(ATR) They are not IOC members. But the range and depth of the work of IOC director general Christophe de Kepper, deputy director general Pere Miro and their associates keep the complicated world of the Olympics spinning from headquarters in Lausanne.
De Kepper is the headquarters ringmaster, organizing the overall operations of 530+ staff in Lausanne. He has worked in the president’s office since he was recruited by fellow Belgian Jacques Rogge shortly after he took office in 2001. He’s also overseeing the construction of the new IOC headquarters as staff operate in temporary offices for a couple more years. He works closely with chief of staff Marcus Hausen, legal director Howard Stupp as well as Mark Adams, presidential spokesman. Still unsettled is the long sought director of strategic communications.
Pere Miro, deputy director general for relations with the Olympic Movement, deals with the sometimes complex affairs of the 206 National Olympic Committees and related organizations.
He faces the delicate task of repairing fractured NOCs, whether self-inflicted or the result of government interference. The suspension of the Kuwait NOC over the latter is at an impasse and is one of the big challenges for Miro in 2017.
Miro oversees the distribution and operation of the Olympic Solidarity fund that now is worth about $500 million each quadrennial. The money, generated by the rights fees and sponsorships gathered by the IOC, is distributed to every NOC.
Now the most senior of IOC executives, his career in Lausanne began more than 25 years ago. He was among the staff recruited by fellow Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, now the last from that era.
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Written by Ed Hula.