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December 15, 2013 (Mainichi Japan)

LONDON (AP) -- New IOC President Thomas Bach announced the funding projects on Saturday following an unprecedented four-day "brainstorming session" with his executive board in the Swiss resort of Montreux that focused on key issues for the future of the Olympic movement.

The board also decided to showcase three new sports in next year's Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China -- roller sports, skateboarding and sport climbing. All three have failed in bids for inclusion in the full Olympics. Bach has said the Youth Games -- which debuted in 2010 in Singapore -- could be a testing ground for sports seeking to join the Olympics.

Bach said he is looking for more flexibility in the sports program, and reiterated that baseball and softball could still be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Other sports could also be brought in by trimming existing disciplines.

Bach declined to give details on those discussions, saying those issues will come up for debate at the IOC general assembly in Sochi in February. Proposals and recommendations will then be drawn up and submitted for approval at an extraordinary IOC session on Dec. 6-7, 2014 in Monaco.

"It was very good for me to see on the principle issues there is broad consensus within the executive board," Bach said. "They were receptive to changes on all the issues."

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