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Olympic Highlights

IOC / Greg Martin
26 Sep 2017
IOC News, Olympic News



The IOC President Thomas Bach was in Lima (Peru) for the historic Session that saw the double allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles, preceded by an IOC Executive Board (EB) meeting. After the Session, the President travelled to the two host cities, Los Angeles and Paris, stopping over in New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In his speech during the opening ceremony of the IOC Session in the capital’s Gran Teatro Nacional, President Bach addressed the challenges the world community and the Olympic Movement are facing at this time and highlighted the actions being taken by the IOC in this regard. Read the full news here.

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The highlight of the IOC Session in Lima was the IOC’s historic decision to simultaneously award the Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said: “I would like to tell the cities that are planning on bidding sometime in the future that a candidature is very difficult but that it is worth bidding. After all these years and months working all together, we have learned a lot. I wasn’t aware of the Olympic world from the inside. I was aware of it from the outside because I enjoy sport and I like the Olympic Games. But now I have seen here in this universe, or Olympic family, people who think about sport and realise how much good sport can bring to our communities in today’s world.” The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, said: “We were told all these myths about what this process what supposed to be. I was told this was going to be a very inflexible IOC and what we experienced was a tremendous flexibility, as shown today. We were told if we read what’s going on that this process is tainted. It was clean and clear. We were told that it would be very demanding and that you’d have to be super ambitious. Instead it was cooperative and collaborative.”
Both cities have embraced the Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in the way they are planning to use a record-breaking number of existing and temporary facilities.

Among the other points on the agenda, were the reports from the existing Organising Committees of the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Tokyo and Beijing, who reported that their preparations were on track to deliver outstanding Olympic Games (full details here) as well as a report on the future of the Youth Olympic Games (full details here). The Session was updated on the anti-doping campaign by reports from the IOC Inquiry and Disciplinary Commissions – the Oswald and Schmid Commissions - as well as from the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Craig Reedie (full details here).

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Addressing the Session, the President of the Republic of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stressed the importance of fair play and reminded the audience of the role sport can play in addressing some environmental issues. Finally, when asked about the message he wanted to convey to the athletes who will compete in PyeongChang in February next year, President Kuczynski said: “Enjoy it. It is going to be fantastic. The world will be watching you. Don’t worry about the politics.”

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Following a proposal by its EB in July, the Session elected former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to head its Ethics Commission. Four members were also re-elected or elected to the Commission by the IOC Session for a four-year term: Samuel Schmid, re-elected for a final term (lawyer and former President of the Swiss Confederation); Hanqin Xue, People’s Republic of China, elected for a four-year term (judge at the International Court of Justice); and IOC Members Robin Mitchell and Angela Ruggiero. Read the full news here.

As Olympic Agenda 2020 reaches the halfway point in its implementation, a full-scale presentation highlighted the major achievements. These included: the Olympic Channel; wide-ranging reforms of the Olympic programme; the big increase in gender equality in regard to participation and to leadership positions in the IOC; the Independent Testing Authority; embracing sustainability in all IOC activities; and ensuring the IOC and the Olympic Movement are guided by principles of good governance and integrity. Read the full news here.

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Another important decision made by the Session was the launch of the Olympic Refugee Foundation, aimed at pursuing the work undertaken throughout the Olympic Movement over recent years to support refugees around the world. The creation of the Foundation is a further major initiative that has emerged from the strong and longstanding partnership between the IOC and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), represented in Lima by Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner. Working in close collaboration with UNHCR and the relevant partners and local authorities on the ground, the Foundation will develop sporting activities and social development projects that can be implemented in a sustainable way within these safe environments. Read the full news here.

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The Session also elected eight new IOC Members. Four members, three of them women, were elected in the category of Individual Members: Baklai Temengil; Kristin Kloster Aasen; Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul and Luis Mejia Oviedo. Two were elected as representatives of an NOC or continental association of NOCs: Neven Ivan Ilic Alvarez and Khalid Muhammad Al Zubair. Two were elected as Members representing an IF: Jean-Christophe Rolland and Ingmar de Vos.

Anita L. DeFrantz was elected as an IOC Vice-President. Robin E. Mitchell, Nicole Hoevertsz and Denis Oswald were chosen by the Session to join the IOC EB and they will serve a four-year term.

Sixteen Members were subject to re-election after eight years of membership, and were re-elected en bloc (full details here). In addition to being re-elected, John Coates’ status was changed from member representing an NOC to Individual Member. Furthermore, in the light of the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and Tsunekazu Takeda’s important role in their preparations, the IOC Session agreed to extend the age limit for Mr Takeda, the President of the NOC of Japan, until the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Long-standing IOC Members Gerhard Heiberg and Kun-Hee Lee were elected as IOC Honorary Members after both resigned from their positions as Members. As the former Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, Youssoupha Ndiaye was granted the status of IOC Honour Member.

Milan (Italy) has been elected by the IOC as the host city of the IOC Session 2019 (full news here).

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Ahead of the IOC Session, President Bach chaired the meetings of the IOC Executive Board (EB). A number of decisions were taken, including the creation of a USD 1 million emergency fund to help the Caribbean NOCs, and to support the immediate recovery efforts in countries affected by the hurricane that hit many communities across the Caribbean (full news here). The EB also agreed to amalgamate the oaths taken by athletes, officials and coaches into one oath, with athletes taking the lead, and approved the methodology and data to be collected on the Olympic programme during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (full news here). The EB also heard reports on the progress being made on preparations for the next editions of the Olympic Games (full news here).

Furthermore, the EB issued a declaration reaffirming the IOC’s commitment to protect the integrity of sport. “Like any other organisation, the IOC will not be immune to any infringements, but we have significantly strengthened the prevention and the sanctioning system.” The EB also reaffirmed that “infringements from the past will also be addressed.” Read the full news here.

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While in Lima, the IOC President visited the High-Performance Centre located in Videna de San Luis where he met some Peruvian athletes preparing for the 2nd South American Youth Games in Santiago de Chile. He also visited the Peruvian NOC headquarters. President Bach was accompanied by IOC Member Ivan Dibós and the NOC President Pedro del Rosario.

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Just days after the historic double allocation of the Olympic Games, to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles four years later, the IOC President joined the city’s Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Chairman of LA2028, in the “city of angels”. Throughout his visit, President Bach was joined by IOC Members in the United States Anita DeFrantz, recently elected as an IOC Vice-President, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. At the historic LA Coliseum, which will again host athletics at the Olympic Games 2028, President Bach met Olympic gold medallist Rafer Johnson, who lit the Olympic cauldron back in 1984. During a visit to City Hall to meet members of the Council, the President joined Mayor Garcetti at a press conference. IOC Members Alex Gilady and Anant Singh were also in Los Angeles. Read the full news here.

From Los Angeles, the IOC President went to New York where he attended the opening of the general debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, placed under the theme " Focus on People- Striving for Peace and a decent life for All on a sustainable planet". The President was accompanied by IOC Member Mario Pescante, who is also the IOC’s Permanent Observer to the UN.

IOC President had bilateral meetings with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron and with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. Discussions were mainly centred on the preparations of the next editions of the Olympic Games held in their respective countries and on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Meetings and talks were held with more than a dozen heads of state and government from different countries to discuss the role of sport in society, other issues of mutual interest, and where appropriate the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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President Bach met Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the 72nd Session of the UN Assembly. They discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Olympic Truce Resolution, for which Mr Lajčák offered his full support. They also discussed the cooperation between the United Nations and the IOC on various topics with regard to peace-building and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting in particular refugee programmes and the newly created Olympic Refuge Foundation with the UNHCR, together with gender equality with UN Women and the environment with UNEP. President Bach invited Mr Lajčák to attend the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang next year. Read the full news here.

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During a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, President Bach thanked the Emir, who is an IOC Member, for the NOC of Qatar being a founding partner of the Olympic Refuge Foundation, launched in Lima. The two leaders spoke about projects which the Foundation will realize in cooperation with the UNHCR. During the discussions, the two leaders also discussed issues of mutual interest. President Bach expressed the hope that the tensions in the region will not affect participation in sports competitions. Read the full news here.

President Bach attended the Global Goals Awards. These awards are part of ongoing efforts to rally support for the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During his stay in New York, President Bach met IOC Honour Member and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, with whom he discussed tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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From New York, French President Emmanuel Macron invited the IOC President to fly with him to Marseille. Just a few days after Paris was chosen as the host city for the Games of the Olympiad in 2024, they visited Marseille together. The city will host the sailing events and a number of football matches in 2024. The two leaders were joined by a delegation from Paris 2024 which included co-Presidents Tony Estanguet, who is also an IOC member, and Bernard Lapasset; Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo; French NOC President Denis Masseglia; Sports Minister Laura Flessel; and the State Secretary for people with disabilities, Sophie Cluzel. Welcomed by the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, Presidents Bach and Macron visited the future Olympic marina and met a number of elite athletes, including members of the French sailing team, as well as some local schoolchildren. Speaking on this occasion, President Macron emphasised that “these 2024 Games will be Games for the whole of France and all French people. They will be Games with an ambition in line with the Olympic values, those of sustainable development, inclusiveness and the transformation of sport in France.”


In response to the contemporary needs of athletes, the Athletes’ Commission, chaired by Angela Ruggiero, presented, during the IOC Session in Lima, a focused, action-orientated, and engaging strategy. The Strategy includes initiatives to empower athlete participation in the Olympic Movement decision-making process and support athlete development in their sporting and non-sporting careers. It results from a 10-month consultation process with athletes and stakeholders. The Commissions’ Chair also outlined outline a future Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities, which would mark a key implementation of the new “All In” Strategy.  Read the full news here.

On 8 September in Lausanne, the Medical and Scientific Commission hosted the third Sports Medicine graduation ceremony and the first Sports Physical Therapies graduation ceremony. The Commission Chair and IOC Vice-President, Uğur Erdener, welcomed 25 of the 55 Sports Medicine Diploma recipients (from 27 different countries) and 16 of the 28 Sports Physical Therapies Diploma recipients (from eight countries). Recognising the importance of the support team in promoting both health and performance, the Commission decided to launch the Sports Medicine programme in 2013 and the Sports Physical Therapies programme in 2015.

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The IOC and The Dow Chemical Company, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, today announced that Dow has become the Official Carbon Partner of the IOC. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, which has sustainability as one of its three key pillars, the new partnership will deliver an innovative global carbon mitigation programme to compensate carbon emissions from the IOC's daily operations, as well as other projects to be identified within the Olympic Movement. Read the full news here.

International Sports Federations


The World Rowing Federation (FISA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are working together to promote clean sport by delivering the latest instalment of WADA’s Legacy Outreach programme at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton (USA) from 24 September to 1 October 2017. At this year’s World Rowing Championships, the Outreach Programme will be showcased in a bid to raise awareness and promote clean sport to a new generation of athletes. Using the hashtag #iRowClean, FISA, in partnership with WADA, will have an interactive information booth at the venue where athletes, coaches and other team officials can visit. Read the full news here.


David Lappartient (photo) has been elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) during the UCI Congress in Bergen (Norway). He will succeed Brian Cookson. The Congress also voted in favour of granting Anguilla, Curaçao, Saint Martin and Guinea-Bissau official membership of the UCI, taking its total membership to 190 National Federations. Full news here. During its meeting in Bergen, the UCI Management Committee has agreed major modernisations of its rules governing road racing, mountain bike, BMX racing and indoor cycling. Read the full news here. The UCI has also announced that five cities and regions have been awarded UCI Bike City status, thanks to their commitment to grow and promote everyday cycling, as well as hosting UCI major cycling events. The successful cities and regions are: Fyn, Denmark; Gelderland, the Netherlands; Heusden-Zolder, Belgium; Woensdrecht, the Netherlands and Yorkshire, Great Britain. More details here.


World Fencing Day 2017 took place on 9 September on the theme of Solidarity. Celebrated all over the world, it was a day when Olympians came together with people who were holding a sword for the first time. Fencing clubs took to the streets to demonstrate duelling for children, and aspiring young fencers shared hopes and dreams with masters of the piste. Photos, videos and reports on 2017 World Fencing Day are available on the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Facebook page. More info on


United World Wrestling (UWW) has announced the addition of seven new members to its Athletes’ Commission. The wrestlers, representing all the Olympic styles, were voted onto the commission by their fellow athletes at the 2017 Senior World Wrestling Championships last month in Paris. The commission’s first act was to select four-time world champion and 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs to chair the commission (see photo). Burroughs, a voting member of the UWW Bureau, replaces 2008 Olympic champion Carol Huynh, who served in the role since it was first established in 2013. Read the complete press release here.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has revealed the 2018 calendar of the FINA Diving World Series. The first event will take place in Beijing (China) from 9 to 11 March, with subsequent stages held in Fuji (Japan) from 15 to 17 March, Montreal (Canada) from 27 to 29 April and Kazan (Russia) from 4 to 6 May. More info at

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has launched UIPM Training Tips, a new series of educational videos aimed at helping athletes and coaches with their daily training routines. The first episode focused on Laser-Run, UIPM’s newest sport, and was aired during the UIPM 2017 Senior World Championships in Cairo (Egypt) in August. More info at


The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Academy held a course from 28 to 30 August at the headquarters of the Panamanian NOC in Panama City, under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. Twenty-eight pistol, rifle and shotgun coaches from Panama, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico benefited from the course. More info here.

The Archery World Cup season came to a close in the Stadio dei Marmi in Rome, next to the offices of the Italian NOC, at the start of September. The circuit yielded new highs in broadcast pick-up and social engagement, building on archery’s highly-successful Olympic Games Rio 2016. More info on the website of World Archery (


The Executive Board of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) met from 14 to 17 September in Rotterdam (Netherlands), ahead of the ITU World Championships Grand Final. One of the main topics of discussion was the Strategic Plan 2018–2021, which is intended to guide the principles of the organisation over the next four years, and which was due to be submitted to the ITU Congress. The Board also discussed possible changes to the competition structure and the qualification system for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Read the complete press release here.

Winter IFs

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Curling Canada have extended their partnership to 2020. The two governing bodies will continue to work together to stage a world championship in Canada in 2019 (men’s) and 2020 (women’s). The new agreement extends a working arrangement in place since 2005 that sees Canada host either the men’s or women’s World Championship on an annual basis. More info here.

The International Skating Union (ISU) has launched a new, redesigned website at The new site is part of the federation’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to fans, ISU members, media and other stakeholders worldwide. More info here.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has joined forces with Protect Our Winters (POW) on the FIS campaign Bring Children to the Snow. Founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, POW brings together athletes, individuals, resorts and winter sports companies who want to act on climate change. The aim of the organisation is to create the political will for meaningful action. The involvement of the FIS will encourage the next generation to look after their snow playgrounds. The partnership will start a number of actions that will make it easier for World Snow Day and SnowKidz organisers to include environmental elements in their event programmes. Bring Children to the Snow will also look at aligning POW-run events with FIS events, as well as providing tips and tricks to help the public look after their natural surroundings. Read the complete press release here.

National Olympic Committees

Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee

The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee opened the 40th session of its Olympic Academy, which took place from 1 to 3 September at the Chientan Youth Activity Centre. The session, on the theme of “Governance in sport and the Olympic Movement”, explored cooperation models and relations between NOCs and government. The 80 or so participants were able to exchange their views on a variety of topics during group discussions, including the ancient and modern Olympic Games, Olympic values, sports education and good governance in sport. The NOC is currently also conducting a research project entitled “Cooperation models and relationships between NOCs and government”. In collaboration with Chia-hoi Lin, Associate Professor at the College of Law of National Chengchi University, the aim of the project is to investigate cooperation models and relationships between NOCs and governments. The NOC organised a forum on this topic on 2 September. More info at

Cyprus Olympic Committee

The Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) celebrated Olympic Day 2017 with an event staged at Olympic House, the COC headquarters in the island’s capital, Nicosia, on 16 September. More than a hundred participants aged from 10 to 70 took part in the Olympic runs, and 19 sporting federations showcased their sports for the hundreds of visitors. The Olympic Day 2017 event was co-organised by the COC and Strovolos Municipality. The “Periklis Demetriou” runners’ club was in charge of organising the Olympic runs. COC President Dinos Michaelides welcomed the participants, and six athletes from the Cyprus Olympic Team were also present: Milan Trajkovic, Apostolos Parellis, Eleni Artymata, Andreas Cariolou, Andri Elefheriou and Andreas Chasikos. More info on

NOC of Guatemala

The NOC of Guatemala and Special Olympics Guatemala have signed a memorandum of understanding for the organisation of the Special Olympics 2018 football tournament for Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament will be part of the sports activities organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics next year. Around 192 athletes and their support personnel from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as the United States and Jamaica, will take part. Read more here.

The Swaziland NOC, the Paralympic Committee of Swaziland and the Swaziland National Sport and Recreational Council are organising a Disability Awareness Week from 18 to 25 September. A variety of activities will take place during this week, and awareness will be created through social media and other channels. More info on

Venezuelan NOC

A delegation from the Venezuelan NOC visited Spain at the beginning of September. The NOC President, Eduardo Álvarez, met his Spanish counterpart, Alejandro Blanco, in Madrid. The two leaders discussed common projects in high-level sport, and the Olympic values. While in Madrid he met Olympic Channel marketing director John Palfrey, to discuss the NOC’s communication strategy, and Olympic Channel assistance for the Olympic cycle 2017–2020. During a visit to the Catholic University San Antonio de Murcia, he talked with the University Chancellor José Luis Mendoza about the ten scholarships for high-level athletes awarded to Venezuelan athletes, in accordance with an agreement between the NOC and the University, as well as other educational projects for athletes, coaches and administrators.

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PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018

The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 medals have been unveiled, at a ceremony held in Seoul. They are inspired by Korean culture and traditions, and their design resembles the texture of tree trunks, as the tree symbolises the work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the Games themselves. Superbly crafted works of art in their own right, they were created by the celebrated designer Lee Suk-woo, who incorporated Hangeul – the Korean alphabet and the foundation of Korean culture – into their design through a series of three-dimensional consonants. Read the full news here.
The competition schedule for PyeongChang 2018 has now been confirmed. The competition programme includes six exciting new events: snowboard big air (men’s and women’s), speed skating mass start (men’s and women’s), curling mixed doubles and the Alpine team event. This means that the total number of gold medal events will be 102 – the most ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date. Read the full news here.

Recognised Organisations

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On 8 September, Andrew Parsons (photo) was elected President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at its 18th General Assembly in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Parsons, who comes from Rio de Janeiro, was elected vice-president of the IPC in 2013, and has been President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee since 2009. He replaces outgoing President Philip Craven. Duane Kale, four-time Paralympic champion for New Zealand, was elected vice-president. Read more here.

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