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20 May 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 18 May at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the Information Briefing for IOC Members. The three Candidate Cities for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 - Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea) – made presentations on their bids and answered questions from IOC members.

The following day, 19 May, the Candidate Cities had stands in the Lausanne Palace hotel, giving them the opportunity to answer follow-up questions about their projects from the members in the morning, followed by the media in the afternoon. President Rogge said: “This meeting gives the IOC members greater clarity concerning each city’s bid, which is crucial for them when making their evaluations and ultimately, the most informed decision possible in July.”

The report by the Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, was published last week, ahead of this Briefing. The election of the host city of the 2018 Games will take place on 6 July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban (South Africa). For more details, see (“Media” section). 

Today, 20 May, the IOC President is meeting Yury Fedotov (pictured left), the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the IOC headquarters in Vidy. The two organisations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whereby each party will seek to identify possible areas of work particularly related to drug abuse as well as corruption in sport and crime among young people, and, on this basis, contact each other to undertake the necessary consultations.


Several IOC commissions held meetings this week in Lausanne. On 16 May, the IOC President greeted the members of the Ethics Commission, which was meeting at the IOC headquarters under the chairmanship of Youssoupha Ndiaye.

Today, 20 May, the Olympic Programme and Marketing Commissions are holding meetings at the IOC headquarters, under the chairmanship of IOC members Franco Carraro and Gerhard Heiberg respectively.  


The International Softball Federation (ISF) has informed us that a new English Caribbean Softball Confederation was established during a meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, last weekend, in the presence of ISF President Don Porter, 1st Vice-President Dale McMann and Vice-President Romell Knowles, who is also Secretary General of the Bahamas National Olympic Committee. Confederation officer elections were held, and representatives from Aruba, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the meeting. Go to for more details.  

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has made appointments to two key
positions, with Patrick Koller becoming FIBA’s new Head of Communications and Florian Wanninger being named Director of the newly founded International Basketball Foundation (IBF). Wanninger, who has fronted FIBA’s Communications Department for the last two decades, will lead the IBF, whose mission includes safeguarding the sport’s heritage as well as funding and engaging in basketball- related social and humanitarian projects. Koller, a former captain of the Swiss men’s national basketball team, takes over from Florian Wanninger, to head a team of four in-house staff covering media operations, PR, editorial and web services. For further information, go to


The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has informed us that it has recently signed a partnership agreement with the Bhutan NOC. This agreement focuses on athlete and coach exchanges and training, as well as sharing experiences in the field of medical science. It also provides for long-term cooperation for developing and promoting sports activities and the Olympic Movement in Bhutan and Japan. The agreement was signed at the Bhutan NOC headquarters in Thimphu, and is the first partnership agreement with other NOCs for the Bhutan NOC and the 28th for the Japanese NOC. More JOC news on

On 16 May, the British Olympic Association announced the appointment of two independent non-executive directors, Andy Anson and Denise Jagger, to its board, following the conclusion of a governance review last year. Andy Anson was CEO of the England 2018 World Cup bid and has previously held leadership positions with the ATP professional tennis tour and Manchester United Limited. Denise Jagger is a commercial lawyer with a background in corporate finance. See (“News” section) for further details and biographies.  

Helen Brownlee (pictured left) has become the first woman to be awarded life membership of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). After devoting much of her life to the sport of canoeing as a competitor, judge and administrator, Ms Brownlee has become an outstanding advocate for the promotion of women in sport. For further information, go to the “News” section of  


On 18 May, the Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced the first locations on the London 2012 Torch Relay route. The Torch Relay will start from Land’s End on 19 May 2012 and will come within an hour of 95 per cent of the population of the UK. Cities and towns in every nation and region of the UK will hold evening celebrations as the flame spreads the excitement of the Games ahead of the Opening Ceremony. According to LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe: “The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.”

LOCOG also announced this week that one in eight London schoolchildren would receive tickets to the Olympic or Paralympic Games through the Ticketshare scheme. A further 50,000 tickets will be distributed to schools across the UK, as part of the London 2012 Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. See  (“News” section) for further details.

SOCHI 2014 

Celebrations were held across the whole of the Russian Federation this week, marking 1,000 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which will take place on 7 February 2014. The OMEGA countdown clock was unveiled in Sochi city centre, and events were held nationwide on the themes of the environment, healthy living, education and culture. The IOC Coordination Commission Chairman for these Games, Jean-Claude Killy, said: “The excitement and engagement that we witnessed across the country were exceptional”, adding: “I’m confident that the Olympians of 2014 will receive a fantastic welcome when they arrive in Sochi in just a few years’ time”. Go to for more details on the celebrations.  


This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released Guidelines for Coordinating Investigations and Sharing Anti-Doping Information and Evidence. These guidelines are aimed at helping anti-doping organisations enhance their cooperation and intelligence-sharing with law-enforcement agencies on a global scale. For more details, go to www.wada-ama-org

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