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09 Nov 2015
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President Bach is welcomed to the FEI headquarters by Sarango, in the presence of Alex Hua Tian and Kristina Bröring-Sprehe. © Liz Gregg/FEI

During a visit to the headquarters of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the IOC President held talks with FEI President Ingemar De Vos, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Zeender and other FEI officials. They discussed preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, the implementation of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its relevance for the FEI. President Bach drew particular attention to various processes set up by the FEI in compliance with the Agenda. «We are confident that we tick many of the Agenda 2020 boxes, and we’re working hard to add the tick to the missing ones”, the FEI President said. The FEI Secretary General also presented details on how the FEI operates, focusing on good governance and best practice. During his visit, the IOC President also met three Olympians: China’s youngest Olympic eventer, Alex Hua Tian, German rider Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, team dressage silver medallist at the London Games in 2012, and Brazilian jumper Pedro Veniss. Read the FEI’s full press release here.

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The newly elected President of the Indonesian NOC, Erick Thohir, also a member of the Central Board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), visited President Bach, accompanied by FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann. As well as the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, they talked about the forthcoming Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and the development of the sport in Indonesia.

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The IOC President talked to the Director General of the Loterie Romande and the President of the World Lottery Association, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, about protecting the integrity of sport through measures such as education and awareness programmes, as proposed in Olympic Agenda 2020. The President was accompanied by the IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli.

A meeting was also held with IOC Honorary Member and President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 Carlos Arthur Nuzman, with whom the President discussed the recent developments in the preparations for these Games.

At the 25th anniversary gala dinner of the Swiss Sports Law Association (ASDS) on 5 November at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the IOC President stressed the importance of the autonomy of sport. “Sport is the only area in the world with a universal law” he said, before adding: “This is the basis of international sport. To apply this universal law sport needs autonomy, and the civil and arbitration courts to respect the universal law of sport. Any interference is affecting the basis of worldwide sport”.



Ching-Kuo Wu (right on photo), IOC Executive Board Member and International Boxing Association (AIBA) President, became an Honorary Member of the International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS) at a ceremony held on 1 November during the 33rd FICTS Festival in Milan (Italy). Ching-Kuo Wu was presented with a FICTS Golden Card by Franco Ascani, FICTS President (left on photo).

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Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling (UWW), has been appointed as an IOC representative on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).



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The IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH the Princess Royal, met in London on 5 November.


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In order to help Beijing get off to the strongest possible start on its seven-year journey to the Olympic Winter Games 2022, the IOC held a two-day orientation seminar in the Chinese capital on 3 and 4 November (photo above) for over 350 people involved in organising the Games. Led by Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi, the IOC delegation walked the organisers through the Olympic Games lifecycle, with particular emphasis on the main benefits that Beijing can draw from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games; Games management, experience and core elements; the Paralympic Games; and the formation of the Organising Committee. The Beijing delegation included Liu Peng, Minister for the General Administration of Sport in China and President of the Chinese NOC, Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing and Chairman of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee, and Zhang Qingwei, Governor of Hebei Province. This orientation seminar was the first held since the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020 in December 2014 and was largely inspired by the 40 Olympic Agenda recommendations, including sustainability and legacy as top priorities for the Games project. Read the full press release here.

In order to mark 100 days to go until the start of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the IOC announced the launch of its latest social media campaign on 4 November. The campaign asks athletes to share their love of sport and get active with the #iLoveYOG hashtag as they gear up for the start of the second edition of the YOG in Lillehammer (Norway) in February. The campaign was kicked off by one of the biggest and most inspirational names in winter sport, South Korean Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim. Also known as “Queen Yuna”, the skating legend and YOG Ambassador got behind the campaign by opening her official Instagram account using the hashtag, which has already gained over 80,000 followers. Read the full press release here.




During his first official visit to Russia as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Sebastian Coe visited the IAAF Regional Development Centre in Moscow and met the country’s national team coaches at the Russian NOC’s headquarters. He also attended the Annual Congress of the All Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and presented awards at the first ever ARAF Gala. A meeting was also held with the Russian Minister of Sport, Vitaliy Mutko, and NOC President and IOC Member Alexander Zhukov. Info at

For the fourth year in a row, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have joined forces to produce the International Basketball Migration Report (IBMR), an annual report on the migratory trends of basketball. This fourth edition of the report, which covers the 2014/15 season (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015), combines FIBA’s data on international transfers and the CIES Observatory’s expertise. Info at and Meanwhile, FIBA and the Qatar Basketball Federation have extended their contract to organise the FIBA 3x3 All Stars for the next five years, i.e. until 2020.


The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has named Moroccan Mohammed Rabii (photo) as its Boxer of the Month for October. The 22-year old became Africa’s first ever boxing world champion (welterweight category) at the World Boxing Championships in Doha (Qatar) at the start of October. He had already qualified for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 at the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in March. Info at


One of the main pillars of the anti-doping strategy of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) is prevention through education. As part of this, FIFA recently launched an initiative to explain to all players why they should stay clean. The “11 rules to prevent doping in football” poster aims to raise awareness among young athletes, doctors, coaches and parents about the dangers and consequences of doping. It is a list of 11 simple messages selected by experts in anti-doping management in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Info at


United World Wrestling (UWW) recently organised a level 1 coaching course in Guinea-Bissau for the first time. Some 25 participants, both men and women (photo above), were able to increase their knowledge of the fundamentals of wrestling and their ability to run a training session, before sharing what they had learned in their respective clubs. The UWW instructor who led the course commented on the participants’ passion to learn and develop their skills in order to improve the level of wrestling in Guinea-Bissau. Info at


With the full support of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the Kyrgyz Swimming Federation and the City of Cholpon-Ata, on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, organised a FINA Clinic for Swimming Coaches from 16 to 20 September. A total of 26 coaches from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (photo above) took part in order to learn about the benefits of high-altitude training. Located 1600m above sea level, Lake Issyk-Kul provides a unique opportunity for coaches to develop their knowledge of training methods in mountain environments, which naturally boost athletes’ performances. Meanwhile, FINA recently launched a new website, which can be viewed at

New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter was named World Rugby Player of the Year 2015 at a ceremony held in London (Great Britain) the day after the All Blacks’ victory in the Rugby World Cup final. Carter joined his captain Richie McCaw as a three-time winner of the award (after 2005 and 2012). The New Zealand team, the first to win two consecutive World Cups, was named Team of the Year. Australian Michael Cheika received the Coach of the Year accolade, while New Zealand’s Kendra Cocksedge was named Women’s Player of the Year. Discover all the other award-winners here. Info at

The 2015 Archery World Cup Final was held on 24 and 25 October in Zócalo, in the centre of Mexico City (Mexico), in front of a capacity crowd of 4,500. It was the largest number of spectators to watch a final since the Olympic Games London 2012, pointed out World Archery President and IOC Executive Board Member Ugur Erdener. The competition also marked a decade of the international circuit, as it returned to the country that hosted the first edition in the Mayapan Pyramids near Merida. World Archery will return to Mexico City again in 2017 for the World Championships. Info at


The World Curling Federation (WCF) will hold the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2015 in Almaty (Kazakhstan), the first time a WCF championship will have been staged in that country. Five women’s teams and eight men’s teams will be competing from 8 to 14 November. The women’s teams finishing first and second will qualify for the World Championship taking place in Swift Current (Canada) from 19 to 27 March 2016. The top two in the men’s competition will qualify for the 2016 World Championship being held in Basel (Switzerland) from 2 to 10 April. Info at


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has revealed its new official website and domain name,, following months of collaboration between the WBSC baseball and softball divisions.


A six-month water polo course will begin in Bahrain at the end of November. The Bahrain NOC, in cooperation with the Bahrain Swimming Association, is organising the course as part of the Olympic Solidarity programmes. The aim of the course, which will run until April 2016, is to develop the national sports infrastructure.

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The President of the Colombian NOC, Baltazar Medina, launched the second edition of the GOLD sport administration course at a ceremony held at the National Sports School headquarters in Cali on 30 October. Around 35 people will attend the course, which will comprise seven sessions from 27 November 2015 to 25 June 2016. The NOC President was joined by José Fernando Arroyo, Rector of the National Sports School, Wilson Cañizales, the School’s Technical Director, Guillermo González López, GOLD Course Leader, Norma Constanza Castellanos, the NOC’s Academic Director, and Olympian Mauricio Rivas (photo above). The course aims to familiarise the participants with the management of sports organisations through training based on the advanced sports management course (MOSO - Managing Olympic Sport Organisations), one of the Olympic Solidarity programmes. Info at

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The Guatemalan NOC recently organised a sport administration course under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity for professionals in charge of managing sports institutions. A total of 20 participants (photo above) attended the course, which was split into six modules: the history and structure of the Olympic Movement; the Olympic Games and Olympic values; the administration and management of sports organisations; resource management; activity management; the development of elite athletes; and the development of athletes and competition. The participants came from the NOC, the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala, the National Council of Sport, Physical Education and Leisure, the National Referees’ School, and the national federations and associations of badminton, triathlon, racquetball, squash, rowing and canoeing, golf, judo, baseball and modern pentathlon.

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For the first time, as part of the Lithuanian NOC’s “Olympic Generation” Olympic Education project, a five-day training course was organised for both teachers and pupils. The Olympic Generation Ambassadors’ Programme took place during the school holidays from 27 to 31 October, bringing together 14 pupils and 10 teachers (photo above). The aim of the course was to prepare the teachers and young people to become Olympic ambassadors who can disseminate Olympic values in their schools and encourage their schoolmates to become more physically active and more involved in school life by participating in both formal and informal activities. The participants heard presentations about the Olympic Movement, Olympic ideals and principles, teamwork, project management and leadership, and took part in various workshops. Each participant will keep in touch and continue sharing ideas not only in their schools but also with their local communities through social media. A special Facebook group was created for this purpose. It is expected that the young ambassadors will take part in future NOC events and volunteer at Olympic Day celebrations, the Winter Sports Festival and the Olympic Education Forum. Info at

(l. to r.) Wu, Chung-Jen Lu, Huei-Ning Sun, Chieh Lee, Chih-Yu Lin, Hong-Dow Lin and Patrick Glennon. © CTOC

As part of the athlete career planning programme launched by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) in coordination with the IOC, the Caesar Park Taipei Hotel announced on 3 November that 100 jobs will be offered to retired athletes. The hotel is part of a chain owned by the CTOC President, Hong-Dow Lin. The same day, 16 former Olympic and Asian Games athletes were interviewed for jobs at the hotel. Four of them were offered employment opportunities. 2013 Asian Games wushu silver medallist and qualified baker Chih-Yu Lin was offered the post of bakery chef. Huei-Ning Sun, 2015 taekwondo world champion, and Chieh Lee, former member of the national sailing team, will begin new careers as public relations officer and housekeeping management trainee respectively. In addition to these full-time positions, a receptionist internship was offered to Tzu-Yun Wen, karate gold medallist at the 2014 Asian Games, who is currently in her final year at university. The new recruits were presented with certificates by NOC Director Chung-Jen Lu, Patrick Glennon, Senior Vice-President of the Adecco group, and Hotel Vice-President Wu. Info at

The Czech NOC will use the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 to promote sport and an active lifestyle. As with the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, an Olympic Park will offer visitors a chance to try out different sports next summer while supporting the Czech athletes competing in Rio. The Park will be set up on the banks of the Lipno reservoir in South Bohemia, a centre for water sports in particular. In February 2014, hundreds of schools visited the Olympic Park in Prague during the Sochi Games. Since the Rio Games are taking place in the school holidays, the NOC is planning a competition for children, the winners of which will be able to visit sports camps with their parents. Visitors will also be able to meet athletes past and present and welcome Czech athletes back home on their return from Rio. Info at



On 3 November, the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announced that the number of its Weibo friends had increased to 30,000 only two weeks after its official account was launched. Furthermore, the PyeongChang 2018 account on Youku, a Chinese online video hosting service, recorded over 150,000 clicks over the same period. POCOG attributes this success to the Chinese public’s growing interest in the 2018 Games after Beijing’s election as host city of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Another reason for the high level of interest could be the choice of Korean pop stars Hanryu (Korean Wave), who are very popular in China, as Honorary Ambassadors. POCOG currently operates six social network accounts, including Weibo, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Info at


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will award the Paralympic Order, the highest distinction of the Paralympic Movement, to three individuals at the 2015 Paralympic Awards in Mexico City (Mexico) on 14 November. The recipients are Sylvana Mestre, former Chairperson of the IPC Alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee, Georgios Fountoulakis, President of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, and Axel Bolsinger, ophthalmologist adviser for the German Paralympic Committee. All three have made a major contribution to the Paralympic Movement and have illustrated the Paralympic ideals through their actions or outstanding services to the Paralympic cause. Info at

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched its new digital-only interactive magazine, Play True. The new publication, which replaces the former print and online version, is now available through the WADA website and digital devices. Each edition of the magazine will include sections on WADA’s main activities, from anti-doping development to athlete outreach, education to compliance, and science to testing. A new addition to the magazine, Play True Champion, will highlight an individual who has put their stamp on the clean sport movement. The new digital version of Play True will be published twice a year, with the next edition expected in the first half of 2016. Info at

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