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A Moscow press-conference of ecologists, human rights activists and Sochi residents has suggested that the International Olympic Committee(IOC) has grounds to cancel the winter Olympic Games, set to take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014. The press-conference, titled “The 2014 Sochi Olympics. Opportunism, incompetence, disregard for the law – the major threat to the collapse of the National Project,” met in Moscow on April 10th.

Garry Kasparov, the leader of the United Civil Front party, noted that what is currently happening in the region does not correspond to the original plan as it was presented in Guatemala. Several planned construction sites are currently unbuildable, after geodesic surveys discovered underground problems. Panelists named the Imeretinsky Bukhta, which has an exceptionally high water table, with groundwater just two meters beneath the surface of the soil, and where “15-20 meter-long pilings drown.”

“There are things that cannot be done, even if a billion dollars is buried into them,” Kasparov said.

Another concern raised by the panelists was the unprecedented level of spending required to pull the Olympic games together, which Kasparov said is “beating all the records.” Sochi lacks much of the infrastructure of previous Olympic locations, and the original expense prediction of 6 billion dollars is shockingly low. Ivan Starikov of the People for Democracy and Justice party, commented that the current estimate for transportation infrastructure alone was now set at 7 billion dollars. Other cities beaten out by Sochi for the bid to host the games could take the IOC to court, Starikov said, as total cost was a factor in making the original decision.

One Russian Member of Parliament, Viktor Ilyukhin, told the press on April 3rd that the Sochi Olympics could cost more than the last three winter Olympic games combined.

Greenpeace, the international ecological watchdog, may also take the IOC to court. Dmitri Kaptsov, a representative of the “North Caucasus Ecological Watch,” said that Greenpeace is planning to protest the lack of environmental planning before construction, arguing that leading the Olympics in Sochi would cause a regional eco-catastrophe. To date, no expert reports on construction or ecological matters have been completed.

Sochi residents were also present at the conference to speak about the thousands of families facing eviction in the Black Sea resort. Residents complained that government officials were seizing land without providing adequate compensation or equally valued housing. Panelists also called unconstitutional a so-called “Olympic law,” which expedites the process of taking resident’s homes, and bars locals from seeking judicial protection for their property.

The press-conference reached a troubling conclusion, that Olympic planners in Sochi were using the Games as a means to attain personal wealth at the expense of local citizens and Russian taxpayers.

“It must be stated, that the present course will lead to the destruction of a unique Black Sea resort, the massive violation of Russian citizens’ civil rights, [and] the misuse of funds earmarked for the games,” a statement by participants reads. “It will damage Russia’s image, and ultimately, will put even the possibility of leading the Olympic games in Sochi into question.”

As Kaptsov explained, the IOC has the right to move the Olympics to a different city in the case that the country hosting the games does not meet its obligations. As an example, the presenters noted the 1976 Olympics, which were moved from Denver in the United States to Montreal in Canada.

The press-conference did suggests a way to ameliorate the state of affairs in Sochi. They proposed enacting a strict citizen’s control of the preparations, and suggested the possibility of moving some of the major Olympic facilities to other Russian regions that are more suited to hosting the winter Olympics. A Citizen’s Council with the obligation of overseeing the preparations in Sochi is currently in the works.

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Chicago Drops From Top Spot In 2016 Olympic Bid BidIndex Despite “Obama Effect”
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Tokyo has taken the lead in the latest installment of’s BidIndex, the original and most trusted formula for rating Olympic bids throughout their campaigns. In this first update since the evaluation report was released and the short list revealed last June, many new dimensions have been added to measure the potential success of each bid; the latest being added today after the U.S. election.

New frontrunner Tokyo scored 61.22, up 0.56 and with a healthy lead over second-place Rio de Janeiro, down 0.17 to 59.73. Even with the loss, Rio moved up one spot ahead of Chicago. Chicago dropped from first to third and fell 1.96 points to 58.78 narrowly ahead of fourth place Madrid at 58.63, down 0.87. Madrid was also fourth in the June update.

Despite this week’s historic U.S. election victory by Barack Obama who has close ties to the city – Chicago’s bid fell to third behind Rio de Janeiro. While President-elect Obama will certainly be a valuable asset to the Chicago bid team, it’s too early to determine whether his politics or involvement in the bid will have a significant impact on the final vote next October. Chicago 2016 Spokesperson Patrick Sandusky told today that while the bid team hopes the newly-elected president will attend the bid election in Copenhagen next year, they can’t predict what his schedule will be at that time.

“[President-elect Barack Obama] is an ardent supporter of our bid, he has attended rallies and been involved in films – he has been a backer from the get-go”, said Sandusky.

“There are no immediate plans for Obama to be involved in any presentations” he added.

Chicago’s scores in the IOC evaluation report were weaker than anticipated resulting in the decline.

Bouyed by a strong evaluation report released by the IOC in June, Tokyo has shown that it has strong technical fundamentals – an important factor at this early stage of the race. The compact centralized plan, top-rated accommodations and an effective financial plan put the Japanese Capital on top. IOC members will be anxious to see what this bid offers next year when the full plan is submitted.

Widely considered a sentimental favourite, Rio de Janiero is trying to become the first city to host the Olympics in South America. While IOC President Jacques Rogge’s desire to bring the Games to new continents is a driving factor behind the bid today – Rio will have to back it up next year with strong fundamentals and consistent strategic lobbying.

Madrid’s fourth place standing in BidIndex is somewhat deceiving. The Spanish bid is the most experienced in the field and it came second on the IOC evaluation report – but Madrid still stands very narrowly behind Rio, and still in striking distance from the top spot. With much potential, this bid has the best chance to gain momentum throughout the campaign next year because of its familiarity with the IOC and the support of former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, both important factors when the hard lobbying begins.

The bids will submit complete bid books with much additional information to the IOC in February 2009. This data will help further shape BidIndex and could cause further fluctuations. Later in April and May, the IOC will conduct evaluation visits of each city that will provide more data to the BidIndex model.

BidIndex is a mathematical model developed by that when applied to an Olympic Bid, produces a number that can be used to rate a bid relative to past successful bids - and possibly gauge its potential success. London’s winning 2012 bid had a final BidIndex score of 65.07 while Sochi's winning 2014 Winter Games bids scored 63.17.

BidIndex is not intended to rate the bids based solely on technical quality, but on how the bids will perform based on IOC voting patterns. History has proven that the best technical bids often do not win but other factors such as geo-politics usually have a significant impact.

BidIndex Results

Tokyo: 61.22 (up 0.56)
Rio: 59.73 (down 0.17)
Chicago: 58.78 (down 1.96)
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January 15, 2009Contact: Banbose Shango

GENEVA---Bob Brown, co-director of Pan-African Roots, arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on January 13, 2009, to attend the Eighth Session of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent which meets from January 12 to January 16, 2009. He is attending this Session as a representative of the International Indian Treaty Council, an NGO with ECOSOC Consultative Status.
Hosted by the UN Human Rights Council, the Eighth Session focused on an assessment of the work of the Working Group since its creation, evaluated what has been done, and how, and determining where to go from here, as well as developed its programme of work for the future, including its meetings, country visits and participation in the build-up process for the Durban Review Conference which will be held in Geneva in April 2009.
The Session devoted a day of analysis of the situation of children of African descent. It identified and shared best practices in the struggle against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, made suggestions about the Working Group's future programme of work, and made recommendations to be included in the Outcome Document which will be discussed and approved at the April 2009 Durban Review Conference.
Mr. Brown informed the Working Group about the Slavery Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago and other cities and about his historic and precedent-setting lawsuit to enforce them. He recommended that cities, counties, states/provinces, nations, regional and international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora, and the World pass similar laws, resolutions, policies and regulations demanding the full disclosure of any and all slavery era records of any and all entities whom they do business with.
The 3rd World Conference against Racism declared that "slavery and the slave trade are crimes against humanity, and should have always been so." Mr. Brown informed the Working Group, that the majority of African People in the United States, and other corners of the world, do not agree with the latter part of this declaration.
He informed the Working Group that the UN Human Rights Council and they have an obligation to explain to World Humanity when, where, how and why slavery and the slave trade were prohibited and abolished in every country in the world; when and how they where declared crimes against humanity, and why this did not apply to African People.
The Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa for the Durban Review Conference which met in Abuja, Nigeria from 24-26 August 2008, requested that the Human Rights Council organize a seminar or panel discussion on all aspects of the transatlantic slave trade provisions of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the UN General Assembly resolutions 61/19 and 62/122, taking into consideration African Union initiatives on this issue, and include its findings and recommendations in the Preparatory Process and the Durban Review Conference.
The Representative of the South African Delegation to the Working Group's Eighth Session, on South Africa's and the Africa Group's behalf, requested yesterday, that grass-roots meetings be held in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Mr. Brown suggested that "The Evolution of the Global Prohibition Regime against the Slave Trade and Slavery" be included as a theme or issue in these seminars, panels and/or meetings.
Mr. Brown suggested that Chicago be one of these venues, during the week of March 25, 2009--the "International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Slave Trade and Slavery."
Chicago is the capital of black economics and politics in the United States. It is the only city in the United States which has produced 20 out of 50 Aldermen, 3 of 7 Congressmen, 1 Senator and a President-elect of African Descent. It is also the legal and political center of the Reparations Movement, and the struggle to disclose slavery era records. Mr. Brown believes that the African Community in Chicago is well positioned to host such a historic gathering.
A panel discussion titled "Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Challenges for the Durban Review Conference: Remembrance, Apologies, and Remedies" was held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, from 13:00 to 15:00 hours, in Room XXIV of the Palais de Nations.
Participants included: Malaak Shabazz, (daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz); Joe Frans, chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Professor Rex Nettleson, chair of the International Scientific Committee to the UNESCO Slave Route Project, Dr. Barryl Biekman, National Platform Dutch Slavery Past; and Jon Lonn, Swedish Centre Against Racism. Mrs. Margaret Parsons, Afro-Canadian Legal Clinic will moderate the discussion. The panel was organized by the World Against Racism Network, Afro-Canadian Legal Clinic, Swedish Centre Against Racism, Afro-Swedish National Association, International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations and National Dutch Slavery Past.
Mr. Brown also took the occasion of his visit to Switzerland to raise similar concerns with the International Olympics Committee. He informed the IOC that the Chicago Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance applies to any and all stakeholders in the Chicago 2016 bid, including but not limited to any and all of the National Olympic Committees and Teams.
Simply put, they cannot receive any services, benefits, support or guarantees from the City of Chicago unless and until their Governments search and disclose any and all of their and any and all of their Royal and Leading Families' slavery era records.
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Washington Park Olympics CoalitionSaturday, February 7 at 9 AMThe meeting will be held at the Washington Park Field house at 5531 S. King Dr. For more information, please visit
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Olympics Community Benefit Ordinance
Chicago 2016 At January's City Council Meeting, Aldermen Preckwinkle, Fioretti, Hairston, Cochran, and Dowell introduced an ordinance that would protect the interests of commun ities that could be affected by the 2016 Olympics. The focus is to increase public participation, development of affordable housing from the Olympic Village, adequate notice and compensation for anyone who is displaced due to the construction of Olympic sites, utilization of minority and female owned businesses, subsidy accountability, allocation of workforce development programs, eligibility for tax credits, low interest loans, and grants for businesses leasing space in the Olympic Village who pay their employees a living wage, and utilization of mass transit which will result in massive improvements to CTA trains and buses. To see the text of this ordinance, visit

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Cook County Signs On to Olympics Bid
At it meeting on February 4, the Cook County Board of Commissioners ratified by a 15 to 1 vote it's January 23 decision to enter in to the following agreement regarding Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid:
"The City of Chicago has requested Cook County as well as other governmental parties to enter into a Governmental Cooperation Agreement ("Agreement") for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cook County Board of Commissioners previously authorized the execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Chicago to utilize County Properties as venues for cycling competitions as needed during the 2016 Olympic Games; however authorization of the attached Governmental
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

“The Olympic Human Rights Project at Chicago” is an entity that focuses primarily on educating and informing the public about how the Olympic Games, primarily 2016 Olympic Games will impact the citizens of Chicago. In many ways, the impact will be in the form of human rights violations as defined by the United Nations.

Preparation for hosting the Olympics requires years of planning and unfortunately, much of that planning is rooted more in politics than for insuring that the public will be the primary beneficiaries of such a mega event. All aspects of the city’s dwellers quality of life will be affected including schools, neighborhoods, transportation, businesses, environment and finances. Already, the Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance allowing the mayor to utilize at least $500,000,000 of taxpayers’ money without conducting hearings. Although, hundreds of athletes will be participating in the Olympics from around the world, Chicago Public Schools are eliminating many physical education and athletic programs. How will Chicago youngsters become prepared to compete in The Games if there are no training programs available to them? Various parks that are patronized weekly as well as daily will be destroyed. Washington Park has been designated for the track and field events and an 80,000 seat stadium is being proposed. Douglas Park is the potential site for some aquatics events, while plans for a natatorium, is in the works. In both of these instances, the neighborhoods where they are situated, Washington Park, Bronzeville and Lawndale respectively, will be destroyed. Thousands of people will be permanently displaced who have resided in these communities for decades. Further, the bill for playing host to the Olympic Games is astronomical, while the city will bear the brunt and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will reap most of the profit. This is exclusive of the athletes who have trained for a very long time in order to arrive at this occasion. Their rewards will come in the form of a gold, silver or bronze medal and if they have the proper agents and product endorsements.
So, the obvious question is, “why would Chicago want to host the 2016 Olympic Games?” In order for this question to be addressed properly, an historical perspective must be rendered.
The Chicago 21 Plan
Obviously, Daley didn’t decide to sign on to such a major commitment without some forethought. That much credit he deserves. Mayors, all have visions of how they want their cities to be portrayed. Usually, those visions are motivated by self interest. Well, Richard J. Daley was no different. As a matter of fact, he was a master visionary when it came to this city. Till this day, it is virtually impossible to speak of Chicago and the name Daley does not occur somewhere in that conversation.
“The Chicago 21 Plan” is Richard J. Daley’s vision of how he wanted Chicago to look in the 21st century. Having died in 1976, after being the mayor since 1955, he had a long time to develop that vision. In the “Chicago 21 Plan”, which was made public in “1973”, outlined conspicuously, it calls for tremendous restructuring and redefining of the city. Ultimately, resulting in extensive gentrification. Every vision is usually modeled after something and in this case, it appears as though Daley borrowed certain aspects from the city of Paris, France to frame his vision. Plans on such a grand scale, cannot be implemented by one man alone even if his name is Daley. Knowing that he would not be around to see this vision come to fruition, certain mechanisms were put in place to insure that the plan would be carried out. But even the best made plans can go awry.
After Richard J. Daley’s death, there was a temporary scramble for the mayor’s seat. It appears that a Black man named Wilson Frost, an alderman from the 34th ward was the legal successor to the Daley throne. No matter Frost had proven his loyalty, the chance of a non –Daley being mayor at this crucial time, could not be risked. So, Frost was denied physical entrance to the chambers on the day he went to take his legitimate but not rightful place in Chicago history. After the usual Chicago political shenanigans, one day would look up and we had a new mayor. He wasn’t a Daley but he was a long time Daley friend from the neighborhood where they all grew up. Michael Bilandic could be trusted to keep the seat warm until the current city framers could regroup. However, by this time, the people were showing signs of defiance and similarly to being under the absolute rule of the “mean old witch” in “The Wizard of Oz” began to believe that they were free. This feeling became enhanced when Mayor Bliandic, one day, in order to save money, made the fateful decision to stop running the elevated trains to their furthest destination on the South Side. Many Black folks, who were dependent on public transportation, rode those trains on a daily basis.
Bilandic lost his bid for re-election. But the New Daley apparatus was still not fully in place because the election resulted in Chicago getting its first female mayor, Jane Byrne. Although, she as well as Bilandic and his predecessor Richard J. Daley are all Irish, there seems to be no love lost between her and them. The “dirty tricks” committee of the reorganizing Daley machine came out full force against Byrne and for awhile, much of the Black community sided with her. During her tenure, Chicago firefighters conducted a labor strike. Many African Americans who had qualified to become firefighter but denied employment, worked in place of the striking (white) firefighters. When the strike was settled, many of the African Americans were hired permanently. But once again, fate stepped in and administered a mighty blow on behalf of the people.
In time, Byrne clearly demonstrated she was no better for the people than Daley or Bilandic. Her administration began the re-institutionalization of white supremacy on the Chicago Public School Board and for the first time in history, the Chicago Police Department acquired a labor representative, the Fraternal Order of Police (exclusively Irish group of police officers). By this time, the African American community which is the majority ethnic group in Chicago began the clarion call that it was time for an African American mayor.
In 1977, without little fanfare, Harold Washington unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Chicago. One year after Daley’s death, this would mark the beginning of a seven period, after twenty-one years of Daley as mayor. Washington was successful in 1983 and became Chicago’s first African American mayor. He was approached during his tenure to have Chicago host a couple of mega events, one being the World’s Fair. It is also rumored that the USOC asked at that time if Chicago would be interested in hosting the 1996 Olympics that was held in Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Washington declined them both. But not without having have to be dissuaded by political representatives of the people. Their advice against it was for the same reasons given by those who are against the 20016 Games. Mayor Washington, unlike Mayor Richard M. Daley acquiesced to the wishes of the people. Also unlike Mayor Richard M. Daley, Washington was not wedded to the “Chicago 21 Plan”. Washington’s one term and several months in office, 1983-1987, pushed back the Daleyites. He came to understand that the people have a right to self-determination. He didn’t have a “rubber stamp” city council. As a matter of fact, history tells us that it was one of the most independent councils in Chicago political history. So, in many ways, the Washington administration is symbolic of what “A Dream Deferred”, Langston Hughes’ poem. The Daley dream for Chicago did not die but in 1987, Washington did and that opened the floodgates for the ushering in of the new and improved Daley machine.
Eugene Sawyer became the mayor during the interim, before the regular election in 1989 of which Richard M. Daley won and has been in office since that time. Priority number one, making the dream a reality. The Daley team, hopes to utilize the expected revenue generated from interest in the Games and from the Games to fund as much as possible the completion of the “Chicago 21 Plan”, which includes making those exclusively associated with it rich and richer.
Categories; Olympic Human Rights Project at Chicago
• Definition-
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the supreme authority of the Olympic movement.
The IOC is an international non-governmental non-profit organisation and the creator of the Olympic Movement. The IOC exists to serve as an umbrella organisation of the Olympic Movement. It owns all rights to the Olympic symbols, flag, motto, anthem and Olympic Games. Its primary responsibility is to supervise the organisation of the summer and winter Olympic Games.
The IOC President is elected by the IOC members by secret ballot for an initial term of eight years, renewable once for four additional years. The President presides over all activities of the IOC, acting as its permanent representative. The current President, since 16 July 2001, is Jacques Rogge, of Belgium.
The members of the IOC are individuals who act as the IOC's representatives in their respective countries, not as delegates of their country within the IOC. The members meet once a year at the IOC Session. They retire at the end of the calendar year of which they turn 70 years, unless they were elected before the opening of the 110th Session (11 December 1999). In that case, they must retire when they reach the age of 80. The term of office for all members is eight years, renewable every eight years. The IOC chooses and elects its members from among such persons as its nominations committee considers qualified. All Olympic Movement members have the right to submit nominations.
The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement
The IOC members, natural persons, are representatives of the IOC in their respective countries, and not their country's delegate within the IOC. As stated in the Olympic Charter: "Members of the IOC represent and promote the interests of the IOC and of the Olympic Movement in their countries and in the organisations of the Olympic Movement in which they serve" (Olympic Charter 2004, page 28).
There are currently 107# members, 23 honorary members and 1 honour members. Juan Antonio Samaranch is Honorary President for life.
• List of members
• Honorary President - Juan Antonio Samaranch
• List of honorary members
• List of honour members
List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
1963 1936/52
MZALI, Mohamed (Mr)
SMIRNOV, Vitaly (Mr)
TALLBERG, Peter (Mr)
1976 1960/64/68/72/80
GOSPER A.O., Richard Kevan (Mr)
1977 1956/60 **
POUND, Q.C., Richard W. (Mr)
1978 1960
HE, Zhenliang (Mr)
CARRARO, Franco (Mr)
COLES, A.M., Phillip Walter (Mr)
1982 1960/64/68
DIBÓS, Iván (Mr)
IGAYA, Chiharu (Mr) *
1982 1952/56/60 **
1983 1968/72/76 **
LIECHTENSTEIN, Nora de (HSH Princess)
ELIZALDE, Francisco J. (Mr)
ALBERT II, (HSH the Sovereign Prince)
1985 1988/92/94/98/02
NIKOLAOU, Lambis V. (Mr) *
DEFRANTZ, Anita L. (Ms)
1986 1976 **
GEESINK, Anton (Mr)
1987 1964 **
ROYAL, (HRH the Princess)
1988 1976
WU, Ching-Kuo (Mr)
NYANGWESO, Francis W. (Major General)
1988 1960
BELLO, Fernando F. Lima (Mr)
1989 1968/72
TRÖGER, Walther (Mr)
OKANO, Shun-ichiro (Mr)
1990 1968 **
CARRIÓN, Richard L. (Mr) *
OSWALD, Denis (Mr) *
1991 1968/72/76 **
ROGGE, Jacques (Count) *
1991 1968/72/76
VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, Mario (Mr) *
BACH, Thomas (Mr) *
1991 1976 **
AL-SABAH, Ahmad Al-Fahad (Sheikh)
EASTON, James L. (Mr)
REEDIE, Craig (Sir)
PESCANTE, Mario (Mr) *
HEIBERG, Gerhard (Mr) *
LJUNGQVIST, Arne (Professor)
1994 1952
SEALY, Austin L. (Mr)
MITCHELL, Robin E. (Dr)
DIALLO, Alpha Ibrahim (Mr)
GILADY, Alex (Mr)
BORZOV, Valeriy (Mr)
1994 1972/76 **
FASEL, René (Mr) *
KILLY, Jean-Claude (Mr)
1995 1964/1968 **
RAMSAMY, Sam (Mr) *
VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, Olegario (Mr)
1995 1964/68/72/76
VRDOLJAK, Antun (Mr)
HICKEY, Patrick Joseph (Mr)
KHOURY, Toni (Mr)
LARFAOUI, Mustapha (Mr)
ALI, Shahid (Syed)
CHANG, Ung (Mr)
LINDBERG, Gunilla (Ms)
MAGLIONE, Julio César (Mr)
LEE #, Kun Hee (Mr)
CINQUANTA, Ottavio (Mr)
DRUT, Guy (Mr)
1996 1972/76 **
1998 1964/68/72/76/80 **
LUXEMBOURG, De (HRH the Grand Duke)
SABET, Mounir (General)
EL MOUTAWAKEL , Nawal (Ms) *
1998 1984 **
ORANGE, (HRH the Prince of)
NG, Ser Miang (Mr) *
BLATTER, Joseph S. (Mr)
DIACK, Lamine (Mr)
DI CENTA, Manuela (Ms)
1999 1984/88/92/94/98 **
AJÁN, Tamás (Mr)
KASPER, Gian-Franco (Mr)
KEINO, Kipchoge (Mr)
2000 1964/68/72 **
NUZMAN, Carlos Arthur (Mr)
2000 1964
PALENFO, Lassana (Intendant General)
YU, Zaiqing (Mr) *
FOK, Timothy Tsun Ting (Mr)
SINGH, Randhir (Raja)
2001 1964/68/72/76/80/84
COATES, AC, John D. (Mr)
HAYATOU, Issa (Mr)
SAMARANCH JR, Juan Antonio (Mr)
ABDULAZIZ, Nawaf Faisal Fahd (HRH Prince)
CHAMUNDA, Patrick S. (Mr)
AL-THANI, T. Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa (HRH Prince)
WIBERG, Pernilla (Ms)
2002 1992/94/98/02 **
CRAVEN, MBE, Philip (Sir)
FREDERICKS, Frank (Mr) *
2004 1992/96/04 **
2004 1988/92/96/00/04 **
EL GUERROUJ, Hicham (Mr)
2004 1996/00/04 **
ELWANI, Rania (Dr)
2004 1992/96/00
RICCI BITTI, Francesco (Mr)
IMRAN, Tunku (HRH Prince)
HOEVERTSZ, Nicole (Ms)
2006 1984
ALLEN, Béatrice (Ms)
SCOTT, Rebecca (Ms)
2006 1998/02/06 **
KOIVU, Saku (Mr)
2006 1994/98 **
BAUMANN, Patrick (Mr)
AL HUSSEIN, Haya Bint (HRH Princess)
SUBOWO, Rita (Ms)
BUBKA, Sergey (Mr)
2008 1988/92/96/00 **
ERDENER, Ugur (Dr)
MOON, Dae Sung (Mr)
2008 2004 **
POPOV, Alexander (Mr)
2008 1992/96/00/04 **
BOKEL, Claudia (Ms)
2008 1996/00/04 **
RUIZ LUACES, Yumilka (Ms)
2008 1996/00/04 **
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist
# Provisionally given up the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his IOC membership
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Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
Samaranch, Juan Antonio
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List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
LUXEMBOURG, Jean de (HRH the Grand Duke)
1963 1960 **
ERICSSON, Gunnar (Mr)
WORRALL, James (Mr)
1967 1936
HALIM, Abdel Mohamed (Mr)
HERZOG, Maurice (Mr)
BEITZ, Berthold (Mr)
KUMAR, Ashwini (Mr)
1977 1948
HEINZE, Günther (Mr)
MUÑOZ PEÑA, Roque Napoleón (Mr)
CERNUSAK, Vladimir (Mr)
GLEN-HAIG DBE, Mary Alison (Dame)
1982 1948/52/56/60
ABU SAMAH, Hamzah (Tan Sri)
STANKOVIC, Borislav (Mr)
BORBÓN, Doña Pilar de (HRH the Infanta)
ADEFOPE, Henry Edmund Olufemi (Major General)
MAGVAN, Shagdarjav (Mr)
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist
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List of members by protocol order
Last name, First name
Year of election
Games participation
* Executive Board member
** Olympic medallist

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