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Golf and Rugby to be included in 2016 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today voted to include in the Summer Olympic Games beginning in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At a meeting two months ago the IOC's Executive Board had voted to recommend both sports to its full membership. Today's vote by the full membership was therefore mere confirmation of the recommendation it received from the Executive.

 

Golf was approved by 63 votes to 27, with two abstentions, while Rugby Sevens had 81 votes in favour and eight against, with one abstention.

 

The IOC, custodian of the Summer and Winter Olympics, has indicated that it remains committed to engaging sports on the respective Games' programmes that are attractive and appealing to the peoples of the world. However, critics seem to think that it is all about the commercial attractiveness of the two new sporting disciplines.

St Lucia's Peterkin now IOC permanent member

President of the St Lucian Olympic Committee, Richard Peterkin, was accepted as a member of the exclusive club that is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the process becoming the first St Lucian to be so elevated.

 

The IOC invited Peterkin to become a permanent member continuing its traditional method of selecting its membership. He now joins Barbados' Austin Sealey as the two English-speaking Caribbean members on the IOC.

 

The St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee has extended sincere congratulations to Richard Peterkin on his elevation to the IOC.

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Commonwealth Games Operational changes sought

 

October 2, 2009

 

Commonwealth Games Federation President, Michael Fennell, will arrive in Delhi next week looking to fast-track operational changes designed to deliver a successful Commonwealth Games in October 2010.

 

Fennell will preside over meetings of the CGF’s Executive Board and all member nations, and will look to advise them of agreed strategies to address the Federation’s issues about Delhi’s preparedness to host the Games.

 

With only one year to go, Fennell is intensely aware of the tight time line that faces the Delhi organisers.

 

The CGF President wrote to the board of the Organising Committee in Delhi on September 13, expressing serious concern about progress across key operational areas.

 

Fennell believes that the key to getting the Games’ preparations back on track will be his meeting with Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

 

“We still have a year to go, and it is possible to deliver a successful Games,” Fennell said. “However, to achieve this there will have to be a renewed focus by management across the operations of the Organising Committee.  

 

“The Indian Government, as a co-signatory of the Host City Contract, is committed to delivering a successful Games in 2010, and I know that Prime Minister Singh sees this as a matter of national pride and prestige for India.

 

“It would be wrong for us not to share our concerns about preparations for the Games directly with the Government, as it has invested heavily in the infrastructure necessary for the Games and the operations of the Organising Committee.

 

“The CGF has endeavoured to create a positive environment about the Games based on the undertakings of the Organising Committee to implement changes we have recommended. 

 

“The challenges now facing the Games are enormous. Immediate changes will be required and, in particular, close attention to the many issues raised by the CGF’s Coordination Commission. 

 

“Games-experienced personnel must be appointed immediately – people with a track record of delivering for major events - to lead key management, planning and operational roles. 

 

 “These operational areas include accreditation, transportation, technology, ticketing, spectator services, protocol, press operations, communications, logistics and medical.

 

“Processes to fast-track procurement, and the streamlining of the decision-making are also vitally important.

 

“We have seen good progress on venues, and while some remain behind schedule, I note the resolve of the Governments of India and Delhi to deliver these quality venues in time for the Games.

 

“I compliment the Indian Government’s on its commitment to provide a secure environment for our teams and the spectators of the Games and together we now need to ensure that the detailed planning is implemented as agreed.

 

“There is no doubting the sincerity of all involved hosting an outstanding Games and the CGF is committed to providing all possible assistance and advice to achieve this objective.”

 

“This is the message I will be taking to the Prime Minister when we meet next week.”

 

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