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For our European members, here are the key day of the session in CET !

Saturday 7 September 2013
Time Meetings/Events Place
13.45 – 14.00 President’s opening remarks - followed by the presentations of the 2020 Candidate Cities Hilton Hotel
14.00 – 15.10 Presentation by Istanbul, Turkey – 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A Hilton Hotel
15.10 – 15.30 Break
15.25 Press conference by Istanbul, Turkey Hilton Hotel
15.30 – 16.40 Presentation by Tokyo, Japan – 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A Hilton Hotel
16.40 – 17 Break
16.55 Press conference by Tokyo, Japan Hilton Hotel
17.00 – 18.10 Presentation by Madrid, Spain – 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A Hilton Hotel
18.15 – 19.45 Lunch
18.25 Press conference by Madrid, Spain Hilton Hotel
20.00 – 20.30 Report by the IOC 2020 Evaluation Commission Hilton Hotel
20.30 – 20.45 Test Vote Hilton Hotel
20.45 – 21.00 Vote and election of the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 Hilton Hotel
22.00 – 22.30 Announcement ceremony of the Hilton Hotel host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in
23.30 – 0.00 Signature of the Host City Contract and joint IOC/host city press conference Hilton Hotel

So Annoucement at 10pm CET on saturday September the 7th !

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Abe plans to attend IOC meeting in Buenos Aires in Sept.

TOKYO, June 21, Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend the International Olympic Committee's general meeting in Buenos Aires in September and call on IOC members to support Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, a government source said Friday.

The five-day IOC meeting is scheduled to start Sept. 6 and last through Sept. 10.

Abe plans to short cut his attendance at the summit meeting of the Group of 20 nations to be held in Russia's St. Petersburg on Sept. 5-6, the source said.

The prime minister intends to persuade Russia, the host of the G-20 meeting, to agree to his short stay through diplomatic channels, the source said, noting that Abe regards Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games as of national interest.

Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid are competing to host the 2020 Games. The venue of the Games will be chosen by some 100 IOC members at the Buenos Aires meeting on Sept. 7.

The Japanese capital's bid is seen as superior to that of Istanbul, which has been hit by a wave of antigovernment demonstrations and Madrid, which has suffered from the current global economic crisis.

Last year, then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attended only the opening-day session of the G-20 summit meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. He was absent on the second day due to his busy parliamentary schedule.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, lost in the second round of voting at the IOC meeting in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was chosen as the venue for the 2016 Games.

Abe's grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi (1896-1987), was involved in hosting the 1964 Olympics and Abe says Tokyo's hosting of the Games again is his lifelong dream.


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Princess Anne to Buenos Aires next month for the International Olympic Committee

The Princess Royal will visit Argentina next month despite the strong possibility of violent anti-British protests, reports the British media. Princess Anne is attending in Buenos Aires the 125th International Olympic Committee Session, which will decide the venue for the 2020 Games.

The Princess who is scheduled to spend five days in Buenos Aires is an IOC member since 1988 and is such condition has visited many trouble spots as president of the Save the Children Fund.

“The Princess has been to all sorts of places and seen lots of protests so if anything happens it won't bother her. She trusts the security arrangements that will be in place”, said a royal source quoted by the media.

A ring of steel will be thrown around the Hilton International Hotel, where about 100 delegates will meet. Buckingham Palace says Anne will attend from September 6.

Tensions have mounted between Buenos Aires and London over the Falkland Islands and Argentina’s support for Spain over the dispute with Britain over Gibraltar.

When Prince William arrived in the Falklands for a six-week stint with the RAF as a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot last year, extremists smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on British banks in Buenos Aires saying: ”Get out of the Malvinas“. The militant Quebracho group marched through streets, hiding their faces behind masks, brandishing weapons and chanting slogans.

The Argentine Foreign minister said William had arrived on the Falkland Islands in the ”uniform of a conqueror” and demanded that he return to Britain.

President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband Nestor Kirchner have been ratcheting up anti-British rhetoric over sovereignty of the Falklands since they took office in 2003 and in a nasty incident took advantage of an Olympics ad to publicize the claim.

However Cristina Fernandez finally backed down and the head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge underlined he was glad to hear that the Argentine athletes had been instructed to avoid demonstrations over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute during the Olympic Games of London 2012.

Last year was also the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict and the Argentine government a few months before the London meeting, released a video in which it showed an Argentine player of the field hockey national's men team was training in the Falkland Islands.

The video was filmed taking advantage of Falklands’ hospitality, when Argentine athletes participated in a local annual marathon competition held in Stanley.

“To compete in English soil, we train in Argentine soil”, read the polemic ad which led to a protest of the British government and a conflict at the IOC.

“We talked with the Argentine committee and with the government about this issue,” Rogge assured, as he later stated that he did not have any contact with Cristina Fernández


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Great to see that. We just have now to figure out what will be on the IOC website and what will also be broadcasted on some main TV channels (Eurosport ???)

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FILA announces team for final presentation at 125th IOC Session

(SFC) The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Style’s delegation to present at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session has been announced and will include President Nenad Lalovic.

Canadian wrestler Carol Huynh, French Wrestling Federation Vice President Lise Legrand, Nigerian-Canadian wrestler Daniel Igali and American wrestler Jim Scherr will join Lalovic in Buenos Aires next week as Wrestling seeks to make the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Programmes. The International Olympic Committee, after hearing presentations from Wrestling, Baseball/Softball, and Squash, will vote 8 September.

The same team which made up FILA’s successful presentation to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board earlier this year will highlight some of the changes made by FILA since the sport was recommended for removal from the Olympic Programme, including new rules to the different wrestling styles and the formation of an athletes’ commission.

“I am pleased to announce our team for the final presentation today and I am especially grateful that this team, that has already represented the sport of wrestling so well, will be able to make the trip to Buenos Aires for this historic moment,” Lalovic said. “Our final presentation will highlight all of the great work the FILA Bureau and Olympic wrestling fans and supporters have done over the last seven months, as well as explain to the IOC why the version of wrestling they will witness in 2020 is new, exciting and modern.”

“The progress FILA has made over the last few months is truly inspiring,” Huynh said. “I am very proud to be a wrestler under the FILA banner and I am especially proud that this federation had the courage to redistribute weight classes between men and women, so that women now have additional opportunities to participate in the Olympic Movement.”


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3 big Olympic decisions coming next week

Rarely, if ever, has so much been on the line at a single Olympic meeting.

When International Olympic Committee members gather next week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they will be faced with three decisions that will shape the direction of the Olympic movement for the next decade.

At stake: Choosing the host city of the 2020 Olympics, electing a new IOC president to succeed Jacques Rogge and selecting one sport to add to the 2020 program.

The favourites: Tokyo, Thomas Bach and wrestling.

Prime ministers, royalty, sports stars and celebrities will be part of the election extravaganza at the IOC session. The weeklong meetings will have the flavour of a political carnival replete with last-minute campaigning, backstage vote-chasing and round-the-clock lobbying by spin doctors, consultants and strategists.

While most IOC members are primarily interested in the Sept. 10 presidential election, the first big vote comes on Sept. 7 with a secret ballot on the 2020 host city.

It's a three-way contest between Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul.

All three are repeat candidates: Istanbul is making its fifth overall bid, Madrid a third straight attempt and Tokyo a second try in a row.

Tokyo has been seen as a slight front-runner, though the leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant is causing concern. Madrid — once counted out because of Spain's economic crisis — has picked up momentum recently and now looks like a legitimate challenger. Istanbul has slipped following the anti-government protests and doping scandals in Turkey and the escalating war in neighbouring Syria.

With each bid facing political, economic or other drawbacks, the winner could be determined not for its positive attributes but for having fewer weaknesses than its rivals.

"There's no obvious choice," senior Canadian IOC member Dick Pound told The Associated Press. "Where do you go? None of the three is risk free. Probably somebody ends up backing into it this time."

Each city offers a different narrative. Istanbul would bring the games to a new part of the world, to a predominantly Muslim country for the first time, to a city linking Europe and Asia. Madrid has most of the venues ready and would spend the least. Tokyo offers safety and reliability at a time of global uncertainty.

In the end, the decision could centre on which city offers the least risk. After taking gambles by sending the 2014 Winter Games to Sochi, Russia, and 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, some members feel it's time to opt for certainty. Delays in Rio are causing serious concerns and the IOC is eager to avoid more headaches.

"We're looking for the city which we can look toward to be the most secure option at this stage, given global uncertainties and the fact that we're entering into a new era with a new presidency," longtime Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper said. "We're looking for a safe pair of hands."

That sentiment works in favour of Tokyo, which hosted the games in 1964 and has repeatedly played up its case as being the "safe" choice. Tokyo also received the best overall review in an IOC technical report this summer.

"Of course we know how serious the Japanese are and we know they would deliver what they propose for sure," Swiss IOC member and presidential candidate Denis Oswald said.

The last few days and hours of the campaign could be vital. The final presentations on the day of the decision could swing a few votes that decide the outcome. Leading the bid delegations will be prime ministers Shinzo Abe of Japan, Mariano Rajoy of Spain and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

With a majority required for victory, the city with the fewest votes from the 100-or-so members is eliminated after each round. In this case, the vote is expected to go the maximum two rounds.

"I think the ultimate choice will be a matter of a difference of two, three votes, not more than that," Rogge said.

Members often vote for personal, sentimental or geographical reasons. Some will still be undecided when they get to Buenos Aires.

"IOC members vote with their hearts, not with their heads," veteran Norwegian member Gerhard Heiberg said. "They will look at the presentations and vote right there and then, not thinking that this is seven years ahead. That could decide who will take the gold medal."

Tokyo also can benefit from the sentimental factor of using the Olympics to help rebuild the nation's spirits after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Yet, it's the fallout from the disaster that is now posing the bid with its biggest challenge — the leak of radiation-tainted water into the Pacific from the crippled plant.

"Japan has got to recover from the real effects and perceived effects of the biggest nuclear meltdown since Chornobyl," Pound said. "That's not chopped liver."

Madrid's bid has been hindered by the economic meltdown in Spain, which has been mired in recession for most of the past four years and has a 26.3 per cent unemployment rate. In addition, Rajoy has been embroiled in a party financing scandal, and Spain's record on doping and handling of the Operation Puerto case have dogged the bid.

But Madrid, and a speech by Crown Prince Felipe, made the biggest impact in presentations to IOC members in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early July. The Spaniards hammered home this point: The games pose no economic risk, 80 per cent of the venues are ready, the construction budget will be only $1.9 billion ($10 billion less than Istanbul's).

The message resonates at a time when the Olympics are being criticized for being too expensive— the price tag for construction in Sochi is more than $50 billion. Madrid's strong showing in the 2012 and 2016 races also underlines its capability of securing votes.

Once seen as a favourite because of its compelling story line, Istanbul — which bid previously for the 2000, '04, '08 and '12 Olympics — has been scrambling to keep in contention after a tumultuous summer in Turkey.

Images beamed around the world of police using force on anti-government protesters in the heart of Istanbul in June rocked the bid. More than 30 Turkish track and field and other athletes were suspended for doping. FIFA complained of empty seats at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. Civil war continues to rage in Syria, with Western countries now weighing military action in response to suspected chemical weapons attacks.

Three days after choosing the host city, the IOC will pick a leader who will lead the organization through the 2020 Games for a term of eight years — and a potential second term of four years. Rogge is stepping down after completing 12 years in the job.

Making up the record six-man field are IOC vice-president Bach of Germany; vice-president Ng Ser Miang of Singapore; finance commission chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico; executive board members Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and C.K. Wu of Taiwan; and former board member Oswald.

It shapes up as a three-man race, with Bach the favourite and Carrion and Ng the challengers.

Bach, a 59-year-old lawyer, has long been viewed as the man to beat. He ticks the most boxes: former Olympic athlete and gold medallist (team fencing in 1976), long-serving member on the policy-making board, chairman of the legal commission, head of anti-doping investigations, negotiator of European TV rights, president of Germany's national Olympic committee.

"If you were handicapping, you'd have him in front, but whether it's by a nose or a neck or open water, I don't know," Pound said.

The voting process is the same as for the bid cities.

Some of Bach's supporters believe he could win in the first round. If not, things could get trickier, as it's not clear where the votes will go in the next rounds. Wu and Bubka appear to be the most vulnerable of going out first.

If Bach is elected, he would continue Europe's hold on the presidency. Of the IOC's eight leaders, all have come from Europe except for Avery Brundage, the American who ran the committee from 1952-72.

Bach brushes off the pressure of being the front-runner and exudes confidence heading into the final days.

"I take this campaign like I prepared for a big competition as an athlete," he told the AP. "You know how important good training is, that it's very helpful if your test events are going well. This can give you confidence. But, on the other hand, all that does not count when it comes to the grand final. That is the same for Sept. 10. You want to see the competition taking place. I'm really looking forward to this day."

Wrestling, meanwhile, looks set to end its seven-month limbo and win back its place in the 2020 Games. The vote will take place on Sept. 8, with squash and a combined baseball-softball bid also vying for the single spot on the program.

Wrestling, featured in every Olympics except for 1900, was dropped from the list of core sports by the IOC executive board in February, a stunning decision that provoked an international outcry. The United States joined with unlikely allies Russia and Iran in fighting to save the sport.

Wrestling governing body FILA responded quickly, replacing Raphael Martinetti as president and electing Nenad Lalovic, adding two new weight classes for women and enacting rule changes to make the sport more fan-friendly. In May, wrestling easily made it onto the shortlist for inclusion in 2020.

"I have no doubt it will happen," Oswald said. "It was such a mistake. It has to be corrected."



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While reading the "Tokyo, Bach, Wrestling" favourites - I just had a strong feeling that at least one of them won't come to fruition. Just a hunch. Despite my pessimism for Istanbul - I can't shake this feeling that my favourite bid might have a date with destiny and actually nab this. I'm excited.


As for Argentina, Princess Anne and the Falklands- basically Argentina needs to STFU and get a grip on reality: they have no claim to the Falklands, and any continuing rantings from Evita Kirschner (or whatever) that they do is no more than attention seeking rhetoric.

I'm usually all for tearing down and criticising some of the horrifying legacies of British colonisation - but the Falklands isn't one of them. They were empty, with no indigenous population. Now, its almost entirely British. And has been for hundreds of years. But the real cracker is that Argentina is itself a product of Euorpean colonisation.

This would actually be comparable to Australia invading New Caledonia, and declaring war on France - just because it is off our coast and was once (a very long time ago) British.

/got that off my chest!

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What's that "Vote on the 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Programme" on September 8th? Don't those 25 sports have their places already secured?

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What's that "Vote on the 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Programme" on September 8th? Don't those 25 sports have their places already secured?

According to the Olympic Charter, only the IOC Session can decide the sports that are part of the Olympic Programme.

Therefore the core of 25 sports selected by the EB in February needs to be approved by the Session. In theory, it is possible for the Session to reject the core of 25 sports proposed by the EB. This means that the Session would need first to select a new core of 25 sports and then to elect a potential 28th sport among Base-Ball/Softball, Squash and the one excluded from the new core decided by the Session.

The most likely scenario though is for the Session to approve the proposed core and then vote between Baseball/Softball, Squash and Wrestling.

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