Thursday, November 4, 2010

International Olympic Committee to study fireworks ban

The International Olympic
Committee (IOC) decided to study a ban on fireworks on opening and
closing ceremonies during Sunday's meeting of the IOC and National
Olympic Committees (NOC) joint meeting here.

"You are a renowned expert on the environment, I propose you do the
study," IOC president Jacques Rogge told Japan's delegate Tsunekazu
Takeda, who is also a member of the IOC's environment committee.

Rogge decided to study the idea following a proposal to ban from Sri
Lanka, which suggested that fireworks may contribute to greenhouse gas

Sunday's meeting comes a day after the close of the first meeting
between National Olympic Commissions (NOCs) and sports ministers.

That meeting, dubbed the World Olympic Sports Convention, attracted
205 NOC chiefs and 130 sports ministers, who agreed to an 11 point
declaration that included the establishment of working group that will
include government and NOC representatives.

The second convention will be held in two years' time, possibly in
British capital London.


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