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129th IOC session opens in Rio de Janeiro

August 01, 2:23 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
The IOC session will be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 1-4
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 1. /TASS/. The 129th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will open in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro on Monday. The IOC may make a decision at the session on including new disciplines in the program of 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and will also elect new members of the Executive Board.

Among participants in the session are IOC members, including Russia’s representatives - Alexander Zhukov, Alexander Popov, Shamil Tarpischev and IOC Honorary Member Vitaly Smirnov. Smirnov recently headed an independent anti-doping commission set up by the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Executive Board. Vitaly Smirnov, an IOC member since 1971, will hold talks, including with IOC President Thomas Bach, on cooperation with the international Olympic movement.

At Wednesday’s session, IOC may decide to include five new disciplines into the program of 2020 Summer Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo. These include karate, rock climbing, skateboarding, surfing and baseball/softball. Eighteen sets of medals will be up for grabs, and around 500 sportspeople will fight for them.

IOC members will also hear reports of representatives of Organizing Committees of cities that applied to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The winner will be named at the 130th IOC session in Peru’s capital Lima next year. Among contenders are Rome, Paris, Budapest and New York.

The 129th session was preceded by a meeting of IOC Executive Board that approved candidacies of eight new members. The Executive Board will be expanded by eight members in the framework of the program of developing the Olympic movement Agenda-2020. Among new members are four women and four men that represent not only sports, but also culture, medicine, sociology, business, law and management. There are no representatives of Russia among candidates or current members of the Executive Board.

The IOC session will be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 1-4. New members will be elected during the upcoming Summer Olympic Games, but Alexander Popov, re-elected in 2000 and in 2008, is not among candidates.

Among candidates is Russia’s two-times pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva but she needs to be present at the voting procedure in Rio de Janeiro. Since she was not allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics, Isinbayeva has not yet decided on whether she will go to Brazil.

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