Work is still in progress on the final paper, but the Memorandum of Understanding, which is scheduled to be signed next Monday, April 28th, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Thomas Bach at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, no doubt represents a “historic step”. The IOC will become a partner on an “eye-to-eye” level with the inter-governmental organization founded in 1945, which meanwhile has a total of 193 member states.
It would appear that the former IOC President, Jacques Rogge, is to be involved in future sport-
related activities of the United Nations. According to sport intern sources, it is expected that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the suggestion of Dr. Bach, will appoint the IOC’s Honorary President as Special Envoy for Sport and Refugees. Dr. Rogge will be commissioned to implement a global program, which apparently will be largely financed by the IOC.
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