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23 Sep 2014
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Olympic Highlights



President Bach and South Korean President Park.© Cheong Wa Dae

In Seoul immediately after arriving on 18 September, IOC President Thomas Bach met the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, at the Blue House, to discuss the status of the preparations for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The two leaders agreed on closer cooperation between the South Korean government, the IOC and the Games Organising Committee (POCOG). President Park gave the IOC President her personal and her government’s assurances to make PyeongChang 2018 a success. It was the second meeting between the two leaders since President Bach’s election. “These Games are a unique opportunity for the Republic of Korea to showcase itself to the world - not only as a new destination for winter sports, but also as a country of high technology and hospitality,” President Bach told President Park. “They should also help to further the international relations of all Koreans.” President Bach invited President Park to the IOC headquarters and Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Accompanying the President during this meeting were Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Executive Board member and Coordination Commission Chair for PyeongChang 2018; Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director; Kim Jung-haeng, Korean NOC President; and Cho Yang-ho, POCOG President.

Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games. © Getty Images/Suhaimi Abdullah

President Bach attended the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon before addressing on 20 September the 33rd General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), whose President is Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. He also attended several competitions.

During his stay in Incheon, President Bach met IOC Vice President John Coates, IOC Executive Board member Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC members Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Julio César Maglione, Ser Miang Ng, Samih Moudallal, Tsunekazu Takeda and Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski. He also had meetings with delegations from the NOCs of Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Syrian Arab Republic.

He took part in a lunch hosted by POCOG President Cho Yang-ho, attended by the Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Kim Jongdeok; the Governor of Gangwon Province, Choi Moonsoon; the President of the Federation of Korean Industries, Heo Changsoo; the Vice-President of the South Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lee Donggeun; NOC President Kim Jung-haeng; and POCOG Vice-President Kwak Youngjin. Also on his agenda was a reception hosted by the Japanese NOC.

Meeting between President Bach and Adolf Ogi. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

Before leaving for the Republic of Korea, President Bach met the former President of the Swiss Confederation and former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi, in Lausanne. Their discussions focused on the collaboration between the IOC and the UN as well as the future of the Olympic Movement through Olympic Agenda 2020.

The President also met Michel Barnier, Vice-President of the European Commission; Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling; and Emmanuel Hoog, Chairman and Chief Executive of Agence France Presse..

(L to r:) Erskine Simmons, Steve Stoute, Thomas Bach and Austin Sealy. © IOC / Jochen Färber

A meeting was also held with a delegation from the NOC of Barbados, made up of its President, Steve Stoute, Secretary General Erskine Simmons and IOC member in Barbados Austin Sealy. During the meeting, the IOC President and the delegation addressed the issue of the development of sport and the role of sport in society.

President Bach also met IOC Executive Board members Claudia Bokel and Sergey Bubka and IOC members Mario Pescante, Alex Gilady, Sam Ramsamy and Angela Ruggiero to discuss various issues, including Olympic Agenda 2020.

On 16 September, the President attended the unveiling of a sculpture donated by the World Curling Federation (WCF), in the presence of WCF President Kate Caithness at The Olympic Museum (see the IF section).


IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie represented the IOC at a conference organised by the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office of European Sport in Macolin (Switzerland). During this meeting, the European sports ministers signed a convention against manipulation in sports competitions.

On 13 September, Richard L. Carrión was appointed a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board at its meeting in Madrid (Spain). (See the IF section).

© FIFA/Foto-net

Joseph S. Blatter (l in photo), who is also President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), met his IOC colleague Ung Chang (r) at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland). Their meeting focused on the development of football in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


The IOC was sad to learn of the death of Alpha Ibrahim Diallo, an IOC honorary member in Guinea, at the age of 82. A graduate in journalism and civil administration, Mr Diallo joined the IOC in 1994. He was a member of the Executive Board from 2003 to 2006 and also served on several commissions. He became an honorary member in 2013. During his 15 years at the head of the NOC of Guinea, he played a key role in supporting athletes and in promoting the values of physical activity in his country. On a continental level, Mr Diallo was a member of the ANOCA Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990, before serving as President from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of the ANOC Executive Committee before becoming its Vice-President in 2001. He then held a number of positions within the Guinean Government and was also an Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. He was the founding President of the African National Broadcasting and Television Union (URTNA). 


Various commission meetings were held this week in Lausanne to discuss and contribute to Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed each commission.

 The Sport and Environment Commission chaired by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

 The Athletes’ Commission chaired by Claudia Bokel.

The Entourage Commission chaired by Sergey Bubka.

The International Relations Commission chaired by Mario Pescante.




On 13 September in Madrid, the International Basketball Federation Central Board (photo above) for its 2014-19 term met for the first time under the chairmanship of Horacio Muratore, the newly elected President. After having appointed a number of people, the Board now has 26 members. Former FIBA President Yvan Mainini has been elected President of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), while Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani, President of FIBA Asia, has been appointed IBF Deputy President. Info at

The President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), IOC Executive Board member Ching-Kuo Wu, and the President of the Kazakh Boxing Federation, Timur Kulibaev, officially inaugurated the AIBA Boxing Academy recently in the presence of the Kazakh Culture and Sports Minister, Aristanbek Mukhamediuly. Located in the Talgar region near Almaty, this Academy is a unique educational-training complex, which will become the centre for the development of boxing. Info at

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has launched its new smartphone app. Free to download, this app (in English) provides all the information on the world of judo – news, results, calendar, photo gallery – and will give direct access to the Facebook page, Twitter feed and IJF live TV web channel.  Info on
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that the Qatari capital, Doha, will host several key events at the end of 2014. The 3rd edition of the FINA World Aquatics Convention will take place from 29 November to 1 December. The 2nd FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic, from 30 November to 1 December, will be placed under the main theme of “Science and Innovation in Swimming”. They will be followed by the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which will bring together over 900 of the world’s best swimmers from 3 to 7 December. FINA will also hold an Extraordinary Congress on 29 November and 1 December, and honour the best athletes in the six disciplines at its Soirée des Etoiles gala dinner. Info at

In Dubai (United Arab Emirates), some 162 delegates from 85 countries took part in the General Assembly of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), whose President is Francesco Ricci Bitti. The delegates decided to approve a 12-year term limit for the President and members of the Board of Directors. Term limits are effective from the date of the 2015 AGM and will not be implemented retrospectively. Another decision coming into effect after the next AGM, which will be held in September 2015 in Santiago (Chile), to remove the post of Executive Vice President from the Board, although the position of Chief Operating Officer remains in place. Info at

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that the video entitled “Ibrahim Hamato – Nothing is impossible” has had 2 million views on YouTube. This video tells the moving and inspirational story of Ibrahim Hamato, an armless player who holds the racket in his mouth, playing against top international players at the 2014 World Championships. Info at

The World Championships of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), being held in Santander (Spain) from 8 to 21 September, are the first qualification events for the Rio 2016 Games. Thus, half of the places for the next Olympic Games in all sailing disciplines will be allocated in Santander. The remaining places will be allocated from the 2015 Class World Championships and a series of continental qualification events, which will conclude by 1 June 2016 at the latest. Info on


(L to r:) Patrick Hürlimann, Björn Zryd, Kate Caithness, Thomas Bach, Marc Vuilleumier, Jean-Paul  Bidaud and Bent Ramsfjell © IOC / Arnaud Meylan

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has become the first winter sport IF to have a sculpture placed in The Olympic Museum Park in Lausanne. WCF President Kate Caithness and President Bach officially unveiled the work by Swiss artist and sculptor Björn Zryd. The idea for this sculpture came from the former Vice-President of the WCF and Olympic champion in Nagano in 1998, Patrick Hürlimann, and fellow WCF Hall of Fame member Jean-Paul Bidaud, both Swiss. The ceremony took place in the presence of several personalities, including Marc Vuilleumier, head of sport at the City of Lausanne, and Bent Ramsfjell, a bronze medallist at the Nagano 1998 Games. Info at


The former Chairman of the International Ski Federation (FIS)’s, Medical Committee, Bengt Saltin (photo), died on 12 September aged 79 in Stockholm (Sweden). Throughout his time as head of the Medical Committee, from 2002 to 2006, Mr Saltin focused on creating a new strategy in the fight against doping and on the role of the FIS in athlete injury prevention. Info on


The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) has appointed former professional baseball and softball player Laurie Gouthro as Assistant Executive Director for International Softball. Info at


Leo Wallner (r) presenting the medal to Hermann Andrecs.  © GEPA-Pictures

On 10 September, in the framework of the Austrian NOC’s annual general assembly, NOC President Karl Stoss and IOC member Leo Wallner presented the Pierre de Coubertin medal to Hermann Andrecs for his services to the Olympic Movement. Aged 83, Andrecs has devoted his life to promoting the values of sport and Olympism. He was involved in the creation of the Austrian Olympic Academy in 1982, and was its President from 1994 to 2003. The former PE professor is still active as a track and field athlete in  the decathlon and the high jump disciplines. He has won several European and world senior titles. Info at

Diploma ceremony for the 2013 class of the MOSO. © Chilean NOC

A Chilean NOC press release has informed us that 17 students of the 2013 class of the Management of Olympic Sports Organisations (MOSO) course, which was organised for the first time in the Los Rios region, recently received their diplomas at a very moving ceremony. This course was organised by the Chilean NOC’s education department in collaboration with Santo Tomás University, under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity and under the patronage of the National Sports Institute, as part of the Chilean Olympic training programme. Info at

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the appointment of Olympian and former British hockey team captain Ben Hawes (photo) as its new Athletes’ Commission Chair. Hawes competed in three editions of the Olympic Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Retired from competitive sport since last year, he was has been on the Commission since its inception four years ago. He will succeed Sarah Winckless in January 2015 for a four-year term. A bronze medallist in Athens, Sarah Winckless, a three-time Olympian, was Chef de Mission for Team GB at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Info at

© Jordan NOC 

Worldwide TOP Partner Samsung has teamed up with the NOC of Jordan to sponsor athletes competing at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon from 19 September to 4 October. As part of this partnership, five athletes have been selected as the “faces” of Team Jordan and Samsung Electronics Levant, working together as Team Samsung. Some 156 Jordanian athletes, officials and coaches will leave for Incheon – the largest delegation Jordan has ever sent to the Asian Games. Info at

Ser Miang Ng (l) and Jarian Brandes © Peruvian NOC

During his inspection visit at the Videna High-Level Training Centre and the Peruvian NOC headquarters, the Chair of the Evaluation Committee for the organisation of the 130th IOC Session in 2017, Ser Miang Ng, was surprised to be welcomed by young sailor Jarian Brandes, to whom he had presented a bronze medal at the Nanjing YOG. She was accompanied by NOC President Jose Quiñones González. The IOC delegation comprised IOC member Willi Kaltschmitt Luján, Panagiotis Tzivanidis and Mariana Pando. The host city of the 130th IOC Session will be elected at the Extraordinary IOC Session on 8 and 9 December in Monaco. Info at



RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio (Rio 2016) has announced that over half of the Games tickets will be on sale at accessible prices giving a chance to everyone to attend. Nearly 7.5 million tickets will be issued, and about 3.8 million will cost BRL 70 (USD 30) or less. The ticket sales programme will be launched in November with the competition schedule. Info at

TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced the establishment of its Athletes’ and Media commissions. The Athletes’ Commission will consist of 21 representatives of the Japanese sports community (11 women and 10 men), and will be chaired by Daichi Suzuki, a gold medallist at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and President of the Japan Swimming Federation. The first meeting of the Athletes’ Commission will be held on 10 October. As for the Media Commission, it will be chaired by Hisashi Hieda, Chairman and CEO of Fuji Media Holdings Group, and will have 36 members (14 women, 22 men) representing Japan’s media landscape. In addition, the Executive Board validated the appointment of Hiroshi Sato, former Deputy Governor of Tokyo, as Vice-Director General of Tokyo 2020. Info at



The International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) will organise several events in the coming months. From 25 to 27 September in Berlin (Germany) the “‘Move and Improve? - Physical Activity and Academic Performance” symposium will take place, addressing the aspects of neuro-scientific research that could help to enhance the value of physical activity in educational and academic contexts. From 22 to 28 October in Rheinsberg (Germany), the 7th edition of the “Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development through Sport” interactive seminar will take place, during which the participants will learn how to implement sport for development programmes. Finally, from 14 to 16 November, in cooperation with the German NOC and Freie Universität Berlin, the ICSSPE will host the 4th international “Paths to Success – Inspiring Future Leaders” seminar the objective of which is to provide young people interested in a career in sport with the knowledge and tools to allow them to become future leaders in international sports organisations and institutions. Info at

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