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17 Nov 2015
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IOC President condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris

In a statement published on 14 November, the IOC President condemns “these barbaric and cowardly acts. This is not only an attack on the people of France and Paris, this is an attack on humanity and all humanitarian and Olympic Values. We stand united with all people from all around the globe. Our thoughts are of course with the families and friends of those who have been killed or wounded. […] In these dark times, we should remember the unifying power of sport to unite people and communities and to bring peace and reconciliation. Today all people of goodwill will say: We are all French”. IOC President sent a letter of condolence and support to the President of the French Republic, François Hollande and ordered that the Olympic flag be lowered to half-mast to remember this tragedy.

Meeting after the publication of the report by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the IOC Executive Board (EB) confirmed the proposal of the IOC Ethics Commission to provisionally suspend Lamine Diack, the former IAAF President, from his honorary membership of the IOC. The following day, on 11 November, Lamine Diack resigned from his position at the IOC. The EB also asked the IAAF to initiate disciplinary procedures against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in the Olympic Games and are accused of doping in the report of the Independent Commission. With its zero-tolerance policy against doping, following the conclusion of this procedure, the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and as the case may be exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games. Read the full press release here. You can also read the IOC’s statement on the WADA Independent Commission report here.

The President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Alexander Zhukov has met the IOC President to discuss the findings of the WADA Independent Commission Report. Following the meeting, the ROC with the full backing of the IOC, will undertake actions to protect the clean athletes and to sanction all the doped athletes and officials. Read the full press release here.

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Speaking at the opening of the annual IF Forum organised in Lausanne by SportAccord Convention, chaired by Francesco Ricci Bitti, the IOC President, Thomas Bach, invited all the IFs to put all their focus and efforts into safeguarding the credibility of sport by implementing standards and principles of good governance in all their activities in order to protect the common interest of the Olympic Movement. He recalled that the Forum is an opportunity to deepen the partnership and strong working relationships that exist between the IOC and the IFs. (see also ‘Recognised organisations’ section)

The IOC President also addressed the representatives of the International Sports Federations based in Lausanne and the canton of Vaud at their annual meeting, attended in particular by the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, Mayor of Lausanne Daniel Brélaz and the Head of the Department of Economy and Sport of the Canton of Vaud, Philippe Leuba. Among other things, President Bach underlined the close relationship between the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Capital in this centenary year of the IOC’s presence in Lausanne, as well as the partnership enjoyed with all the IFs.

A meeting with the Olympic winter IFs, was the opportunity to review keys to success to ensure the future development of the Olympic Winter Games and how to put the Olympic Agenda 2020 in action, mainly with regard to the candidature process, the sustainability, the legacy and the feasibility as well as the safeguarding of the success of future Games.

With the Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord - AIMS), which met at the IOC headquarters, the IOC President underlined the importance of cooperation in the follow-up of the recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020.

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The IOC President spoke to the President of the Czech NOC, Jiri Kejval, about his forthcoming visit to Prague for the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, as well as of the plan for an Olympic Park initiated by the Czech NOC.

President Bach met the President of the Hellenic NOC, Spyros Capralos. As well as the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, they discussed preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and PyeongChang 2018, as well the lighting ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Olympia next April.

A delegation from the New Zealand NOC composed of Barbara Kendall and Barry Maister, IOC Members in New Zealand, and Kereyn Smith, NOC Secretary General, met the IOC President.

President Bach also spoke to a delegation from the NOC of Liechtenstein about the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

The President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), Anders Besseberg, accompanied by the Secretary General, Nicole Resch, spoke with the IOC President about preparations for the biathlon competition at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The IOC President’s discussions with the President of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), Raffaele Chiulli, concerned the cooperation between recognised IFs and the IOC in numerous areas, including the integrity of sport and the fight against doping.

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President Bach met the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), IOC Member José Perurena, with whom he discussed various subjects linked to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

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With the Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), David Richardson, the Olympic Agenda 2020 and its recommendations about the Olympic programme were on the agenda of the meeting.

The main topics of discussion with the Secretary General of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), Sunil Sabharwal, were the celebration of the CIFP’s 50th anniversary and the presentation of Fair Play awards at the forthcoming Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

President Bach congratulated IOC Member Ivan Dibos on his appointment as Chairman of the Peruvian Government’s Sports Advisory Committee. Answerable to the Ministry of Education, the Committee is responsible, inter alia, for submitting recommendations on the drafting, implementation and monitoring of policies related to physical and sports education.

Meetings were also held with IOC Executive Board Members Ugur Erdener and Craig Reedie, and IOC Members Richard W. Pound, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Ung Chang, Samih Moudallal, Lydia Nsekera, Danka Bartekova, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and Mamadou Ndiaye.

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The IOC President also met IOC Members Barry Maister, Poul-Erik Hoyer, James Tomkins, Mamadou Ndiaye and Nenad Lalovic who took part in an information meeting for new IOC Members.

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On 12 November, the President welcomed children from schools of the Lausanne region as part of “Dare to do a job” day. He gave them a tour of his office and answered their questions on his schedule and role as President. This day is part of the awareness-raising programme run by several Swiss cantons to allow primary and secondary schoolchildren (aged 9 to 15) to find out about various professions.

During the Bambi 2015 media awards ceremony held in Berlin, IOC President presented the Millenium Bambi award to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. The annual Bambi awards honour celebrities from the world of entertainment, literature, sports and politics.


Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC EB Member and President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), represented the IOC President at the Opening Ceremony of the Premier 12 World Baseball Championships in Chinese Taipei on 9 November. Taking place in Chinese Taipei and Japan from 8 to 21 November, these championships bring together the 12 best national baseball teams in the world.


Adam Pengilly has been named as Chef de Mission of the British delegation for the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016. A member of the British NOC, he is also part of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and of the Coordination Commission for these Games.

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Rita Subowo has left her position as an IOC Member as she is no longer President of the Indonesian NOC. She had been elected at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City. The IOC President thanked her for her contribution to the IOC and invited her to attend the IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro to say farewell to her former colleagues.



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At the 2015 IOC Women in Sport Awards ceremony held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the NOC of New Zealand became the first NOC to be named World Winner. It was awarded the World Winner trophy for its long-standing efforts to promote women in sport that have resulted in strong female representation on its Executive Board, within its senior management and in its Olympic delegations. Cathy Freeman, one of Australia’s most successful and admired Olympic champions, was named the continental winner for Oceania for her outstanding work among young Australians through her Foundation (CFF) and her other community and charitable activities. The other continental winners were Mervat Hassan (Africa), Sara Rosario (America), Sheikha Hayat Bint Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa (Asia) and Stavroula Kozompoli (Europe). The IOC President, who attended the ceremony, praised the excellent work carried out over the last two decades by the Women in Sport Commission, chaired by Lydia Nsekera, and said gender equality went beyond being simply a ‘women’s issue’: “Gender equality is part of good governance in any organisation, whether an International Federation, a National Olympic Committee or in the IOC itself.” Read the full press release here.

Twelve IOC commissions met in Lausanne throughout the week in order to review the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations within their own mandate. The IOC President attended every commission meeting and took the opportunity to discuss with commission members any relevant issues and to underline the importance of good governance in the sporting movement.


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On 6 November, a few days before the IF Forum in Lausanne, which focused on governance in sport and the manipulation of competitions, the IOC and Sportradar signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which both organisations will share information concerning sports betting and the integrity of sports competitions. All sports competitions covered by the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (“IBIS”), including the Olympic Games and a range of competitions governed by IFs, are the subject of the Memorandum of Understanding, which reinforces the drive for greater cooperation found in the text of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli, IOC Ethics and Compliance Chief Officer, and Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Security Services, spoke at the signing ceremony. Read the full press release here.


Canada was the most recent destination in the series of “Integrity in Sport Train the Trainer” workshops currently being conducted jointly by the IOC and INTERPOL around the world (photo above). Another tangible result of Olympic Agenda 2020, the meeting, held on 11 November in Winnipeg, was a first for Canada. It focused on enhancing understanding and identifying ways of preventing and responding to competition manipulation in Canada and North America. With over 20 coaches and educators in attendance from the Canadian National Olympic Committee, national sports federations, the Coaching Association of Canada, SportCanada and NGOs which implement coaching education, the objective was to empower these bodies to act as multipliers by delivering integrity training to players, referees and coaches in the region. Read the full press release here.


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New Zealand Olympian Sarah Walker, BMX silver medallist at the Olympic Games London 2012, donated one of her jackets to The Olympic Museum after demonstrating her sport to Museum visitors. The IOC President attended the presentation ceremony.



The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has finalised a new partnership with the Zambian NOC to promote the AIBA’s HeadsUp programme in Zambia and the southern Africa region. Based on the four pillars of sport, health, education and sustainability, the HeadsUp charter was signed in Lausanne by the President of the Zambian NOC, Myriam Moyo, and the AIBA President, Ching-Kuo Wu. In the spirit of the charter, the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia will become a major boxing hub for the region, enabling boxers to use the facilities and attend coaching courses. It will also be the ideal scouting platform for promising local talent. Launched at the 2015 World Boxing Championships in Doha (Qatar), HeadsUp is a global programme developed by the AIBA to promote the core values of boxing. The objective is to foster AIBA initiatives to promote the development and growth of the sport at national and international levels, to change the perception of boxing, and to enhance the positive aspects of the sport, including discipline, training and the sense of self that it imbues in all participants. Info at

Held in Sochi (Russian Federation) on 7 and 8 November, the International Handball Federation (IHF) Congress granted full membership to seven new federations: Kosovo, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, South Sudan, American Samoa and Equatorial Guinea. The IHF now has 204 member federations from the five continents. Representatives of 139 federations took part in the Congress, which was opened by IHF President Hassan Moustafa, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, and the President of the Russian Handball Federation, Sergey Shishkarev. Info at


Held in Chinese Taipei on 7 and 8 November, the 67th Congress of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), chaired by Klaus Schormann (photo), approved statutory amendments designed to modernise the governance of the UIPM and bring greater clarity to the way in which it functions. The UIPM also approved the membership of six new federations: Afghanistan, Benin, Bermuda, Colombia, Indonesia and Madagascar. The two senior world champions, Laura Asadauskaite (Lithuania) and Pavlo Tymoshchenko (Ukraine), were named Athletes of the Year. During the Congress, the UIPM became the first IF to express its backing for the Declaration of Support for the Olympic Charter, which was signed by Olympians representing the five continents at the inaugural World Olympians Forum organised by the World Olympians Association (WOA) in Moscow in October. Info at


The World Rugby Council has approved a series of far-reaching reforms of its governance structures, including an increase in the number of unions represented within the Council. An Advisory Committee will be established to oversee the implementation of the IF’s women’s rugby strategy. The Executive Committee’s remit and composition will be extended to deliver a more modern, dynamic and streamlined governance structure. Independent members will also be appointed to the Committee. These reforms, together with a strategic plan, will be launched in 2016. Info at

With reference to its circular letter of 30 October, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has confirmed that the IOC has revoked the Olympic qualifying status of the Asian Shooting Championships held in Kuwait from 1 to 12 November. This means that no places for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 were awarded at these Championships. Furthermore, none of the scores obtained by athletes during the Asian Championships will qualify for MQS (Minimum Qualification Score) status. Info at


The Council of the International Ski Federation (FIS) met on 7 November at the FIS headquarters in Oberhofen (Switzerland). The agenda included approval of competition calendars, proposals from the FIS technical committees, the appointment of technical officials and reports on the forthcoming FIS World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. Info at


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As part of the UN Women “HeforShe” campaign, the Albanian NOC, in partnership with UN Women Albania, has implemented a “HeforShe in Sport” project at Feti Vogli school in the village of Baldushk, near Tirana. The event was attended by the campaign ambassadors, Luiza Gega and Erkand Qerimaj, the NOC President, representatives of UN Women Albania and the sports community, as well as PE teachers from schools in the Tirana district. The NOC is aiming to gather support from the younger generation for the “HeforShe” campaign, and to show them through demonstrations and various sports activities how to achieve and respect gender equality in sport. Some 350 students, both male and female, took part (photo above). The programme included meetings with Olympians, cultural activities and mixed sports activities such as volleyball, football and chess. This event was the first in a series of initiatives that will be extended to other schools in order to foster their support for the “Become a HeForShe” campaign. Info at

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The Algerian NOC organised the inaugural Algerian Athletes’ Forum in Algiers on 8 November (photo above). The Forum was held as part of the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations with the aim of highlighting the role and responsibilities of athletes, as well as their retraining for a career after retiring from sport. It was attended by numerous athletes and members of their entourage, including the NOC Athletes’ Commission President, Abderrahmane Hammad, and several sports federation presidents. The Forum was officially opened by the Minister of Youth and Sport, El Hadi Ould Ali, and NOC President Mustapha Berraf. Info at

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On 21 and 22 October, Guatemala City hosted a regional sports medicine course, organised under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity and the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS). Opened by the President of the Guatemalan NOC, Gerardo Aguirre (photo above), the course was attended by regional experts and international speakers including Fabio Pigozzi, FIMS President, Eduardo Henrique de Rose, head of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and FIMS Vice-President, José Kawasoe Lazzoli, Secretary of the Panamerican Confederation of Sports Medicine (COPAMEDE), and Ana Cintrón-Rodríguez, Chair of the COPAMEDE Scientific Commission. The objective of this seminar was to present a global vision of clinical and scientific disciplines applied to sport, to inform health professionals about matters such as best medical practices in sport, the updating of diagnostic and therapeutic measures, muscular injuries, psychological aspects and athlete nutrition.

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A volleyball training seminar was held at the headquarters of the Peruvian NOC in Lima from 26 to 29 October as part of the updating and sports training programme run by the Peruvian Olympic Academy (photo above). Organised in cooperation with the Peruvian Volleyball Federation, this seminar focused in particular on physical preparation, planning of training sessions, playing systems and mini-volleyball. A sports administration seminar will bring the 2015 edition of the Academy programme to a close from 23 to 26 November. Info at

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Organised by the Venezuelan Athletics Federation with the backing of the Venezuelan NOC, the first national mini-athletics championships were a great success. Around 200 children aged from 7 to 10 came from six states in the Caracas district to take part in the event, which was held at the NOC headquarters in the Venezuelan capital (photo above). The event was part of the Olympic Street Festival held to commemorate the NOC’s 80th anniversary. In addition to the nine sports events on offer, the children were able to visit the Olympic Museum and watch films linked to the Olympic Movement. They also created drawings and paintings on the theme of Olympism and were given the chance to make their own Olympic medals and laurel wreaths.




The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (POCOG) has announced the appointment of Hyungkoo Yeo (photo) as its new Secretary General. Yeo has spent 35 years in public service and held the position of Second Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport before joining POCOG. In his new role, he will oversee all Games preparations under President Cho, in particular facilities such as the competition venues, the Olympic stadium and Olympic villages. He will make sure that the venues are ready to host the test events in February and will oversee critical areas such as marketing, accommodation, transport and the promotion of the Games to the public. Info at



Following the publication of its Independent Commission’s report on 9 November, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) immediately implemented one of the report’s key recommendations: to suspend the accreditation of the Moscow Antidoping Center. Under the suspension, which took effect immediately (on 10 November), the Moscow Antidoping Centre is prohibited from carrying out any WADA-related anti-doping activities, including analyses of urine and blood samples. A disciplinary committee, which will be required to review the case on the basis of the procedural rules adopted by the WADA Executive Committee, will be formed shortly. It will issue a recommendation on the laboratory’s accreditation status. Read the full press release here.

Following discussions at the 2015 IF Forum being held in Lausanne, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) and SportAccord Convention, issued the following statement on 12 November: “Today, the International Sport Federations welcome and accept the IOC’s invitation to work together to not only establish indicators and assessment mechanisms, but to promote their use within their respective sports. The objective of this undertaking is to ensure that the state of governance within sports institutions can be readily assessed publicly and monitored on an ongoing basis. This will be done in an inclusive manner, taking into account best practices and using the most appropriate available tools so as to not only establish the right processes, but to promote and ensure a ‘Culture of Good Governance’ within all Sport Federations.” Info at

At the Extraordinary General Assembly of SportAccord on 11th November in Lausanne, the members decided by large majority to authorise the SportAccord Council whose Interim Chairman is Gian-Franco Kasper, also President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) to negotiate with the Board of the SportAccord Convention to merge the organisations into one body. In spring 2016 the General Assembly of SportAccord will convene and review the proposed Statutes that will be established and submitted to the members. Info at

Each day between 12 November and 31 December, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will reveal the Top 50 Moments of 2015 on Each moment will be covered in an article as well as through photos, videos and promotion via the IPC’s social media outlets.


Meeting at their 34th General Assembly in Lausanne on 7 and 8 November, the members of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) elected a new Executive Board to lead FISU for the next four years (2015-2019). Former First Vice-President Oleg Matytsin (photo) was elected President, succeeding Claude-Louis Gallien. Aged 51, he originates from Moscow and is a former rector of the State University of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism. He is the current President of the Russian University Sports Federation and Vice-President of the Organising Committee of the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation). The IOC President addressed the FISU delegates during the opening of Assembly. Info at

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