News 11th June 2015

IOC says discussions it instigated led it to suspend SportAccord relations

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that discussions it instigated about a replacement for SportAccord were the ‘serious internal problems’ it referred to in a 7 June statement announcing that it had suspended relationships with the organisation. “This refers to the deliberations and consultation process that we encouraged the federations to have in order to restructure their representation following the internal problem of SportAccord”, an IOC spokesperson told the Sports Integrity Initiative.

International federations began to distance themselves from SportAccord after Vizer presented an IOC reform plan at the a 20 April opening address of the SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit. Vizer also criticised the IOC’s Agenda 2020 programme for not properly addressing the concerns of the international sporting federations that SportAccord represents. Vizer has alleged that following the presentation of the plan, the Olympic movement put pressure on international sporting federations to withdraw from SportAccord. In an interview with Euronews, Vizer said; “the IOC, instead of analysing the content of what I said, what is true [and] what is not true, what is the next step to correct that and to offer a clear picture, they started to put pressure on some of the international federations to react, in my opinion, not in a correct way.”

‘I did try to collaborate with the IOC in the two years of my mandate, submitting to them numerous proposals for collaboration between the two organisations, but these were always rejected without any plausible explanation’, read Vizer’s resignation statement. ‘My door has always been open for collaboration, theirs was always closed! I only have one question for my self-suspended colleagues: which proposal of the 20 points agenda that I submitted for the reform of sport did you disagree with? The prize money for athletes, the pensions for athletes, the transparency, the lack of criteria and principles of the IOC, the higher dividends for International Federations, the ownership of 50% of the Olympic TV Channel by the International Federations, with the lack of discrimination for the non-Olympic sports, with the transparency regarding the contracts and the salaries of the IOC staff and the consulting companies, with the implication of the Sport Ministries who finance your sport events and your National Federations?’

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