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Christophe De Keppersucceeds Urs Lacotteas IOC DirectorGeneralChristophe De Kepperhas been named IOCDirector General by theIOC Executive Board toreplace Urs Lacottewho stepped down dueto health reasons on 31March. A lawyer bytraining, De Kepperjoined the IOC in 2001as Chief of Staff afteracting as Director ofthe European OlympicCommittee's (EOC)Office at the EuropeanUnion (EU). He alsoworked for the EUCommission in Brusselsand the Belgian NOC. A Belgian national, De Kepper, 47, speaksFrench, English,German, Dutch and Spanish.On International Women's Day on 8 March, the IOC announced that the theme of next year's IOC World Conference on Women and Sport is "Together Stronger: The Future of Sport". The event will take place from 16 to 18 February2012 in Los Angeles, USA, and is being organisedjointly by the IOC, the United States OlympicCommittee (USOC) and the Southern CaliforniaCommittee for the Olympic Games.Women's participation is key for a healthysociety in general, but also for the future of sport.The IOC has made women's participation in sporting activities and administration one of itsmajor concerns. The participation of women in theGames has increased from 23 per cent in 1984 in Los Angeles to nearly 43 per cent at the 2008Beijing Games. At the inaugural Youth OlympicGames (YOG) in Singapore last summer, 46 percent of the athletes were women. With the additionof women's boxing to the Olympic programme, the 2012 Games in London will have womencompeting in every sport on the Olympicprogramme for the first time.However, while the clear rise in women'sparticipation in Olympic events is an importantsuccess, additional efforts are needed to strengthenwomen's representation in sports leadershippositions. The IOC encourages more women to takeup responsible positions in sports organisations andhas different programmes in place to equip thecandidates with the necessary skills and tools tofulfil their tasks. Customised seminars and trainingprogrammes help women move into sportsadministration and other leadership roles.Furthermore, the IOC offers financial support toNational Olympic Committees (NOCs) in thedeveloping world for projects that promote equalityon the field of play and in sports administration. The last Women and Sport Conference held inJordan 2008 attracted more than 600 participantsfrom 116 countries and concluded with a strongaction plan, the success of which will also beassessed in Los Angeles.TASK FORCE TOFIGHTIRREGULAR ANDILLEGAL SPORTBETTINGWARMUPFOR2012IOCWORLD CONFERENCEONWOMENANDSPORTBEGINSRepresentatives from the sports world,governments,international organisations andbetting operators agreed to create a task forceassigned to work on a set of action points theyapproved during the first Working Meeting onIrregular and Illegal Sport Betting, held at the IOCheadquarters in Lausanne in March. The purpose of the meeting, chaired by IOC President JacquesRogge, was to share knowledge, strengthencooperation and take steps to set up a permanentsystem of information exchange. The task force will comprise members of the sports movement,governments, international organisations andbetting operators, and will seek to address thefollowing action points:?The necessity and possibilities for governments,international organisations and sports bettingoperators to support the sports world in its efforts to protect the integrity of sports competitions?The various means to strengthen cooperationbetween themselves to fight more effectivelyagainst all forms of cheating in sport, particularlythose linked to irregular and illegal betting?The various existing systems, national laws, self-regulating systems and implementationmethods, in order to identify effective methods forcross-border cooperation?The various existing systems of enforcement,punishment and measures in terms of education?Appropriate methods of funding to support theefforts of the sports movement to protect theintegrity of competitionsIn addition to government ministers from severalcountries, the meeting included members ofInterpol, the United Nations, NOCs, IFs and the IOC.The IOC first took preventative measures to tacklethe problem of illegal betting five years ago and hasbeen proactive in its fight ever since. The IOC's Codeof Ethics was amended in 2006 to forbid allparticipants in the Olympic Games from betting onOlympic events, and subsequent measures havebeen aimed at raising awareness of the issue,safeguarding the integrity of the Games and sport in general, and strengthening collaboration withpartners inside and outside of the Movement.BelowThe participation of women in the OlympicGames increased to nearly 43% inBeijingOLYMPIC REVIEW13NEWS INBRIEF

14OLYMPIC REVIEWThe IOC has confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of theOlympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.They are ski half-pipe (men and women),women's ski jumping, biathlon mixedrelay, figure skating team event and lugeteam relay.The decision to include the newevents was based on a report presentedby the Olympic Programme Commission(OPC) to the IOC Executive Board (EB) in October last year, which studied theproposals of the individual InternationalSports Federations. It compiled a detailed analysis of all candidate eventsat their respective world championshipsthis winter and looked at an operationalfeasibility study conducted by theorganisers of the Sochi 2014 OlympicGames.The key positive factors includedwhether the changes would increaseuniversality, gender equity, youth appealand add value to the Games. Otherconsiderations included the cost ofinfrastructure, the impact on the overallquota and the number of events."The inclusion of these events on theOlympic Winter Games programme is sureto be appreciated by athletes and sportsfans alike," said IOC President JacquesRogge. "These are exciting, entertainingevents that perfectly complement theexisting events on the sports programme,bring added appeal and increase thenumber of women participating at theGames. I look forward to watching theathletes compete in these events in Sochi 2014."The 9th World Conference on Sport andthe Environment concluded in Doha, Qatarin May, with the sports world renewing itscommitment to the environment byframing a clear agenda for action.The so-called Doha Declaration definedthree focus areas in which to directactivities related to the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainabledevelopment in sport. They includeshowcasing the contribution of the sportsmovement to sustainable development at next year's United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (2012Rio +20 Earth Summit), engaging youngpeople, and building and strengtheningpartnerships between the sports world andthe UN, governments, local entities, NGOs,and others. The Conference, a year ahead of the20th anniversary of the landmark 1992Earth Summit in Rio, was attended byleading experts in the world of sustainabledevelopment in sport. The three days ofmeetings were hosted by the IOC and theNOC of Qatar, in partnership with the UnitedNations Environment Programme (UNEP).IOC President Jacques Rogge said:"Next year marks the 20th anniversary ofthe 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro,and this weekend's Conference has madeit clear for all to see just how far we havecome since then. While we can be proudof our achievements, we have also learntthat there is no time for complacency. Weowe it to future generations to continue topromote our green agenda and ensureenvironmental sustainability in sport, and I think we have taken a big step towardsthat with the Doha Declaration."Participants discussed a range ofenvironment-related topics, including waysto locally and globally implement theOlympic Movement's Agenda 21; how tomake sports events more sustainable; how sport can help achieve Goal 7(environmental sustainability) of the UnitedNations Development Programme'sMillennium Development Goals; and therole of Olympians in promoting respect for the environment.SIXNEWEVENTSADDEDTOOLYMPICWINTERGAMESWORLDCONFERENCEONSPORTANDTHEENVIRONMENT IOC AWARDS 2012BROADCAST RIGHTS INCHINESE TAIPEIThe IOC has announced an agreement with ELTATechnology Co. Ltd. (ELTA) for the broadcast andexhibition rights within Chinese Taipei to the Gamesof the XXX Olympiad (2012) in London. ELTA hasacquired the broadcast and exhibition rights acrossall broadcast platforms, including free-to-air televi-sion, subscription television, radio, the internet andmobile phone."We are delighted to continue our successfulrelationship with ELTA which began ahead of theBeijing 2008 Olympic Games," said IOC PresidentJacques Rogge.IOC Executive Board member Richard CarriĆ³n,who led the negotiations, said: "ELTA has proved it is an excellent broadcast partner for the OlympicGames, using cutting-edge technology to providethe best possible broadcast experience across a variety of platforms. We look forward to workingwith them and making unprecedented coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games available in Chinese Taipei."Sally Chen, CEO of ELTA, said: "We are delighted to acquire the rights for the 2012 OlympicGames in London. Our continuing partnership withthe IOC since 2008 has helped ELTA achieve newgoals and accomplishments within our industry. As the digital age keeps evolving at a lightning-fastpace, we always create new and innovative services to enhance our viewers' experience of the Olympic Games."BelowELTA Technology Co. Ltd. will broadcastthe 2012 Games in London across all platformsin Chinese Taipei Above Biathlon will see a mixed relayintroduced to the sports programme forthe 2014 Winter Games in Sochi