vincenzo Novari, Milan-Cortina CEO (Getty Images)
    He raised six objections with the legislation, warning that the consequences could mean withdrawal of IOC recognition of CONI.

    The ongoing issues tied to sport reform legislation do not appear to be affecting preparations for the 2026 Winter Games, which were awarded to Milan-Cortina in June.

    CONI and the IOC are holding an orientation seminar for the 2026 Games in Milan on December 10-11.

    Under revamped bidding and Games organization procedures, the IOC has vowed to work more collaboratively with host cities in a bid to smooth delivery.

    ATR is told that the organizing committee for Milan-Cortina may be officially formed by the end of the year.

    Vincenzo Novari, 60, was unanimously chosen the CEO of the organizing committee by stakeholders last week. Novari, who served as CEO of Italian telecommunications company Tre Italia from 2001 to 2016, would begin work after the committee is formed.

    IOC member Malagò will lead the OCOG, which has budgeted $1.7 billion for the Games.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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