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07 Dec 2014
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Olympic Highlights



On 4 December, IOC President Thomas Bach arrived in Monaco on the eve of the meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) and the 127th IOC Extraordinary Session, during which the 40 Olympic Agenda 2020 proposals will be discussed and voted on. A full report on the Olympic meetings will be included in the next edition of ‘Olympic Highlights’.



Before flying to Monaco, President Bach was in Munich (Germany) for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Gala dinner during which he expressed his congratulations to IOC member Olegario Vázquez Raña for his re-election as ISSF President. President Bach presented the IOC Millennium trophy to Mr Vázquez Raña (photo above). The IOC President has been awarded the ISSF Blue Cross – the ISSF highest recognition – as well as a special trophy in recognition of the great relationships between the ISSF and the Olympic Family.

In Lausanne, the IOC President met EB member and President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Ching-Kuo Wu.

This week, the IOC announced that CCTV has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in China for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020, as well as the Olympic Games in 2022 and 2024. President Bach said: “On behalf of the IOC I am delighted that we will continue to work with our longstanding broadcast partner CCTV. They have demonstrated many times their ability to bring first class coverage of the Olympic Games to hundreds of millions of Chinese people. The revenue the IOC has secured from this agreement will be redistributed to support future organisers of the Olympic Games, as well as supporting sport and athletes in China and around the world.” Read the full media release here.



Vitaly Smirnov was presented with the highest recognition of the International Shooting Sport Federation, the ISSF Blue Cross, by the ISSF President, Olegario Vázquez Raña, at the ISSF General Assembly in Munich.  

Olegario Vázquez Raña was re-elected President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for another four-year term at the ISSF General Assembly in Munich on 2 and 3 December. A four-time Olympian, he is entering his ninth term as President since his first election in 1980. Also at the General Assembly, which was attended by representatives of 128 member federations, Franz Schreiber was re-elected ISSF Secretary General. Info at



The FIBA Executive Committee members. © FIBA

The approval of a new governance structure, the appointment of regional directors and a greater focus on national federations and club competitions were the main issues tackled at the first meeting of the new Executive Committee of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), held in Mies (Switzerland) on 24 and 25 November. Full list of decisions at

The young participants in the training camp in Mar del Plata. © UCI

Over the next few years, the American continent will host several major international competitions: the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond (USA), the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In order to maximise the chances of Central and South American countries qualifying for these competitions and to help them perform well, a training camp for junior road and track cyclists and coaches was organised in Mar del Plata (Argentina). The four-week course was held thanks to collaboration between the International Cycling Union (UCI), the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), the Pan American Cycling Confederation, Argentina’s National Cycling Federation, the Argentinian NOC and the Argentinian Government. A total of 34 athletes and 20 coaches from 14 different countries took part.
Meanwhile, the UCI’s Para-cycling Commission met at the WCC in Aigle (Switzerland) on 24 and 25 November in the presence of UCI President Brian Cookson. Its members drew up a list of measures that will give new momentum to the global growth of para-cycling from 2015. Full info at

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Haya. © Press Association

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in recognition of her leading role as a supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign. The award was presented by the FEI President, Princess Haya Al Hussein, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the presence of former FEI President Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Keith Taylor, Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation. The award was created by Princess Haya Al Hussein in 2014, her final year as FEI President, to honour an individual who has inspired generations across the global equestrian community. Info at

The award-winning athletes at the FINA gala in Doha. © FINA

Attended by delegates from 155 national member federations, the Extraordinary Congress of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) was held in Doha (Qatar) from 29 November to 1 December. The main decisions taken at the Congress include the addition of high diving as a new discipline in the FINA family and the approval of a new set of doping control rules in conformity with the WADA Code, which will be applicable from 1 January 2015. Meanwhile, the FINA Bureau has selected the Chinese city of Hangzhou as host of the 2018 edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the FINA World Aquatics Convention. Another event held in Doha on 1 December was the “Soirée des Etoiles” gala dinner, during which the best athletes of 2014 in the six FINA disciplines received awards. You can find their names at Finally, more than 200 coaches from all over the world attended the first FINA Swimming Coaches’ Golden Clinic in Doha, focusing on topics such as nutrition, strength and injury prevention.

Held in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 29 and 30 November, the Congress of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) approved the introduction of a new fencing format, the Fencing Bonus Round, for the 2015 season. Among the other decisions taken, five national federations joined the UIPM: Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Pakistan and Thailand. The next Congress will be held in Chinese Taipei from 13 to 15 November 2015. Info at


Participants in the Argentinian Olympic Academy session. © NOC of Argentina

The 3rd itinerant session of the Argentinian Olympic Academy was held from 27 to 30 November. This session is aimed at those unable to attend the session for young people, who are aged over 35 and who are active in the sport and education field. A total of 31 representatives of national sports federations and sports or educational organisations participated. They learnt about topics such as the structure of the Olympic Movement, the 2018 YOG in Buenos Aires, the educational programme of the NOC of Argentina and managing a sports organisation. Info at

The Australian NOC is changing its constitution in order to recognise the country’s indigenous heritage. NOC President John Coates introduced the change, which states: “To recognise the heritage, culture and contribution of our nation’s first people, and to give practical support to indigenous reconciliation through sport”. The proposal will be voted on at the NOC’s next Annual General Meeting in 2015. The change is supported by the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who invited national leaders to recognise this heritage during a visit to Arnhem Land, an indigenous territory, earlier this year. Info at

A three-day biomechanics course organised by the Sports Training and Development Section of the Bahrain NOC was attended by 32 coaches. In addition to 20 participants from Bahrain, the coaches who attended came from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. The course was led by Mark Sayers, coordinator of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science course at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

 The 2016 Games mascots visit the Brazilian NOC. © Heitor Vilela/BOC

The Brazilian NOC received two very special visitors on 1 December, when its President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, welcomed the mascots of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, much to the delight of all the NOC staff. Numerous photos were taken on the day. Info at

Sergey Bubka visits Bogotá. © Colombian NOC

The Colombian NOC recently welcomed IOC member Sergey Bubka, who was visiting the Colombian capital, Bogotá, in his role as IAAF Vice-President. He gave a press conference at the NOC headquarters in connection with the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships, which are being held in the Colombian city of Cali in 2015. He had previously met participants in the Colombian talented young athletes’ development programme, accompanied by NOC member Alfonso Sánchez, Coldeportes director and IOC member Andrés Botero, and Colombian Athletics Federation President Ramiro Varela. Info at

BOA Athletes’ Commission. © BOA

At the end of November, the British NOC (BOA) announced the results of its Athletes’ Commission elections. Eric Boateng (basketball), Jon Eley (short track speed skating), Claire Hamilton (curling) and Nathan Robertson (badminton) all join the other Commission members for the first time. Fellow members Sarah Gosling (sailing) and Goldie Sayers (athletics) were both re-elected. Chaired by Ben Hawes (hockey), the Commission has 14 members in total, including Adam Pengilly (skeleton), a member of the IOC and of its Athletes’ Commission. Info at

Cynthia Liu and Timothy Tsun Ting Fok. © NOC of Hong Kong
The 2014 IOC Trophy ‘Sport and Art’ has been presented to Cynthia Liu, Deputy Director (Culture) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the development of sport and culture in Hong Kong. Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, President of the Hong Kong NOC and IOC member, presented the trophy at a ceremony held at Olympic House. In order to foster public participation in cultural activities at Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza, Cynthia Liu organised the installation of sculptures featuring Olympic elements such as the Beijing Games logo and mascots. She thus helped to share with the public the legacy of the 2008 Games, in particular that of the equestrian events that were held in Hong Kong. Info at

Portuguese athletes who received awards. © Portuguese NOC
The Portuguese NOC celebrated its 105th anniversary at the Estufa Fria park in Lisbon. A number of awards were presented to the athletes of the year and other leading figures in Portuguese sport. The men’s table tennis team, European champions for the first time, received the Olympic Medal Trophy (athlete of the year), while cyclist Ivo Oliveira, world and European junior individual pursuit champion, was crowned young athlete of the year. Olympic participation badges for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were presented to skiers Arthur Hanse and Camile Dias, while Mário Gentil Quina, sailing silver medallist at the 1960 Games in Rome, received the NOC Olympic Order. 1995 marathon world champion Manuela Machado was presented with the Merit Medal and the 2014 IOC Trophy ‘Sport and Art’ was awarded posthumously to plastic artist Espiga Pinto. Info at


Training course in Amman. © Generations for Peace

The fourth Generations For Peace/Samsung advanced training course was held at the organisation’s headquarters in Amman (Jordan) from 22 to 26 November. The course brought together 33 experienced volunteers from 21 different Generations For Peace programmes in 11 countries (Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe). For five days, the participants were able to share their experiences in order to identify best practices and enhance their knowledge of how to transform conflict and build peace. Mention should also be made of the recent presentation of the 4th ‘Samsung Generations For Peace Awards’, which recognise the exceptional efforts of Generations For Peace volunteers leading change in their own communities by addressing local issues of conflict and violence. Info at

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued its call for proposals for the 2015 scientific research grants. WADA is committed to increasing the volume of research dedicated to developing and improving detection methods for doping substances and methods. Research projects must be submitted by 15 February 2015. Info at


In the last English edition of the Olympic Highlights, under International Federations, there was an error in the FIE text. It should read ‘Some 124 of the 150 FIE-affiliated national federations were represented’ instead of ‘some 132 of the 149 FIE-affiliated national federations were represented’. Similarly it should read ‘the 2016 team world championships will be held in Rio de Janeiro’ and not ‘the 2016 Senior World Championships will be held in Rio de Janeiro’.


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