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Highlights 18/02/2019

18 Feb 2019
Olympic News, IOC News, Olympic Highlights



One year after the successful Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the IOC organised a working meeting to discuss further sports cooperation between the Republic of Korea (KOR) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PRK). During this tripartite meeting, the IOC and the two Korean delegations, composed of representatives of their respective NOCs and governments, discussed the format and pathway for the participation of several unified Korean teams, made up of athletes from both NOCs, at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The parties agreed on the principles guiding such unified Korean teams by sport and discipline. It was decided that participation in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be based on successful qualification in those sports and disciplines for which both NOCs wish to compete as a unified Korean team.

The delegations of KOR and PRK made a presentation declaring their historic initiative to put forward a joint Korean candidature to host the Olympic Games 2032. Even though the candidature process for 2032 has not yet started, the IOC welcomes this initiative and is prepared to assist the two Koreas to further develop this project.

“The discussions at the working meeting today are one further step showing how sport can once more make a contribution to peace on the Korean Peninsula and the world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “We have a good foundation to build on and make further progress ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sport will continue to build bridges and demonstrate the unifying power of the Olympic Games. Therefore, we warmly welcome the historic initiative of the two Koreas to put forward a joint Korean candidature for the Olympic Games 2032.” Full news release here.

President Bach met Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco, who was accompanied by a delegation from the Sports Federation Union of Catalonia (UFEC), led by Gerard Esteva i Viladecans. The discussions focused mainly on the development and position of sport in the region.

The IOC President and the President of the Brazilian NOC, Paulo Wanderley Teixeira, discussed a range of topical Olympic matters.

Tony Estanguet, IOC Member and President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, updated President Bach on the preparations for these Games.

The IOC President also met IOC Member Ryu Seung Min as well as the President of the NOC of the Republic of Korea, Lee Kee-heung.

IOC / Greg Martin

President Bach welcomed Naomi Kawase, the director of the Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, for a courtesy visit to the IOC.

The President visited the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne for the "TriARThlon" exhibition, devoted to the work of decathlete Slaven Dizdarevic, who competed in the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.


IOC / Chung Sung-Jun

As part of the celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, IOC Executive Board member Ser Miang Ng (centre in photo) took part in the PyeongChang Global Peace Forum to speak about the IOC’s role in how sport can build bridges, and the powerful symbols of peace during the PyeongChang Games. He attended the anniversary events in PyeongChang and Gangneung on behalf of the IOC. More info here.

IOC / Richard Juillard

Paul Tergat has been appointed Chair of the Kenya Academy of Sports Council by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Tergat, who is also President of the Kenyan NOC, will take up his new role on 18 March 2019 for a term of three years.

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other olympic news

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in spoke of the contributions of the Games serving as a “snowman of peace”. Through his personal Twitter account, President Moon said: “The small snowball that we have been rolling together up to the present has become a snowman of peace.” He also spoke of the long-term peace process. “Peace doesn’t come overnight. Just as athletes train repeatedly together in sometimes tedious exercises over a long time for teamwork in order to achieve results without any regrets, peace requires such processes as well. Full story here.

The IOC will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on 23 June during the celebration of Olympic Day. In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC. From 23 June onwards, the IOC will benefit from two Olympic centres in Lausanne: Olympic House in Vidy to cater for its administration and offer a welcoming meeting place for all its stakeholders; and The Olympic Museum in Ouchy to host the general public. Full press release here.

international federations

summer ifs

For the second consecutive year, the winners of the World Weightlifting magazine’s “Jenő Boskovics Lifter of The Year” trophies are Lydia Valentin from Spain and Lasha Talakhadze from Georgia. More than 30,000 votes were cast on the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) website for the election. More details here


The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that Eva de Goede from the Netherlands and Arthur Van Doren of Belgium have been named FIH Players of the Year at the 2018 Hockey Stars Awards. Female Player of the Year De Goede, 29, was one of the superstars of the Netherlands team that dominated the Hockey Women’s World Cup in London (Great Britain). Van Doren, 24, was named Male Player of the Year for a second successive year. Last year, Van Doren claimed both the Player and Rising Star of the Year awards. Van Doren was a stand-out performer as Belgium claimed a first ever World Cup title in Bhubaneswar (India) last year. More details and the list of all the winners can be found here. In addition, the FIH has published a story about a project in Colombia that uses hockey as a catalyst for change. This project, run by 25-year-old social entrepreneur Juan Sánchez, has been recognised by the IOC as one of the Young Change-Maker+ (YCM+) projects. Read the full story here.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) is introducing a brand new format for the 3rd edition of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, to be tested in 2019. The yearly eight-leg circuit – which stops in Paris (France), Alexandropoulos (Greece), Kazan (Russian Federation), Tokyo (Japan), Beijing (People’s Republic of China), Greensboro (USA), Quebec (Canada) and Barcelona (Spain) – will now be followed by a Super Final that will bring together the world's best teams. The Super Final will be hosted in Budapest (Hungary) from 14 to 16 June 2019, with the 12 highest ranked National Federations in each event (solo, duet, mixed duet and teams) invited to take part. More info on


The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (right in photo), has accepted a role as Global Ambassador of Baseball, following a meeting with World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari (left in photo). The meeting took place at the National Palace in Mexico’s capital. More info here.

national olympic committees

Argentine NOC

At the Argentine NOC’s annual awards ceremony, the NOC President, IOC Member Gerardo Werthein (right in photo), presented the 2018 Olympism in Action Trophy to Leandro Larrosa (left in photo), the Director General of the Organising Committee for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018. During the ceremony, tributes were also paid to Mayor of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Deputy Mayor Diego Santilli and Minister for Transport Guillermo Dietrich for their work, management and support in organising the YOG Buenos Aires 2018. More info on

Bahrain NOC

On 12 February, Bahrain celebrated its national Sports Day, with more than 200 sports and other activities being held across the nation’s four governorates. The most anticipated activities took place at Isa Sports City, near the National Stadium in Riffa. The event, which is held on the second Tuesday of February every year, aims to raise awareness about the importance of exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle. The Secretary General of the Bahrain NOC, Abdulrahman Askar, gave the start signal for the “colour run”. This third edition of the national Sports Day was organised in cooperation with various ministries, the government authorities, governorates and the private sector. More info on

Venezuelan NOC

The headquarters of the Venezuelan NOC were made available to the organisation Special Olympics and the Ministry of Education to promote the “Young Athletes” programme. This is a sports programme designed to develop the motor, communication, social and interaction skills that children need to be able to practise sport. The programme also helps parents understand impairments better and gives them the opportunity to take part in fun sports activities with their children. The information and training day was attended by coaches, P.E. teachers, special education and nursery school teachers, educational psychologists and physiotherapists.

organising committees for the olympic games

Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has welcomed The Nippon Foundation as a Tokyo 2020 Official Contributor. This programme differs from the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme, as it is intended to recognise non-profit organisations that are contributing to the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games. More info here. In addition, with just a little over 500 days to go until Tokyo welcomes the world’s best athletes, preparation is well on pace at major new permanent venues. The Sea Forest Waterway, Kasai Canoe Slalom Course, Yumenoshima Park Archery Field and Olympic and Paralympic Village have all achieved more than 70 per cent completion. Read full news release here.

Organising Committees for the Youth Olympic Games

Lausanne 2020

The IOC has announced the medal design competition for the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. The competition opened on 14 February and runs until 8 April 2019. The winning designer will win a trip to Lausanne to enjoy the Opening Ceremony and witness the awarding of their medals at the sports competitions, as well as a full set of medals featuring their design for them to cherish. To enter the competition, go to More details here.

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