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IOC, Sports Federations Discuss Sport in EU

23 September 2008

The International Olympic Committee and other key members of the international sports movement met earlier this month in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the definition of the specificity and the autonomy of sport within the European Union.

IOC President Jacques Rogge was joined by the President of FIBA Europe George Vassilakopoulos, FIBA President and IOC member Patrick Baumann and representatives of other international federations such as FIFA, UEFA and the International Rugby Board.

In a joint release the organizations articulated their position on several key issues relating to the EU with a focus on the specificity of sport, the autonomy of sport, education and protection of young athletes, the integrity of sporting competitions and the preservation of sporting rules.

"It is important that everyone in the community of sport in Europe speak with one voice when it comes to issues relating to the European Union," commented FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.

"That's why meetings like this one are so important and beneficial."

To view the complete joint statement, click here.

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