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PRESIDENT

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IOC President Thomas Bach kicked off the 7th International Athletes’ Forum with a lively Q&A session and updates on Olympic Agenda 2020’s athlete-related recommendations. Over 100 athletes from 40 countries, with 100 Olympic medals and 200 Olympic appearances between them, were in attendance as the Forum got underway on 9 October. President Bach detailed the progress being made on implementing the reforms outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020. He outlined the new programmes developed to empower and support athletes, placing particular emphasis on protecting clean athletes. He concluded by calling on athletes to help the IOC implement the reforms from Olympic Agenda 2020 and to also improve them where necessary. IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Claudia Bokel in turn presented an overview of the actions and status of the recommendations since the previous Forum in Singapore in 2013, and called on the athletes to continue their active engagement. Full press release here.

After a second Q&A session with the athletes, the President addressed the Closing Session of the Forum, which came out with a set of recommendations. President Bach said in his speech: “These are a great set of recommendations that underline the commitment of the IOC to put athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement. Many of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 were proposed by the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and will further strengthen their role. As one of the founding members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981 it is great for me to see the progress made from those first steps until today, where the athletes play a fundamental role in decision-making.” The President also used the three-day meeting to speak with many athletes individually. (See also under the Commissions section.)

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The importance of good governance in sports organisations was underlined by the IOC President at Camp Beckenbauer in Kitzbühel (Austria) on 5 October. During his opening keynote address, the President introduced Olympic Agenda 2020 to around 150 global decision-makers from the worlds of sport, business and civil society. To ensure the future of sport, effective, accountable and inclusive organisations are needed, President Bach emphasised, referring to the inclusion of sport in the post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The IOC President drew a line from Olympic Agenda 2020, with its three pillars of credibility, sustainability and youth, to the Olympic Channel. The theme of this year’s Camp Beckenbauer was “The future of sport in a digital world”.

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At a meeting with the President and the CEO of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Leandro Negre and Kelly Fairweather, President Bach discussed the preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 hockey tournaments, as well as the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the FIH’s various sports development projects and initiatives.

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The President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and IOC Member, Marisol Casado, discussed preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Olympic Agenda 2020 with the IOC President.

During a meeting with Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Honorary Life President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the IOC President talked about the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 in close cooperation with ASOIF, as well as preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The President of the International Floorball Federation, Tomas Erikkson, paid a visit to President Bach, with whom he discussed the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

At the start of October, President Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge attended a meeting of the Olympic Museum Foundation Executive Committee.

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Meetings were also held with IOC Members Richard W. Pound, Dae Sung Moon, Alexander Popov, Habu Gumel and Danka Bartekova, with whom the IOC President discussed various subjects linked to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. The President also met Jacques and Antoine De Navacelle, great-grandnephews of Pierre de Coubertin. They informed him about the foundation of a Coubertin Family Association and were very pleased with the excellent cooperation between the IOC and the Coubertin family. Jacques and Antoine De Navacelle also expressed their support of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

The IOC President has been named “Player of the Year” by the German marketing and media weekly “Horizont”. The awards ceremony was held in Frankfurt (Germany) on 8 October. The IOC President participated via video conference from Lausanne, where he was taking part in the International Athletes’ Forum. The jury underlined the importance of Olympic Agenda 2020 for the world of sport, saying that “it helps strengthen the credibility of sport”.

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Belgian table tennis player Jean-Michel Saive and Canadian Paralympic ice sledge hockey player Todd Nicholson have donated items to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. World vice-champion and seven-time Olympic participant Jean-Michel Saive donated his uniform and bat from the Olympic Games London 2012. Meanwhile, Todd Nicholson, a Paralympic champion who participated in five editions of the Paralympic Winter Games, gave the Museum the sledge that he used at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. The ceremony took place in the presence of the IOC President and numerous International Athletes’ Forum participants.

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The prize-giving ceremony for the first “Olympic Souvenir” creation contest took place at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, in the presence of the IOC President. Launched by the IOC in partnership with the Visual Merchandising Design section of the School of Applied Arts in Vevey (Switzerland), this contest was open to first-year students of the school, who were given the challenge to create and develop a gift and an item to sell at The Olympic Museum, representing the IOC and Olympism and its values. Click here to discover the winning works and their creators.

MEMBERS

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IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel and IOC Executive Board Member Claudia Bokel took part in Camp Beckenbauer, where they spoke at the sessions entitled “Gender equality in sports: An eternal dream” and “The future of sport in a digitalised world” respectively.

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Nawal El Moutawakel, Claudia Bokel, Frank Fredericks and Kirsty Coventry took part in the first African Athletes’ Forum, held in Marrakesh (Morocco) on 3 and 4 October. This Forum was organised by the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) through its Athletes’ Commission.

COMMISSIONS

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Organised by the Athletes’ Commission in Lausanne on 9 and 10 October, the 7th International Athletes’ Forum came to a close with a set of recommendations aimed at empowering Athletes’ Commissions at all levels. The Forum warmly welcomed Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly the athlete-related recommendations. The full set of recommendations resulting from these discussions will be presented to the IOC Executive Board in December. The plenary sessions and panel discussions covered a number of topics concerning athletes – from effective leadership and Athletes’ Commission management best practices to athletes’ services and welfare, communication and experiences during Games time and beyond. The Forum included a practical session on the IOC’s latest initiatives for athletes, including the Olympic Athletes’ Hub and Integrity e-learning programme. Full press release here.

President Bach paid a brief visit to a meeting of the Athletes’ Commission. The Commission also met representatives of the Athletes’ Commissions of the Continental Associations, the Athletes’ Council of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and IF Athletes’ Commissions.

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Experts from around the world convened for an unprecedented three-day meeting at the IOC headquarters (photo above) at the end of September to discuss research and recommendations on exercise during pregnancy and after childbirth for elite athletes. Sixteen leading experts joined representatives from the IOC Medical & Scientific Commission in Lausanne, chaired by IOC Executive Board Member Uğur Erdener, to consolidate for the first time their respective expertise and knowledge on these topics, review the existing data available and identify future areas of research. The consensus statement will be published next spring in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and on www.olympic.org. Read the full press release here.

OTHER OLYMPIC NEWS

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Over the last three weeks, three Olympic seminars have brought together representatives from 71 NOCs at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (photo above). Organised by IOC TMS along with Olympic Solidarity and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), these were the first three of six seminars, with the others due to be held in January and February 2016. As part of Recommendation 35 of Olympic Agenda 2020, these seminars aim to provide NOCs with greater Olympic marketing knowledge and capabilities to maximise sponsor engagement and activations. The theme of this first round of seminars was the Olympic and NOC brands. Over two days, the participants focused on understanding brand essentials and how to keep the brand alive between the Games. The remaining seminars will concern the other 135 NOCs.

The IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli, spoke at the conference on “Ethics, governance & sport: criteria for the allocation of international sporting events”, organised by the European Parliament’s Sport Intergroup in Brussels (Belgium) on 29 September. Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli presented the IOC’s recent series of actions to strengthen ethics, good governance and transparency within the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement, resulting from the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. Other speakers included representatives from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Spanish Football League, the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Federation for Human Rights.

In its mission to protect clean athletes as described in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is funding and supporting seven innovative research projects in the fight against doping, with more projects set to be added later this month. The seven projects – in Australia, Spain and the United Kingdom – were chosen from among applications received during two IOC calls for proposals from around the world. An IOC expert panel is now reviewing the 22 applications received in response to the third call for proposals, with a decision on which project(s) to support and fund from the remaining USD 2.5 million to be taken in October. Read the full press release here.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

SUMMER IFS

(l. to r.) Injeti Srinivas, Rajiv Yadav, Seb Coe and Adille J. Sumariwalla © AFI

During a visit to New Delhi (India), the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Seb Coe, signed an expression of intent with the Sports Authority of India and the Athletics Federation of India for the establishment of a national centre of excellence for athletics. Accompanied by Adille J. Sumariwalla, IAAF Council member and President of the Athletics Federation of India, Seb Coe met the Sports Secretary of the Government of India, Rajiv Yadav, and the Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Injeti Srinivas. The centre’s objective will be to provide excellent coaching, integrated support services and an education programme for athletes. Info at www.iaaf.org.

On 3 October, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced the conclusion of the first part of the process to determine the 24 teams – 12 men’s and 12 women’s – that will compete in the Olympic basketball tournaments in Rio de Janeiro from 6 to 21 August 2016. Between 11 June and 3 October 2015, a total of 68 men’s and 50 women’s teams took part in continental championships in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania with the aim of booking their ticket for the Olympic Games. In the end, seven men’s and five women’s teams qualified directly for the 2016 Summer Games. They are listed here.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced the relaunch of the UCI Bike City label to support and award cities and regions which invest in developing community cycling and related infrastructure. The first UCI Bike City label will be awarded for four years, in the framework of next year’s UCI Road World Championships in Doha (Qatar). The award will be based on cities’ strategies, combining the promotion of elite cycling through UCI events and the investment made in cycling for all. Info at www.uci.ch.

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The first grassroots football course to be held in Gaza since the Palestinian Football Federation (PFF) joined the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in 1998, ended on 2 October. For five days, at the Islamic University of Gaza’s stadium, some 30 local coaches (photo above) took part in practical and theoretical training in the areas of football coaching and organisation, in order to acquire the necessary technical tools to run self-sufficient grassroots projects in cooperation with the PFF. A festival with the participation of Gaza children ended the course. In order to develop grassroots football throughout Palestine, FIFA will organise another course in Ramallah from 17 to 22 October. Between 2011 and 2014, some 300 grassroots football festivals and courses were held. FIFA has also trained 15,000 educators in 143 countries, and more than 350 identical events are planned for the next four years. Info at www.fifa.com.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has released the names of gymnasts expected to appear at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships to be held in Glasgow (Great Britain) between 23 October and 1 November. With almost 600 registered athletes, these Championships have never before attracted so many participants. These Championships are also of particular importance in this pre-Olympic year as the quest for gold will also double up as a race for qualification for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016. Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.

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On 1 October, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, with age inclusivity one of the key focuses of this year's celebrations. This particular area resonates strongly with the sport of hockey, which is played and enjoyed by people of all ages around the world and at all levels. The sport offers a number of health benefits, but is particularly appealing for older people for many other reasons. In the framework of this Day, the FIH took a look at some of the benefits of playing hockey; benefits that are driving up numbers returning to or continuing to play hockey well into their 60s, 70s or even 80s. Read the FIH’s full article here.

Following a study conducted by British company Kantar Media, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that the 16th edition of the FINA World Championships held in Kazan (Russian Federation) from 24 July to 9 August 2015, attracted a record global cumulative TV audience of 6.8 billion. This official figure represents a 2.3 billion increase since the last edition of the FINA World Championships, held in Barcelona (Spain) in 2013, where the audience was 4.5 billion. Moreover, two years ago, there was a total of 5,156 hours of dedicated coverage, while Kazan 2015 generated 5,728 hours. The cumulative audience is based on six platforms: live, delayed, repeat, highlights, news and sports magazine content. Info at www.fina.org.

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With the Rugby World Cup 2015 being held from 18 to 31 October, World Rugby and its humanitarian partner, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), have set themselves a major challenge in their “Tackle Hunger” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and collect funds to support the WFP’s Zero Hunger programme. By 8 September, rugby fans had already donated enough money to provide more than 1 million school meals. Info at www.worldrugby.org/tacklehunger and www.wfp.org/tacklehunger.
Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela, who harnessed rugby as a vehicle for social change in 1995 to unite a nation, has been posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on 3 October in the presence of the World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gert C. Oosthuizen, and François Pienaar, captain of the South African team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

WINTER IFS

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Curling Canada have confirmed that the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and Senior Championships will take place in Lethbridge (Alberta) from 22 to 29 April. This will be the second time Canada has hosted the combined World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors events. In 2013 the Championships were held in Fredericton (New Brunswick). These Championships will be the last chance for the participating countries to obtain a place in the inaugural mixed doubles curling event at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Info at www.worldcurling.org.

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The International Ski Federation (FIS) has informed us that the second ladies’ coaching seminar took place in Seefeld (Austria) from 25 to 27 September. Former top Italian cross-country skier Gabriella Paruzzi and other international experts prepared an intensive programme for 18 participants from 12 countries. The three-day agenda included topics ranging from specific training for female athletes, the importance of the right strength body balance, the impact of high altitude on athletes, as well as an insight into the structure of the Norwegian skiing model. The programme also featured a practical session of roller skiing training (photo above).
Furthermore, the annual FIS Youth and Children’s Seminar took place on 30 September with the theme of “Social Media in Youth Sports”. Now in its 13th year, the Seminar brought together over 100 guests from 53 countries, who were introduced to many topics, such as ethical social media use, the launch of the new FIS domain name dot.SKI, the welfare of children and social media, and the FIS “Bring Children to the Snow” campaign. Info at www.fis-ski.com.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

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On 20 September, at Mohamed Boudiaf University in Oran, the Algerian NOC held an international conference led by Mario Pescante, IOC Member and the IOC’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, on the theme of “The Olympic Truce: Sport at the Service of Peace”. Organised in cooperation with the Wilaya of Oran and Oran’s Mohamed Boudiaf Science and Technology University, the conference was attended by NOC President Mustapha Berraf, numerous students, directors of university establishments, as well as Consuls General of Spain, France and Morocco. Info at www.coalgerie.com.

The Colombian NOC, supported by Olympic Solidarity and the National Sports School, has launched registrations for the 2015/16 GOLD sports administration course aimed at sports leaders. This course aims to familiarise participants with the world of sports organisation management, through training based on the advanced sports management course model (MOSO – Managing Olympic Sport Organisation), one of Olympic Solidarity’s programmes. Info at www.coc.org.co.

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In Madrid on 3 and 4 October, the Spanish NOC, in cooperation with Olympic Solidarity, held a seminar on information and communication technology management, which was attended by the presidents or representatives of 24 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking NOCs. The subjects addressed included the various information channels, virtual libraries, digital content, and the Spanish NOC’s social networks. Representatives from the Olympic Studies Centre also presented projects on the management of written heritage which can contribute to the sharing of information and collections concerning the Olympic Movement. The seminar closed with the adoption of a joint document signed by the 24 NOCs, informing the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and Olympic Solidarity about the importance of this seminar for all NOCs worldwide, to help them improve and implement their information systems and databases. Info at www.coe.es.

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The Women and Sport Commission of the Gambian NOC organised the 4th Women and Sport Festival in Serekunda from 29 September to 3 October. With the theme “Promoting Olympic values in sport for women and girls”, this 2015 edition featured a national forum, an Olympic wrestling competition, 3-on-3 basketball competitions and a tug-of-war competition. The forum held on 29 September brought together 110 sportsmen and -women, representatives of sports associations, media and sports administrators (see photo above). The forum tackled issues such as regular physical activity for the enhancement of physical and mental health, self-esteem, and the triumphs of women in sport. The speakers included the NOC President, Alhaji Momodou Dibba, the Executive Director of the National Sports Council, Marcel Mendy, NOC First Vice-President and Chair of the ANOCA Women and Sport Commission, Beatrice Allen, who is also an IOC Member, and the Chair of the NOC’s Women and Sports Commission and NOC Executive Board member, Mary Samba Christensen.

(l. to r.) Giannis Stathopoulos, Spyros Capralos, Voula Zygouri, Voula Kozompoli and Kakhi Kakhiasvili. © Hellenic NOC

In the presence of the President of the Hellenic NOC, Spyros Capralos, the Ambassador of Georgia in Athens, Josif Nanobashvili, and numerous Olympians including Voula Zygouri, the Olympic Winners’ Associations of Greece and Georgia recently formalised their cooperation. Meeting at the NOC’s headquarters, Voula Kozompoli, President of the Greek Association, and her Georgian counterpart, Kakhi Kakhiasvili, signed a memorandum of cooperation for the promotion of sport, culture, health and education through joint actions of their members in both countries. They also thanked the NOC President and the Georgian Ambassador for their support. Giannis Stathopoulos, communications manager of the Greek Olympic Winners’ Association, was also present. Info at www.hoc.gr.

On 30 September, the Guatemalan NOC held an extraordinary session of its General Assembly, whose agenda included the approval of travel expenses and indemnities for official trips endorsed by the NOC. This point will need to be adopted following proposals that will be submitted by federation and association delegates by 30 October, and which will then be evaluated. After these proposals are analysed and their relevance studied, a new document will be published and submitted for approval at the NOC’s General Assembly on 18 November. Info at www.cog.org.gt.

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During a 36-hour trip to Panama, the IOC Deputy Director General for Relations with the Olympic Movement, Pere Miró, met with presidents and representatives of 21 federations and with the Board of Directors of the NOC of Panama in a conversation where national and international topics were discussed, as well as the issue of autonomy in sport (see photo above). The President of the Spanish NOC, Alejandro Blanco, accompanied him during this trip. Pere Miró also held meetings with the Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Augusto Arosemena and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Miguel Hincapie. Info at www.copanama.com.

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The sports administration course organised in Ica by the Peruvian NOC under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity ended on 26 September. For four days, sports leaders from organisations throughout the region attended the course (photo above). Such courses have also taken place in the Tumbes and Cajamarca regions, where the themes of sports development, sports event management and the role of sport in society were addressed. Info at www.coperu.org.

(l. to r.) Pere Miró, Eduardo Álvarez and Alejandro Blanco. © José Avelino Rodrigues

The President of the Venezuelan NOC, Eduardo Álvarez, and his Spanish NOC counterpart, Alejandro Blanco, have signed a cooperation agreement in order to develop exchanges in various areas of sport. The agreement covers, for example, collaboration in the coach education field and their respective countries’ participation in international competitions. At the seventh session of the Venezuelan Olympic Academy, Alejandro Blanco and the IOC Deputy Director General for Relations with the Olympic Movement, Pere Miró, spoke about good governance and the development of sport in the world respectively. During their visit to the Venezuelan NOC, the two sports leaders were awarded the NOC Order and met NOC officials, coaches and athletes.
Meanwhile, more than 200 people attended the Municipal Congress on Sciences Applied to Sport, held in the city of La Asunción on the island of Margarita from 24 to 26 September. The programme included talks on sports medicine, biomechanics, sports journalism, the organisation of sports events, the Olympic Movement and Olympic Solidarity.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES

RIO DE JANEIRO 2016

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On 29 September, at the Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s media was given a first glimpse of the course that will provide the world’s top canoe slalom specialists with their stage at next summer’s Olympic Games. The Whitewater Stadium was officially unveiled by Rio mayor Eduardo Paes, who hailed the moment as an important milestone in the preparations for Rio de Janeiro 2016, describing the venue as the most challenging part of the Deodoro Olympic complex. The real course will be put through its paces for the first time at an official test event from 26 to 29 November, when some 250 competitors from 40 countries are expected to participate in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 dress rehearsal. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has worked closely with the Rio 2016 organisers to help shape the venue, and has already given the course its seal of approval during a site visit earlier this year. Together with the BMX and mountain bike venues, the canoe slalom course forms part of the X-Park, a centre for “extreme” sports that will form an important part of Rio 2016’s sporting and social legacy programme, providing the local community with a sporting and recreational facility that is certain to prove particularly popular with the city’s youth. Full press release here.

PYEONGCHANG 2018

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The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (POCOG) has signed an official domestic sponsorship agreement with the SK Group, seeing it become the official partner in the semiconductors and oil category. The agreement was signed by POCOG President Yang-ho Cho (left in photo) and the President of the SK Group’s Council Communication Committee, Young-tae Kim (right in photo). In addition to the Worldwide Olympic Partners, PyeongChang 2018’s national marketing programme consists of three tiers: the highest class is “Official Partner”, the middle class is “Official Sponsor”, and the lowest class “Official Supplier”. Info at www.pyeongchang2018.com.

TOKYO 2020

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The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) has informed us that the 2015 International Athlete Forum for 2020 was a great success. Members of the Athlete Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Claudia Bokel (also Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission), Ben Sandford and Koji Murofushi (also Tokyo 2020 Sports Director), Eilish McColgan of UK Anti-Doping, and several other Olympians and Paralympians took part in the forum, alongside athlete role models. The programme included activities involving more than 100 young athletes and focusing on the values of clean sport and Tokyo 2020’s “2020 Young Athletes Project”. Co-organised by WADA, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology, and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), the forum was part of the “Play True 2020” anti-doping initiative. Established as one of the pillars of the Sport for Tomorrow programme, this initiative is now managed by JADA. The forum also included the launch of the “Play True Torch Relay” project. Athletes from different countries, sports and generations will be invited to inscribe the truth that they have discovered through sport in a traditional Japanese scroll called a makimono. These messages will be conveyed to youngsters around the world until the 2020 Games. Full press release here.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

LILLEHAMMER 2016

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With less than 130 days to go to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer next February, the Organising Committee (LYOGOC) presented its final preparations to the IOC Coordination Commission at the beginning of October. The members of the Coordination Commission, chaired by IOC Member Angela Ruggiero, were particularly impressed by the final plans for the “Sjoggfest” – a winter festival named after the mascot, Sjogg. Inspired by youth culture, this event will test new concepts that will revolutionise the YOG. During the 10 days of the Games, some 1,100 of the world’s best young athletes will compete in the seven sports on the Olympic programme, as well as some new youth-focused events. Spectators and athletes alike will also be able to enjoy a daily programme of film screenings, concerts and cultural events that will bring together some of Norway’s leading artists. Full press release here.

BUENOS AIRES 2018

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With three years to go until the start of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Organising Committee CEO Leandro Larrosa (photo) spoke to olympic.org about preparations for the event, which will take place from 1 to 12 October 2018. See his interview here.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS

With less than a year to go to the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, data experts from more than 20 Olympic International Federations met in Lausanne on 29 and 30 September to learn more about the Olympic Data Feed (ODF) and carry out a series of practical simulations. The ODF is a standardised feed that allows sports information to be sent from the moment it is generated at the venue to customers, such as the media, for example. The workshop was organised by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), in close cooperation with the IOC, the IOC’s Worldwide TOP partners ATOS and Omega, as well as the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. As part of this workshop, the participants also learned about the Olympic Movement Sports Data Project. This project – the first of its kind in world sport – will create a unique sporting database containing historical and near‐to‐live results, athlete biographies and future calendar data with content validated at source by the IFs and the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement (NOCs, athletes, etc.). In line with the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, the IOC intends to provide a sports data service to future OCOGs as part of a set of turn‐key solutions, and it will use the Olympic Movement Sports Data Project as a tool. The system will integrate the ODF and is scheduled to go live in 2017 with the first Organising Committee to receive data from the system being PyeongChang 2018. Read the full press release here.

On 2 and 3 October, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), welcomed experts from the anti-doping community to a values-based education conference in Ottawa (Canada). Representatives of 61 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), 18 IFs and four Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs), as well as 17 researchers, from a total of 50 countries, examined how anti-doping organisations could advance global initiatives by using their collective knowledge and that of researchers worldwide. The conference concluded with the adoption of a series of resolutions, under which, for example, WADA, NADOs, RADOs and IFs must devote more financial and human resources to values-based anti-doping education programmes; effective values-based education and prevention programmes must be implemented in order to significantly reduce doping in sport; and WADA must convene a follow-up conference before 2018 to examine the state of this important area of work and evaluate the progress of these resolutions. Read the full press release here.
On 16 September, the WADA Executive Committee approved the 2016 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, which can be found on the WADA website in English and which will come into force on 1 January 2016. Info at www.wada-ama.org.

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