127th IOC Session comes to close in Monaco
A day after unanimouslyapproving Olympic Agenda 2020, the 127th IOC Session got straight backto business today in Monaco by granting full recognition to the NationalOlympic Committee of Kosovo.
The NOC of Kosovo met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the OlympicCharter. These include the sport and technical requirements as well asthe definition of country as defined in Rule 30.1 an independentState recognised by the international community. Kosovo is recognisedas a country by 108 of the 193 UN Member States.
The NOC ofKosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated NationalFederations (NFs), 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. Of these,eight are full members of their respective International Federations (IFs), while the other five are provisional or associate members oftheir respective IFs. Full recognition of the NOC is in the interests ofthe athletes and should remove any uncertainty they may have. It willallow them to take part in qualifications for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in future editions of the Games.
Following final presentations by the cities of Helsinki (Finland) and Lima (Peru),the Session voted 54 to 30 for Lima to host the 130th IOC Session in2017. The 130th IOC Session will elect the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games.
The Session approved a proposal from the IOC Executive Board (EB), in consultation with the IOC Nominations Commission, for the extension of the term of IOC membership for Gian-Franco Kasper until the end of his term of presidency at the International Ski Federation (FIS) in June 2018. The decision follows the approval of Olympic Agenda2020 Recommendation 37, which states: The IOC Session, upon therecommendation of the IOC Executive Board, may decide a one-timeextension of an IOC members term of office for a maximum of four years,beyond the current age limit of 70. Mr Kasper, who is also thePresident of the Association of International Olympic Winter SportsFederations (AIOWF), was set to retire from the IOC due to the age limitat midnight on 31 December.
The Session elected as IOC honorary members Jean-Claude Killy, Raja Randhir Singh, His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz, Leo Wallner, and Melitón Sánchez Rivas (from 1 January 2015). Olympic Orders were awarded to each, except forMr Killy, who has already received the Order. All five were honoured foruntiringly defending and promoting the fundamental values of sport andthe Olympic Movement either as an athlete and/or a sports leader duringtheir mandates.
HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, who decided recently not to stand again for election as President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), received a Trophy of the International Olympic Committee for herexemplary commitment to sport, its values and the Olympic Movement.