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22 Sep 2015
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The IOC has announced a very strong field of candidates for the Olympic Games in 2024. Budapest (HUN), Hamburg (GER), Los Angeles (USA), Paris (FRA) and Rome (ITA) (in alphabetical order) will compete to host the 2024 Games after submitting their applications to the IOC by the deadline of midnight on 15 September. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the Host City Contract 2024 was also published. The IOC will contribute USD 1.7 billion in cash and services to the organising committee for the Games in 2024. “We are welcoming five outstanding and highly qualified Candidate Cities,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Olympic Agenda 2020 has shaped the Candidature Process more as an invitation and the cities have responded by engaging with the IOC through dialogue and cooperation. In the new invitation process the IOC learnt that all the candidates are embracing Olympic Agenda 2020 from their respective vision for the future of their city. Sustainability and legacy are the cornerstones of each candidature.” In keeping with its commitment to good governance, transparency and ethics, following Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has also published all the documents related to the candidature: Candidature Process Olympic Games 2024, Candidature Questionnaire Olympic Games 2024, Host City Contract Principles and Host City Contract Operational Requirements. This is the first time that the full package of documentation has been made public at the very outset of the process. Read the press release here.

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In Lausanne, President Bach met the Swiss tennis stars Stanislas Wawrinka (winner of two Grand Slam tournaments, doubles gold medallist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and winner of the 2014 Davis Cup for Switzerland) and Timea Bacsinszky (French Open semi-finalist in 2015). Stanislas Wawrinka and Timea Bacsinszky, who are both from Lausanne, were receiving the City of Lausanne Prize, the city’s highest distinction awarded every three years to personalities who have helped to promote the city. The IOC President talked about the exceptional year for the two athletes and praised their involvement in projects like the Youth Olympic Games in 2020, recently awarded to Lausanne.

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The IOC President and IOC Member Camiel Eurlings have discussed the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, and in particular the remit of the new Communications Commission, which Eurlings chairs.

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An Egyptian NOC delegation, led by its President, Hesham Mohamed Tawfeq Hatab, held a meeting with President Bach in Lausanne. Their discussions concerned Olympic Agenda 2020 and its recommendations, preparations for the forthcoming editions of the Olympic Games and sports development generally.

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With the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Alisher Usmanov, the preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations were discussed.

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Walter Sieber, a member of the Olympic Programme Commission, has met the IOC President, to talk about Olympic Agenda 2020, in particular the recommendations concerning the Olympic programme, and the preparations for the forthcoming editions of the Olympic Games.

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Swiss cross-country skier and three-time Olympic champion Dario Cologna has donated the ski suit he wore at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, during a ceremony attended by the IOC President. Cologna made the headlines in Sochi not only because of his two gold medals in the 15km classical race and the skiathlon, but also because of his remarkable act of fair play. He was the first to cross the finish line in the 15km event, yet he waited 28 minutes to shake hands with the skier who came in last, Roberto Carcelen of Peru. Carcelen, Peru's first Winter Olympian, was competing with broken ribs as the result of a training accident just two weeks before the Olympic Games. That day in Sochi, Cologna paid him a well-deserved tribute. In recognition of this exceptional gesture, President Bach awarded Dario Cologna with the IOC President’s Trophy for sportsmanship. President Bach praised Cologna for his incredible career, which in addition to his three Olympic golds includes three World Cup crystal globes and a World Championship title in skiathlon. Read the press release here.

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Patrick Vajda, the international fencing referee who refereed the foil team final at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, which was won by President Bach and his team mates, has visited the IOC. During his visit, he met the IOC President and discussed education programmes for young players and referees, particularly with regard to including sections on respecting referees in these programmes. Patrick Vajda, who is also President of the Association française du corps arbitral multisports (AFCAM) and a member of the IOC Entourage Commission, was accompanied by his son, Laurent.

At the opening of the Engelberg Forum on Pope Francis’s encyclical (“Laudato Si”) on saving the planet, held at The Olympic Museum, President Bach recalled the role of sport as a means of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly with regard to young people’s health, education, community and peace-building.


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Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was re-elected President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for the 2015-2019 period during the 34th OCA General Assembly in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). He has led the OCA since 1991. Details on

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Ung Chang has received the OCA Merit Award for his important contribution to sport throughout the continent. He was presented with the Award during the 34th OCA General Assembly in Ashgabat. Details on



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During the 34th OCA General Assembly in Ashgabat, Randhir Singh officially stood down as OCA Secretary General. He had served in this position since 1991. Following the decision by the OCA Executive Board, he becomes Honorary Life Vice-President. Details on



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After seven years of meticulous work digitising, restoring, cataloguing and publishing, the IOC has finished its Patrimonial Assets Management (PAM) programme, winning the prestigious 2015 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC2015) Judges prize during a ceremony hosted on 13 September in Amsterdam (Netherlands). This Prize rewards a programme which has caught their eye because of its creative, technical or commercial imagination. IBC Judges recognised the IOC’s unique approach to preservation and to making its archives available to broadcasters, researchers, partners and other professionals. Thanks to PAM, more than a century of Olympic history has been conserved. Indeed, over 2,000 hours of film, 33,000 hours of video, 8,500 hours of audio sequences and 500,000 photographs were in danger of disappearing. In addition, 2,000 archive documents and 20,000 Olympic Museum artefacts needed modernised document processing. PAM has also been nominated as one of the three finalists of the “Best Archive Preservation Project” competition by the International Federation of Television Archives (IFTA). Results on 9 October in Vienna (Austria) at the IFTA’s annual conference.



World Rowing (FISA) has opened public nominations for the 2015 World Rowing Awards. This is a chance for the public to have their say by nominating who they believe accomplished an outstanding performance this year in rowing, in various different categories (athlete, coach, etc.). Nominations must be submitted by midnight (CET) on 27 September on

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has presented its new system of competition that comes into effect in 2017 to the media accredited at EuroBasket 2015 in Lille (France) as well as to a number of its European national member federations. FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak, FIBA Sport and Competitions Director Predrag Bogosavljev and FIBA Communications Director Patrick Koller explained the many advantages of the new concept, which involves the qualifiers for each major FIBA competition taking place in 15-month cycles, with national teams playing regular home and away games to qualify. The project will tip off in Europe and around the world in November 2017 with the Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Details on

The International Association Football Federation (FIFA) has announced that the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on 11 January 2016 in Zurich (Switzerland). The best player in men’s football will receive the FIFA Ballon d’Or, while the best player in women’s football will be honoured with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy. The top coaches of the year in men’s and women’s football will collect awards for their achievements, as will the scorer of the best goal of the year – voted for by football fans via Details on

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the German Gymnastics Federation have signed a contract awarding the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships to the city of Stuttgart. These World Championships, scheduled to take place from 4 to 13 October, will be especially important because they will serve as a major Olympic qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The next editions in the meantime will be in Glasgow (Great Britain) from 23 October to 1 November 2015, Montreal (Canada) from 27 September to 9 October 2017 and Doha (Qatar) from 25 October to 3 November 2018. Details on

In line with international best practice and in the interests of all players, their support personnel and unions, World Rugby has implemented a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy for the Rugby World Cup 2015. In view of the threats to integrity experienced by other sports and in light of best practice, including as implemented by the IOC, World Rugby has proactively put in place a robust and proportionate integrity programme for this World Cup. Its stated purpose is to protect the tournament and its participants from corrupt practices and unauthorised gambling. In addition, World Rugby has partnered with the UK Gambling Commission along with UK police to establish a sophisticated integrity framework around the event. Moreover, all participants are required to complete the World Rugby online anti-corruption and betting education programme at before the start of the competition. Details on


Some 800 athletes from 92 countries took part in the 2015 Shotgun World Championship held in Lonato (Italy) from 10 to 18 September, which saw 10 Olympic quota places allocated in the five Olympic shotgun shooting events (men’s and women’s trap, men’s double trap, men’s and women’s skeet) for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) President and IOC Member Olegario Vázquez Raña (pictured above) officially opened the 2015 edition in the presence of Secretary General Franz Schreiber, ISSF Executive Committee and Administrative Council members, local authorities and representatives of the participating nations. Details on

The World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) launched the second instalment of WADA’s Legacy Outreach Programme series at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago (USA), which took place from 15 to 19 September. This programme was created as a way to provide additional support to IFs in order to develop and deliver anti-doping athlete awareness programmes, and to provide them with the tools, materials and ideas to carry out effective outreach programmes in the future. The programme, which was jointly run by WADA and the ITU, adopted the slogan “Love Triathlon – Love Clean Sport”. By taking part, athletes and volunteers helped deliver the clean sport message to competitors and their entourages in an engaging way. Details on and


The World Curling Federation (WCF) is once again offering its Sports Media Trainee Programme aimed at students all over the world. This programme offers the chance to gain valuable experience in journalism, photography and television production at one of the WCF’s biggest events. Applications should be submitted by 20 October 2015. Details on

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In the framework of the International Ski Federation (FIS)’s development programme, the traditional Nordic skiing summer training camp was held from 8 to 20 September. Ski jumpers and Nordic combined athletes started in Stams (Austria), before joining their cross country skiing colleagues in Val di Fiemme (Italy) (pictured above). In all, some 45 athletes and 18 coaches took part in the camp.

The annual FIS Leaders’ Seminar was successfully staged in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 12 and 13 September, with more than 30 participants from 22 countries. The programme included presentations and workshops on themes such as: The Financing of Sports Infrastructure, The Structure of EU Funding, and Sponsorship and Integrity in Sports. Details on


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The NOC of Bahrain organised a two-day seminar on scientific research (pictured above), which attracted almost 150 researchers and teachers in the fields of sports management, sports medicine and training, from Bahrain and other Arab countries. The topics addressed were the challenges and importance of scientific research in sport and the use of nanotechnology in sport. An anti-doping awareness seminar for players at the Al Ma’ameer club was also organised by the NOC. Around 30 young people aged between 8 and 16 (pictured above) took part in the seminar, which was aimed at spreading awareness about the dangers of doping.

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The phase of the Youth School Games for 12-to-14-year olds ended after nine days of competition in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceará. Organised by the Brazilian NOC, this phase brought together around 3,800 young athletes from all over the country, for competitions in 13 sports. Present at the event, NOC President and IOC Member Carlos Arthur Nuzman (pictured above) advocated the development of sport in schools. The main school sports event in the country, these Games currently reach more than two million young athletes from public and private educational institutions in their city and state qualifying stages, which represents approximately 40,000 schools in 4,000 cities. The competition also includes cultural and socio-educational activities. This year, the theme is “Gender Equality of the United Nations”. The phase for athletes aged from 15 to 17 will take place in November in Londrina, in the state of Paraná. Details on

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On 10 September, the Colombian NOC hosted the 68th Olympic conference, on the theme of “Ethics and Sport”, where the speakers included various leaders and educators. The participants (pictured above) were students from higher education institutions, such as the University of Applied and Environmental Sciences, as well as coaches from the Bogotá Sports and Leisure Institute and NOC staff. Numerous Olympic and sports personalities also attended, including NOC President Baltazar Medina, Colombian Olympic Academy President Germán Anzola Montero, NOC member Luis Alfonso Sánchez, and journalist David Cañón Cortes. Details on

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On 15 September, the Spanish NOC took part in the presentation of the “Madrid Healthy City” programme by Sanitas (see photo above), a programme in which it works with the Spanish Heart Foundation and a group of companies. This initiative is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles in the workplace and encouraging firms to play an active part in the health of their staff. Details on

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Sang Marie Sambou (pictured left), the new Gambian basketball referees instructor, accredited by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), was recently officially introduced by the Gambian Basketball Association (GBA) at a ceremony held at Olympic House, the headquarters of the Gambian NOC. Through the GBA, the NOC financed Sang Marie Sambou’s trip to attend an international course in Tunisia last April. Attending with GBA President Muhamadou Papa Njie Dilating and Secretary General Abdulie Jallow, NOC First Vice-President and IOC Member Beatrice Allen stressed that NOCs do not run sports associations, but are like funding agents who can help these associations with their development programmes.


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The NOC of Panama informs us that there was a large turnout for its Olympic Day Run (see photo above). Those taking part in the five-kilometre Run included members of athletics clubs in the province of Panamá Oeste, members of the Panama Runners Club, athletes with disabilities and personalities from the world of sport in Panama. NOC President Camilo Amado was present for the occasion, and he reminded those taking part that this Run was part of the campaign to promote positive values through sport. Details on

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Representatives from sports organisations, clubs and leagues in the Cajamarca region took part in a recent sports administration course organised by the Peruvian NOC under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. The numerous topics on the course programme included creating an organisation and its operating environment; project management; organising a sports event; identifying talented athletes; the Olympic values, sport and the environment; the importance of sport in society; and training staff and volunteers. Details on

Venezuelan NOC President Eduardo Álvarez Camacho, the NOC Executive Committee and the staff have announced the death of former NOC President Fernando Romero Mazzeo on 13 September in Caracas. He was 81. President from 1984 to 2006, he was also President of the Bolivarian Sports Organisation from 1989 to 2006, and a board member of the Central America and Caribbean Sports Organisation (ODECABE), the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) and the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR).




The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will be promoting these Games during the 2015-2016 season of the Asia League Ice Hockey. POGOG has thus set up a public Photo Zone at the competition venues in the Korean cities of Goyang, Incheon and Anyang for the duration of the season, which will run from 29 August 2015 to April 2016. Formed in 2003, the Asia League Ice Hockey is a professional ice hockey league based in Northeast Asia, with nine teams from the Republic of Korea, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. POCOG will also take this opportunity to prepare for the 2018 Games by observing the facilities and operations of the competitions. The national team of the Republic of Korea will make its Olympic ice hockey debut after earning an automatic berth as the host country of the Olympic Winter Games 2018. Details on

TOKYO 2020

On 16 September, the Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) selected the members of a preliminary committee to initiate a Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee. Ryohei Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of the Arts, will head the preliminary committee, whose five other members are: Ai Sugiyama, former professional tennis player and TV sports commentator; Keiichi Tadaki, lawyer and former Prosecutor General; Takeshi Natsuno, guest professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University; Mari Christine, inter-cultural communications specialist and media personality; and Hiroshi Yamamoto, professor at the Faculty of Sports and Health Studies of Hosei University, former NHK announcer and commentator. The committee held its first meeting on 18 September. Details on



The European Olympic Committees (EOC) held a two-day debrief of the European Games in Baku earlier this month in Rome (Italy). Chaired by EOC President and IOC Executive Board Member Patrick Joseph Hickey, the debrief brought together the EOC Executive Committee, Baku 2015 Coordination Commission Chairman Spyros Capralos, representatives from Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Youth and Sport and a number of expert advisers. They discussed the results of this first edition of the Games and their future, by assessing the various aspects of the event. Patrick Hickey also held meetings with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov. Details on

The World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) has announced that the government of the Republic of Korea has donated an additional USD 200,000 towards development of the Agency’s new Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (new ADAMS). Launched in 2005, ADAMS is an online data management tool that allows athlete data entry and storage, as well as data-sharing and reporting to take place in a highly secure environment that restricts access to all but relevant parties. Details on

Panathlon International informs us that it was a partner of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for Regional Affairs, Autonomies and Sport at the first European Week of Sport (EWOS), which took place from 7 to 13 September in Brussels (Belgium). On this occasion, a talk was given entitled “The role of Sport in promoting tolerance and open Societies in Europe”. Details on


We have learnt that the European ministers of health have adopted a strategy to tackle physical inactivity in the 53 Member States of the European Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with which the IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010. The new physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025 was endorsed at the 65th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, in Vilnius (Lithuania). The aim of the strategy is to inspire governments and stakeholders to work towards increasing levels of physical activity by: promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour; ensuring that places are available for physical activity in attractive, safe built environments, accessible public spaces and infrastructure; providing equal opportunities for physical activity, regardless of gender, age, income, education, ethnicity or disability; and removing barriers to and facilitating physical activity. More details here.

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