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02 Sep 2014
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Olympic Highlights


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On 28 August, IOC President Thomas Bach closed the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing (People’s Republic of China). He thanked the young athletes who had taken part:  “You are the future of the Olympic Movement. You have competed with determination. You have shown respect for your opponents and the rules. You have given us a glimpse of your bright future and the bright future of the Olympic Movement”. He also hailed the quality of the organization of the Summer Youth Olympic Games which “were a resounding success thanks to our wonderful Chinese hosts”, before thanking the government and the people of China, Jiangsu Province and Nanjing as well as the thousands of volunteers. After declaring the 2014 Youth Olympic Games closed, the IOC President invited the next generation of young Olympic athletes to Buenos Aires in 2018.

IOC President with the recipients of the Olympic Order. ©IOC/Ian Jones

Earlier in the day, President Bach had invited the YOG organisers for a thank-you breakfast in the presence of the Governor of Jiangsu Province and President of the Nanjing 2014 Organising Committee (NYOGOC), Li Xueyong; the Chinese NOC President, Liu Peng; and the Member of the Communist Party Committee Jiangsu Provincial Standing Committee and Executive President of NYOGOC, Yang Weize; as well as representatives of the city of Nanjing and Jiangsu Province. Together with the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Nanjing 2014 YOG, Alexander Popov, and the IOC Head of Protocol, Willi Kaltschmitt Luján, the IOC President awarded the Olympic Order to a number of NYOGOC members and awarded the Olympic Cup to the people of Nanjing. A number of Olympic pins were also presented, as the IOC President noted: “The legendary Chinese combination of friendliness and efficiency has worked wonders.  Together, these two qualities guaranteed the success of the Games. Together, we were able to see China confident of its place in the world and ready to host the world.”

President Bach surrounded by Nanjing 2014 young athletes. © IOC/Ian Jones

During the YOG between 16 and 28 August, President Bach went to almost all of the competition venues each time accompanied by IOC Vice-President Yu Zaiqing and the IOC members in China, Yang Yang and Li Lingwei. The IOC President stayed for two nights at the Youth Olympic Village, and had the chance to meet some of the 3,800 young athletes competing, as well as many of the volunteers and spectators. He also visited the Sports Lab, where he met young athletes and officials from the sports of roller skating, skateboarding, climbing and wushu. “It is exciting to see how the Sports Lab is appreciated by the people of Nanjing. This was the idea that the people of the host city cannot just watch the Youth Olympic Games, they can also participate”, said President Bach. “For the four sports, it is a great opportunity to present themselves in an Olympic environment.”

Among his many activities, the IOC President met several Young Ambassadors, Young Reporters and Athletes Role Models of the Nanjing Games, including YOG Ambassador Chad Le Clos.  He also took part in a “Chat with the Champions” discussion forum and a Youth Session as part of the YOG Culture and Education Programme.

President Bach and President Xi. © IOC/Ian Jones

The IOC President’s programme also included a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, at which the two leaders addressed various subjects, including the organisation of the YOG and the Chinese government’s support for the Games, as well as how sport can be a fundamental part of his strategy to develop Chinese society. During this meeting, held on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the YOG, the Chinese President reaffirmed his promise to deliver free internet access for participants at all venues. IOC Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel, Craig Reedie, John Coates and Yu Zaiqing, and IOC members Yang Yang and Li Lingwei were also present.

On the day of the Closing Ceremony, President Bach met the Premier of China, Li Keqiang.

President Bach with the UN Secretary-General. © IOC/Ian Jones

The IOC President also welcomed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. During what have become ‘monthly’ meetings, President Bach said: “Your presence here is once again the proof of the strong and increasing cooperation between our two institutions.” The meeting came just a few weeks after the two men jointly inaugurated the new Sport for Hope Centre in Haiti.

During his stay in Nanjing, the IOC President met also a number of heads of state: Pierre Nkurunziza from Burundi, Epeli Nailatikau from Fiji, Abdulla Yameen from the Maldives, Filip Vujanovic from Montenegro and Tony Tan Keng Yam from Singapore. He also had meetings with several prime ministers, including Joe Natuman from Vanuatu, Gaston Browne from Antigua and Barbuda, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed from Djibouti and Roger Kolo from Madagascar, as well as with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia, Theo-Ben Gurirab.

President Bach had several meetings with IOC members, addressing a whole number of issues including the Olympic Agenda 2020.  

President Bach with Samsung Vice-Chairman Jay Y. Lee. © IOC/Ian Jones 

The IOC President signed a contract with the Vice-Chairman of Samsung, Jay Y. Lee, extending the IOC’s Worldwide TOP Partnership with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (Samsung) through to the end of 2020. On this occasion, he said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Samsung. The funding generated by the TOP Programme directly supports the staging of every Olympic Games, as well as every one of the National Olympic Committees, enabling athletes from all over the world to prepare for and compete at each Games. Samsung also supports the operations of each Games by providing leading wireless telecommunications and technology equipment. In addition, Samsung’s technologies and global marketing reach will engage fans around the world with the Olympic values and the Olympic Movement.” 

President Bach with the athletes honoured by the Nanjing Sports Institute.  © IOC/Ian Jones  

At the Nanjing Sports Institute (NSI), President Bach attended a ceremony in honour of 13 Olympic champions who are NSI alumni. During this ceremony, the IOC President was made an Honorary Professor of the NSI. Many other athletes and world champions as well as the IOC Honorary President, the members of the IOC Executive Board, the Athletes’ Commission and the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education and the IOC members in China were present at the ceremony. During the YOG, the Institute hosted the badminton and tennis competitions.


The fourth Olympic Museum created in China by the Executive Board member, Ching-Kuo Wu (second from right) was opened on 17 August in Nanjing. The ceremony took place in the presence of the IOC President, the IOC Honorary President, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yangdong and numerous Nanjing city officials.

Summer IFs

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has launched a web app telling athletes what they need to know about all aspects of the IAAF’s anti-doping programme. The IAAF is the first international sports federation to launch a standalone app with detailed anti-doping information. It is free to access and it can be accessed at

The International Cycling Union (UCI)’s Women’s Cycling Week, organised last month, was a programme of initiatives aimed at growing the profile of women’s cycling through a series of events. The week culminated in a thrilling finale to La Course by Le Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, won by world and Olympic champion Marianne Vos. Fifteen national champions also took part in the event. Details on

During the YOG in Nanjing, International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Bruno Grandi signed a contract awarding the 25th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in 2016 to the Chinese city of Putian. To this end, the FIG President and the Secretary General, Andre Gueisbuhler, held a meeting with the Vice-Mayor of Putian, Zhang Libing, and Chinese Gymnastics Association President Luo Chaoyi (CHN). The Championships will be held in March and April 2016. Details on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the Doha 2014 Organising Committee for the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will organise the first Youth Training Programme from 3 to 7 December during the Championships. About 350 swimmers from 14 to 16 years old will take part in the programme. During the five-day course, the young swimmers will get advice from renowned coaches and learn about the latest training trends and techniques.

In addition, at the beginning of August, Kazan (Russian Federation) organised the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, which saw 34 athletes from 16 countries taking part. For its part, the second edition of the World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships is taking place in Madrid (Spain) from 25 to 31 August, with 16 teams from the five continents. Details on

President Bach attending the signing ceremony between the President of the WTF (r.) and of the ITF (l.). © IOC/Ian Jones

In Nanjing on 21 August, the President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF),  Chungwon Choue, and the President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and IOC member, Ung Chang, signed a historic memorandum in the presence of President Bach. This agreement will open up dialogue and increase collaboration between the two organisations for the benefit of the sport worldwide. As part of the agreement, athletes currently registered with the WTF and ITF will be free to compete in each other’s competitions under the rules of each organisation, creating new exciting opportunities and ensuring that the world’s best taekwondo athletes can compete in the world’s best taekwondo tournaments. “This is a historic step for taekwondo – it is a kind of family reunion. With common roots and a common history, the two federations belong to the same family and it is great to see such an accord. It is in the best interests of the young athletes and lays a firm foundation for cooperation for the future”, President Bach declared. Details on and   

Winter IFs

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has received a donation of USD 73,000 from the Foundation for Global Sports Development. This donation will fund the WCF’s Olympic Celebration Tour for another 12 months, offering more people around the world the opportunity to take part in instructional sessions with curling Olympians and WCF instructors. The funding will also expand the Sports Media Trainee Programme, which gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience at World Curling Championship events. Details on


Swiss skier Karl Molitor died on 25 August at the age of 94. Born in Wengen, in the 1930s and 40s he won the famous Lauberhorn race six times. At the 1948 Games in St Moritz, he won a silver medal in the Combined and a bronze medal in the Downhill. As well as working for the International Ski Federation (FIS) from 1951 to 1972, Karl Molitor was also the Lauberhorn race director for 35 years

Recognised IFs

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced that the hosting rights of the three Baseball World Cups (U-15, U-21 and Women's) to be staged in 2016 have been awarded to Japan, Mexico and the Republic of Korea. Details on

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced that Madagascar has become the 86th country to gain full membership, taking the number of ISA members in Africa to 14. Details on


The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has nominated two more schools as “Elite Schools of Sports”. These schools help assist students to prepare their dual careers – their athletic careers and their post-athletic careers. Currently, more than 11,500 young athletes are supported by such elite sports schools. At the YOG in Nanjing, 32 out of 85 German athletes who qualified study at these schools, while at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 85 of 153 German athletes studied or had previously studied at such a school. Details on

©Australian NOC

The Australian Olympic Committee has appointed Fiona de Jong as its Secretary General, replacing Craig Phillips, who resigned in June after 23 years in the role. A lawyer by training, Fiona de Jong has already been with the NOC for 10 years in the role of Director of Sport. She becomes the first woman appointed to this role in the history of the NOC. A former international triathlete, she will take up her post on 7 October. Details on

The Bahrain Olympic Committee has undertaken to support the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF) in organising the first National Day Championship in December this year. Several athletes from the Bahrain national team and special needs centres will be taking part in the five-day event. 

Olympic Day in Rio.  © Brazilian NOC 

The Brazilian Olympic Committee celebrated Olympic Day at the end of July at the Olympic Stadium in Rio by providing about 600 children from the SESI Citizenship programme of the Alemão, Penha and Mare communities with a chance to try out several sports and cultural activities. The highlight of the event was the participation of the Olympic volleyball champions Giba and Fabi. In addition to a traditional Olympic Day Run, the NOC organised sports clinics (in athletics, badminton, hockey, judo, wrestling, rugby and volleyball) and cultural and educational activities. Details on

The Colombian NOC informs us that a technical course for coaches is currently being held in Tomine, Antioquia. Organised with the support of Olympic Solidarity, this course has brought together around 50 national coaches. The aim is to achieve standardised training throughout the country. Details on

This September, the Spanish NOC will launch the seventh edition of its “All Olympic” campaign and the fifth “Olympic Heroes” campaign. Both of these will be organised in education centres in the Communities of Madrid and Valencia. The main aim is to teach young people about values such as respect, equality and excellence, which are present in high-level sport, and which benefit the whole of society. Details on   

The Guatemalan Olympic Academy participants. © Guatemalan NOC 

The Guatemalan Olympic Academy (GOA) recently held its first session for sports leaders, entitled “When sport can change the world”. Those attending included representatives of the Guatemalan NOC’s Executive Committee, the Guatemalan Autonomous Sports Confederation, the International Olympic Academy and the GOA, national sports associations and federations, and the NOCs of Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. Details on

Tsunekazu Takeda (left) and Denis Masseglia. © Japan NOC

In Nanjing on 16 August, the Japanese and French NOCs signed a partnership agreement for the period between now and 2020. IOC member and Japanese NOC President Tsunekazu Takeda, and French NOC President Denis Masseglia signed the agreement, in the presence of IOC member Tony Estanguet. The agreement will see the creation of a programme of exchanges and cooperation between the athletes, officials and coaches of the two NOCs, as well as use of the facilities at the National Training Centre in Tokyo and the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) in Paris. The Japanese NOC has already signed agreements with 30 other NOCs. Details on and

The Jordanian delegation in Nanjing. © Jordanian NOC

Upon their arrival at the Youth Olympic Village in Nanjing, the Jordan Olympic Committee delegation celebrated International Youth Day with some of the 18,000 international volunteers helping out at the Games. The six athletes signed autographs for fans and chatted with the volunteers to learn about the city and share stories about Jordan. Details on

The course participants in Ulaanbaatar. © Mongolian NOC

In cooperation with the Mongolian Skating Union, the Mongolian NOC recently organised an Olympic Solidarity national sports structure development programme for speed skating. Led by Korean expert Hae-Gang Pyun from the International Skating Union (ISU), the course brought together 45 local coaches, teachers and athletes. NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren was also present for the opening ceremony at Olympic House.

Taekwondo course participants. © Peruvian NOC

Organised by the Peruvian NOC in coordination with the Peruvian Taekwondo Federation, the second course for national taekwondo coaches (level 2) was followed by 28 coaches from all over the country. With the support of Olympic Solidarity, this course offered a week of theory and practical sessions. The closing ceremony was led by NOC member Alonso de la Guerra, in the presence of Peruvian Taekwondo Federation President Joao Tanaka and course director Philippe Pinerd of France. Details on

Senegalese NOC President Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye has been made a Commander of the Order of Wissam Alaouite, one of Morocco’s highest honours. The ribbon of the Order was presented by King Mohammed VI at the Throne Festival in Rabat (Morocco).

Hong-Dow Lin (right) and Gerardo Rene Aguirre Oestmann. © Chinese Taipei NOC

On 11 August, the NOC of Chinese Taipei signed a cooperation and exchange agreement with Guatemala during a visit by the Guatemalan NOC President, Gerardo Rene Aguirre Oestmann. The agreement provides a foundation for mutual cooperation on joint training at national level, and exchanges in coaching training, information, medical science and marketing knowledge. The agreement, which NOC President Hong-Dow Lin signed with his Guatemalan counterpart, will remain in force until 31 December 2018. Bilateral cooperation between the two NOCs has been in place since 1981. Details on

Rio 2016

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee (Rio2016TM) has launched the application process for the volunteer programme that will operate during the 2016 Olympic Games. The organisers are looking for 70,000 people – from all over the world – to work in a wide variety of roles during the Games, including interpreters, receptionists, drivers, reporters and medical professionals, as well as general volunteers who will provide services such as assisting spectators at the Olympic venues. Details on

Tokyo 2020 

The relay participants arriving in Tokyo. ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo Takemi

Eight hundred runners completed a 1,000km relay through Tohoku, the region affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, finishing in Tokyo, host city of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. Those taking part in the race, organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, included numerous athletes, such as Naoko Takahashi, marathon gold medallist in Sydney in 2000; Joji Kato, speed skating bronze medallist in Vancouver in 2010; Kasumi Ishikawa, team table tennis silver medallist in London in 2012; and Athens 2004 Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Shingo Kunieda. Since March 2011, the sports community has been at the heart of efforts to rebuild the damaged areas. This relay is the latest activity involving athletes visiting the disaster-affected areas, interacting with the local children, and helping to bring smiles back to their faces. Details on

Recognised Organisations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched its new web site. The site offers a wealth of information ranging from WADA’s role and daily activities to resources, technical information, news, and questions and answers on the latest topics from the world of anti-doping. WADA has also announced that its annual report for 2013 is now accessible on its web site. Details on

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