These were two more full weeks for IOC President Thomas Bach, whose schedule included the inauguration of Olympic House, the IOC Executive Board and the 134th IOC Session.
IOC / Greg Martin
On 23rd June, the day of its 125th anniversary, the IOC officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. For the traditional ribbon-cutting at the foot of the iconic unity staircase of Olympic House, President Bach was joined by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer, the IOC Executive Board members, the President of the Vaud Council of State, Nuria Gorrite, Council of State members Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba, the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod and a number of Olympic medallists. The ceremony was attended by 700 guests, including the IOC Members, the Presidents of the 206 NOCs and the International Sports Federations, and more than 30 Olympic medallists who, together with the Olympic medallists amongst the IOC Members, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games. Full news release here.
Earlier, the President and the IOC EB paid tribute to Pierre de Coubertin, during a ceremony held at the Bois de Vaux cemetery in Lausanne, in the presence of Alexandra De Navacelle Zolidis, a representative of Coubertin’s family.
IOC / Greg Martin
On the eve of the inauguration of Olympic House, the IOC President officially inaugurated a new playground in front of Olympic House, together with the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod, and local authority representatives. It was important for the IOC to contribute to the reconstruction of the playground after the original play area was dismantled to accommodate the water pipe that brings water from Lake Geneva to cool and heat the new building. After the presentation of the Olympic House point of interest, recognisable by the marble arch that was part of the former IOC building, the IOC President and the Mayor of Lausanne then kicked off the Olympic Capital Run, which this year attracted over 2,000 participants, accompanied by internationally famous Olympic medallists and Olympians.
IOC / Greg Martin
Some of these athletes also decided to get active with local clubs during the course of the day. IOC President also joined them. On the programme were tennis with Olympic champion Fernando Gonzalez and silver medallist Gabriela Sabatini, field hockey with four-time Olympic medallist Luciana Aymar, athletics with Felix Sanchez, Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerrouj, Yelena Isinbaeva and Stefan Holm, who have 11 Olympic medals between them, and gymnastics with the Olympic legend and perfect 10 champion Nadia Comaneci. Full details here.
IOC / Greg Martin
The highlight of the 134th IOC Session was the awarding of the Olympic Winter Games 2026 to Milan-Cortina, Italy. The other candidate in the ballot was Stockholm-Åre, Sweden. After congratulating Milan-Cortina, President Bach said: “We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country. The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world”. He added: “The new Candidature Process has demonstrated the success of Olympic Agenda 2020. We have lowered the cost and complexity of developing Games projects, which now serve the long-term development goals of the host communities and have sustainability and legacy at their hearts. This has led to a significantly reduced organisation budget and the use of 93 per cent existing or temporary competition venues. I also want to thank Stockholm-Åre for presenting an excellent candidature and being part of the Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026.” Full news release here.
In his speech to the IOC Session, President Bach reflected on the 125th IOC anniversary and emphasised the enduring power of the Games, how the Olympic ideals define the Olympic Movement, and that the sports community must always strive towards the important mission of maintaining the Olympic values in a fragile world. As the IOC is a values-based organisation, President Bach reiterated the aim of continuing to strive. “If Coubertin were with us today, I think he would be pleased to see how relevant his Olympic dream is today. But knowing of his idealism, I also know that he would also have a message for us: Keep striving. Keep changing.” Full news release here.
IOC / Greg Martin
Addressing the Session in an inspiring message of hope, global climate change leader and member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission Christiana Figueres stressed the urgency of climate change and the key role the Olympic Movement plays to address it. “We are no longer living with a climate change challenge; we are living with a climate emergency,” she said. “The IOC is one of the institutions in the world that can have the most beneficial impact on how the world addresses this challenge.” Full news release here.
Concerning the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the IOC Session approved the proposals made by the IOC EB on 22 May 2019: boxing will maintain its place on the Tokyo 2020 sports programme, while recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the IOC will be suspended and evaluated after Tokyo 2020. Following this decision, the IOC EB’s recommendations on the Tokyo 2020 event programme and qualification system will come into force: a dedicated task force, led by IOC Member and President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Morinari Watanabe, will ensure their delivery. Full details here.
Following the final report outlining the successes of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Organising Committees for Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 delivered presentations to the 134th IOC Session on the progress being made for the upcoming Games editions. Full details here.
In addition, the IOC Session decided to provisionally include breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Full details here.
On the subject of the evolution of the Youth Olympic Games from Buenos Aires 2018 to Lausanne 2020, and on to Dakar 2022, inclusivity, innovation and digital relevance were the key youth-focused themes to be discussed at the Session. Full details here.
The IOC also took yet another step to transform future Olympic Games elections. The IOC approved the proposed changes accepted last month by the EB. The key proposals were submitted by a Working Group previously set up by the EB and chaired by John Coates, and were driven by the relevant recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020. Full details here.
The Session also took note of a new set of guiding principles regarding commercial opportunities for participants during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 which were approved last week by the EB. The Session itself decided on a change to Bye-law 3 of Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter. Full details here.
Athens (Greece) has been elected as the host city of the IOC Session in 2021, opening on 23 June, Olympic Day.
The 2018 IOC Annual Report and financial statements was also approved by the IOC Session (full details here).
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Nawal El Moutawakel were elected as new members of the IOC EB. HRH Prince Feisal will replace Gunilla Lindberg at the end of the 134th IOC Session. Nawal El Moutawakel will replace Willi Kaltschmitt Luján on 1 January 2020.
IOC / Greg Martin
The Session also voted for ten new IOC Members. Four women and three men make up the group of seven new Individual Members: Odette Assembe Engoulou; Spyros Capralos; Laura Chinchilla; Matlohang Moiloa-Ramoqopo; Filomena Fortes; Tidjane Thiam; and Erick Thohir. The Members linked to a function within a NOC or a Continental Association of NOCs are three men: Narinder Dhruv Batra; Kee Heung Lee and Mustapha Berraf. Full details here.
The IOC Session re-elected, after eight years of membership, Gerardo Werthein, and extended the terms of office of three IOC Members who will reach the age limit of 70 at the end of 2019 or 2020: John Coates (until the end of 2024); Uğur Erdener (until the end of 2024), and Mamadou D. Ndiaye (until the end of 2023). Full details here.
The IOC Session approved the election as IOC Honorary Members of seven IOC Members who are due to finish their term of office at the end of 2019 because of the age limit: Franco Carraro, Iván Dibós, Habu Gumel, Willi Kaltschmitt Luján, Samih Moudallal, Austin L. Sealy, and Ung Chang. Full details here.
The IOC Session re-elected Patricia O’Brien (Irish Ambassador to France and Monaco) as a member of the IOC Ethics Commission for a four-year term in her capacity as a prominent personality and independent member.
Olympic Orders were awarded posthumously to two IOC Members, Patrick Baumann and Nat Indrapana. The Order was presented to the children of Patrick Baumann, Bianca and Paul, and to the wife and daughter of Nat Indrapana, Didi and Niki, on their behalf.
Former IOC Members Sam Ramsamy, Barry Maister and Richard Peterkin, in addition to Ruperto Nicolás Herrera Tabio, a four-time Olympian from Cuba, also received the Olympic Order, in recognition of their outstanding service to the world of sport throughout their careers.
IOC / Greg Martin
Ahead of the IOC Session, President Bach welcomed the members of the Executive Board (EB) to the new IOC headquarters. After a tour of Olympic House, the members convened for a symbolic first meeting in the new EB room. The following days, the EB took a number of decisions, including the approval of the qualification pathway for athletes in boxing on the road to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Full details here. The EB also heard reports on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, as well as on the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 and Dakar 2022. Full details here. The EB approved the nine recommendations proposed by the International Athletes’ Forum held in April in Lausanne. In addition, upon receipt of written guarantees by the Indian government ensuring the entry of all participants to sports and Olympic-related events in the country in full compliance with the rules of the Olympic Charter, the EB decided to lift the suspension of discussions with the Indian NOC and government regarding potential applications for such events, and withdrew its recommendation to the IFs not to award or hold sports events in India.
Also this week in Lausanne, the IOC President met HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. A delegation from the NOC of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, led by its President and Minister of Physical Culture and Sport, Kim Il-guk, was welcomed by the President at the IOC headquarters.
The IOC President discussed preparations for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 with Chinese NOC President Gou Zhongwen and Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong.
President Bach also met the President of Tokyo 2020, Yoshiro Mori, and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, who presented him with the Games mascot and torch.
The IOC President held a meeting with IOC EB member Nenad Lalovic, to discuss the situation of AIBA after the decision by the IOC Session.
President Bach also attended an Equestrian competition held in Lausanne by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) chaired by IOC Member Ingmar De Vos.
Women Political Leaders
Ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, IOC Member Marisol Casado was invited to represent the IOC at the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Summit in Tokyo, alongside other reputable political leaders such as Antonio Guterres (UN Secretary-General), Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, International Monetary Fund) and Tedros Adhanom (Director General of the World Health Organisation). Also President of the International Triathlon Union and Chair of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project Working Group, Marisol Casado was a panellist in the policy focus session discussing sport as an important enabler to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full news release here.
IOC / Greg Martin
The IOC, the Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd announced that they have signed the first-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement. The agreement was signed by IOC President Thomas Bach, James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Jeffrey Lu, CEO and Executive Director of Mengniu. The partnership combines the non-alcoholic beverage and dairy categories into a new joint category, and brings Chinese dairy company Mengniu into the family of Worldwide TOP Partners. The new joint agreement has a 12-year term, taking it up to the Olympic Games 2032. This agreement extends The Coca-Cola Company’s association with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104-year-long relationship, making The Coca-Cola Company the longest continuous Partner of the Olympic Games. Full news release here.
Other olympic news
Angelita Teo (photo), a national from Singapore, will lead the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage from 1 October 2019, managing The Olympic Museum, the Olympic Studies Centre, International Programmes and Heritage. Senior Director, Museums and Festivals with the National Heritage Board of Singapore since 2002, Angelita Teo will succeed Francis Gabet, who will continue in his role until 30 September 2019. Full news release here.
IOC / Greg Martin
On 22 June in Lausanne in front of 1,000 guests, the IOC announced the winners of the prestigious award for the best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. A total of nine rights-holding broadcasters were awarded gold, silver or bronze trophies following a vote by an international jury headed by IOC Member Anant Singh, a leading professional in the film and media industries and Chair of the IOC's Communication Commission. Full news release here.
The IOC released the list of Refugee Athlete Scholarship Holders who are aiming to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020. They are competing in eight sports. The announcement came on World Refugee Day, which is celebrated every year on 20 June. The current 37 Refugee Athlete Scholarship Holders include the 10 athletes who were part of the first IOC Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016, 13 new individual athletes, and a group of athletes currently preparing at the Tegla Loroupe Refugee Training Centre in Kenya. All are being assisted by Olympic Solidarity through its Refugee Athletes Support Programme. Full news release here.
The IOC has awarded exclusive free-to-air broadcast rights to Infront Sports & Media AG (Infront) for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games Paris 2024, as well as the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 and Dakar 2022, in sub-Saharan Africa. Full news release here.
international sportS FEDERATIONS
The Foundation of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Special Olympics announced their partnership during the FIBA Open held mid-June at the House of Basketball in Mies (Switzerland). This cooperation marks their joint commitment to leverage the power of Special Olympics Unified Sports® with the aim of fostering inclusion on and off the basketball court. More info here.
In addition, FIBA and the Los Angeles Times media group announced on 26 June an agreement to bring the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final to Los Angeles from 2020 to 2023. Full details here.
Meeting on 19 and 20 June in Lavey-les-Bains (Switzerland), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee took a number of decisions to further develop track cycling and cyclo-cross and strengthen good governance within the IF, its Continental Confederations and its member National Federations. From now on, any new members elected to the UCI Ethics Commission will be drawn exclusively from people who have no link with the UCI or its Continental Confederations or National Federations. This new measure features in the UCI’s Agenda 2022. More details here.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) held a series of comprehensive tests for the new Olympic formats, the latest at one of the most important annual youth competitions, the Future Champions event in Hagen (Germany) from 11 to 16 June. This event in Hagen was extremely successful and provided an invaluable opportunity to test all the systems and logistics, to ensure that everyone is ready for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 when it comes to technical planning and processes, rules, scheduling, IT and results management, timing, and sport presentation, as well as giving NOCs the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new formats. The new formats have been designed to allow for more flags at the Olympic Games by reducing teams and removing the drop score, as well as simplifying the rules and making the competitions shorter and more exciting for spectators. More info at www.fei.org
2019 Olympic Day was celebrated all over the world by more national hockey associations than ever before. From Asia to Africa, Europe to Oceania, North to South America, more than 60 national associations organised specific activities on the occasion of Olympic Day. Full reports on activities can be found on www.fih.ch, the website of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
On 12 June, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) celebrated 30 days to go before the 18th edition of the FINA World Championships, which will take place from 12 to 28 July in Gwangju (Republic of Korea) under the theme “Dive into Peace”. The organisers have announced that some 4,500 athletes and officials from around 190 countries have registered for the World Championships, the largest country attendance ever recorded. Check out the full competition schedule here.
World Rugby supported the United Nations World Refugee Day on June 20. As part of its commitment to promoting sport for all, World Rugby is working with two rugby for development initiatives engaged in community and sporting efforts to support the integration of refugees into their new surroundings. The two projects, Rugby United in Germany and Rugby Opens Borders in Austria, are part of World Rugby’s Spirit of Rugby programme, which promotes and supports the delivery of meaningful projects across identified key themes relating to sport for development: social inclusion, gender equity, health, education, environmental sustainability and sport for all. More info here.
National olympic committees
Olympic Committee of Brazil
Sports clinics, educational activities for hundreds of children, a chat with Olympic medallist Yane Marques and a Hall of Fame with Hortência Marcari (more info here) were on the programme of the 2019 Olympic Day celebration hosted by the Olympic Committee of Brazil. The event was held on 25 June at the Time Brasil Training Center at Maria Lenk Water Park in Rio de Janeiro. The activities, part of the Transforma programme, brought together around 250 children who attended four sports clinics and watched a play based on the Olympic values. More details here.
In Chile, dozens of children took part in Olympic Day 2019 at the Olympic Training Centre. The event was attended by the President of the Chilean NOC, Miguel Ángel Mujica, and sports minister Pauline Kantora. The programme featured a number of sports activities, and documentaries were screened on the Olympic Movement in Chile and around the world. The 2019 edition was organised jointly by the NOC and Santo Tomás University, which supplied volunteers to run the event. More details here.
The Colombian NOC received a visit from Rigoberta Menchú, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, at the invitation of NOC President Baltazar Medina. After thanking the NOC staff for their welcome, Rigoberta invited all the NOC members to continue to work towards peace through education, so that humanity as a whole could contribute to peace, human rights and ethnic integrity. More info here. This year, Olympic Day was symbolically celebrated at the Francisco de Paula Santander Police Cadets School and the National University of Colombia, where sport and physical education, along with the values of excellence, friendship and respect, play a very important role. A number of sports and cultural activities were offered to the many participants, on the theme “Move, learn and discover”. More info here.
The athletes’ commission of the Cuban NOC met on 1 June at the NOC headquarters. On the agenda of the meeting, which was chaired by commission chair Mijain López Núñez and attended by prominent Cuban athletes and NOC President Roberto Leo Richards, were relations with the athletes’ commissions of INDER, the IOC, PASO and other NOCs, Olympic Scholarships for Athletes Tokyo 2020 and the International Athletes’ Forum.
NOC of Ecuador
The NOC of El Salvador organised a ceremony on 22 June to pay tribute to Pierre de Coubertin. The event took place before a bust of the Olympic founder in the square that bears his name at the multi-sports centre of the University of El Salvador. The ceremony was attended by NOC President Eduardo Palomo and a number of athletes, sports leaders and coaches. More info here.
NOC of El Salvador
In Guayaquil, nearly 400 people celebrated Olympic Day. A “symbolic race for education and life” brought together students from the Fe y Alegría school, high-level athletes, students from the University of Guayaquil and the Santiago de Guayaquil Catholic University, and many families. Throughout the Olympic week organised by the NOC of Ecuador, students discovered more about the values of Olympism. The NOC Sport and Environment commission conducted activities in cooperation with environmental organisations to raise awareness of the young participants about the importance of protecting the environment. More info here.
COE / Nacho Casares
On 17 June the Spanish NOC signed a cooperation agreement with the region of Getafe and the Spanish commission for refugees. The three organisations thus confirmed their 2017 agreement to implement actions and programmes to use sport as a tool for integrating refugees into Spanish society. More info here.
As the countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 begins, children and families across England can benefit from a brand-new active programme, Travel to Tokyo, launched on 18 June at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The programme is part of Get Set, Team GB and Paralympics GB’s youth engagement programme. Travel to Tokyo aims to inspire children aged 5–11 and their families to try new activities and get active together in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. More info here on the official website of the British Olympic Association.
In the heart of Guatemala City, over 9,000 Guatemalans of all ages, plus a number of top athletes, came together for the 31st Olympic Day run on 23 June. The day was a great success, thanks in large part to the support of volunteers and staff from the Guatemalan NOC, the Guatemalan autonomous sports confederation, and athletes, coaches and leaders from the national sports federations and clubs. More info here.
NOC of Hong Kong, China
The 2019 Olympic Day brought together over 3,000 participants at the Hong Kong Sports Institute on 23 June. A total of 51 corporate teams, National Sports Associations, government departments and sponsors took part in the 3km Fun Run. The NOC of Hong Kong, China also organised a Family Run to encourage both parents and children to participate in sports together. More details here. In addition, the NOC announced the 10 athletes who have been awarded the Panasonic Sports Scholarship for their preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. More details here.
JOC / Photo Kishimoto
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) held a number of events to commemorate Olympic Day. On 23 June, the Olympic Day Run was held in Shibetsu City, Hokkaido, with more than 1,000 participants taking part alongside ten Olympians and two Paralympians. Children also had the opportunity to challenge Olympians over a 50-metre race, and try out Olympic sports such as tennis and badminton. On 14 June, in addition to the Olympic Concert, the JOC Sports Awards Ceremony for FY2018 was held. The Most Valuable Athlete Award went to tennis player Naomi Osaka, winner of the US Open. More info at www.joc.or.jp
NOC of Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, Olympic Day was celebrated with a major sports festival held in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. The event in the capital’s Stolichny central park was attended by the Vice-Minister of Culture and Sports Yeldos Ramazanov, the director of the Sports Department of the NOC of Kazakhstan Elsiyar Kanagatov and many young athletes. Looking ahead to the next Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Embassy of Japan in Kazakhstan joined the celebration, and classes were conducted on wearing a kimono and Japanese calligraphy. Master classes in boxing, ju-jitsu, zumba, yoga and cross-fit were also on the programme along with the traditional bike ride.
In Lithuania, the 2019 Olympic Day attracted a record number of people. Around 28,000 people, including prime minister Saulius Skvernelis and the Lithuanian NOC President and IOC Member Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, participated in the celebration on 2 June in Panevėžys. Some 30 Olympians tried out new sports or challenges, alongside many families. The programme included a wide variety of sports activities, numerous prizes and a concert. More info at www.ltok.lt
Czech Olympic Committee
The Czech Olympic Committee announced that over 75,000 participants, including over 60,000 children, took part in the Olympic Day races across the country. In total, there were 81 races across all 14 Czech regions. The T-Mobile Olympic Run, which is an annual set of races organised by the NOC, took place on 19 June. This year, there were more runners involved than ever before, demonstrating the impact of the COV’s ongoing effort to encourage healthy living and an active lifestyle. Full details here. Two days earlier, on 17 June, the Czech Olympic Committee celebrated its 120th anniversary with a special anniversary concert, which drew internationally renowned musicians and Czech Olympians, in the presence of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Janez Kocijančič. The anniversary celebrations will continue throughout the year with a book about the history of the NOC and Czech sports, along with a project called Stories of our Olympians, supported by the EOC. Full details here.
Swedish Olympic Committee
Olympic Day is not only 23 June in Sweden. Every year in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg children from local schools gather to try Olympic sports. So far in 2019, kids in the Stockholm suburb of Spånga tried out different winter sports in February, and Gothenburg children were introduced to all kinds of sports in May. In Malmö, in June, the focus shifted to the new Olympic sports such as skateboard, climbing and 3x3 basketball. The Swedish Olympic Committee has conducted more than 230 Olympic Days since 2011, attracting more than 150 000 children. More info at www.sok.se
The Venezuelan NOC headquarters and surrounding area provided the venue for the 2019 Olympic Day celebrations. Karate, athletics, judo, fencing, volleyball, badminton, dance sport, baseball5, golf, hockey and 3x3 basketball were on the programme of activities. Hundreds of children got the chance to discover new sports and learn about Olympism.
Organising Committees for the Olympic Games
On 17 June, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee revealed details of the Tokyo 2020 Flower Lane project. This project gets schoolchildren in prefectures that are hosting Olympic and Paralympic events involved in planting seeds that will grow into flowers that will be used in place of traditional partitions to create attractive natural barriers at pedestrian screening areas in front of venues. A total of around 40,000 flowers grown by the children will be used at venues during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Full news release here. In addition, the Sea Forest Waterway, a new permanent venue which will host the rowing and canoe sprint competitions at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, was officially inaugurated on 18 June. Full news release here.
In a landmark decision guided by the IOC, natural CO2 refrigeration systems will be used in most of the Beijing 2022 ice venues. This will decrease the overall carbon footprint of the Olympic Games Beijing 2022. The decision has been announced by the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, as it joins the UN Sports for Climate Action framework, led by the IOC. Full news release here.
On 17 June at the French Senate, Tony Estanguet, the President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, launched the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, aimed at local and regional authorities that want to be a part of the Olympic and Paralympic adventure. The project is aimed at introducing more sport into the everyday lives of the French population. Local authorities applying for the Terre de Jeux 2024 label can also ask to join the official list of Games Preparation Centres (CPJs). Full news release here.
At an Extraordinary General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the Malopolska region and the city of Krakow (Poland) were elected to host the 3rd edition of the European Games in 2023. Representatives of all 50 European NOCs participated in the vote, which was held on 22 June, a day after the Opening Ceremony for the 2nd European Games in Minsk (Belarus). More info at www.eurolympic.org