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Olympic Highlights

29 Feb 2016
Olympic News, Olympic News



Addressing the Extraordinary Congress to elect the new FIFA President, IOC President Thomas Bach urged FIFA members to continue on the reform process of the organisation. Speaking in Zurich, he also highlighted the importance of good governance to safeguard the credibility of sport. Following the election, he congratulated the new FIFA President: “Let me congratulate President Gianni Infantino on his election. At this difficult period for football, I wish him all the best for the implementation of the reforms approved by the FIFA Extraordinary Congress. At the same time I am looking forward to a good and constructive cooperation for the sake of sport.”

At the FIFA Congress the President also met IOC Vice President Craig Reedie.

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The IOC President met with the President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Ary S. Graça, at the IOC headquarters. They discussed the recent ‘FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island Open 2016’ that took place in Iran. There has been some conflicting information about the tournament, but there was a breakthrough in so far as for the first time in the country, women were allowed to watch the competition. They also discussed preparations for the volleyball competitions at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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Meeting with Bertrand Piccard, the pilot and Chairman of “Solar Impulse,” the IOC President discussed different potential areas of cooperation for his innovative project to fly a completely solar powered airplane around the world for the first time ever.

During a visit by Wang Jianlin, Founder and Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd, the IOC President discussed the role of sport in society.

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The IOC President met with Koji Murofushi, Sports Director of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, to discuss the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were also the focus of the discussion when the IOC President met IOC Vice President John Coates, who is the Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission. They also discussed legal affairs.

At the invitation of the Lausanne Hockey Club (LHC), the IOC President attended the last game of the regular season, when LHC took on Genève-Servette Hockey Club.


The IOC President announced the composition of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Tripartite Working Group. IOC Members Alexander Zhukov, Frank Fredericks and U─čur Erdener were named Chairs of the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022, Evaluation Commission 2024 and YOG Tripartite Working Group, respectively. Read the full announcement here.


The IOC launched the revamped Olympic Athletes’ Hub, a digital platform, where athletes can learn about and share their own experiences on important topics related to their careers on and off the field of play. The Olympic Athletes’ Hub was redesigned to strengthen support to athletes as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020. Special focus is placed on the protection of clean athletes from all sorts of manipulation, in particular doping, competition manipulation and related corruption. Another important topic is the health of athletes and how to avoid injuries and illnesses, as well as the prevention of harassment and abuse in sport. Read the full announcement here and visit the Olympic Athletes’ Hub here.




United World Wrestling (UWW) has taken the first steps in uniting various wrestling styles under one umbrella, hosting the first-ever Forum on Associate Wrestling Styles in Istanbul, Turkey. The meetings allowed a number of wrestling leaders from around the world to meet and discuss the similarities of their traditional styles and possibly create opportunities for inter-discipline competitions. Click here for more info.

The Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted the 20th International Swimming Federation (FINA) Diving World Cup 2016. A total 88 spots were allocated for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games during the FINA Diving World Cup, which doubled as qualifying and test event for the Olympic Games. More at

The four governing bodies of international tennis ATP, WTA, ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the Grand Slam Board announced The Terms of Reference and Protocols for the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis. The Independent Review Panel, established in the Terms of Reference and Protocols, will investigate thoroughly the allegations of corruption in international professional tennis and the effectiveness of existing anti-corruption practices and procedures. Read the full announcement here.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) signed contract with the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) aimed to provide training and educational opportunities to promising young athletes in Asia, as well as to the development of coaches and Technical Officials. Read the full announcement here.


The first ever FIS (International Ski Federation) Freestyle Ski and Snowboard slopestyle competitions in Republic of Korea that served as the official Olympic test events took at Bokwang Pheonix Park, the venue for the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018. Bokwang Phoenix Park featured a three-jump and three-rail slopestyle course, built specifically in view of PyeongChang 2018. Click here for more info.


The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed that junior surfers from 32 countries across all five continents have applied for the 2015 ISA Scholarship Programme highlighting the global reach of surfing and its impact on young people across the world. The ISA Scholarship Programme offers financial aid to surfers who are under 18 to further their education, pay for travel to surf contests, pay for contest and coaching fees and upgrade their surfing equipment. Click here for more info.


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With the start of the 2016 school year, the Costa Rican NOC is donating 1,300 exercise books featuring the images of the country’s athletes to school pupils. On 15 February, 205 pupils of the "Las Brisas del Virilla" school in Uruca each received two books. Joining NOC President Henry Núñez Nájera and Deputy Minister of Education Marcos Fallas in distributing the books to the children were athletes Nery Brenes, Gaby Traña and Andrey Fonseca. The English School in San Rafael de Montes de Oca will be the second school to participate in the programme, with 430 pupils receiving exercise books. The programme is starting with 1,300 books, with the hope of doubling this number in 2017. Info at

In the presence of the NOC of El Salvador, the National Development Foundation (FUNDE) of El Salvador presented the results of its Global Report on Corruption in Sport. FUNDE, the national chapter of Transparency International (TI), released the Report, noting that “sport is a public good, played and watched by millions [of people], and it often generates funds in taxes for hosting major sporting events. (...) However, national and international sports organisations are allowed as non-profit-making bodies or NGOs in most countries." The report presents a series of recommendations on governance, transparency, participation, big events and match-fixing. NOC President Eduardo Palomo Pacas said the NOC would ask FUNDE for advice on the management of federations and on the creation of an ethics committee, and promised that an agreement would be signed to ensure the success of these efforts. More info at

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The Japanese Olympic Committee and the Netherlands NOC have signed a partnership agreement, aimed to deepen cooperation in supporting officials, staff, athletes and coaches to benefit from exchange programmes. The agreement also covers informational exchange in marketing and on information relating to the Olympic Movement. More info at and

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Nash, the children’s ambassador for the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC), proved a huge hit during his latest visit to a local school to promote the values of sport. The character was introduced by the JOC last year and his story has already reached thousands of kids across the Kingdom who are following his example of embracing sport and healthy living into their daily lives. Nash’s latest Kids Day was held at Mashrek International School, close to Amman, where up to 200 youngsters got to meet their idol and join him for team activities to learn about the power of sport through fun and inclusive games. Nash’s programme of visits to school will continue through the year. Info on Nash at

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The Portuguese Olympic Committee signed its first collaboration agreement with the Portuguese Council for Refugees to implement the project "Living Sport - Embrace the Future" designed to integrate sport in their plan to host refugees in Portugal. This project, supported by the International Olympic Committee under its emergency fund for refugees, aims to provide sports goods and services. Click here for more information.

Nicole Hoevertsz with Eduardo Alvarez Camacho Nicole Hoevertsz with Eduardo Alvarez Camacho. © José Avelino Rodrigues

Synchronised swimming Olympian and IOC Member Nicole Hoevertsz has been in Venezuela in the framework of Olympic Solidarity and PASO meetings with the Venezuelan NOC. She was welcomed by NOC First Vice-President Marcos Oviedo and Secretary General Élida Párraga de Álvarez. As well as attending the Olympic Solidarity meetings, Nicole Hoevertsz unveiled the NOC’s new Olympic Wall, in the presence of Olympians Julio César León, Rafael Romero, Silvio Fernández y Manuel Luna, as well as of the NOC President, Eduardo Alvarez Camacho.


RIO 2016

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The detailed route that will be taken by the 2016 Olympic torch relay was announced at a special event in Rio de Janeiro. The relay is due to begin in Brazil on 3 May in the capital city of Brasilia and it will travel 20,000 kilometres by land and 10,000 by air, reaching an estimated 90 per cent of Brazil’s population. More info here.

TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has welcomed TOTO Ltd. as an Official Partner, the second domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme in the category “Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures.” The addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 Partners to 27, including 12 Official Partners. Read the full announcement here.

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