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02 Feb 2015
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As focus now turns to implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed senior representatives of the Worldwide Olympic Partners (TOP partners) to Lausanne and gave them an overview of Olympic Agenda 2020, for which they were an integral part of the discussion phase throughout 2014. “As we move to implementation, the Partners, along with the other stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, have an important role to play” said the IOC President. During the Summit, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper provided more detail on the next stage of the process – planning and implementation of the recommendations. The delegates then focused on several key themes including “The Uniqueness of the Olympic Games”, “Athletes” and “Olympism in Action”.  ” Read the press release here.

IOC Executive Board Members Gunilla Lindberg and Juan Antonio Samaranch, and IOC Members Mario Pescante and Julio César Maglione, have visited the IOC President this week.

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The IOC President has welcomed International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Ary Graça. Their discussions centred on the preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. President Bach also met the Secretary General of the Association of African National Olympic Committees (ANOCA), Tommy Sithole, with whom he spoke about the development of sport in Africa as well as the next African Youth Games. With the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Gianni Merlo, President Bach discussed the role and place of the press within the Olympic Movement, as well the implementations of Olympic Agenda 2020.

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The President met the Rector of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Ferran Sancho Pifarre, and the Director the UAB’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC), Emilio Fernandez Peña. Their discussions focused mainly on MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), platform launched by the OSC on the theme ‘Media and the Olympic Games’ as well as on various projects about social media, sport and the Olympic Movement.

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On Friday the IOC President began a week-long visit to the United States with a meeting with the 42nd President of the United States and Founder of the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton. The pair discussed the important role that sport can play in society, peace-building and development, as well as the possibility of future cooperation between their two organisations. The President then continued to Phoenix, where he will meet several TOP partners and attend the Super Bowl, then go to Vail/Beaver Creek for the skiing World Championships. After that, he will be at the USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, before traveling to New York. Full details in the next edition of the Highlights.



IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Claudia Bokel, took part in a webcast hosted by Ernst & Young (EY)'s Women Athletes Business Network, addressing mainly her experience on both the competitive and business sides of the Olympic Movement. Responding to a question from Around the Rings on how Olympic Agenda 2020 could benefit female athletes, Bokel referred to Recommendation 11 “Foster gender equality”, which encourages “the IOC to work with the International Federations to achieve 50 percent female participation in the Olympic Games and to stimulate women’s participation and involvement in sport by creating more participation opportunities at the Olympic Games”. She said: “We need to look at the programme together and see where we can achieve that kind of balance. Sports organisations and the IOC are on a pretty good track. We want the Olympic Games to be accessible for everybody in the world.” Donna de Varona, a member of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, also took part in the webcast. (Source: Around the Rings)


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The IOC, in partnership with UNESCO and several other international organisations, has produced new Guidelines, released on 29 January, urging governments and educational planners to invest in the quantity and quality of physical education that they offer. The action-orientated Quality Physical Education (QPE) Guidelines, which are in line with the IOC’s mission to include sport in school curricula worldwide and to promote Olympic values-based education, were presented during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (photo above). IOC Member Julio César Maglione took part in the meeting as Honorary President of CIGEPS. On this occasion, the IOC President said: “Physical education in schools is crucial if we are to get the couch potatoes off the couch. Sport has a central role to play in the education system, not just to fight against obesity and sedentary behaviour, but studies have shown time and again the positive effects physical activity has on the social and intellectual development of young people. Collaborating closely with UNESCO, we will ensure physical education is an integral part of school curricula to promote a healthy mind in a healthy body.”  Read the press release here.

For the first time, the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held in Asia, in the country hosting the next Olympic Winter Games, in 2018. This fifth Conference will take place in Seoul (Republic of Korea) from 1 to 3 June 2017. It will be followed by a three-day Advanced Team Physician Course (5-7 June) in PyeongChang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Games. This will be an incredible opportunity for some 150 team physicians to further improve their knowledge and practice of sports and exercise medicine with less than a year to go to the Games. Read the press release here.




The International Basketball Federation (FIBA)'s main objectives for the 2014-2019 term are to build one united world basketball family and prioritise the development of all its members. A first step was taken with the convening of the Working Group on National Federations Support and Development on 23 and 24 January at the House of Basketball in Mies (Switzerland) (photo above). In line with the changes made to its governance at last year's Extraordinary World Congress, the world governing body of basketball is fully intent on giving all its national federations the support and help needed to reach the full extent of their respective growth potential. Details on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has looked more closely at the FINA Youth Programme, held for the first time at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Doha (Qatar) from 3 to 7 December last year. FINA investigated the experience of about 280 young swimmers and 130 coaches from a total 136 countries who took part. The survey revealed that, although the programme participants, aged between 14 and 16, came with different abilities and backgrounds, there are no boundaries in the sport of swimming, and that no matter the training facility or country of origin, every swimmer can strive to attain their goals. Bringing them all together helped erase any prejudices some might have had, and the programme was a real eye-opener for them all on the way to building their future sporting careers. Details on

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is offering three media internships to work for the ITTF at the Qoros 2015 World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou (People’s Republic of China), from 26 April to 3 May. Each intern will have full access to all media facilities and players, and will work alongside the ITTF media team. Applications must be submitted before 1 March. In addition, in the framework of its development and education programme, the ITTF will be organising its first ever World Table Tennis Day on 6 April at Mount Everest. Details on

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has reasserted its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the IOC's Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). As an intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable the ITU and its members/national federations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities. The ITU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC, and implementation of the system will go into effect on 1 February ahead of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, which kicks off in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 6 March. Details on


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The Canadian NOC has announced the death of figure skating icon Toller Cranston (photo), on 24 January at the age of 65. A six-time national champion (1971 to 1976), Cranston won the bronze medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck. He was a pioneer in pushing for recognition of the artistic side of figure skating. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Skate Canada Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Cranston was also awarded the Special Olympic Order by the NOC. Details on

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Three talented 16 year-old cross-country skiers, accompanied by their coach, will represent the Mongolian NOC at “Dream-2015”, a winter sports programme organised annually since 2004 by Gangwon Province and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Organising Committee. NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren, and the Secretary General of the Mongolian Ski Federation, E. Ochirsuren, wished the young athletes good luck before they left for PyeongChang. In addition, the IOC Trophy has been awarded to D. Bayarbaatar, President of the Mongolian Volleyball Federation, who has devoted 22 years to the sport. IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan presented him with the Trophy in the presence of the NOC President at a ceremony held at Olympic House.

Some of the young sailing week participants. © NOC of Oman

The NOC of Oman informs us that around 112 young sailors aged between 8 and 15 and coaches, from 19 countries, took part in Oman Sail’s Mussanah Race Week held from 18 to 24 January at Mussanah Sports City. As well as taking part in the various regattas, the participants followed a number of sessions on training, acquiring new skills and experiences, and learning about other cultures. Details on

The Turkish NOC says that 29 young athletes represented the country at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOF) in Vorarlberg (Austria) and Liechtenstein from 25 to 30 January. The Turkish athletes competed in five of the eight sports on the programme. For many of them, this was their first ever Olympic event before Turkey hosts the winter edition of the EYOF in Erzurum in 2019. Details on

The Venezuelan NOC informs us that over 7,000 students representing 62 universities from all over the country are expected to take part in the 17th edition of the National University Sports Games, “Barinas 2015”. A total of 20 disciplines make up the programme of these Games, which opened on 29 January.


RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio (Rio 2016TM) announced the first details for the Olympic Torch Relay on 29 January. The flame will travel across 26 states and through 250 cities and towns on a 20,000km journey around Brazil in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It was revealed that the flame would be carried by at least 10,000 torchbearers to every corner of Brazil, on a route designed to reach approximately 90 per cent of the population. Continuing its longstanding support of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola, together with Nissan and Bradesco, will be a Presenting Partner in Brazil. Read the press release here. Details on

TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) has announced that, following its latest Athletes’ Commission meeting, it plans to create a 2020 Young Athletes project, which will encourage young athletes to set the Tokyo 2020 Games as their goal. The project also aims to encourage young athletes to get more involved in society by becoming taking part in a wide range of activities. Read the press release here.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) has signed a six-year agreement with Tokyo 2020 to become the first official Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, the highest tier of the OCOG’s marketing programme. The agreement sees the company supporting both the Games in 2020 and the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic athletes. NTT has been joined as a Gold Partner by Asahi Breweries, Ltd, with which Tokyo 2020 has also signed an agreement. NTT previously provided a variety of telecommunications services for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games and the 1998 Nagano Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Details on


Around 300 representatives of the anti-doping and pharmaceutical communities convened in Tokyo on 28 January for the Second International Conference on the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight against Doping. Entitled “New Developments for Clean Sport and Society”, the Conference was organised jointly by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology-Japan, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency and UNESCO, and was supported by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Associations of Japan and the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. The aim of the Conference was to further improve information-sharing and collaboration to tackle the issue of doping within sport and society as a whole. Read the press release on

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