East Timor Joins the Olympic Games
IOC DECISION RELATING TO THE PARTICIPATION OF CERTAIN ATHLETES AT THE GAMES OF THE XXVII OLYMPIAD IN SYDNEY
Rio de Janeiro, 26 May 2000
Whereas the IOC has been requested to safeguard the interests of athletes from East Timor who are currently prevented from participating in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney,
Whereas East Timor is presently placed under the control of the international community through the United Nations Organisation,
Having consulted the National Olympic Committees concerned,
Considering that it is the IOC's duty to do its utmost to safeguard the interests the athletes,
The IOC Executive Board decides:
On behalf of the IOC Executive Board:
- Upon invitation by the IOC Executive Board, certain athletes from East Timor (hereafter "Athletes") may take part in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad (hereafter "Games") as individuals; the abbreviation used shall be "IOA" for "Individual Olympic Athletes" (in French, "Athlètes Olympiques Individuels").
- In accordance with Rule 9.1 of the Olympic Charter, the Athletes shall refrain from any form of political activity. In particular, the Athletes will not represent, at any time before and during the period of the Games, any state, nation, country or territory.
- Each Athlete shall sign the undertaking as set out below in this Decision. In addition, each Athlete shall comply with all provisions contained in the Olympic Charter and the rules of the IF governing his or her sport. He or she shall also sign the entry form in accordance with Bye-law to Rule 49, §5.1 of the Olympic Charter.
- The IOC will provide white track suits to the Athletes. Such track suits as well as all clothing, gear and equipment worn or used by the Athletes during the period of the Games shall be free of any national or territorial identification.
- In case of a victory by an Athlete, the Olympic flag will be hoisted on the central pole. An abridged version of the Olympic anthem will be played. The same provisions shall apply, mutatis mutandis, where an Athlete places second or third.
- Any breach of the above provisions will lead, as decided upon by the IOC Executive Board, to the immediate disqualification and exclusion from the Games of the Athlete concerned.
Juan Antonio Samaranch
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