International Olympic Committee hesitates to help Rio de Janeiro with 2016 Summer Games debt

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti meets with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne Switzerland

"The IOC is discussing a potential Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020, and it is reinforcing its efforts with the United Nations, in particular with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in refugee camps around the world", the IOC said on its official website.

"We will assist it but (testing) in Pyeongchang will be under the authority of the ITA", IOC medical chief Richard Budgett told reporters.

In an effort to make anti-doping tests more independent, the International Olympic Committee has helped establish an Independent Testing Authority (ITA), under the aegis of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which will be operational at the Pyeongchang Winter Games between February 9-25, 2018.

All samples from more than 170 Russian athletes who competed in Vancouver are being retested.

An ethics committee of the IOC in charge of investigating the Sochi Games should make its report in a few weeks.

The management consultants suggest giving the International Olympic Committee ethics panel freedom to launch its own investigations, instead of awaiting a referral from the International Olympic Committee administration.

The IOC has been working towards setting up the ITA as an independent testing body to take over testing for the IOC and worldwide federations.

All Olympic doping samples are stored at a WADA-accredited lab in Lausanne, and can be reanalyzed for up to 10 years as new anti-doping methods are developed.

The PyeongChang 2018 Gams was represented by Executive Vice President Jae-youl Kim, who informed the EB that the PyeongChang Olympic Village and media village units are already sold out as part of the Games' legacy.

Budgett cautioned that only an interim form of the testing unit might be ready to operate at the Olympics in seven months' time.

Image: People walk past the Olympic rings in Gangneung, South Korea February 9, 2017.

The Tokyo 2020 team also reiterated their commitment to shave down their budget and announced that local excitement for the Games has been ramped up due to the Medal Project, Mascot Selection Process, and nationwide Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour.

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