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Princess Anne Update -- September 1, 1997

LAUSANNE, Switzerand - Britain's Princess Anne will not attend this week's International Olympic Committee session because of the death of her former-sister-in-law, Princess Diana. IOC director general Francois Carrard said that Anne, an IOC member and president of the British Olympic Association, had been excused from the session following Diana's death in a car crash in Paris. The session starts Tuesday and will be highlighted by Friday's vote to designate the host city of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Anne's presence apparently was ruled out after Diana's funeral was scheduled for Saturday. Also excused from the session was Saudi Prince Faisal Fahd Abdul Aziz. Carrard said Faisal was unable to attend because of "some political matters with the cabinet." The absence of Anne and Prince Faisal leaves 107 IOC members eligible to vote for the 2004 host.