— Published 8 September 2022

No respite for the executive committee

It is a busy weekend at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The Olympic body is holding a two-day meeting of its Executive Board, the fifth and penultimate of the year, starting on Thursday 8 September. The agenda should not give its fifteen or so members, present in Lausanne or at a distance, much respite, with 12 points to discuss between now and Friday afternoon. At the top of the list, a financial report presented by Ng Ser Miang, a report from the Ethics Commission, where the status of Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah should be discussed, but also a presentation of the coordination commissions of the next six hosts of the Olympic Games, from Paris 2024 to Brisbane 2032, including Gangwon 2024 (Winter YOG), Milan-Cortina 2026, Dakar 2026 (Summer YOG), and Los Angeles 2028. But Pierre-Olivier Beckers, the president of the Paris 2024 Games Coordination Commission, explained at the very beginning of the month at the end of the last visit to the French capital: the question of the basketball venue for the preliminary phase will not be decided this week in Lausanne by the executive commission. Other topics on the meeting’s agenda include a report on the Beijing 2022 Winter Games and a progress report on the IOC’s new roadmap, Agenda 2000+5. The Executive Board will meet one last time this year in December, also in Lausanne (5 to 7 December), to discuss the race for the 2030 Winter Games. It could then designate a preferred candidate, between Sapporo, Salt Lake City and Vancouver.