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Olympic Highlights

09 Sep 2014
Olympic News


President Bach at the “Camp Beckenbauer” © CB

On 1 September, IOC President Thomas Bach opened the 2014 edition of “Camp Beckenbauer” in Going, near Kitzbühel (Austria), with a keynote speech. At this event, which was organised in Going, near Kitzbühel (Austria) by former football world champion, Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, and had the theme “The Power of Sport in a Changing World”, the President spoke about how to manage change in society and in sport, as well as about the future of the Olympic Movement through Olympic Agenda 2020. He asked, in particular, that more be done to protect clean athletes, and underlined that sport can change the world but cannot alone bring peace in the world. He was accompanied by IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel.

This week in Vidy, President Bach hosted Jean Todt, the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

A meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), led by its Executive Director, Joël Simon, accompanied by Magnus Ag and Andrew Blauwell, also took place during which the IOC President and the CPJ representatives discussed a closer cooperation between the two organisations as well as agreed on free reporting for journalists at the Games.

President Bach with Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz. © IOC/Christophe Moratal

The President also met Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz, the new President of the Saudi Arabian NOC, who outlined his plans for the future of sport in his country and his intention to strengthen the role of sport in society.

The IOC President had meetings with IOC Vice-Presidents John Coates and Yu Zaiqing; as well as Executive Board member Uğur Erdener and IOC members Robin Mitchell, Sam Ramsamy and Julio César Maglione

© IOC/ Arnaud Meylan

On 5 September at The Olympic Museum, the IOC President greeted the participants in the ninth General Assembly of the Olympic Museums Network (photo above), a network whose main objective is to promote the values of sport and Olympism.

© IOC/Arnaud Meylan 

On the same day, he met Thierry Zintz, the Director of the Executive Masters in Sport Organisations Management (MEMOS) programme, before attending the diploma award ceremony at The Olympic Museum (photo above).  

On Sunday 7 September in Lausanne, President Bach watched the finals of the archery World Cup, accompanied by the President of the World Archery Federation, Uğur Erdener.


© ‘Camp Beckenbauer’

IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel and Joseph Blatter took part in the 2014 edition of “Camp Beckenbauer”. Nawal El Moutawakel spoke on behalf of the IOC during the session “Olympic Sports and Football in a Changing World”, while Joseph Blatter, also President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), gave a presentation about the status of Brazil after the successful FIFA World Cup.

Issa Hayatou, who is also President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), was inducted into the African Sports Hall of Fame during the eighth edition of the International Convention of Sport in Africa (CISA), held in Sal (Cape Verde) several months ago. He was also awarded a trophy in the “Leader” category.


© IOC/Christophe Moratal

On 4 September, President Bach greeted the members of the Medical Commission (photo above), which was meeting in Lausanne under the chairmanship of Uğur Erdener. This was the first commission meeting in September, and more commissions will hold meetings over the next few days, in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020. 

Summer IFs

The ordinary Congress of the World Rowing Federation (FISA) was held on 1 September in Amsterdam (Netherlands), where the World Championships took place from 24 to 31 August. Chaired for the first time by the new FISA President, Jean-Christophe Rolland, in the presence of FISA Honorary President and IOC member Denis Oswald, and the FISA representative for Oceania, IOC Vice-President John Coates, this Congress was attended by delegates from 51 FISA member federations. On the agenda, the election of the FISA Board as well as the awarding of several editions of championships. The 2015 ordinary Congress will be held on 7 September in Chambéry (France) following the World Championships, which will take place on Aiguebelette lake. Info at

At the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Congress held in Seville (Spain) on 28 August, delegates from the 116 national federations unanimously elected Horacio Muratore as FIBA President. He succeeds Yvan Mainini. Furthermore, 13 of the 29 potential members of the FIBA Central Bureau were also elected for the 2014-2019 period. FIBA has also just launched the TV Academy (, an online educational tool it has developed to guide and educate users for a better practice of the game. Info at

The second edition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships was held from 5 to 7 September 2014 in Balatonfured (Hungary). Some 153 athletes aged between 14 and 18, from 30 countries, took part. Lake Balaton will host the open water events of the FINA World Championships which will be held in 2012 in Budapest. Info at

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will become “World Rugby” as from 19 November. The new name and logo will be presented at the IRB World Conference on 17 and 18 November in London (Great Britain). Info at

On 1 September, Thomas Weikert became the seventh President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). He succeeds Adham Sharara, who held this position since 1999. Up until now, Thomas Weikert was President of the German Table Tennis Association. Info at

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) inducted seven personalities into its Hall of Fame, inaugurated in Edmonton (Canada). They are Erin Baker (New Zealand), Karen Smyers (USA), Emma Carney (Australia), Mark Allen (USA), Simon Lessing (Great Britain) and Greg Welsch (Australia); and former ITU President Les MacDonald, a major force behind  the entry of triathlon into the Olympic programme. Info at

Winter IFs

On 5 September in St Wolfgang (Austria), the 11th Congress of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) re-elected Anders Besseberg as President of the IBU for the 2014-2018 period. Info at

Curling camp for juniors in Zoetermeer. © Christian Leibbrandt

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has informed us of the organisation of two camps for juniors this summer. In collaboration with the German Curling Association, the WCF organised courses and the 16th edition of the camp for juniors in Fuessen (Germany) from 28 June to 12 July, in which 181 young people from 26 associations participated. From 1 to 6 August, seven teams composed of young people from Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania took part in a camp in Zoetermeer (the Netherlands) organised by the WCF and the Dutch Curling Association. Info at


Some 80 coaches have registered for the level 1 course of the national training programme organised by the Training and Sporting Development section of the Bahraini NOC. The course offers two modules: the first taking place from 14 to 20 September and the second scheduled for 12 to 18 October. Among the subjects that will be addressed are how to plan a training session, the coach’s philosophy, mental preparation and performance follow-up.

Eddy De Smedt, the Belgian NOC (COIB) Director of High-Level Sport, has been appointed Chef de Mission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This will be the fourth time that he has performed this function, after Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014. Furthermore, the COIB Board of Directors has voted on the composition of its Ethics Commission. Alongside its President, Jan Peeters, the Commission will comprise Eric De Boever, Paul Urbain, Roger Vanmeerbeek and Jean-Michel Wyns. Info at

Participants in the Youth Camp in Nanjing. © Chinese NOC

The second edition of the Chinese Olympic Committee Youth Camp was held in Nanjing, involving 27 participants from eight Asian NOCs and eight cities in China. During the five-day camp, the young participants attended symposiums with IOC members, world champions and organisers of the second Youth Olympic Games watched competitions of these Games, and participated in various cultural and educational activities. This Camp is designed to promote the Olympic Movement and enhance exchanges and cooperation among young participants from across Asia. Info at


The IOA stand in Nanjing. © IOA

The International Olympic Academy (IOA) participated in the Culture and Education Programme at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, through its interactive educational programme “Discovering the Olympic Movement and its Values”, in conjunction with the International Olympic Truce Centre. The IOA stand at the Olympic Village offered the young athletes participating in the YOG the opportunity to learn about the history of the Games, thanks to educational activities using the latest technology. Info at

Margret Rumat Hassan in Nanjing. © Generations for Peace

Generations For Peace has informed us that, since 2011, a satellite office of the organisation has been running in Juba, South Sudan, providing local delegates with the skills needed for positive sustainable development in the country, thus providing hope and prospects for the future for young people, which was illustrated perfectly by the participation of Margret Rumat Hassan in the Nanjing YOG, in the 400m event, under the Olympic flag and as an Independent Athlete. In keeping with the support provided by the IOC to the South Sudanese athletes and the budding national sports movement, the IOC Executive Board decided, on 8 July, to offer an athlete from this country a place in athletics for the YOG in Nanjing. This decision received the approval of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Margret was thus chosen by the South Sudanese sports authorities. Info at

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