IOC President Thomas Bach has awarded the Olympic Order to Guy Canivet for his outstanding service to the Olympic Movement.
Judge Canivet, formerly a member of the Constitutional Court in France, was appointed to the IOC Ethics Commission in 2007 and was its Vice-Chair from 2015 to 2016. In July 2016, he was appointed as the chair of the IOC Commission tasked with investigating the allegations of a government-sponsored system of doping in Russia.
During the presentation of the Olympic Order, President Bach praised the contribution of Judge Canivet to the Olympic Movement and thanked him for his many years of service: “You are renowned as a man of great integrity, with an impressive dedication to your work. The IOC will always be grateful for your wise counsel and sound advice that have guided so many of our important decisions to strengthen the credibility of the Olympic Movement.”
The IOC will always be grateful for your wise counsel and sound advice that have guided so many of our important decisions to strengthen the credibility of the Olympic Movement.Thomas Bach IOC President
In accepting the Olympic Order, Judge Canivet thanked the Olympic Movement for the confidence placed in him over the course of the last ten years. “I tried to bring to the Ethics Commission that which I had learnt in my professional capacity as a judge over 40 years,” he said. "I am very touched by this great honour that you are bestowing on me today which is testament to our spirit of friendship and solidarity. I will always feel a close affinity with the IOC. You can count on my dedication and commitment. Let me assure you that I will wear this distinction with great pride, knowing that I have been a part of the IOC Ethics Commission.”
In December 2016, Judge Canivet stood down from his position as Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission for personal reasons.
The ceremony was held in the presence of IOC Members Sovereign Prince Albert II, Guy Drut and Tony Estanguet, IOC Honorary Member Lassana Palenfo, French NOC President Denis Masseglia and several Presidents of International Federations.
In Paris, the IOC President attended the final of the 25th Men’s Handball World Championship between France and Norway. On this occasion, a meeting was held with the President of the International Handball Federation (IHF), Hassan Moustafa. President Bach also had the opportunity to hold talks with the President of France, François Hollande.