June 21st, 2016
The President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), Dr. Julio C. Maglione, had an outstanding participation in the Olympic Summit, called urgently by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Dr. Maglione, also President of the Olympic Committee of Uruguay, was in Fiji attending the Oceania National Association’s Championship and Congress as President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), where he was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Fiji, Mr. George Konrote; the Minister of Youth and Sport, Laisenia Tuitubou and the First Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
From Fiji and by conference call, Maglione was invited by the IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach, to participate in the Summit, which would discuss doping and its implications in the possible absence of Russian athletes in Rio 2016.
In his intervention, Maglione underlined that “all athletes that have qualified and have no positive doping results should be entitled to participate in the Olympic Games”.
The Olympic Summit is a platform for consultation, created by the IOC in 2013 and that meets to discuss issues of great relevance and urgency for the Olympic Movement. In them, the Presidents of the four major International Federations participate: Athletics, Football, Gymnastics and Swimming (Maglione), as well as the Presidents of the 3 Olympic Committees with larger presence in the Olympic Games: Russia, United States and China.