A reform panel has suggested changes in the way the International Olympic Committee chooses members, including democratic elections, terms of office and a lower age limit.

A working group of the IOC 2000 commission, set up following the Salt Lake City scandal, also proposed full membership for 10 athletes elected by their peers.

The panel, whose members include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, discussed a number of proposals during a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday.

The group will meet again Sept. 10 to complete its recommendations.

Reforms also were discussed in London in a meeting between IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and former Senate Majority leader George Mitchell, chairman of the USOC Special Bid Oversight Commission. Both were in London to attend Sunday's Wimbledon finals.

"He [Samaranch] demonstrated significant progress has been made, and we encouraged him to fulfill his commitment to reform," said Kenneth Duberstein, vice chairman of Mitchell's commission.

Mitchell wrote a report criticizing the IOC's role in the Salt Lake scandal. The report accused the IOC of fostering a "culture of improper gift giving" and suggested wide-ranging reforms. Six IOC members have been expelled and four others resigned in the organization's worst crisis.

Members now are essentially handpicked by Samaranch and serve until age 80. The IOC 2000 panel proposed setting a maximum number of members, though no specific figure was set. The IOC currently has 104 members.

The panel is chaired by Italian IOC member Franco Carraro. Other members include former French ski champion Jean-Claude Killy, USOC President Bill Hybl and NBC sports chief Dick Ebersol.