Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Olympic Movement Needs Adjustments

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Olympic Movement Needs Adjustments

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a speech opening the 95th session of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the International Olympic Committee president, congratulated the other members of the committee Tuesday for their contributions and efforts to modernize the Olympic movement during his first nine years in office.

At the same time, he reminded them that ``numerous adjustments are still required'' for the International Olympic Committee to maintain its leading position among international sports organizations.

``The Olympic movement has strengthened and expanded its role and influence, with the International Olympic Committee undergoing a parallel development in its position as leader and guide,'' Samaranch said to 85 of the 92 International Olympic Committee members attending the three-day session.

He added that ``striving to see the diverse realities of the Olympic movement better and more accurately'' would be the organization's challenge of the next four years.

Samaranch is expected to continue as the International Olympic Committee president over that period. He is running unopposed for re-election to a four-year term, with the voting scheduled for Thursday.

A victory would enable him to lead the International Olympic Committee through the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, his hometown.

Earlier in his speech, Samaranch reviewed the variety of changes that have occurred since he was voted into office in 1980.

They included the virtual elimination of differences between ``amateur'' and ``professional'' athletes, a significant increase in resources, and the development of a new Olympic charter that serves to coordinate the roles of international sports federations and national Olympic committees. …

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