Olympic Newsdesk - Fredericks 2014 YOG Watchdog; IOC, French NOC Discuss Channel

(ATR) Frank Fredericks will chair the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games... The IOC tells Around the Rings it has no immediate concerns over plans by the French Olympic Committee to launch a sports channel.

Fredericks Heads 2014 Youth Olympics Watchdog

(ATR) The IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games will be chaired by Frank Fredericks.

The IOC announced Friday that the four-time Olympic silver medalist and chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission will take charge of a 10-member panel.

It will analyse the bids submitted last week by the three candidate cities – Guadalajara, Mexico, Nanjing, China and Poznan, Poland. A report will be submitted to the IOC Executive Board and all IOC members, with the host city vote scheduled for the IOC Session in Vancouver next February.

The commission includes the following IOC members: Timothy Tsun Ting FOK, president of the Hong Kong Olympic committee; Sergey Bubka, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Singapore 2010; Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general; and Claudia Bokel, IOC Athletes’ Commission representative.

Also on the panel are: Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli; IOC sports director Christophe Dubi; Essar Gabriel, IOC head of the Youth Olympic Games; Neven Ivan Ilic Alvarez, Chilean NOC president; Guido De Bondt, Belgium NOC secretary general; and Andrew Ryan, director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.

Singapore is hosting the inaugural summer Youth Olympic Games in August 2010. Two-time Olympic host Innsbruck in Austria stages the first winter edition of the YOG in 2012.

IOC in Talks with French NOC Over TV Channel

The IOC tells Around the Rings it has no immediate concerns over plans by the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) to launch a dedicated sports channel.

"This project is in discussion and we expect a full presentation in the near future," an IOC spokeswoman told ATR.

"Should this TV channel be launched, it won't affect the French Olympic broadcaster as no Olympic content will be broadcast."

TV rights for the 2010/2012 Olympics in France are with public-service broadcaster France Televisions.

The IOC statement comes in response to plans announced this week by French NOC president Denis Masseglia to launch a sports channel on TNT, whose aim appears to be giving more exposure to less high-profile Olympic sports between Games.

An NOC source admitted the project was "a touchy subject", referring to major concerns voiced by the IOC in recent weeks over a similar scheme proposed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Network.

The USOC’s TV channel plans are now on hold amid IOC questions over use of the rings, the Olympic name, and the impact on the value of the rights in the market for the rightholders. The IOC also felt it would eat potential sponsorship for the Games organizers.

The CNOSF’s TV project may yet fall by the wayside if the NOC cannot mount one domestic hurdle. It still needs to win the tender for one of the new channels being launched in 2010 by CSA, the French broadcasting regulator, to push forward with its ambitious plans.


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Written by Mark Bisson and Sam Steinberg.

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