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December 5 2017 11:45 AM
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will tonight hold an EGM to vote on new term limits for Directors as recommended by a Deloitte report carried out following last year's Rio ticketing scandal.
The OCI will also address other corporate governance issues and launch a new athlete centres Strategic Plan for 2018-2024.
The radical changes, spearheaded by OCI President Sarah Keane, will mean the sports body will have completed all of Deloitte's recommendations following last year's summer of turmoil that saw then OCI President Pat Hickey arrested in Brazil.
He is awaiting trial on charges of ticket touting, forming a criminal association/cartel and illicit marketing. He denies all charges against him.
Speaking at a pre EGM press briefing today, OCI President Sarah Keane said: "Later today we hope that members will vote in a number of changes to the OCI constitution that will radically reform how this organisation operates.
"We will finally have a modern, fit for purpose constitution that will stand the organisation in good stead for years to come. We still have some issues to resolve with regard to our Internal Olympic Committee obligations and we will return to these in a separate EGM in January.
"The matters concerned are important. The Board takes them seriously and we are committed to handling them correctly."
"I am particularly pleased that today we will present a new Strategic Plan 2018-2024 to our members. This plan is the product of extensive consultation over recent months with all of our stakeholders and it sets out a new future for the OCI, one that has the athlete at the centre of all its decision making.
"The OCI Athletes Commission will also present its new strategy to members at the EGM. The Commission only held its first meeting this summer but it has since then been working tirelessly to agree a programme of work for the coming years.
"We have very people involved in the organisation who are intent on bringing this Strategic Plan to life. The ambitious programme of reform that the new OCI Board is relentlessly pursuing is beginning to make a difference but we have much still to do. ”
Changes to the OCI Executive Committee that will be considered at the EGM this evening include the following:
1. Terms of Office: The general rule going forward is that an Executive Committee member shall have a four (4) year term of office. No person may serve on the Executive Committee for more than eight (8) years (i.e. 2 x 4 year term). This is subject to the following transitional regime to facilitate succession and rotation as the current EC were all elected on the same date.
2. The Executive Committee will be obliged to appoint a firm of accountants who are qualified as statutory auditors as scrutineers.
3. The Executive Committee may now co-opt up to two independent directors. This is to compliment the skills set of the Executive Committee.
4. We have also removed the right of the persons sitting on the Board to have a personal vote.
5. IOC Matters: The Executive Committee wrote to the IOC earlier this year informing them that we proposed that the IOC member would not automatically sit on the OCI Board and would not have a voting right. The IOC pointed out that under the Olympic Charter the IOC Member must be a member of the Executive Committee with a vote. Therefore the IOC has recently advised us that they will not accept this change and will require us to ensure that the IOC member is a full voting member of the Board and not subject to a term limit.