The International Olympic Committee
(IOC) has declared that the 136th IOC Session could be held entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the IOC’s
ruling Executive Board will discuss whether to hold the major decision-making gathering virtually when they next meet remotely on May 14.
“In light of the postponement of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the current measures being implemented in Switzerland and around the world to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will discuss holding the 136th IOC Session remotely through a secure electronic system on Friday 17 July 2020, from 12 to 4 p.m. CEST; and the plan is for it to be live streamed. The agenda and organisation of the IOC Session, including a secure electronic voting system, will be discussed by the EB in due course” read the statement by IOC.
The next EB meeting is scheduled to be held remotely on Thursday, 14 May 2020, from 12 to 4 p.m., and will be followed by an online press conference. An invitation will follow. If given the green light, the Session will take place through a “secure electronic system” on July 17. Tokyo was due to host the Session before this year’s Olympics but the Games were pushed back to 2021 because of the spread of COVID-19.
The agenda and the organisation for the Session will also be discussed by the Executive Board, the IOC said. Their meeting next month will also take place remotely, and will be followed by an online press conference.
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The virtual Session would be live-streamed, while discussions will take place on a “secure electronic voting system”.An IOC Session is always held before an Olympic Games so another meeting would be expected in the Japanese capital before the re-arranged Tokyo 2020.
The postponed Games are due to begin on July 23, but a Session had already been scheduled for Athens in 2021.
IOC President Thomas Bach was expected to come up for re-election in the Greek capital, before a planned visit to the home of the Olympic Games at Ancient Olympia. However, the re-jigging of the sporting calendar places the Athens Session in 2021 into doubt.