世界空手道連盟(WKF)會長Mr Antonio Espinos在雅典的國際體育大會(SportAccord)2008年6月2日開會期間與國際奧委會(IOC)的sports director Christophe Dubi開會，集中討論IOC對申請加入2016年奧運項目而發出的最新指引，這指引的第三條對各申請項目的各總會(IFs)將會有極大影響﹕
3. Relations with IOC Members
There will be no visits to IOC members by the IFs or by anyone acting on their behalf or supporting them.
No form of reception for IOC members may be organised by an IF or by any person or organisation acting on its behalf or supporting it.
Only the IOC members normally involved in the sport may be invited to attend the international events organised by an IF, in particular: IOC members in the host country and those already involved in the activities of the IF or the national federation of the sport concerned; and IOC members with an institutional function within the Olympic Movement, namely the presidents, secretaries general and/or vice-presidents of IF associations and NOC associations.
The IF may not cover the costs linked to such invitations, in particular the travel and accommodation costs.
世界空手道連盟(WKF)會長Mr Antonio Espinos近日在網上集誌發表了以下意見﹕
Concerns Over Rules for Sports Seeking 2016 Olympic Spots
Leaders of sports bidding to get on the Olympic program say they are worried about a level playing field for their campaign to reach the Games.
Senior officials at the federations for karate, roller sport, rugby and squash tell Around the Rings the rules governing relations with IOC members are unfairly restrictive.
They say the limited access to IOC members in the next year of campaigning will prevent them from making their cases to the very people who are charged with adding two sports to the Olympic roster at the IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009.
There is also disquiet over the rule which effectively hands the advantage to sports on the program for the Beijing Olympics – baseball and softball – over those trying to break into the Games.
And there are calls for IOC members with a vested interest in one of the seven sports to be banned from voting at the IOC Session.
"We are completely limited in visits to IOC members. This is a big problem for us that we have to try to overcome," Antonio Espinos, president of the World Karate Federation, tells ATR.
Espinos is calling for the IOC to scrap the rule focused on federations contact with the IOC members, saying he would like there to be no limitations “to make them at least in some way familiar with our sport”.
"We shouldn't be deprived of the right to present our sport to any IOC members who in the end will be voting," he says.
"They don't have the same possibilities of knowing non-Olympic sports," Espinos says, insisting baseball and softball will have a distinct edge because of their contact with IOC members during the Beijing Olympics.
"This is very clear," he says.
In 2005, baseball and softball were cut from the Olympic program but are seeking a quick return after the London Olympics. They are vying for the two spots open on the 2016 program along with the five sports which failed to muster enough votes to join the Olympics at the IOC Session in Singapore.
The seven sports federations held individual meetings with the IOC's sports director Christophe Dubi and his team at SportAccord in Athens June 2. They discussed the procedure ahead and were briefed on the rules of conduct they had received just a week earlier.
There were no such regulations in place when sports last campaigned to join the Olympics.
Rule 3 governing relations with IOC members states: “There will be no visits to IOC members by the IFs or by anyone acting on their behalf or supporting them.
"No form of reception for IOC members may be organised by an IF or by any person or organisation acting on its behalf or supporting it.
"Only the IOC members normally involved in the sport may be invited to attend the international events organised by an IF, in particular: IOC members in the host country and those already involved in the activities of the IF or the national federation of the sport concerned; and IOC members with an institutional function within the Olympic Movement, namely the presidents, secretaries general and/or vice-presidents of IF associations and NOC associations."
Squash, rugby and roller sports have made their feelings clear too. The Association of Recognized IOC International Sports Federations has contacted the IOC to present the shared concerns of the non-Olympic sports.
Christian Leighton, secretary general of the World Squash Federation, claims the rules provide for a largely fair and transparent process but he questions the rule.
"The issue is whether the access is enough and whether some of the conditions of who can be invited and where are a little bit restrictive," he tells ATR. "That needs clarification."
Valerie Leftwich, first vice president of the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS), says the federation's president Sabatino Aracu was well received by the IOC at the meeting in Athens last week but uncertainties remain over the process.
FIRS is pushing for speed skating to join the Olympics. "How can one be expected to vote on a sport if you don't get to see it," she says.
The International Rugby Board, which wants to introduce Rugby Sevens to the Olympics, is also pressing the IOC for an amendment to the rule.
Rugby was last (played in the 1924 Olympics in Paris and the IRB has launched a major campaign to return to the Olympic fold.
"We should have ample opportunity to explain our case to the people who will ultimately make the decision," the IRB’s director of communications Greg Thomas tells ATR.
Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, says: "The IOC rules are what they are; they apply to us all in equal measure. I am confident that all the sports will follow these rules in the true spirit of Olympism. Meanwhile it is full steam ahead for the BackSoftball campaign – within the new rules, of course."
Last week, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations unanimously supported the addition of two sports to the 2016 Olympic Games program – bringing it to 28 sports - at its meeting in Athens.
Espinos says it was a positive move for the sports vying to join the Olympic Family.
He says karate will abide by and respect the IOC's rules of conduct but is hopeful Rule 3 can be altered to alleviate the federations concerns.
Espinos also claims the IOC Ethics Commission should give further consideration to the possible conflict of interest in voting for the addition of two sports to the Olympic program.
He argues that there may be a case for excluding from the vote those IOC members who are "normally involved in the sport" under Rule 3.
Emmanuelle Moreau, a spokesperson for the IOC said "ARISF has indeed requested clarification on behalf of the seven federations and discussions are currently ongoing."
With reporting from Mark Bisson.