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22 Dec 2017
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Olympic Highlights


IOC ACTIVITIES

PRESIDENT

IOC President Thomas Bach met TOP Partner representatives and thanked them for their contribution to the success of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. Discussions focused on the next editions of the Olympic Games, the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations and other topical Olympic matters.

The IOC President received Jürg Stahl, the President of Swiss Olympic (NOC), head of the “sport” group in the Swiss Parliament and newly elected Chair of the Sion 2026 Candidature Committee. Topics addressed included the preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Switzerland’s role in the Olympic Movement and the Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026. Jürg Stahl was accompanied by Swiss Olympic Director Roger Schnegg and Matthias Remund, Director of the Federal Office of Sport.

President Bach met Patrick Baumann, IOC Member and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 with whom he discussed various Olympic-related topics.

With Danka Bartekova, IOC Member and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020, the President discussed the preparations for these YOG as well as of the Commission’s visit to the various venues that will be hosting events at the Lausanne YOG in just over two years’ time (see also “Commissions”).

HONORARY PRESIDENT

IOC

Jacques Rogge was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Olympic Refuge Foundation following a meeting of the Foundation’s Board in Lausanne (details here). The former United Nations Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport promoted the benefits that sport can have on young refugees all over the world throughout his time in office, and directly supported the implementation of sports programmes in Jordan, Ethiopia, Colombia and Rwanda.

MEMBERS

Reda Bennis

Nawal El Moutawakel was awarded the National Order of the Southern Cross (Commander Class) by the Brazilian Government at a ceremony held in Rabat (Morocco) on 21 December. This is the highest honour that can be awarded by Brazil to foreign nationals to express the gratitude of the Brazilian nation. El Moutawakel received the honour from the Brazilian Ambassador to Morocco, José Humberto de Brito Cruz, in recognition of her contribution to the success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission.

HONORARY MEMBERS

Indian Olympic Association

Randhir Singh (l.) was appointed Honorary Life President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) during the NOC’s Executive Council elections in New Delhi. He is also a former NOC Secretary General (see also under ‘NOC section’).

COMMISSIONS
Tokyo 2020 / Uta Mukuo

During its fifth visit to Tokyo (11-13 December), the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 heard updates from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee on their plans to make their Olympic Games the most innovative and engaging Games to date. “The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is committed to ensuring that the Olympic Games not only benefit the region for years to come, but are also an unforgettable experience for the Japanese people, by creating interactive initiatives both in the lead-up to and at the Games themselves,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates. “We left Tokyo confident yet again that preparations are well underway to host fantastic Olympic Games.” After visiting the Aomi and Ariake venues, which will host the new events basketball 3x3 and sport climbing, as well as BMX racing, BMX freestyle and skateboarding, respectively, Tokyo 2020, local stakeholders and members of the Coordination Commission met to explore further ideas for these venues. Full press release here.

The Coordination Commission for the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020 held two days of meetings with the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee (L2020) on preparations for the third edition of the Winter YOG, which will see a celebration of sport in eight host locations. With the high levels of support and collaboration from the host towns and cities spread across the region, the nation and neighbouring France, the organisers will ensure not only elite competitions, but also a youth sports festival in each location, based on the Olympic values. IOC Coordination Commission Chair Danka Bartekova said: “Lausanne 2020 has worked efficiently in the last six months to implement some ground-breaking decisions around the Youth Olympic Games. In doing so, it is paving the way for the future YOG editions that will have a big impact on young elite athletes.” Full press release here.

TOP PARTNERS
Gee-Hoon Kim

Worldwide Olympic Partner Bridgestone has joined the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 2018 (POCOG) in bringing the Olympic spirit to Shin Mang Won Orphanage through the PyeongChang 2018 Education Programme. On 3 December, Bridgestone and POCOG co-hosted a “PyeongChang Day” at the orphanage, where children could experience Olympic sports and learn about the Olympic values. The event featured sports demonstrations, Olympic trivia challenges and a special visit from Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Ko Gi-hyun. Earlier in 2017, Bridgestone pledged to serve as a PyeongChang 2018 Sustainability Supporter and help promote POCOG’s “New Horizons for Sustainability” vision to benefit people and nature through the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These partnerships with POCOG are aligned with the company’s “Our Way to Serve” commitment, which includes a focus on supporting people, the environment and mobility. Full press release here.

 
OTHER OLYMPIC NEWS

In striving to improve governance and integrity in sport, the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) – a multi-stakeholder platform composed of the IOC and other international sports organisations, governments and inter-governmental organisations – agreed to set up three new taskforces to address pressing issues. Each taskforce will develop checklists and pilot projects in their specific areas and report back to the IPACS Working Group during its next meeting, scheduled for June 2018 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. IPACS was launched at the IOC’s International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) in February 2017. It is a multi-stakeholder platform with the mission “to bring together international sports organisations, governments, inter-governmental organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen and support efforts to eliminate corruption and promote a culture of good governance in and around sport”. Full press release here.

The Olympic Channel has announced that it has reached cooperation agreements to create Channel content with the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), and with the following International Sports Federations: the International Fistball Association (IFA), the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), the Federation of International Polo (FIP), the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and the Tug of War International Federation (TWIF). This brings the number of partners that have announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel to 63. Full press release here.

The members of the Invitation Review Panel held its first meeting on 14 December. The Invitation Review Panel will determine a list of athletes, support staff and officials to be provided to the IOC for possible invitation to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The composition of the Invitation Review Panel is as follows: Valérie Fourneyron, ITA Chair, Chair of the Invitation Review Panel; Günter Younger, Head of WADA Intelligence and Investigations Department; Pedro Gonçalves, GAISF DFSU Project Manager, in charge of the Pre-Games Task Force secretariat; and Richard Budgett, IOC Medical and Scientific Director.
Additionally, the IOC has already established the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) Implementation Group (OARIG), which is responsible for final approvals of possible invitations to be extended to all athletes, support staff and officials based on the list and details provided by the Invitation Review Panel. The Group is composed as follows: Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC EB Member, Chair of the OAR Implementation Group; Danka Bartekova, IOC Athletes’ Commission Member; and Christophe De Kepper, IOC Director General. Full press release here.

Following a meeting between the IOC administration and representatives of the suspended Russian Olympic Committee on 15 December in Lausanne, the OARIG (Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group) has established a list of principles relating to the design of the OAR’s uniforms (ceremonies, competition, training and casual), accessories and equipment. Full press release here.

The IOC has published new decisions related to the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations. More hearings concerning other athletes will be held over the next few weeks. (Full press releases on olympic.org). Furthermore, several full decisions as part of the Oswald Commission findings have been published by the IOC on olympic.org.

On 13 December, the IOC confirmed that the reanalysis of all samples taken during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin has been completed, and this reanalysis did not result in any positive cases. There are no ongoing proceedings and this reanalysis process is now definitively closed.

On 20 December, the IOC announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010. The re-analysis of samples from the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 followed an intelligence-gathering and risk-assessment process that started in January 2017 in consultation with WADA and the IFs. The process is now completed, ahead of the statute of limitations for the samples collected, expiring in February 2018. Full press release here.

INTERPOL 2017

The complexities of international corruption and the corresponding need for a multi-sector and cross-border response were highlighted in meetings held by INTERPOL in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 13 and 14 December. With the need for an effective, coordinated response to counter the threat of competition manipulation and related corruption in the sports world, INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption unit and the IOC organised an integrity in sport national workshop, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ. The workshop was part of INTERPOL’s training programme to assist countries in addressing the criminal challenges posed by competition manipulation, corruption and other threats to the integrity of sport. INTERPOL-IOC Integrity in Sport national workshops are organised in countries worldwide to foster collaboration between law enforcement, the NOC and national sports federations, public authorities (including Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and sports bodies), the betting industry and other entities involved in preventing the infiltration of crime into sport, particularly in relation to competition manipulation. The national workshop gathered together some 40 participants from law enforcement, the UAE National Olympic Committee, national sports federations and public authorities. Full details here.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

SUMMER IFS
Ben Tufnell

The winners of the World Rowing Federation (FISA)’s 2017 World Rowing Awards were honoured at a gala dinner organised during a world coaches conference in London (Great Britain) on 8 December. The German men’s eight (see photo), the 2017 world champions, were named “World Rowing Male Crew of the Year”. Switzerland’s Jeannine Gmelin, the skiff world champion, won the award for “World Rowing Female Crew of the Year”. See the full list of winners here.

BWF/Edwin Leung

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, both of Indonesia, were jointly named Player of the Year for 2017 in the male category by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). They were presented with their awards by the Dubai Sports Council Secretary General, Saeed Hareb (right), and the BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund (left). China’s Chen Qingchen was named Player of the Year in the female category. The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on the eve of the BWF World Superseries Finals. See the full list of winners here.

At a meeting in Mies (Switzerland) on 9 December, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)’s Central Board awarded the 2023 FIBA World Cup to the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. This is the first time in its history that the competition will be hosted by more than one country. More info here. In addition, the Board of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) approved the appointment of Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani as President of the Foundation. He succeeds Yvan Mainini, who had been IBF President since 2014. Details here.

On 11 December, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) celebrated the one-year-to-go mark before the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which will be held in Hangzhou (People’s Republic of China) from 11 to 16 December 2018. The event will be preceded by the 5th FINA World Aquatics Convention. The best athletes of 2018 will be honoured at the FINA World Aquatics Gala. The local Organising Committee has launched the official website, which is available in Chinese and English. More info here.

A simplified rugby rule book will be published on 1 January 2018 after it was approved by the World Rugby Council in November. The rule book is designed to make the laws of the game easier to understand without altering the meaning of them or the way that the game is played. The book is the product of nearly two years’ work by a specially constituted group of experts, and follows a comprehensive consultation and feedback process with World Rugby’s 121 member unions and all six regional associations. More details here. In addition, the Federation recently welcomed the Costa Rica Rugby Federation as a full member, bringing the total number to 105 full members and 16 associate members across six regions. Details here.

Paul Zimmer

Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza (see photo) have been named 2017 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). This is the third time that Nadal, who won a 10th Roland Garros title this year, has received the honour, while it is the first time for his compatriot Muguruza, this year’s Wimbledon champion. See the full list of the 2017 winners in the other categories here. The awards will be presented on 5 June 2018 in Paris (France) at the ITF World Champions Dinner during the Roland Garros tournament.
The ITF has announced the creation of an ITF Women in Sport Committee to promote equal opportunities on and off the court. The Committee will be chaired by USTA President and ITF Board member Katrina Adams. The ITF has also released the composition of its committees and commissions for 2018-19. A total of 185 representatives from a record 65 nations have been invited to serve on a range of ITF committees, commissions and taskforces that assist the ITF and its Board of Directors across key areas of the sport at all levels. In line with the ITF2024 strategy, the 2018-19 appointments reflect the ITF’s drive for diversity, gender equality, inclusion and cooperation. More details here.

Richard McAfee

Having hosted the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Junior Circuit Finals earlier this year, Indore (India), in the state of Madhya Pradesh, played host to a coaches course from 6 to 11 December. Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme in conjunction with the Table Tennis Federation of India, the course was the first course to be held in the country with government support, and the fees for all the participants were covered. The participants must now complete the required 30 hours of practical coaching to join the more than 260 ITTF-certified coaches in India. More info here. In addition, Germany’s Timo Boll and China’s Ding Ning are the winners of the ITTF’s 2017 Star Awards in the categories of male and female player of the year. The awards were presented at a ceremony held on 14 December at Astana (Kazakhstan). See the list of all the winners here.

The Administrative Council of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has just approved rules changes that will go into effect on January 1st, 2018. A new Second Print 01/2018 version of the ISSF Official Statutes, Rules and Regulations will govern all ISSF Championships for 2018 though the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. More detailed info here.

ITUITU

The Executive Board of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) met recently in Edmonton (Canada), where they also attended the fourth edition of the Science and Triathlon Conference. One of the main topics on the agenda of the meeting was the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 – approved by the Executive Board and Congress in September – which was unveiled with all the actions to follow during the next four years. The Board gave the green light to the launch of the Mixed Relay Series, with two events in 2018 – in Nottingham (Great Britain) in June, and in Edmonton in July. The Board also expressed the ITU’s firm intention to join the independent anti-doping testing and sanctioning system proposed by the IOC – the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) – and its total support for clean athletes in the fight against doping. More info here.

At a meeting in Lausanne on 7 December, the Executive Committee of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) approved plans to push forward with a brand new digital transformation project for 2018. The project, which will be unveiled in the new year, will put fans at the heart of the volleyball experience when the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) makes its debut in May 2018. The members of the Committee also had the opportunity to learn about other potential technological developments for the sport relating to the standardisation of national and international team rankings and the optimisation of volleyball and beach volleyball calendars. In addition, discussions were held about possible changes to the Federation’s constitution and regulations, with FIVB President Ary S. Graça emphasising the importance of good governance and transparency in the running of the sport. More info here.

WINTER IFS

On 12 December, the World Curling Federation (WCF) announced that the city of Silkeborg (Denmark) will host the World Women’s Curling Championship from 16 to 24 March 2019. This news came two days after Denmark’s women’s and men’s teams qualified for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at a qualification event in Pilsen (Czech Republic). More details here.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

Albanian NOC

The annual session of the Albanian Olympic Academy was held on 8 December. This year, the Academy, which operates under the auspices of the Albanian NOC, celebrates 25 years of activities to promote and spread the Olympic ideals throughout the country. The session, which was officially opened by the Academy’s President, Agron Cuka, NOC President Viron Bezhani and NOC Secretary General Stavri Bello, brought together many guests who have contributed to the Academy’s development over the past 25 years. Special awards bearing the message “25 years” were presented to 10 individuals who have helped to develop the Academy and promote the Olympic ideals. Talks were given on the following topics: Olympism and academic Olympism; Olympic education at school as a compulsory part of the physical education curriculum; and Olympic education and the role of the Albanian NOC and Olympic Academy. More info on www.nocalbania.org.al.

Algerian NOC

The second National Algerian Athletes’ Forum, organised by the Algerian NOC, was held on 9 December in Zeralda. Officially opened by NOC President Mustafa Berraf (see photo above), the Forum was attended by former athletes such as Nourredine Morceli, Hassiba Boulmerka, Abderrahmane Hammad, Ali Seidi Sief, Soraya Haddad, Mohamed Allalou, Larbi Bourada and Mohamed Flissi, as well as other sporting figures such as IOC Honorary Member Mustapha Larfaoui and Mohamed Yamani, the first athlete to represent Algeria at the Olympic Games, in Tokyo in 1964. This second edition addressed topics related to the lives of athletes both during and after their sports careers, focusing on the following areas: athletes’ rights and duties; athlete career changes; communication; athlete-media relations; and doping as a social scourge. On the sidelines of the Forum, Olympic 1,500m champion Noureddine Morceli was awarded the Olympic Order of Merit by the NOC.

Cape Verde NOC

On 2 December, Filomena Fortes was re-elected President of the Cape Verde NOC for a four-year term. She has held this role since 2014. A new NOC Executive Committee was elected for the period 2017-2021. More info here.

Colombian NOC

The Colombian NOC and the Colombian Department of Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity (Coldeportes) organised a Colombian sports gala evening which saw the Altius Awards presented to the best athletes of 2017. World and Pan-American Games champions, as well as South American, Central American and Bolivarian Games champions, were the heroes of the evening on 11 December at the Colón Theatre in Bogotá. The best athletes from each of the 55 national sports federations were honoured at the ceremony, which was hosted by NOC President Baltazar Medina and Head of Coldeportes Clara Luz Roldan. One of the highlights of the evening was when weightlifter Leidy Solís was awarded the silver medal for the 69kg category at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The medal was reallocated to her after Liu Chunhong (People’s Republic of China) and Natalya Davydova (Ukraine) were disqualified, having tested positive for doping. Full info here.

Ecuadorian NOC

On 4 December, Augusto Morán Nuques (photo) was re-elected President of the Ecuadorian NOC for the next four years. An Executive Committee for 2018–2021 was also elected on this occasion. The elections were held at the NOC headquarters in the presence of the presidents and representatives of the national sports federations and the sports press. Full details here.

COE/Nacho Casares

After two years of studies, around 20 Master of high-level sport students from the Spanish NOC were presented with their degrees at a ceremony held on 15 December at the NOC headquarters in Madrid. The degrees were presented by NOC Secretary General Victoria Cabezas, course leader Juan José Badillo and lecturers Nicolás Terrados and Antonio Sánchez Pato. This Master’s degree, created by the NOC in collaboration with the Catholic University of San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), has become one of the leading qualifications in elite competition sport, as shown by the number of Spanish and foreign students interested in taking it. More details here.

FIHFIH

Narinder Dhruv Batra (photo) was elected as President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at the IOA Annual General meeting in New Delhi. Elected for a four-year term, Batra is also President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Rajeev Mehta was re-elected as IOA Secretary General. More info on www.olympic.ind.in and here on the FIH website.

The Jordanian NOC and the Peace and Sport organisation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sport as a tool for social development in refugee camps in Jordan. The agreement, signed at the 10th Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco, will see the NOC and its National Federations join forces with Peace and Sport to strengthen the “Live Together” programme in Za’atari and expand into other refugee camps in Jordan. The “Live Together” programme, launched by Peace and Sport, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Jordanian NOC earlier this year, brings together stakeholders from the world of sport and the peace-building community to work side by side for social development. The programme aims to increase the quality and quantity of sports activities in refugee camps around the world and address the educational, social and developmental needs of refugees of all ages through sport. More info on www.joc.jo.

Singapore NOC

The launch of the book Project 0812: The inside story of Singapore’s journey to Olympic glory and a screening of the documentary When the Stars Align took place at the Singapore Sports Institute. The event, organised by the Singapore NOC, was held to conclude the NOC’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Project 0812 chronicles one of the most remarkable achievements in sport – the quest for an Olympic medal after a 48-year wait. Written by Singapore Literature Prize-winning author Peh Shing Huei, the book is the result of more than 30 interviews with officials, coaches, parents and athletes. The documentary, meanwhile, tells the stories of Singapore’s first three female Olympians, sharing the passion of their athletic achievements and examining the challenges and taboos that these women, who are now in their 80s, had to face back in the 1950s and 1960s, as women in sport and as pioneers of sporting excellence. More details here.

NOC of Swaziland NOC of Swaziland

The NOC of Swaziland reports that a total of 41 parents and children came together for a day of fun and activities at the Olympafrica Centre in late November. In addition, as part of World AIDS Day, a week-long #RedRibbonWeek educational campaign on social media and other platforms addressed issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and sport.

NOC of Uruguay

The NOC of Uruguay organised a sports administration course from 5 to 7 December. The course, which was held at the NOC headquarters, brought together 37 participants – including 18 women – who sit on the boards of directors and governing boards of affiliated sports clubs and organisations. Invited speakers included National Sports Undersecretary Alfredo Etchandy and NOC President Julio César Maglione. The NOC plans to organise a new course next year under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. Full info here.

Venezuelan NOC

For the 12th time, the Ethics and Values Commission of the Venezuelan NOC honoured the country’s top sports figures of the year. The ceremony was held at the NOC headquarters and was attended by the winners’ friends and families, other sports figures and NOC leaders, including President Eduardo Álvarez. In addition, triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas was named as the leading representative of national sport by the NOC, which awarded her the “Flor Isava” trophy, named after the IOC honorary member. Rojas was also voted best athlete of the year 2017 for the second year running by the Venezuelan Sports Journalists Association.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES

PYEONGCHANG 2018
PyeongChang 2018

Construction of the two Olympic Villages that will house athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has been completed on schedule, a little over two years after work began. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday 15 December at the PyeongChang Village to mark their completion. Along with the Olympic Village in Gangneung, it will welcome its first guests on 1 February 2018. Attending the ceremony was Lee Hee-beom, the President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG). He was joined by Do Jong-whan, the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Lee Kee-heung, the President of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee; Lee Myung-ho, the President of the Korea Paralympic Committee; and provincial government representatives, other local dignitaries and a group of local residents. Full press release here.

TOKYO 2020
Tokyo 2020

Voting for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 mascots got underway on 11 December, with 6.5 million children at primary schools across Japan given the opportunity to choose their favourite designs from three shortlisted pairs. Over the next 10 weeks, each class will get to cast a single vote for two mascots – one for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games. By allowing schoolchildren to determine the final designs, the Tokyo 2020 organisers are aiming to engage the youth of Japan, encouraging discussion of Olympic topics and making them fully fledged stakeholders in the Games. “This is an innovative way of engaging the public in the Olympic Movement, especially young children,” commented IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates during a visit to the Japanese capital. “Interest in the Games will only increase from here, especially as kids from more than 20,000 schools all over Japan begin voting on their favourite mascot today.” Full press release here.

BEIJING 2022
Beijing 2022

On 15 December, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee (BOCOG) unveiled the official emblems of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 at a ceremony at the National Aquatics Centre in the Chinese capital. Designed by artist Lin Cunzhen, the emblems combine traditional and modern elements of Chinese culture, as well as features embodying the passion and vitality of winter sports. Among those attending the ceremony were Chinese vice-premiers Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yandong; BOCOG President Cai Qi, who is also the Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee; Sochi 2014 speed skating gold medallist Zhang Hong; and wheelchair curler Zhang Qiang. Entitled “Winter Dream”, the emblem of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 was jointly unveiled by Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, IOC Vice President Yu Zaiqing, and Zhang Hong. Full press release here.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

LAUSANNE 2020
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On 10 December, US skiing star Lindsey Vonn announced that she would be returning as a Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Ambassador for the third time, for the Winter YOG Lausanne 2020. The announcement by the IOC was made in St Moritz – which will host the luge, skeleton, bobsled and speed skating events in January 2020. Vonn was competing in the St Moritz FIS World Cup ahead of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, where she will make her Olympic come-back. She has been a YOG Ambassador since the inaugural event in Innsbruck in 2012. Full press release here.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS

On 14 December in Lausanne, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Intelligence and Investigations (I) Team - led by Gunter Younger, Director of I - met over 60 representatives from IFs, the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee and other Anti-Doping Organisations, to share valuable intelligence from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database of the former WADA-accredited Moscow Laboratory. Detailed info here.

On 8 December, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Agitos Foundation made the official handover to UNICEF Mexico of a cheque for USD 40,000 from the #FuerzaMexico fundraising campaign, launched to support UNICEF humanitarian efforts in the country following the earthquake in September near Mexico City. The handover took place during the final day of the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City. IPC President Andrew Parsons presented the cheque to UNICEF Mexico Early Childhood Development Officer Jimena Lazcano. People from all over the world have also made contributions to the fundraising campaign. More details here.
The IPC, in conjunction with Worldwide Paralympic Partner Samsung, has also launched its first competition for three fans to become reporters and join the team of 25 bloggers covering the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which will be held from 8 to March 2018. Full details here.

NEXT EDITION

A special edition of the “Olympic Highlights” will be published at the end of 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable festive period.

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