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Nick Butler: IOC make good use of gesture politics at Executive Board meeting but tougher tests lie ahead

Nick Butler: IOC make good use of gesture politics at Executive Board meeting but tougher tests lie ahead

Last week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting at the new location of the Lausanne Palace Hotel was a low key affair. 

It may have been due to the lack of other meetings going on in the lakeside town, or because most of the Olympic Movement had just returned from its first major gathering of the year in Lillehammer, or as a consequence of the IOC’s overbearing restrictions on bid city lobbying these days. Or maybe it was simply due to a lack of available hotel rooms because of overspill from the Geneva International Motor Show...