DIARY: IOC's hunt for PR chief latest: one year gone but still can't decide

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) seems to be attempting a world record for the longest time in recruiting a PR boss - and the weirdest selection criteria to get there.

After a year of waiting, the IOC last month announced it was on the verge of appointing a comms director to replace Franklin Servan-Schreiber.

But the IOC has now revealed that it is putting its final three candidates through the media mill at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City before making a decision at the end of this month.

IOC spokesman Sandrine Chappuis said the delay was requested by director-general Francois Carrard, who has overseen PR in the interim.

'The candidates need to meet the press team and see how it works and what the journalists are about,' she said.

Recruitment was originally delayed until the appointment of IOC president Jacques Rogge - which took place last July.

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