LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- In its latest initiative to keep pace with the growth of the Internet, the International Olympic Committee is creating a television archive Web site.
The Olympic Television Archive Bureau, which went live on Tuesday, allows registered users to access the IOC's complete film and video archives online. It contains over 20,000 hours of footage from the 1908 Olympic Games in London to the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.
IOC vice president Dick Pound, who negotiates the IOC's major television and sponsorship deals, said it was the first time a sports library of that size has been available online.
The IOC hopes the "business-to-business" website -- www.otab.com
-- will allow it to maintain a grip on its lucrative TV rights.
Currently, the IOC prohibits the showing of moving images from the games on the Internet. The IOC said that policy will remain in place for this year's Sydney Games.
The IOC executive board also formally approved the idea for a summit meeting in November on the role of the Internet in sport.