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21 Dec 2015
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IOC President Thomas Bach joined the 120th anniversary celebrations of the Hungarian National Olympic Committee in Budapest. Speaking at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Hungarian NOC held to mark the occasion, President Bach highlighted the strong sporting tradition of Hungary, and the historical ties between the country and the Olympic Movement. With regard to the candidature of Budapest to host the Olympic Games in 2024, President Bach said he was impressed how quickly the Hungarian capital had embraced the principles of Olympic Agenda 2020, adding that the candidature process for the Olympic Games in 2024 would be a fascinating contest.

The IOC President also met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. They discussed the role of sport in Hungarian society. The Prime Minister highlighted the many investments into Hungary’s sport facilities and emphasised that sport is an important part of education, with physical activity on the curriculum every day in schools.

With Hungarian President János Áder, President Bach discussed the importance of sustainability and the involvement of the Hungarian President in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. They also discussed the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

During his visit, President Bach joined young athletes at a local fencing school and met many famous Olympians from Hungary.

During his visit to Budapest, the IOC President was accompanied by IOC Member in Hungary Pál Schmitt and the Hungarian NOC President, Zsolt Borkai.

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From Budapest, President Bach flew to Kiev, where he attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the NOC of Ukraine. In his address, he congratulated IOC Executive Board Member and NOC President Sergey Bubka and Founding President of the NOC Valeriy Borzov, also an IOC Member, highlighting the many contributions of Ukrainian athletes to Olympic history. The IOC President also praised the work of the NOC to promote the role of sport in Ukrainian society.

President Bach met Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine. They discussed the role of sport to support peace-building and its great importance in Ukrainian society. The IOC support for Ukrainian athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was also discussed.

During his visit, President Bach also participated in the “Do like Olympians” programme at a local secondary school. As part of this programme, which uses Olympic champions to inspire children for sport, President Bach held fencing classes with the children. He also met the quadruple Olympic champion in gymnastics, Ludmilla Ivanovna Tourischeva. Throughout his stay in Kiev, the IOC President was accompanied by IOC Members Sergey Bubka and Valeriy Borzov.

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Back in Lausanne, the IOC President met the President of the Peruvian NOC, José Quiñones González, with whom he discussed the preparations for the IOC Session which will be held in the Peruvian capital, Lima, in 2017, as well as the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.


In its bid to strengthen the integrity and credibility of sport and for the successful protection of clean athletes, the IOC published on 17 December the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. A first of its kind, the Code aims to provide the Olympic Movement and its members with harmonised regulations to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation. Any sports organisation bound by the Olympic Charter is expected to respect the provisions of the new Code, which was approved by the IOC Executive Board during its meetings last week. On the occasion of the publication of the Code, IOC President Bach said: “We must do everything we can to protect the millions of clean athletes around the world. Protecting them goes hand-in-hand with ensuring the environment in which the athletes operate is safe from corrupting influences. Today’s publication of the Code is an important step in fighting manipulation in sport. It is a joint effort by various key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, particularly the International Federations, and another tangible outcome of Olympic Agenda 2020.” Full press release here.

The IOC is inviting expressions of interest for the provision of Ticketing Systems and Services to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, 2022 and 2024. This is a new approach for the IOC, which is considering appointing a central supplier to provide Ticketing Systems and Services. The supplier would work with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) in order to ensure the most efficient solution across multiple editions of the Games. The initiative is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation 12, point 3: “Consider the provision of turnkey solutions for OCOGs in areas which require highly specific Olympic expertise.” Full press release here.



Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey have been confirmed as the host nations of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)’s Eurobasket 2017. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Munich (Germany) on 12 December. Following the success of the first edition, which, for the first time in the history of the competition, was hosted by multiple countries, the FIBA Europe Board opted to follow the same path for the 2017 edition. Details on


The International Judo Federation (IJF) has won the 2015 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, in the “International Creative Organisation Award” category. The IJF has been rewarded for its efforts to bring judo and its values to children in the refugee camp in Kilis (Turkey), located right on the border with Syria. The project is being implemented under the leadership of the IJF and in close partnership with the Turkish Judo Federation, the Turkish authorities and the management of the refugee camp. Currently 300 children (photo above) are benefitting, but it is planned to extend the initiative within the Kilis refugee camp as well as target other camps, with a strong focus on involving more girls. Details on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has unveiled the Diving Grand Prix 2016 calendar. The yearly circuit includes nine stops next year, distributed between Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. The city of Yalta (Russian Federation) has been added to the circuit. The 2016 competition will thus be held in: Madrid (Spain) from 15 to 17 January, Rostock (Germany) from 29 to 31 January, San Juan (Puerto Rico) from 31 March to 3 April, Gatineau (Canada) from 7 to 10 April, Bolzano (Italy) from 15 to 17 July, Yalta, dates to be confirmed, Kuching (Malaysia) from 21 to 23 October, Gold Coast (Australia) from 27 to 30 October and Singapore (Singapore) from 4 to 6 November. Details on

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Meeting in Istanbul (Turkey) on 12 and 13 December, the World Archery Executive Board (pictured above), chaired by IOC EB Member Uğur Erdener, has confirmed the IF’s commitment to good governance by mandating a proactive approach to the IOC’s new auditing practices, the formation of a remuneration commission and a decision to further increase the amount of administrative documentation available to the public. It was made a constitutional requirement for member associations to follow best practice – in governance, anti-doping and sporting activities – with the approval of an active member association bye-law, agreed in principle at the World Archery Congress 2015. As well as a progress report on phase two of the World Archery Plan, the Executive Board received reports on departmental activities in 2015 and updates from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rio 2016, and a presentation on the progress of the World Archery Excellence Centre. The Board took a number of important decisions on proposed bye-laws, changing rules in the sport from 1 April 2016. The hosts of seven world championships up until 2020 were also chosen. Details here on

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has released the full calendar for 2016, including its top tier World Triathlon Series, the full paratriathlon schedule, all multisport World Championships, the World Cup circuit, as well as Continental Cups and Championship events. See the calendar here on


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As part of its efforts to promote women in sport, and after the courses for female volleyball players in 2013 and handball players in 2014, the Algerian NOC has organised a third technical course, this time for female basketball players in the various national teams (pictured above). The course was held from 5 to 11 December in Algiers, with a view to the participants obtaining a level one international coaching diploma. The course, organised by the NOC in collaboration with the IOC, FIBA and the Algerian Basketball Federation (ABF), was opened in the presence of NOC President Mustapha Berraf and ABF President Rabah Bouarifi. Details on

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The Argentinean NOC has held its traditional annual awards ceremony to recognise the people and/or institutions that have helped to promote sport and the principles of the Olympic Movement over the past year. Those attending the ceremony included NOC President and IOC Member Gerardo Werthein, First Vice-President and Chair of the NOC’s Art and Culture Commission Alicia Masoni de Morea and NOC Secretary General Mario Moccia. During the ceremony, the prizes for the 33rd annual national drawing and literature competition were also presented to the young winners (pictured above). The aim of this competition, for children and young people aged from 6 to 19, is to promote the Olympic values through education. Details on

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Ana Marcela Cunha (long-distance swimming) and Isaquias Queiroz (canoeing) have been named Best Brazilian Athletes in 2015 (pictured above). The Athlete of the Fans award went to swimmer Thiago Pereira, after a social network election. Organised by the Brazil Olympic Committee (BOC), the 17th edition of the Brazil Olympic Award gala was held in Rio de Janeiro on 15 December and honoured the major sports highlights of the year. The ceremony also included an acknowledgement of the Brazilian medallists at the Pan-American Games Toronto 2015 and to the best in 49 sports. BOC and Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Sports Minister George Hilton, Brazilian Olympic sports federation presidents and various other personalities attended the ceremony. Details on

The El Salvador Modern Pentathlon Federation, in cooperation with the Academia Británica Cuscatleca ABC school and with the support of the El Salvador NOC, has held the first ever School Biathlon. The programme consisted of swimming and running events, with the aim of promoting modern pentathlon in El Salvador and implementing the development plan for this sport in bilingual schools in the country. The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) had approved the format of the competition, which is one of a series of events to introduce children to the sport. Details on

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The Spanish NOC recently held its Annual Gala at the NOC headquarters to recognise various athletes and personalities from the sports world. The Best Athletes of the Year prize went to triathlete Javier Gómez Noya and badminton player Carolina Marín, both world champions in 2015 (pictured above). The IOC “Sport and Innovation” trophy went to the Telefónica company in recognition of its support for innovation and enterprise in sport through the “Podium” programme. NOC President Alejandro Blanco and IOC Executive Board Member Juan Antonio Samaranch presented the trophy. See the list of winners on

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A total of 19 members of the technical and administrative staff of the Guatemalan NOC and the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala (CDAG) (see photo above) have successfully concluded the sports organisation management (MOSOS) course organised by the Guatemalan Olympic Academy with the support of Olympic Solidarity. This first edition offered the 19 future sports administrators a programme of eight training sessions over the past five months. The topics covered include the organisation of an Olympic sports structure, human resources management and organising a major sports event. Details on

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On 11 December in Lisbon, the Portuguese navy and the Portuguese NOC announced that the training boat “Escola Sagres” (photo above) will be the “Portugal House” during the Olympic Games in Rio. The boat will sail across the Atlantic a month before the start of the Games and be anchored in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 22 August. Portugal’s athletes will be on the boat during the Games to meet their fans and the media. Details on

Muhammad Zamanuriki Bin Mohd Zamnuri, one of the young scholarship-holders, with Ser Miang Ng. ©NOC of Singapore

The NOC of Singapore informs us that nine young athletes who have received scholarships from the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim (SOF-Peter Lim) will be in Valencia (Spain) from 15 to 21 December to take part in the SOF-Peter Lim Amunt Valencia football camp, which will be held at the GloVal Academy at the Valencia Club de Fútbol Sports City. The student-athletes, aged between 14 and 15 years old, were selected based on their conduct, attitude, discipline and achievements in football. The Foundation is chaired by IOC Member Ser Miang Ng. The SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship has been supporting promising young athletes from financially challenged backgrounds to help them achieve their sporting goals since 2011. In addition to these nine athletes, eight other student-athletes and four coaches will be taking part in the camp in Valencia. Details on and

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As part of the Olympic Solidarity programmes, a technical course for karate coaches has just been held at the Venezuelan NOC headquarters (see photo above). This was the last of the 2015 programme of technical courses organised by the NOC. The training activities will continue in 2016 alongside NOC visits around the country for congresses, seminars, forums and courses.


RIO 2016

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The Rio 2016 Games took another step closer after Barra Olympic Park (pictured above) opened its doors to the Brazil Mastercup tennis tournament, the 20th and last of this year’s test events for the Games. The event, which concluded on 12 December, was the first ever to be held at Barra Olympic Park, the centrepiece of next year’s Games, and its final day marked the inauguration of the brand new Olympic Tennis Centre. Seventy-five Brazilian tennis players took part in the competition – played across men’s, women’s, seniors, juniors and wheelchair categories – and some famous figures from the past were there to watch, too. Full press release here.


Signature of the agreement with Daedong. © PyeongChang 2018

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (POCOG) has signed two domestic sponsorship agreements, with Daedong Industrial and Ssangyong Information & Communications Corporation. As the “Official Supplier” of Tractors (a new category for the Olympic Winter Games), Daedong will supply vehicles that will be used for equipment transport, snow removal and other operations. As “Official Sponsor” of Website Services for the Games, Ssangyong will develop and operate about 40 Games systems, which will include overseeing the official POCOG websites, coordinating arrivals and departures, transport and athletes’ village management, along with Games’ systematic preparation and operations. Details on

TOKYO 2020

On 18 December, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Executive Board appointed three new organising committee members who will commence their duties in January 2016. The three appointments are: Yusuke Sakaue, Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General; Toshiro Yonemura, Tokyo 2020 Chief Security Officer; and Hikariko Ono, Tokyo 2020 Spokesperson. Details on


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Just five months after its election as host city for the Olympic Winter Games in 2022, the Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has been formally established. Created by the City and the NOC, it will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games. Its establishment marks another major step on Beijing’s Olympic journey, following the successful Orientation Seminar that was held in early November in the Chinese capital. In addition to the creation of the Committee, it was also confirmed that Guo Jinlong would be the President of the newly formed body. In a congratulatory letter, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “The formation of the Organising Committee represents the start of an exciting journey for the entire Olympic family. This milestone is the first step on our six-year journey together to deliver brilliant Olympic Winter Games in 2022 for Beijing, for China, and for the world.” The launch event was attended by a number of Chinese dignitaries, including Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, Beijing 2022 President Guo Jinlong, Chinese Olympic Committee President Liu Peng, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun and Hebei Governor Zhang Qingwei. Full press release here.


Because of the end-of-year holidays, there will be a special Olympic Highlights edition at the end of 2015. In the meantime, we wish you all enjoyable holidays.

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