- 20 Oct 2015
- IOC News
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The leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met on 17 October in Lausanne for the fourth Olympic Summit convened and chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach. The Summit reviewed the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, with a particular emphasis on protecting the clean athletes, good governance and autonomy, The Olympic Channel, and the new Olympic Games Candidature Procedure. The participants fully backed the next steps for implementation of the recommendations leading up to and including 2016. President Bach said: “This fourth Olympic Summit shows the unity of the Olympic Movement behind the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms. We cannot overstate the importance of good governance, which leads to credibility. We need credibility for our sports organisations as well as for our sports competitions. With regard to the credibility of sport and the protection of clean athletes, the Summit has taken a major step forward to making anti-doping testing independent from sports organisations.” Following the Summit, the IOC issued the following communique to Olympic Movement stakeholders.
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Speaking at the inauguration of the new Lausanne headquarters of the International Skating Union (ISU), the IOC President said he welcomed discussions at the ISU about the formation of its own strategic roadmap for the future. “I welcome the fact that you are discussing what your Agenda 2020 is and what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for your sport to keep it relevant and attractive for the worldwide public, in particular for youth,” he said. “I am very confident that you will be inspired by this new environment.” The IOC President was greeted at the new ISU headquarters by ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta, also an IOC Member, ISU Secretary General Fredi Schmid and the ISU council members, in the presence of the Head of the Department for the Economy and Sport of the Canton of Vaud, Philippe Leuba, and Lausanne municipal councillor Marc Vuilleumier.
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IOC President encouraged the participants of the European Athletics Convention in Lausanne to ask themselves: “What do you expect from modern sport, what do you expect from a modern sport organisation?” The answers, he said, would help keep sport and its organisation relevant. The President underscored the fact that, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC will, after the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, evaluate all the sports event by event. “We will do so with the IAAF and all our stakeholders. We have to ensure that we work closely together to find reliable data that will show us where improvements can be made with regard to each and every event, be it the format, be it the presentation, be it the participation.” Newly elected IAAF President Sebastian Coe and European Athletics Association President Svein Arne Hansen, who took office in April, expressed their strong support for Olympic Agenda 2020 and committed IAAF and EAA to follow it up accordingly.
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IOC President presented the Olympic Order in Gold to the former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Kofi Annan had been awarded the Olympic Order in 2007 but had previously been unable to attend an award ceremony due to his busy schedule. During the presentation, he said: “The Olympic spirit is something that has been with me for a long time. Sport is a great education. Some of the things I learnt that took me through life, through the Secretary-Generalship, I picked up in the sports field, where you learn to play in a team, where you learn to respect rules, where you learn not only to play in a team but to allow for individual brilliance.” Read the full press release here.
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A meeting with the President of the Chinese NOC, Liu Peng, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Zhang Jiangdong, who was leading a Beijing 2022 delegation, was mainly devoted to the application of Olympic Agenda 2020 with regard to the organisation of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Meetings were also held with IOC Executive Board Members Sergey Bubka and Ugur Erdener, IOC Members Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Craig Reedie, Julio César Maglione and Gian-Franco Kasper, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Sebastian Coe.
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President Bach joined numerous young people from Lausanne and the surrounding area at The Olympic Museum to celebrate the launch of the 35th Olympic Week on 11 October. The President visited some of the 40 free activities on offer to children aged 8 to 15, including boxing, biathlon and climbing. In between chats with the public, he also took part in basketball and korfball games.
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As Delegate Member for Autonomy, Patrick Joseph Hickey (right in photo) attended the first meeting of the High-Level Group on Sport Diplomacy on 8 October in Brussels (Belgium). The group was set up by Commissioner Tibor Navracsics in order to assess the value of sport in European Union (EU) external policies and in public diplomacy in general. Fifteen selected members with different backgrounds (former athletes, academics, representatives of think thanks and media, personalities having exercised high-level responsibilities in the field of sport, representatives of major sports organisations, etc.) are invited to prepare recommendations addressed to the Commission by the end of June 2016. Commissioner Navracsics informed the group about his priorities in the field of sport and highlighted the potential of sport to bring people together, generate a sense of common purpose and build communities. During this first meeting, Pál Schmitt (2nd from right in photo) was elected as chairperson of the group. The main discussion focused on how the EU can promote sport at international level.
As President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Philip Craven has been awarded the title of Officer of the Crown in the Civil and Military Order of Merit of Adolphe de Nassau by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg in recognition of his excellence in developing the Paralympic Movement around the world. This distinction was presented to him ahead of the meeting of the IPC Honorary Board in Luxembourg (see also ‘Recognised Organisations’ section).
OTHER OLYMPIC NEWS
Representatives of the IOC, the Kuwait Government and the Kuwaiti NOC met at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne on 12 October to discuss a number of issues related to sports legislation in Kuwait. All parties agreed to fully respect the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter and the statutes of the International Federations. To this effect, it was agreed that a working group would be set up immediately between all concerned parties to address and resolve the issues clearly identified during the meeting and to ensure that sports legislation was compatible with the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter and the statutes of the International Federations. This work should be completed by 27 October 2015 following the deadline laid down by the IOC. Read the full press release here.
The IOC, along with representatives of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), held a constructive and fruitful meeting with a delegation from the Government of Sri Lanka, led by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, and the Sri Lankan NOC in Lausanne on 13 October. The main purpose of this meeting was to review the progress made in the revision of sports legislation in Sri Lanka in order to reach mutual understanding and thus ensure that the legislation is compatible with the basic principles and rules that govern the Olympic Movement. All the parties agreed to fully respect and comply with the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter and the statutes of the International Federations. It was also agreed that the revision of sports legislation should be completed by the end of this year.
A special session devoted to Olympic Agenda 2020 was one of the highlights of the second Smart Cities & Sport Summit, held in Lausanne on 13 and 14 October. IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper took the opportunity to present to the 200 participants the 40 reform proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, in particular those aimed at improving the Olympic Games candidature process. The Smart Cities & Sport Summit is open to any city interested in hosting an edition of the Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games or other major sporting event. It enables cities, regions and countries to learn more about how sport can be used as a catalyst for development. The two-day programme included interactive sessions featuring experts from the Olympic Movement and the world of sport, such as former CEO of the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, John Furlong, who gave a keynote speech entitled “Sport and the City”. Read the full press release here.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
In a keynote speech delivered to the European Athletics Convention in Lausanne, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced new advisory structures designed to assist the delivery of a fundamental programme of change to the sport’s global administration for the approval of the IAAF Council in November. He confirmed that the IAAF Council would be advised in future by ten Commissions and ten Special Advisory Groups, each with ten members who would aim to convene ten times each year, mostly via video- and teleconferencing. Info at www.iaaf.org
Kirsten Van Fossen (left) rowing for Cambridge University. © Chris Down
The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced Kirsten Van Fossen from the USA as the recipient of the 2015 Parmigiani Spirit Award. This award honours university rowers who have demonstrated the core values of rowing in their social, academic and sporting life. Van Fossen, 25, is a PhD candidate in engineering currently studying at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. She studied engineering at Harvard University (USA) and then earned a fellowship to pursue water engineering research at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). There she completed a master’s thesis on 'Point of Use Drinking Water Purification' and also spent time working at the International Reference Centre on Water Reuse, contributing to a water reuse project which looked at finding a solution to water quality and scarcity issues. She competed for the United States at the 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships and continued rowing at Harvard University. Info at www.worldrowing.com
Following a meeting held earlier in the year with a number of European national federations and their respective leagues, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) hosted another series of meetings at the House of Basketball in Mies (Switzerland) on 12 and 13 October. The Union of European Leagues of Basketball (ULEB) and numerous representatives of national and regional leagues covering 25 countries took part (photo above). Held under the leadership of FIBA Vice-President and FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel and FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann, the meetings focused on FIBA’s remodelling of the European club competitions and gave the participants an opportunity to discuss issues such as club competition formats, qualification processes, the competition calendar, commercial benefits, the release of players to national teams from 2017 and insurance for players when on national team duty. Info at www.fiba.com
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in Doha (Qatar) on 13 October, AIBA President and IOC Executive Board Member Ching-Kuo Wu confirmed that Hamburg (Germany) will host the 2017 World Boxing Championships. Meanwhile, the AIBA has finalised a new initiative concerning health, education and boxers’ careers. Based on the four core pillars of sport, health, education and sustainability, the so-called HeadsUp! charter was formally unveiled at the World Championships in Doha. With health as its primary focus, the AIBA Medical Commission has been working at the principal boxing competitions in 2015, concluding in Doha, where it organised workshops with referees and training sessions to help coaches better educate their boxers in the prevention of cuts and concussion. Info at www.aiba.org
The season’s most successful road cyclists received awards at the inaugural UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Cycling Gala held in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) on 11 October. At the awards evening, the performances of the season’s best athletes, teams and countries were acknowledged. Although the main focus of the gala was on road cycling, several other special awards were also presented during the ceremony. Organised with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation, the gala coincided with the fourth and final stage of the new Abu Dhabi Tour. Discover the prize-winners on www.uci.ch
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) recently released the first edition of its Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination, a handbook that has been sent to the 209 FIFA member associations to encourage the global football community to support anti-discrimination initiatives as effectively as possible. Having passed a resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination during the 2013 FIFA Congress, the member associations have until 31 March 2016 to present their action plans. The Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination will act as an essential tool to help them fulfil their duties. Info at www.fifa.com
As part of Haiti’s rebuilding process following the earthquake in January 2010, the opportunity to participate in sporting and cultural activities and to teach young people how to live a healthy and productive life appears to be an equally important means of offering the country’s population a brighter future. In recent months, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has been participating in a development programme by organising training courses and other events. In September, for example, a hockey tournament (photo above) organised by the Haiti Hockey Association saw four teams from across the country face each other as part of a programme that aims to bring sporting opportunities to more Haitian children, all under the supervision of Boney Georges, Programme Planning Officer at the Sport for Hope Centre in Port-au-Prince. The tournament is part of a programme of activities for children living in the local community. Another group of children who joined in were attending the summer sports camp, a programme that enabled them to experience cultural and sporting activities that are not provided through the school curriculum. A total of 36 children took part in the tournament, with a coach for each team and an umpire overseeing the matches. Several parents also attended the tournament. Info at www.fih.ch
The International Judo Federation (IJF) will host the fifth World Judo Day (#WorldJudoDay) on 28 October, with Unity chosen as this year’s theme. Previous themes were Honour (2014), Perseverance (2013), Judo for All (2012) and Respect (2011). Aimed at coaches, fans, judokas and everyone, World Judo Day is held each year on 28 October, the birthday of judo’s founder, Jigoro Kano. The IJF counts 200 national federations and five continental unions as members, and more than 20 million people practise judo every day. The objective of World Judo Day is to increase the number of judokas around the world and to help change people’s lives through judo. Info at www.ijf.org and www.worldjudoday.com
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) informs us that a development clinic was held by the Samoa Swimming Federation from 1 to 7 September. The purpose of the clinic was to give Samoan swimming coaches and primary school teachers intermediate coaching skills and to run a high-level swimming course for talented young swimmers in the region. The group consisted of four coaches and 42 intermediate level swimmers from four clubs and two schools.
Meanwhile, a FINA School was held in Can Tho, Mekong Delta (Vietnam) on 20 and 21 August. Hosted by the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association at the Tra Vinh Sports Centre, the school was attended by 82 local swimming officials and coaches who learned about issues such as the different stroke rules. Info at www.fina.org
World Rugby has launched a new concussion app called #RecogniseAndRemove. This easy-to-use tool will enable players, coaches, doctors, match officials, parents and fans to educate themselves about concussion. Currently available in three languages, the app provides medically-approved information on everything from recognising symptoms to returning to play through interactive video content. With the 2015 Rugby World Cup providing a true platform for education on concussion risks and responsibilities, World Rugby is urging the global rugby family to download the app. Info at www.worldrugby.org
The 2015 Archery World Cup season will reach its climax with the Grand Final to be held in the Zócalo in the centre of Mexico City (Mexico) on 24 and 25 October. The world’s top 32 archers qualified during the different stages of the 2015 tour, which began in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) in May before visiting Antalya (Turkey) in June, Wroclaw (Poland) in August and, finally, Medellin (Colombia) in September. The Archery World Cup will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Mexico City. Info at www.worldarchery.org, the official website of World Archery (WA).
International Triathlon Union (ITU) national federations elected members to several ITU committees, including one member of the ITU Executive Board, at their recent 2015 Congress. After serving as a pro tem member of the Executive Board in 2015, Barry Siff of the United States was elected to serve as member of the Executive Board for another year, after which all 15 Executive Board seats will be up for re-election at the 2016 Congress. The four-year terms run parallel with the summer Olympic quadrennial. More info on the ITU committees here.
During the 6th Basque Trinquete World Cup held in the Mexican cities of Guadalajara and Tepic from 11 to 17 October, the Executive Committee of the International Basque Pelota Federation (FIPV) met to approve the new FIPV logo (photo) and to discuss matters such as the FIPV’s financial situation and the plan to promote Basque pelota, through frontball, in Mexico. The FIPV will organise an international seminar early next year in order to discuss the future of its competitions. Info at www.fipv.net
The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Portuguese Surfing Federation have announced that the 2016 World Junior Surfing Championship will be held in the Azores. The competition will be held at Praia do Monte Verde, Ribeira Grande, and on São Miguel Island from 17 to 24 September 2016. Info at www.isasurf.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
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The Algerian NOC informs us that a delegation of members of the Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) chaired by Lassana Palenfo, IOC Honorary Member, was in Algiers on 27 September to inspect infrastructure for the 3rd African Youth Games in 2018. ANOCA was satisfied with the quality of the infrastructure made available to African young people by the Algerian authorities, notably the 5th July Stadium, which will host the majority of the sports events (photo above). These Games will be organised by the NOC, chaired by Mustapha Berraf, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This inspection was organised on the sidelines of the extraordinary ANOCA Executive Committee meeting held on the same day and in the presence of the Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports, El Hadi Ould-Ali. Info at www.coalgerie.com and www.africaolympic.net/en
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The 3rd Youth Camp of the Chinese NOC was held in Beijing from 15 to 21 September, involving 29 participants from seven NOCs of the Asia-Pacific region and eight Chinese cities (photo above). During the seven-day camp, the young participants attended symposiums with Olympic champions, practised traditional Chinese martial arts and Qiqong (traditional Chinese gymnastics), and visited the National Museum and the Great Wall. The camp was designed to promote the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Movement, and to enhance cooperation and friendship among young participants and sports administrators from NOCs across the Asia-Pacific region. Info at www.olympic.cn
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On 14 October, the Colombian NOC organised a conference entitled ‘Colombia on the road to Rio 2016’ (Colombia Rumbo a Río 2016). A total of 36 journalists attended the various presentations on preparations for next year’s Olympic Games (photo above). The speakers included NOC President Baltazar Medina and a group of experts led by Sports Director Eduardo González Restrepo and composed of Omar Arboleda, Luis Alveiro Quiroz and Edwin Cabezas. Info at www.coc.org.co
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On 13 October, the Spanish NOC and the Catholic University of San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) unveiled a new group of athletes (photo above) who will join the two institutions’ training and sport project. The athletes include tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero, cyclist Alejandro Valverde, weightlifter Lidia Valentín and fencer José Luis Abajo “Pirri”. They will join more than 200 other athletes, including numerous Olympic champions, who are already part of the project. The project is based on the idea of promoting a good balance between sport and education in order to give the athletes all the tools they will need to find work when they retire from sport. NOC President Alejandro Blanco and UCAM President José Luis Mendoza hosted the ceremony, which was held at the NOC headquarters. Info at www.coe.es
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On 12 October, the President of the Gambian NOC, Momodou Dibba, met Mamadou Lamine Ba from the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) at Olympic House in Bakau (photo above). Mr Ba, who was carrying out an inspection visit of the African Dream Project in Gambia, was accompanied by members of the Executive Committee of the Gambian Volleyball Federation, including its President, Yunusa Barry. The African Dream Project, set up by the President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Ary S. Graça, is essential to the development of volleyball in Africa. Held over a four-year period, its main aim is to see an African country compete at the World Volleyball Championships. Officially launched by Gambia in February 2015, the project has created four centres across the country, in the cities of Banjul, Serekunda East, Brikama and Farafenni. Info at www.fivb.org
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The Hellenic NOC informs us that the Hellenic Olympic Academy was awarded the 2015 Fair Play Plaque of Merit and Diploma in recognition of its remarkable work. The award was presented at the European Fair Play Congress held in Baku (Azerbaijan) by the European Fair Play Movement and the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP). Academy President Isidoros Kouvelos (right in photo) received the award from the Vice-President and President of the European Fair Play Movement, Miroslav Cerar (left in photo) and Christian Hinterberger (centre in photo). The ceremony was held on the occasion of the 4th national ‘Olympic Education Day’, during which a giant white dove was created on a blue background by white paper boats made by 45,000 pupils and teachers from across Greece. Info at www.hoc.gr
(l. to r.) Demchigjav Zagdsuren, Hakuho Davaajargal and Tsunekazu Takeda. © Mongolian NOC
A delegation from the Mongolian NOC led by its President, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, paid an official visit to Japan in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation and sports exchanges in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. During the visit, the Mongolian NOC President and his Japanese counterpart, Tsunekazu Takeda, also an IOC Member, signed a partnership agreement at a ceremony held at the Japanese NOC headquarters in Tokyo, which was also attended by sumo champion and Tokyo 2020 ambassador Hakuho Davaajargal. The first time Mongolia participated in the Olympic Games was at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.
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The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee organised a conference on women, youth and sport entitled ‘Innovation, Action, New Milestones’ on 12 and 13 October. More than 80 people from the worlds of sport, education and government took part in this third edition of the conference, which included the theme of youth for the first time and whose opening ceremony was chaired by NOC President Hong-Dow Lin (photo above). Keynote speaker Carole Ann Oglesby, Co-Chairperson of the International Working Group on Women and Sport, tackled the theme of ‘Theory to dynamic action – sport and physical activity for girls and women: instrument for public policy’. Female athletes and medallists from the Olympic Games and Asian Games also shared their experiences and stories with the participants. Info at www.tpenoc.net
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Çağla Büyükakçay (photo) has been appointed President of the Athletes’ Commission of the Turkish NOC. Turkey’s highest ranked female player in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings, she will lead a 48-member commission, half of whom are women. This is in line with the recent changes introduced by the IOC as part of Olympic Agenda 2020, which seeks to promote greater gender equality within the Olympic Movement. The NOC has also been implementing changes of its own by updating its by-laws so they give stronger support to the rules laid down in the Olympic Charter. Under the new laws, for example, the President of the Athletes’ Commission is automatically assigned a seat on the NOC’s Executive Board. Info at www.olimpiyat.org.tr
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (POCOG) and the Korea Environment Corporation co-hosted a ‘Recycling Bazaar’ in Seoul on 11 October (photo above). The event focused on the staging of environmentally friendly Olympic Games in 2018 as well as raising public awareness of recycling at national level. The profits raised at the event will be donated to local schools in PyeongChang in order to help grow the next generation of winter sports athletes. The ‘Recycling Bazaar' is an annual event that will be held until 2017 in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed between the POCOG and the Korea Environment Corporation. Starting next year, renowned winter sports athletes will participate in this event by donating objects and signing autographs. Info at www.pyeongchang2018.com
On 16 October, the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee launched the design competition for the new Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 emblems. The competition is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications, and individual or group applications are welcomed. Applications can be submitted online from Tuesday 24 November to Monday 7 December 2015 through a website to be publicly announced at a later date. An official announcement of the winning entry is scheduled for spring 2016. The entry selected by the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee will be forwarded to the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board for final approval. Read the full press release here.
Canadian Margo Mountjoy (photo), a well-known name in the world of sports medicine, has recently become the new Chair of the Medical Consultative Group of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). A sports physician, she is a member of the Games Working Group of the IOC Medical Commission, the FINA Board and the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). A former competitive synchronised swimmer for Canada, she is also a director and consultant for the University of Guelph’s Health and Performance Centre and a lecturer at the McMaster University Medical School. In her new role, she joined IOC and WADA experts at a meeting with representatives of the 28 Summer Olympic IFs in Lausanne on 14 October. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a strategy on how best to fight doping before and during the Olympic Games Rio 2016. It was decided that all IFs would appoint a designated contact person to facilitate the exchange of information and intelligence between them, the National Anti-Doping Agencies, the IOC and WADA. It will therefore be possible to align testing plans, improve the whereabouts system and share information about therapeutic use exemptions in a timely manner. The IFs were also presented with an overview of the Rio 2016 Anti-Doping Programme, with a summary of the anti-doping operations at test events, as well as an update on the Athlete Biological Passport. Info at www.asoif.com
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The biennial meeting of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was held at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg on 15 October, in the presence of the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (photo above). The Board was updated on the growth of the Paralympic Movement since 2013, the IPC’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the IPC Strategic Plan 2015-2018 and the progress of the IPC’s development arm, the Agitos Foundation. The Board was also informed about the success of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and preparations for Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. The Board members present included Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Sovereign Prince Albert II, Paralympic ambassador from Qatar Hassan Ali Bin Ali and soprano Maria Guleghina. The IPC President, Philip Craven, also attended the meeting. Info at www.paralympic.org
The International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) held its 37th Ordinary Congress from 12 to 18 October in Cancun (Mexico). The current CSIT President, Harald Bauer (photo), was re-elected for his third term as President, for the next four years. Almost 120 delegates from 28 member organisations took part in the election-Congress hosted by Mexican CSIT member INDET. Info at www.csit.tv
Panathlon International has announced the death of Vic De Donder, founding member of the Panathlon Club Bruxelles and President of the Scientific and Cultural Commission of Panathlon International. After serving as a Board member and then as Second Vice-President, he became President of District Belgium in 2011. Info at www.panathlon.net