News: The Commission of Non-Olympic sports was established in the European Olympic Committees
On February, 20 2008 at the session of the European Olympic Committees executive Committee in Lausanne (Switzerland) the decision to establish the commission of cooperation with non-Olympic sports.
Russian representative, Alexey Kylasov, the secretary general of the Multisport Association of Russia which joins the national non-Olympic sport federations, became a member of the Commission.
The Provision of the Commission will be prepared by its members. There are three representatives of the European Olympic Committees in the Commission: Guido de Bondt (Belgium), Efraim Zinger (Israel), Klaus Steinbach (Germany) and two representatives of the European Sport Committee: Alexey Kylasov (Russia) and Gintas Vileita (Lithuania).
The member of the Executive Committee estimated highly the cooperation of the IOC and the International World Games Association (IWGA) which holds every the World Games of non-Olympic sports under the support of the IOC every 4 years.
The European Sport Committee establish on May, 18 2007 with the headquarters in Kiev (Ukraine) has the experience of holding the first European non-Olympic sport Games which took place on July, 20-25 2007. The President of the European Sport Committee Vadim Kopylov told the EOC EXCO members about the detailed working plans. The secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Vladimir Gerashchenko who was present at the EOC EXCO session spoke on the experience of cooperation with the European Sport Committee and the ESC members’ devotion to the Olympic values.
The EOC President Patrick Hickey (Ireland) drew the members’ attention to the fact that in future it would be necessary to avoid contrasting Olympic and non-Olympic sports encouraging the physical activity and fair competition spirit under the aegis of the Olympic values.
At the end of the visit with the help of the IOC member and the Ukrainian national Olympic Committee Sergey Bubka, the ESC members met the IOC President Jacques Rogge.