LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- International Olympics officials expressed confidence Tuesday in Sydney organizers and played down the troubles that have plagued the Australians in recent months.
"We are pretty confident the organization is really excellent," said International Olympic Committee executive Jacques Rogge, who heads an oversight panel for the Sydney Games. "Overall, I'm confident that everything that humanly could have been done has been done."
The IOC also dismissed the chances of violent protests at the Sept. 15-Oct. 1 games, a threat raised by Aboriginal activists following the leak of a government report that minimized the harm caused by a policy of taking Aboriginal children from their families.
"We are not expecting violent demonstrations," Gosper said. "There may be some (nonviolent) demonstrations. We hope not too many."
Also Tuesday, Ninian Stephen, a former High Court justice and governor-general of Australia, was appointed a member of the IOC ethics commission.
Stephen fills the seat vacated by Kevin Gosper, an Australian IOC vice president who resigned from the ethics panel last month amid allegations he accepted excessive hospitality from Salt Lake City bidders.
The ethics panel was created last year to enforce a code of conduct for IOC members following the bribery scandal centering on Salt Lake's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games.
Stephen becomes the fifth non-IOC member on the eight-man commission.
Gosper remains under investigation by the ethics panel for a ski trip his wife and two children made to Utah in 1993 at the invitation of bid chief Tom Welch.
Gosper, who maintains he did nothing wrong, referred his case to the panel in late January.