INTRODUCTION National Olympic Committees which boycott future Olympic games on any ground other than because of national disasters will be penalised.
INTRODUCTION National Olympic Committees which boycott future Olympic games on any ground other than because of national disasters will be penalised. This decision was made by a meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board and the national committees in Ivory Coast, on Thursday (31 March).
SYNOPSIS: That decision made here in Abidjan appeared to be the only one firmly adopted, although other proposals designed to strengthen the Olympic movement were also discussed. The President of the IOC, Lord Killanin, was among the delegates at the week-long meeting.
During the meeting Lord Killanin was officially welcomed. Later, he told newsmen the penalty clause was adopted after a paper on the Montreal Games was presented. It demanded that punitive actions include the refund of expenses incurred by the host country.
A proposal to make it impossible for member countries to continue sporting contacts with South Africa was also tabled by Nigeria and this caused lively debate. No decision was taken and it will be referred to the IOC meeting scheduled for Prague next June.