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12 Nov 2014
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Olympic Highlights



Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. © Thananuwat Srirasant / Getty Images

From 5 to 8 November, IOC President Thomas Bach was in Bangkok (Thailand) for the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) chaired by IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. Addressing the ANOC General Assembly, President Bach urged them to support the reforms contained in the Olympic Agenda 2020. “The time for change is now – after discussion for more than a year now is time for agreement. Working together we must protect and promote our values” said the IOC President. The ANOC General Assembly gave Olympic Agenda 2020 unanimous backing during its meeting. The Assembly also thanked the IOC President for having the UN resolution on the autonomy of sport adopted.

IOC President Bach with Larissa Latynina. © Thananuwat Srirasant / Getty Images

President Bach attended the first ANOC Gala Awards Dinner
honouring exceptional achievements by athletes and NOCs, during which cultural performances from all five continents were presented. The President bestowed the Outstanding Performance Award upon Larissa Latynina, who won a total of 18 Olympic medals in gymnastics during her career.

Joseph Nyande, Patrick Coker and Thomas Bach. © Thananuwat Srirasant / Getty Images

While in Bangkok, President Bach met Patrick Coker, the President of the NOC of Sierra Leone, accompanied by the NOC’s Secretary General, Joseph Nyande, to discuss efforts to fight against Ebola. He praised the NOC for its swift action in supporting the United Kingdom’s Joint Ebola Task Force in setting up an Ebola treatment facility in Freetown, Sierra Leone. “It is good to see sporting organisations playing their part and offering their support,” said the President. The IOC also promised assistance to the NOC to help the athletes and the Olympic Movement in Sierra Leone. “We want to help athletes in Sierra Leone in their day-to-day activities and in their preparations for any upcoming events,” the IOC President added. Full press release here.

President Bach attended meetings of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) addressing them on Olympic Agenda 2020 and the UN resolution.

He also held discussions with ANOC President and IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie and IOC members Ching-Kuo Wu, Nat Indrapana, Robin Mitchell, Alex Gilady, Sam Ramsamy, Olegario Vázquez Raña, Tony Khoury, Syed Shahid Ali, Julio César Maglione, Irena Szewinska, Ser Miang Ng, Rita Subowo, Habu Ahmed Gumel, Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Barry Maister, Lingwei Li, Tsunekazu Takeda, Bernard Rajzman and Alexander Zhukov, as well as honorary members Kipchoge Keino and Lassana Palenfo.

The IOC President also held meetings with IAAF President and IOC honorary member Lamine Diack; UCI President Brian Cookson; the Chairman of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and IOC honorary member Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and the President of the Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Yang-Ho Cho, accompanied by the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for these Games, Gunilla Lindberg.

More meetings on the President’s schedule: USOC CEO Scott Blackmun; the Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Sebastian Coe; the President of the NOC of China, Liu Peng; the President of the Canadian Olympic Association, Marcel Aubut; the President of the Italian NOC, Giovanni Malago; ANOC Vice-President Randhir Singh; and the Secretary General of the Pan-American Sports Organisation, Jimena Saldaña.

© IOC / Christophe Moratal

Before leaving for Bangkok, President Bach met IOC member Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in Lausanne, with whom he discussed various topics, including the latest Olympic Agenda 2020 developments and the IOC Session in Monaco

The IOC President also hosted IOC EB member and President of World Archery Uğur Erdener and the President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti.

At the opening of the annual IF Forum organised by SportAccord, chaired by Marius Vizer, in Lausanne, President Bach recalled the importance of the United Nations resolution recognising the independence and autonomy of sport and the leadership of the IOC, also mentioning the important contribution of the IFs to Olympic Agenda 2020.
The President made a speech to the representatives of the International Sports Federations whose headquarters are in the canton of Vaud, which had gathered in The Olympic Museum for their annual meeting. Attendees included the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer; Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz and the Head of the Department of Economy and Sport of the Canton of Vaud, Philippe Leuba. President Bach underlined the close relationship between the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, as well as the partnership enjoyed with all the IFs.

Nadia Comaneci and Thomas Bach. © IOC / Arnaud Meylan

Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci has donated the bib she wore at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal to The Olympic Museum. She won three gold medals at these Games and became the first gymnast in history to score a perfect 10. “There is no better place to display my bib which was with me in Montreal”, she said. The IOC President who also won an Olympic gold medal at the same Games edition, recalled the champion’s commitment: “You did not become famous only for your sporting achievements - your commitment to various bodies, your desire to give back to sport what it has given to you, make you an example to others. I remember in particular your tireless commitment to the athletes when we were both members of the Athletes’ Commission in the 1980s.” Also present at this ceremony were young gymnasts from Vaud, who performed in front of Comaneci, one of the greatest representatives of their sport. Full press release here.


© Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images  

Jacques Rogge was given the ANOC Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award
, which was presented by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah during the first ANOC Gala Awards Dinner.


© Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
was re-elected as ANOC President for a new four-year mandate during the General Assembly in Bangkok, as was Patrick Joseph Hickey to the ANOC vice presidency.

Other IOC members who have been elected or re-elected to the ANOC Executive Council for the period 2014-2018: Gunilla Lindberg, Lassana Palenfo, Habu Ahmed Gumel, Lydia Nsekera, Julio Cesar Maglione, Larry Probst, Zaiqing Yu, Prince Tunku Imran, Tsunekazu Takeda, Mikaela Jaworski, Robin Mitchell and Barry Maister.


Two international sports medicine organisations met on 4 November at the IOC headquarters, at the invitation of the IOC Medical Commission - the Medical Commission of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS). Speaking to the participants, the IOC President underlined the importance of acting together to protect the clean athletes. He was accompanied by the Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, EB member Uğur Erdener. During their meeting, the two organisations reiterated their common priorities – protecting athletes’ health and protecting clean athletes.


On 5 November, the IOC announced that an athlete had committed an anti-doping rule infraction at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which took place last August in Nanjing (People’s Republic of China). The athlete, who was competing in taekwondo, tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, a prohibited substance. After reviewing the files and information at hand, the IOC Disciplinary Commission, set up by the IOC President and chaired by IOC member Richard Pound, disqualified the athlete from the 2014 YOG. Due to the fact that the athlete was a minor at the time of the anti-doping violation, the IOC has chosen not to disclose his/her name. Full press release here.

The IOC made presentations about its recent activities in the field of safeguarding the integrity of sport and protecting clean athletes at conferences of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) at the end of October in Philadelphia, USA, as well as at the World Lottery Summit that took place from 2 to 5 November in Rome (Italy). The need to have strong national regulations on online betting and to foster cooperation between the various stakeholders involved in the fight against manipulation and corruption linked to sports betting were particularly highlighted by the IOC, which was the only sports organisation represented at all three events.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced that the 2015 edition of its 3x3 Under-18 World Championships will take place in Tunisia next June. The competition will be attended by 48 teams from 36 countries. The exact dates and the name of the host city will be revealed at a later date. Info at

Austrian cyclist Matthias Brändle broke the UCI Hour Record on 30 October at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle (Switzerland), the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI). Brändle covered a distance of 51.852km, beating by 742 metres the record set by Jens Voigt (51.110km) on 18 September in Granges (Switzerland). Aged almost 25, the Austrian triple time trial champion enters the Hall of Fame of holders of this record, alongside cyclists such as Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser. Info at

 © USA Swimming

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has learnt of the death, at the age of 93, of Peter Daland (photo), one of the most successful American coaches. Peter Daland devoted his life to swimming, as a coach and leader. He was the former Chair of the FINA Coaches’ Commission. Info at

FIVB Congress in Cagliari. © FIVB

Meeting in Cagliari (Italy), the 34th World Congress of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) voted for a statute reform, limiting to two the number of terms of office of an FIVB President. According to the new rule, the President may stand for office again after eight years of presidency, and, if re-elected, may officiate for four years only. This Congress saw record participation of 210 national federations of the 220 that belong to the FIVB. The delegates also approved the plans and budget for a new Hall of Fame at the FIVB headquarters. See all the other decisions at


The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced the death of its honorary member, Switzerland’s Räto Melcher, at the age of 81. During his long career within the FIS, he was Vice-Chair then Chair of the Alpine Committee. In recognition of his services and remarkable devotion to skiing, he was made an honorary member of the FIS in 1994. The following year, he received the King Olav Trophy, which is awarded to individuals who have worked towards promoting skiing on an international level. Info at


Doping meeting in Argentina. © Argentinean NOC

The Argentinean NOC, through its Educational Anti-Doping Commission, whose Chair is NOC Vice-President Alicia Masoni de Morea, organised a meeting of South American sports ministers on 22 and 23 October in Buenos Aires. Held jointly with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), this meeting was attended by representatives of South American governments and NOCs, as well as by WADA Director General David Howman and the Director of the WADA Latin America regional bureau, María José Pesce. The objective was to promote the creation of a regional anti-doping organisation. A National Day took place alongside the event, promoting the activities of the NOC and WADA with respect to the fight against doping, and informing the participants about the standards of the new 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Info at

he Bahraini NOC has set up a number of workshops aimed at making its staff aware of the importance of planning in their work and to provide them with the necessary competences. The other objectives were to implement local and international partnerships and to strengthen the role of the NOC, support the sports federations, provide teaching and sports coaching, and to ensure athletes’ health.

Sports administration course in Bogotá. © Colombian NOC

The academic management team of the Colombian NOC organised a sports administration course on 3 November aimed at teachers from the national apprenticeship service. Forty participants followed this course, which was held until 7 November at the NOC headquarters in Bogotá. Info at

Meeting of the Olympic Athletes’ Commission. © NOC of Guatemala

The Guatemalan NOC’s Olympic Athletes’ Commission held its first meeting, with some 40 delegates, from each national sports association and federation. Held at the NOC headquarters, the meeting was opened by Commission Chair Juan Andrés Rodríguez. Items on the agenda included the presentation of the mission and objectives of the Commission, as well as the athlete assistance programme and the NOC scholarship programme. Info at

Some of the sponsored athletes. © Greek NOC

The “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016” sponsorship programme, initiated by the President of the Greek NOC, Spyros Capralos, has had remarkable results. A total of 28 sponsors – companies, banks and individuals – will support 55 athletes from 13 different sports in their preparations for the Games in Rio. The programme was presented at a ceremony organised at the NOC. All the athletes underlined the importance of such support and thanked the NOC for this initiative. Info at

The Japanese and Israeli judokas. © Israeli NOC

The NOC of Israel has hosted the 2010 women’s world judo champion, Japan’s Tomoko Fukumi, accompanied by her compatriots Imai Yuko, bronze medallist at the 2012 World Championships, and Ellie Kawai, the coordinator of the Japanese judo team at the London Games in 2012. The two judokas led a conference for judo coaches in the framework of Olympic Solidarity. The 50 participants included Yarden Gerbi, 2013 world champion, and Gili Cohen, bronze medallist at the European Championships in 2014. As for Ellie Kawai, she participated in a seminar for coordinators within the NOC’s elite sport department and for the medical team accompanying the Israeli athletes. NOC Director General Gili Lustig and the President of the Israel Judo Association, Moshe Ponti, were also present. A press conference and a tour of the Olympic Experience Museum were also held. Info at

Hao-Ming Pu (right) and Hong-Dow Lin © Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee

At the meeting of its Executive Board on 27 October, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee awarded the 2014 IOC “Sport and Art” Trophy to sculptor Hao-Ming Pu. NOC President Hong-Dow Lin presented the Trophy to Hao-Ming Pu in recognition of his important contribution and commitment to developing sport and art. One of his works, created in 2014, is a statue of 1931 Kano Baseball Team pitcher Mingjie Wu (“KANO1931, An Eagle Spreading Its Wings”), which was unveiled in front of more than 6,000 people. Expressing his thanks for the Trophy that had been awarded to him, Hao-Ming Pu presented the Olympic Committee with a sculpture entitled “Spring”. Info at

Jiří Kejval (l.) and Michael Vesper. © Czech NOC

The Czech and German NOCs have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation covering the exchange of experience and know-how, as well as cooperation on projects supporting youth sport and the training of coaches. The one-day meeting in Prague was attended by the Director General of the German Olympic Committee, Michael Vesper, and the President of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval. This Memorandum is valid for an indefinite period. Info at and


RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio 2016 has announced that the Brazilian Mint will produce some 5,000 medals in gold, silver and bronze and metal derived from recycled electronic equipment, showing Rio 2016’s commitment to sustainable development. Info at


Yuna Kim and POCOG President Yang-Ho Cho. © POCOG

The Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (POCOG) has announced the appointment of Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim as the 2018 Games Ambassador.  In this new position, she will play a very influential role in promoting the Games and mobilising the public at major national and international events. She should also participate actively in online promotional activities launched by POCOG and aimed at young people. Info at


Meeting in Bangkok as a prelude to the General Assembly, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Executive Council took a number of decisions. Each of the Continental Associations must elect a woman among their representatives on the ANOC Council. The next ANOC General Assemblies will be held in 2015 in Washington (USA) and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Info at

An International Paralympic Committee (IPC) press release has announced that the Chefs de Mission of the 27 National Paralympic Committees met in Toronto (Canada) at the end of October with a view to the Parapan American Games, which will be held from 7 to 15 August 2015. Some 1,600 athletes from 28 countries will compete in 15 sports, with all competitions being qualifiers for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Info at

At the annual IF Forum in Lausanne, SportAccord and the International Fair Play Committee (IFPC) signed an MoU for a duration of three years. The aim is to promote fair play in all sports at every level, from Sport for All to elite sport. The MoU was signed by SportAccord President Marius L. Vizer and IFPC President Jeno Kamuti. SportAccord has also concluded an agreement with Euronews on sports event programming, signed by Euronews Director General Michael Peters and Marius Vizer. Info at

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Generations For Peace have agreed a two-year partnership to implement a social cohesion programme that will reach at least 5,000 Jordanian and Syrian refugee children and young people in 12 selected host communities most in need. Almost 480,000 Syrian refugees currently live in communities in Jordan. Generations For Peace will provide training, mentoring and support to staff in the selected communities. Info at

The second edition of the Winter World Masters Games will take place in Quebec (Canada) from 31 January to 8 February 2015. Because of the huge success of the Summer Games, the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) wanted to develop a winter edition. Bled (Slovenia) hosted the first edition, in 2010. Info at

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