IOC And Team Sports Federations Discuss 6+5
At the invitation of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, and in line with the resolution adopted by the 58th FIFA Congress in Sydney in May, delegations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), led by Mario Pescante, IOC Executive Board member, and from major international team sports federations met at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 25 June to discuss key common issues.
Regarding the protection of national teams, the delegations agreed that they share common issues related to the eligibility of players for national teams, youth development, stronger control on the transfer of minors and competitiveness within their sports. They unanimously supported the idea that the international sports federations should work closely together, under IOC leadership, in discussions on the recognition of the specificity of sport with the European Union (EU).
The participants agreed to the principle of creating a consultation forum between the European Union and the Olympic and sporting movement in order to better structure the dialogue between them, prepare a common understanding on issues such as the specificity of sport and debate any topics arising in the world of sport, such as “6+5″, taking into account the universality of sport and its European dimension.
During the meeting, the objectives and calendar of the EU French presidency in relation to sport during the second semester of 2008 were presented by Mr Hugues Moutouh, Director of the Cabinet of Mr Bernard Laporte, French Secretary of State for Sport.
The following people attended the FIFA/IOC meeting with international sports federations on 25 June:
Joseph S. Blatter (FIFA President and IOC member)
Mario Pescante (IOC Executive Board member); Patrick Hickey (EOC President and IOC member); Christophe De Kepper (IOC Executive Office of the President, Chief of Staff)
Denis Oswald (President); Andrew Ryan (Secretary General); Hugues Moutouh (Cabinet Director of Bernard Laporte, French Secretary of State for Sport)
International sports federations
FIBA, Patrick Baumann (Secretary General and IOC member)
FIFA, Jerome Valcke (Secretary General); Jerome Champagne (Director of International Relations); Marco Villiger (Director of Legal Affairs); Hans Klaus (Director of Communications & Public Affairs)
IMF, Peter Muhlematter (Secretary General)
IIHF, Rene Fasel (President); Horst Lichtner (General Secretary); Yves Vonlanthen (Administration and Legal Manager)
IRB, Darren Bailey (Head of Legal)