The IAAF Council – both members of the current Council and also those of the incoming Council which will take office at the end of the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 – met with the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Hotel Intercontinental Beijing Bechin in the Chinese capital on Friday (21).
It has become a tradition that this meeting takes place ahead of the start of the world championships.
IOC President Thomas Back took the opportunity to wish a fond farewell to IAAF President and fellow IOC member Lamine Diack, who will step down from office at the end of the championships, and he also congratulated his successor Sebastian Coe.
“Sebastian Coe and I have known each other for a very long time. We were both Athlete Representatives at the IOC Congress in Baden Baden back in 1981. The IAAF and IOC have been working together for a long time and I look forward to a continuing our good relationship,” said Bach.
The meeting itself covered a number of topics of mutual interest to both organisations.
- Revenue distribution from the Olympic Games.
- The relationship between the IAAF and individual National Olympic Committees.
- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the stadium legacy.
- The IOC contributions to their track funding programme and the possibility of extending it to cover equipment and in-stadia facilities.
- The IOC’s betting intelligence monitoring system, in particular with making it more robust with respect to avoiding the manipulation of athletes.
- An update on the IOC’s 2020 Agenda reforms with respect to athletics.
- The next Olympic summit (which will include representatives of the summer and winter Olympics International Federations), which will be held in Lausanne on 17 October and to which Sebastian Coe will be invited in his capacity as IAAF President.
During the post-event press conference, in response to a question from the floor, the IOC President made it clear and reaffirmed that there would be no reduction in the number of events on the athletics programme at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.