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PRESIDENT

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Just a few weeks after the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, the IOC Executive Board (EB) met in Beijing. The EB approved the athlete quotas for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, which, for the first time in Olympic history, will achieve gender equality on the sports programme, with 1,893 women and 1,893 men set to compete. The EB also approved the approach to the implementation of Recommendation 40 of Olympic Agenda 2020, which will lead to all candidates for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro being from International Federations (IFs) and NOCs that have their own Athletes’ Commissions either already in place or, in the case of IFs, in the process of being established. The EB approved a new opportunity for Candidate Cities to get more first-hand advice from the IOC and Olympic Movement stakeholders, beginning with the 2024 Candidature Process. Reports on the IOC administration as well as on the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were also presented.

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Ahead of the 15th IAAF World Championships, the EB held a joint meeting with the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with IOC Honorary Member Lamine Diack and President-elect, Sebastian Coe. Discussions centred on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, including the Olympic Channel; preparations for upcoming editions of the Games; the success of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing; the Track Funding Project agreement between the IOC and IAAF; the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), and protecting the clean athletes. The President later held a bi-lateral meeting with Sebastian Coe at the end of the IAAF World Championships when he assumed the presidency.

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Before going to Beijing the President was in Seoul (Republic of Korea). Accompanied by IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, he met Republic of Korea President Geun-hye Park at the Blue House to discuss the status of preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In the third meeting between the two leaders, they discussed the good progress and quality of construction of Olympic venues over the last year. President Park reiterated her government’s full support and guidance for these Games. President Bach told President Park of the reinvigorated cooperation between the IFs, the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) and the IOC, due in part to the Integration Working Group, which has proved very effective in its support for the Winter Games 2018. President Bach also thanked the Korean President for her help in including sport in the political declaration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier, President Bach spoke at a lunch organised by POCOG President Cho Yang-ho, and attended by leaders of the government, business and sports sectors. The President also met the President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), Chungwon Choue during a visit to the federation’s headquarters where the President was made an honorary 10th Dan black belt in the martial art. Later he visited Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung and held a meeting with Vice Chairman Jay Lee.

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From Seoul, President Bach flew to Beijing, just a few weeks after the city’s success in winning the right to stage the Olympic Winter Games in 2022. During a meeting with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping said that China would “deliver on all its promises”, and added that the Olympic Winter Games would contribute to the social and economic development of China and its people. President Bach congratulated President Xi for winning the right to stage the Games in 2022 and thanked him for his commitment to the Olympic Movement and Olympic values. President Bach also thanked the Chinese President for his help in including sport in the political declaration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. If achieved, President Bach said, it would be a “milestone” for sport.

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The IOC President also met the Premier of the State Council of China, Li Keqiang, who noted the contribution that sport can make to economic and social development. President Bach also held talks with the Chinese Vice-Premier of the State Council of China, Liu Yandong, who led the successful Beijing 2022 bid. In both meetings the President was accompanied by the IOC Members in China, Yu Zaiqing, Yang Yang and Li Lingwei.

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During his week-long trip to China, the IOC President was able to see first-hand some of the successful IOC projects. In Sichuan Province, he visited a school that the IOC had helped to rebuild following the earthquake which struck just ahead of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. He played football with some of the pupils and saw the new facilities. The school is one example of widespread Olympic education projects being carried out in the country. With the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, 400 million young Chinese received education in the Olympic values throughout the country.

After the visit to Sichuan, the President went on to the site for the winter sports venues for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 in Hebei Province. There he saw how the Games are acting as a catalyst for sustainable development plans for the region which were already underway. Whilst there, the President made an unplanned stop in a local village and met more than 100 local people who expressed their views about the positive effect the Olympic Winter Games would have on the development of their region.

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In both Sichuan and Hebei, the IOC President was able to meet the highest representatives of the different provinces. In Sichuan, he discussed the IOC's contribution to the school and education projects. In Hebei, the next steps for the development of the region for organising the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 were discussed with the local authorities, who confirmed that the Province would deliver on all its promises. The IOC President left the sites “full of confidence” both in the success of the Games and in the legacy they will leave to the region and its people and to China as a whole. During the trip, the President was accompanied by IOC Vice-President Yu Zaiqing and the President of the Chinese NOC, Liu Peng.

Back in Beijing, the President met a group of more than 100 volunteers who had helped with the IAAF World Championships. He congratulated them and thanked them for their dedication.

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The President attended several events of the athletics World Championships, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. On the last day of the Championships, he met many of the athletes, including the Chinese 4x100 men's relay team who took the silver medal. He also presented medals to the Jamaican team, winners of the women's 4x100m relay event who set a new world record. Later the President also met Usain Bolt whom earlier in the week he had congratulated for his “historic victory” in the 100 metres.

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While in China, President Bach had several meetings with IOC Member in Hong-Kong, China, Timothy Tsun Ting Fok. They discussed many issues about the development of sport in Hong-Kong, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, as well the preparations for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

During his stay in Beijing, the President met several leaders of top Chinese companies with whom he spoke about the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. They agreed on the great business potential of these Games. Olympic Agenda 2020 and the involvement of sponsors in the implementation of its recommendations were also discussed.

The IOC President also took part in the kick-off ceremony of the Road to Rio programme of the Honav company which produces a range of Olympic souvenirs and memorabilia for the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

He held discussions with IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie, IOC EB Member Claudia Bokel, IOC Member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and IOC Honorary Member, Lassana Palenfo.

He also held meetings with IAAF Vice-Presidents Alberto Juantorena and Kalkaba Malboum, the Olympic 1,500m champion Hicham El Guerrouj, as well as with the taekwondo Olympic champion, Wu Jingyu and her husband, Hou Kun, who contributed to “Run Olympic”, a book aimed at Chinese young people.

MEMBERS

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On 17 August, Ching-Kuo Wu, an EB Member and President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), attended the celebration to mark the first anniversary of the Nanjing Olympic Museum (People’s Republic of China), of which he is also the founder. The Mayor and many officials of Nanjing City, athletes and Olympic fans attended the celebration.

 

HONORARY MEMBERS

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Leo Wallner, IOC Honorary Member in Austria, has died at the age of 79, on 29 July. He joined the IOC in 1998 before becoming an Honorary Member last year. He was a member of the Finance Commission, Audit Committee and Ethics Commission. The IOC President awarded him the Olympic Order in Vienna a few weeks ago. Leo Wallner was Vice-President of the Austrian Sports Aid Foundation before becoming President and Board Member of the Austrian NOC. Board Member of Special Olympics Austria, the Austrian Paralympic Committee and several Austrian sports federations, he also held the position of Economic Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor. Full press release here.

 

COMMISSIONS

Closing its ninth and penultimate meeting (10 – 12 August 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Games, whose Chair is Nawal El Moutawakel, praised the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and its local government partners for their teamwork in delivering the first pre-Games test events. The unity of spirit and mission is helping them to solidify their operations ahead of next year’s Games and to lay the foundations for an important Olympic legacy. Full press release here.

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The Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2018 paid its second visit to Buenos Aires in mid-August. The Commission, led by Frank Fredericks, concluded the two-day meeting enthused by the Organising Committee’s extensive plans to engage young people and innovate at every stage of the preparations. A detailed outline of the Learn & Share programme was presented. This will target not only the attending athletes, but also schools nationwide through Olympic educational programmes supported by a strong digital offering and numerous city sports and cultural events featuring high-profile guests. Full press release here.

OTHER NEWS

The IOC has awarded the broadcast rights for the 2018 to 2024 Games in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. At the end of July, the IOC announced that, following the completion of a tender, the beIN MEDIA GROUP (beIN SPORTS) has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020, and the Olympic Games in 2022 and 2024. Read the full press release here. The IOC also announced that it had awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in 22 countries in Asia for the same Games between 2018 and 2024 to Dentsu Inc. (Dentsu). Full press release here.

With a year to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 28 summer International Federations (IFs) have already signed up to the IOC's Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). They join all the winter IFs as members of this monitoring platform. Launched in 2014, IBIS, a digital intelligence-sharing platform, collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting in sport, sports event owners and the major sports betting entities. It ensures the monitoring of all Olympic sports, their main international competitions and, of course, the Olympic Games. Full press release here.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

SUMMER IFS

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Sebastian Coe was elected President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the 50th IAAF Congress in Beijing on 19 August, succeeding IOC Honorary Member Lamine Diack. A two-time Olympic 1,500m champion, Sebastian Coe headed the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Games and is currently Chairman of the British Olympic Association.

The six newly elected representatives of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission are as follows (listed in alphabetical order): Valerie Adams, Mutaz Essa Barshim, Yelena Isinbayeva, Koji Murofushi, Christian Olsson and Andreas Thorkildsen. All 1,873 athletes accredited for the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 had the right to vote in the elections, for which there were 16 candidates, and which took place during the Championships between 23 and 29 August. Details on www.iaaf.org.

World Rowing (FISA) has announced a record number of entries for the World Rowing Championships, which are being held from 30 August to 6 September in Aiguebelette (France). Some 1,300 athletes from 77 countries will be taking part and seeking to obtain their qualification for the Olympic Games (129 places) and Paralympic Games (24 places next year in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, athletes from 54 countries took part in the World Rowing Junior Championships held in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 9 August. These Championships served as a test event for the 2016 Games at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the venue for next year's Games. Details on www.worldrowing.com.

One of the greatest basketball players of all time, American Michael Jordan, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), with eight other world-class basketball personalities from seven different countries. Along with Michael Jordan, the contingent of players includes national icons Antoine Rigaudeau (France), Sarunas Marciulionis (Lithuania), Vladimir Tkachenko (Russia/Ukraine), Ruperto Herrera Tabio (Cuba) and Anne Donovan (USA). They are joined by coach Jan Stirling (Australia), technical official Robert Blanchard (France) and journalist Noah Klieger (Israel). The induction ceremony will take place on 19 September 2015 in Lille (France) during the European Championships. On 6 August, FIBA awarded the hosting rights for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup to the People's Republic of China. The 2016 editions of the men’s and women’s Under-17 World Championships will be held in Spain. Details on www.fiba.com.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) successfully delivered the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paralympic Championships in Milan (Italy), with 1,000 athletes from 86 countries taking part. The Championships also provided the first opportunity for canoe sprint and paracanoe athletes to qualify for a national spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Details on www.canoeicf.com.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced its agreement with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation (UAE Cycling Federation) for the inaugural UCI Cycling Gala to be held in Abu Dhabi on 11 October 2015. The Gala will recognise the accomplishments of the best riders, teams and national federations in road cycling in 2015. Details on www.uci.ch.

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The Aquece Rio International Horse Trials, which were held successfully from 6 to 9 August at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Centre, were an opportunity to test the various operations needed for the Games next year. These aspects included the competition surface, accreditation, timekeeping, results management, health procedures and veterinary services. The medals were presented to the winners of the Trials by Nawal el Moutawakel, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016. Details on www.fei.org, website of the International Equestrian Federation.

From 21 to 30 August, Europe’s top men’s and women’s hockey teams returned to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to battle it out for the European titles, with the winners guaranteeing qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The venue for these Championships is the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, a legacy venue built to continue the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which also played host to the Paralympic tennis tournament during the 2012 Paralympic Games. These European Championships are a further illustration of the positive legacy left by the 2012 Games, both for London and for the whole country. The national federation, England Hockey, recently revealed that junior (under-16) hockey club membership is up by 40 per cent, while overall participation in clubs is up by 16 per cent since 2011. Read all the details here. In addition, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) celebrated International Youth Day by looking at some of the athletes and officials who are making their mark on young people’s lives around the world. Read more here.

On the occasion of the World Judo Championships held from 24 to 30 August in Astana (Kazakhstan), the Congress of the International Judo Federation (IJF) re-elected Jean-Luc Rouge as Secretary General and Naser Al-Tamimi as General Treasurer. Four new members were elected to the IJF Executive Committee, which is chaired by IJF President Marius Vizer. Details on www.ijf.org.

On 23 July, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) held an Extraordinary Congress in Kazan (Russian Federation), where the World Championships were held until 9 August. Delegates from 139 national federations approved changes to the FINA constitution by a large majority. They decided, for example, to create the position of First Vice-President, to which Husain Al Mussallam was elected. The FINA President, First Vice-President and Honorary Treasurer may now be elected for a maximum of three full terms in the same post. Other decisions included the abolition of the upper age limit for elected FINA Bureau members. Details on www.fina.org.

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On behalf of the Executive Board of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), UIPM President Klaus Schormann and UIPM Member for Marketing Martin Dawe presented Peter Wall with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal in recognition of his work for modern pentathlon. The ceremony was held at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst on 24 August 2015 after a tree-planting ceremony to commemorate the foundation of the UIPM on 3 August 1948, during the Olympic Games in London, when Sandhurst hosted the modern pentathlon competition. Details on www.pentathlon.org.

World Rugby and New Zealand Rugby have welcomed the results of a wide-ranging independent study researching the long-term physical and psychological health effects of playing elite rugby, community rugby and non-contact sports. The three-year study was conducted by the Auckland University of Technology, funded by World Rugby and the University, and supported by New Zealand Rugby. In its recommendations, the study endorsed World Rugby's concussion prevention, management, education and research strategy and the continued need to educate participants in all levels of sport about the risks associated with concussion. Details on www.worldrugby.org.

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The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has appointed Nia Sanchez (photo) as a goodwill ambassador of the WTF as part of its ongoing commitment to identifying new ways of increasing female participation around the world. A fourth-degree black belt holder and former Miss USA, Nia Sanchez started practising taekwondo at the age of eight and has always been a vocal supporter of the sport and the benefits it can bring to those who practise it. At the ceremony, held at the WTF headquarters in Seoul (Republic of Korea), the WTF President, Chungwon Choue, presented Nia Sanchez with a plaque symbolising her appointment. Details on www.worldtaekwondofederation.net.

 

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) reports that the first international table tennis competition to be held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for 36 years took place from 29 July to 2 August. The Pyongyang Open is a qualifying tournament for the 2015 ITTF “World Tour”, the grand final of which will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from 10 to 13 December. The last international table tennis competition held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was the 1979 World Championships, which were also held in the capital, Pyongyang. Details on www.ittf.com.

The final leg of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup was held from 7 to 15 August in Gabala (Azerbaijan). More than 1,100 athletes from 90 countries took part in the rifle, pistol and shotgun events, seeking to obtain one of the 34 available places for the Olympic Games in 2016. Details on www.issf-sports.org.

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World Archery President and IOC EB Member Ugur Erdener opened the 51st World Archery Congress in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 24 July during which a video message from the IOC President was shown. Delegates voted on the acceptance of a number of new federations, with Albania, Bolivia, Guyana, Liberia, Mali and the United Arab Emirates unanimously accepted as full member associations. Zimbabwe, previously a member, was also re-affiliated unanimously. A number of other motions to amend the World Archery Constitution and Rulebook were passed by the Congress, including two that strengthened World Archery’s commitment to Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Olympic Charter in the fight against doping, corruption and discrimination. The Congress agenda also included elections to the Executive Board and presentations on upcoming international events, including the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The WA President (centre on photo above) received a unique award for his contribution to the sport’s growth in the Olympic Movement. Other prizes were awarded, including the 2014 Nations Award and the 2015 Women’s Award. The Copenhagen 2015 World Archery Championships held from 26 July to 2 August was the main Olympic qualifying event for Rio 2016. Eight team quota places were awarded to both women and men, as well as eight individual places in each division. Details on www.worldarchery.org.

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Following the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Triathlon and Paratriathlon Test Events at the beginning of August, US and British triathletes and paratriathletes offered local Brazilians a workshop (pictured above) to provide training tips on Copacabana Beach in an initiative to connect with the local community ahead of the Games next year. The ITU has also announced that the 2016 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships have been awarded to Rotterdam (the Netherlands). In addition, the 2015 Science & Triathlon Conference will take place on 26 and 27 November in Paris (France), on the theme of “Peaking for Rio, preparing for Tokyo…and beyond”. Details on www.triathlon.org.

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From 15 to 22 August, 339 athletes from 52 countries took part in the Olympic test events in the framework of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta. The programme consisted of races in the 10 Olympic sailing events on six racing courses, three in Guanabara Bay and three outside. Details on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) website www.sailing.org.

WINTER IFS

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Lesotho hosted its first-ever event as part of the International Ski Federation (FIS)’s SnowKidz campaign, in July. Thanks to the efforts of the Lesotho Snowsports Association and Lesotho's ski resort, Afriski, local children were able to discover and learn how to ski (photo above) at the 2015 “Kings Cup” event. This edition was specifically designed to promote and develop Alpine skiing among children who live near the resort, and to enable them to experience the excitement of snow and skiing. Details on www.fis-ski.com.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

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On 15 August in Algiers, the contract to develop the “Olympic Museum and Academy” project was signed between the Algerian NOC and the Turco-Algerian company SARL Solined (photo above). The signature took place in the presence of Youth and Sports Minister El Hadi Ould Ali, NOC President Mustapha Berraf, IOC Honorary Member Mustapha Larfaoui and various national sports federation presidents. The project is the work of former athlete and basketball club president Achour Lyess. Details on www.coalgerie.com.

The Cameroonian NOC informs us that it held its first working session with the Centre for Studies and Research in Law, Economics, Politics and Sport (CERDEPS) on 11 August. The Centre is looking to develop a strategic partnership with the NOC, aimed at linking NOC training opportunities with those of the CERDEPS. The CERDEPS is a sports research institute created within the Faculty off Legal and Political Sciences of Yaoundé University in Soa.

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The city of Bouaké successfully hosted Olympic Day celebrations on 25 July. Held at the municipal stadium by the Côte d’Ivoire NOC, the event brought together the country's Olympic family and thousands of members of the public. The IOC President's message was read out by the NOC First Vice-President, Alain Ekra. The programme included a walk from Bouaké city hall to the municipal stadium, where various activities were organised, such as fitness sessions, demonstrations of taekwondo, karate, judo and mob cross, as well as basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, football and athletics competitions (photo above). Olympic Day was also marked with a tribute to 48 of Bouaké's former sporting greats, who were each awarded a diploma by the NOC in recognition of their contribution to the development of sport in the Côte d’Ivoire.

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The Spanish NOC and TOP partner Coca-Cola have joined forces to launch a project to promote sport and its values in society. The initiative will involve activities in four areas: family, values, women and health. For example, as part of Coca-Cola's “Movement is Happiness” campaign, the project will include a series of non-competitive 5km walks, which will be open to anyone and aimed at the whole family. In addition, the first ever study on ‘sports practice among women, motivations and barriers’ will be carried out. The conclusions of this study will serve as a starting point for programmes aimed at promoting women's participation in sport. The agreement was signed by the NOC President, Alejandro Blanco (left in the photo), and Director General of Coca-Cola for Spain Jorge Garduño (right in photo). Details on www.coe.es.

 

Three years after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city of London and the whole of Great Britain continue to enjoy the benefits of these Games. In its third annual report published since the Games “Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games”, the British government and the Mayor of London list the lasting benefits and positive impact of staging the Games. They generated considerable interest in sport throughout the country, and numerous initiatives were launched to capitalise on this enthusiasm and encourage the public to practise sport. Full press release here.

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Organised by the Hong Kong Olympic Academy, the third edition of the Summer Youth Leadership Camp on Olympism was held at the Tai Tam Scout Centre from 22 to 24 July 2015. The aim is to enable the young participants to experience sports exercises and team-building activities, and to take part in seminars, all with the objective of understanding the importance of Olympism and team spirit. This year, 45 youngsters nominated by 18 schools participating in the School Education on Olympism Programme took part (photo above). Four elite athletes (current or retired) were appointed team leaders and shared their experience with the young people. The President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and IOC Member, Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, gave a speech at the closing ceremony of the camp. Details on www.hkolympic.org.

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On 6 August, a one-day Athlete Career Programme seminar was held at the offices of the Indonesian Olympic Committee in Jakarta. The seminar was conducted by IOC EB Member and Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Claudia Bokel, and brought together 45 athletes and coaches (photo above). In her opening speech, the NOC President and IOC Member Rita Subowo stressed the need for all athletes to start planning early for their career after they retire from sport. Five main themes were on the agenda: Prepare – understand and commit to the career development process; Discover – investigate your strengths and weaknesses; Research – find out more information; Plan – devise a plan for success; and Implement – develop skills to fit with your plan and begin to “live” your plan. Details on www.nocindonesia.or.id.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev hosted the Israeli Olympic team (pictured above) to mark the Olympic Year in Israel ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Those present in Jerusalem included 15 top athletes; members of the Olympic staff; the President and Secretary General of the Israeli NOC, Igal Carmi and Gilad Lustig; and Ankie Spitzer, representing the families of the 11 athletes from the Munich massacre in 1972. Details on www.olympic.one.co.il.

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On 17 August, the Jordanian NOC celebrated Olympic Day with the national sports federations by inviting hundreds of young people to Amman’s Al Hussein Youth City (photo above). The children had the opportunity to try out new sports and celebrate the Olympic values, as well as the NOC’s “Living Sport” programme. The Day began with a symbolic walk through the City before reaching the “Discover Sport Village”, which was officially opened by IOC Member and NOC President Prince Feisal Al Hussein. In addition, to mark International Youth Day, the NOC launched a new mobile app, which will provide the latest sports news, events and big interviews to the young people of Jordan. Details on www.joc.jo.

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The Mongolian NOC has appointed professional sumo wrestling champion Hakuho M. Davaajargal as the NOC’s Olympic Ambassador for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He was welcomed at the Olympic House by NOC Vice-President J. Khatanbaatar and Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan. The champion was awarded the NOC’s Golden-Ochir Order in recognition of his sporting excellence (photo above), as the holder of a record 35 sumo titles. His father, Jigjidiin Munkhbat, was Mongolia’s first ever Olympic silver medallist (freestyle wrestling, 1968 Games in Mexico City).

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The Peruvian NOC recently organised a level 1 technical course for national shooting coaches, under the aegis of Olympic Solidarity. A total of 25 coaches (upper photo) followed the course, which was opened by NOC President Jose Quiñones González, Peruvian Shooting Federation Secretary Antenor Mauny and course director Ricardo Miguel dos Santo, from Brazil. In addition, a level 1 course for hockey coaches brought together 28 coaches (lower photo). In addition to the NOC President, the opening ceremony of the course was attended by Peruvian Hockey Federation President Gianni Delucchi and course director Ernesto F. Lucero, from Argentina. The main purpose of these courses is to train coaches and foster the development of the sport with a view to the main sports events in the 2015-2019 period, in particular the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima. Details on www.coperu.org.

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Sweden celebrated one year to Rio 2016 with a two-day Olympic Day event in the centre of Stockholm, where children were able to try 19 different sports together with local clubs and Olympians. Approximately 5,000 children and a total of 20,000 people visited the park during the event. Seventeen Olympians participated along with 15 athletes hoping to qualify for Rio 2016. Six of the Olympic medallists from the Games in Sochi were also there to wish their summer sports colleagues good luck, together with the Ambassador of Brazil, Marcos Pinta Gama. (pictured above). Details on Swedish NOC website www.sok.se.

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The 38th Session of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Academy was held from 13 to 16 August in Kaohsiung, bringing together 120 participants (pictured above) from several Asian countries to learn more about the Olympic Movement and Olympism. This year, the keynote lecturer was International Olympic Academy Honorary Dean Konstantinos Georgiadis, in memory of the late Ming Hsin Tang, founder of the Academy and former Secretary General of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee. The topics addressed included “Understanding the Olympic Movement”, “Sporting Events: an Educational Aspect”, and “Achieving true Olympism”. Details on www.tpenoc.net.

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The 27th edition of the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race held on 27 July, attracted a record 1,988 swimmers from 49 countries (photo above). Organised annually by the Turkish NOC and TOP partner Samsung, the 6.5km route links Kanlica on the Asian side of Istanbul, to the Cemil Topuzlu Park in Kuruçesme on the European side. This year, the NOC's guest of honour at the event was the endurance swimmer Adam Walker, who is one of only five swimmers to have swum the toughest seven channel swims in the world. A few days later, on 1 August, the Turkish NOC hosted another international swimming event at Gallipoli Anzac Cove to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous Battle of Gallipoli. Coordinated by the NOC in cooperation with the Governorship and Municipality of Çanakkale, the event saw approximately 750 swimmers from 18 countries taking part. Participants were asked to lay 100 peace wreaths on the Aegean Sea before they embarked on a 1,915m swim from a ship at sea to the shores of Anzac Cove. Details on www.olimpiyat.org.tr.

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As part of the Venezuelan NOC’s training programme for technicians and coaches, the first national mini-basketball course was held in the United Nations Park in the capital, Caracas. Former national team members Víctor David Díaz and Tomás Aguilera led a high-level training session, while some 95 coaches learned about the latest teaching techniques for mini-basketball. The course was held under the aegis of Olympic Solidarity and Pan-American Solidarity.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES

RIO 2016

Ahead of the events celebrating one year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games, the host city hailed another major landmark when the final tunnel of the Transolímpica project was cleared on 4 August. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, joined Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and Rio de Janeiro State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão to watch the final detonation in the tunnel through the Engenho Velho mountain. The Transolímpica expressway is part of a major public transport development project that will leave a strong legacy to Rio de Janeiro. Spanning a total distance of 23km, Transolímpica will link the city with several competition venues, joining the Athletes’ Village and Olympic Park in the Barra de Tijuca district to the X Park in Deodoro. Details on www.rio2016.com.

PYEONGCHANG 2018

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The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) recently unveiled the venue construction sites to the local media for the first time. A total of 12 venues will host the 2018 Games: six new venues all under construction, and six existing sites being refurbished for the Olympic competitions. The media were informed on the two “clusters” of venues: the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, for snowboarding and skiing events, and the Gangneung Coastal Cluster, for skating, hockey, and curling. The visiting media were able to check out the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, which holds the Alpensia Sliding Centre, where skeleton, bobsleigh, and luge events will be held. Also located in the same cluster is the Jeongseon Alpine Centre that is set to stage the alpine skiing races. Both venues are under construction with completion dates expected to be by October 2016. Details on www.pyeongchang2018.com.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

LILLEHAMMER 2016

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The IOC has announced South Korean figure skating legend Yuna Kim as the latest Ambassador to support the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Widely known as “Queen Yuna” for her long-standing success on the ice, the Olympic champion paid a special visit to the host city to mark the announcement of her role. Yuna spent the day visiting the Youth Olympic Village, touring Lillehammer’s venues and paying the local organisers a visit. She also hosted a skating workshop for local youngsters and the Norwegian national figure skating team at the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre – the figure skating venue for the Youth Olympic Games, also used during the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. Yuna Kim was also an Ambassador for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, in 2012. Read the full press release here.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS

The IPC Academy, the education division of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has launched an online education programme for coaches looking to get involved in training athletes with an impairment. Entitled Coaching Para-Sport: An Introductory Programme, the course comprises four modules and will help participants understand and define various classification impairment groups, the methodological principles inherent in para-sport and exercise management. Details on www.paralympic.org.

The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has approved the accreditation of the laboratory located in Doha, Qatar, for anti-doping analysis. The Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADQL) - Doping Analysis Laboratory (DAL) will become the 35th laboratory in the world currently accredited by WADA. Details on www.wada-ama.org.

The President of the International Sports Movies & TV Federation (FICTS), Franco Ascani, was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Kazan Federal University during a ceremony held on 5 August at the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan (Russian Federation). Just before the award, he gave a keynote lecture (“Lectio Magistralis”) on the topic of “Olympic Games and sports images. Athletes and successful actors: star, hero, champion, legend”. He also unveiled a 30-point “Manifesto of Culture and Image of Sport”. The lecture took place in the framework of the “Kazan Worldwide Final of World FICTS Challenge 2015”, organised from 5 to 10 August by the Ministry of Sport and Youth with the collaboration and under the aegis of FICTS. A video message from the IOC President was also shown at the opening ceremony of the Final which also celebrated one year to go until Rio 2016. Details on www.sportsmoviestv.com.

The inaugural TV Sports Awards, which will recognise and celebrate excellence in the sports media industry, were officially launched on 20 August. Sponsored by Eurosport and co-organised by SPORTEL and Play for Change, the awards ceremony will be held in Monaco on 12 October to raise funds for the charity’s sports and education programmes around the world. Details on www.sportel.com.

© Generations for Peace

On 10 August, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Generations For Peace (GFP) announced a partnership that will increase the impact and sustainability of GFP’s Jordan Schools Programme,-benefitting 5,000 young people living in vulnerable communities in Jordan. The programme focuses on reducing violence and the potential for violence in schools experiencing increased population pressures and tensions due to the intake of a high number of Syrian refugees. The announcement was made by Didier Reynders (right of photo), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, and Prince Feisal Al Hussein (left of photo), founder and President of Generations For Peace. Details on www.generationsforpeace.org.

 
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