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14 Apr 2015
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On 10 April, IOC President Thomas Bach launched festivities marking the IOC’s 100 years in Lausanne in the presence of the IOC Honorary President, Jacques Rogge, Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, Ueli Maurer, Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz, State Councillors Philippe Leuba and Anne-Catherine Lyon, as well as IOC Members Lambis V. Nikolaou and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, and the grand-nephew of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Jacques De Navacelle.
The day started at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery, where the IOC President paid tribute to Pierre de Coubertin. “Pierre de Coubertin himself decided to establish the IOC in Lausanne. It was the right decision to take then and it still is now. One century later, the Olympic Movement continues to flourish in the city that Coubertin chose. Though we are already implementing the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, it is certain that Coubertin, a visionary and reformer at heart, would have loved to take part in this new stage in the future of the Olympic Movement and offer us sage advice.”
During a press conference at The Olympic Museum, the President unveiled the latest results of a study showing the impact of the IOC on the Lausanne region, the Canton of Vaud and Switzerland. The study shows that the IOC and the 45 International Sports Federations based in Switzerland have a yearly economic impact of CHF 1.07 billion for Switzerland, CHF 546 million for the Canton of Vaud and CHF 250 million for Lausanne. The study, commissioned by the IOC, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, was conducted by the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS).
“During these 100 years of common history, we wrote many important and fascinating chapters, and I am looking forward to the next one, which will see the consolidation of our headquarters in Lausanne,” President Bach said. With the consolidation of its headquarters, the IOC is further establishing itself in Lausanne for another 100 years. Indeed, the City of Lausanne has accepted to grant the IOC a lease until 2115.

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After the inauguration of the Centenary Exhibition set up by The Olympic Museum on the “Helvétie” boat on the quai d’Ouchy, President Bach and Lausanne Mayor Brélaz unveiled a commemorative centenary plaque at the Villa Mon-Repos in presence of the Lausanne Municipality and the IOC Members in Switzerland, Denis Oswald, René Fasel and Patrick Baumann.
In the coming months, the Lausanne population will have the opportunity to join the centenary celebrations by taking part in a number of events among which photo exhibitions at landmark sites linking the IOC and Lausanne, as well as an Open Days weekend (27-28 June) at the IOC Headquarters and The Olympic Museum.

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President Bach joined World Archery President and IOC Executive Board Member Uğur Erdener in laying the foundation stone at the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne. The new facility will eventually welcome elite and novice athletes, both local and international, while doubling as a research and educational hub. Uğur Erdener thanked the City of Lausanne, Canton of Vaud and the Swiss Federal authorities for the excellent partnership they have enjoyed over the years and in working together to create the new centre.

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President Bach and IOC Member Lambis V. Nikolaou spoke about the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, in particular the blending of sport and culture at the Olympic Games and in-between.

With Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IOC Member and President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC), President Bach discussed the preparations for the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, as well as the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020.

Meetings were held with IOC Members Sam Ramsamy and José Perurena, who is also President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), with whom President discussed various subjects linked to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

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President Bach welcomed Carola Mangiarotti, an Italian fencer who competed at the Olympic Games in 1976 in Montreal and 1980 in Moscow. She was accompanied by Franco Ascani, President of the International Sports Movies & TV Federation (FICTS). They spoke about the 1976 Games, in which they both competed, as well as Carola’s father, Edoardo Mangiarotti, who is the most decorated medallist in the history of fencing, with 13 Olympic medals and 26 world medals, and who was also Secretary General of the International Fencing Federation (FIE).

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During the IOC’s 100 years in Lausanne celebrations on the Helvétie boat, President Bach had a surprise encounter with the Olympic epée champion at the 2012 Games in London, Venezuela’s Rubén Limardo, who was accompanied by fellow Olympians Silvio Fernández y Stefany Hernández. They were in Lausanne for a meeting about the creation of the Athletes’ Commission within the Venezuelan NOC as well as various programmes aimed at the athletes.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) marked the 2nd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by endorsing a community initiative aiming to organise 3x3 basketball events worldwide. This project, named #WhoDaresWins, was developed by Lungi Mchunu from Johannesburg (South Africa). Mchunu managed to convince the organisers from 10 countries (Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Ghana, Greece, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Puerto Rico and Uganda) to join and take on the challenge. Info at

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced a series of measures to strengthen anti-doping and governance following a careful analysis of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report and recommendations published earlier. Read about the measures at

The Cadet and Junior Fencing World Championships were held for the first time in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from 1 to 9 April. International Fencing Federation (FIE) President Alisher Usmanov officially opened these championships organised in his home country. At the opening ceremony, young fencers and the FIE President lent their support for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Info at

On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) mentioned several projects implemented across the world by hockey players past and present, thus showing how the hockey community both supports and embodies the ideals of the Olympic Movement. Driven by a desire to give back to the community, hockey players past and present are involved in activities that range from addressing health problems such as HIV or cancer to promoting education and improving quality of life or empowering groups of people: the young, women, the elderly, the poor and those with disabilities. You can find some examples of projects at

United World Wrestling (UWW) held the inaugural Under-23 European Championships from 24 to 30 March in Walbzych (Poland). Over 350 wrestlers aged 18 to 23 and representing over 30 national federations took part. This competition was created to meet a strong demand for wrestlers in this age group to have more opportunities to better prepare and develop for the senior ranks. Info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) organised the first Synchronised Swimming School of the year in Macao from 25 to 30 March. The participants came from countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong China, Thailand, Malaysia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. For FINA, these programmes are important for all federations in the framework of developing the sport. Info at

Young Haitians learning table tennis © Vladimyr Mathieu

6 April marked the first ever World Table Tennis Day, launched by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Over 100 events in more than 50 countries were organised under the slogan “Table Tennis for Everyone, Everywhere!”. Events were also staged in major cities such as Buenos Aires (Argentina), Amman (Jordan), Berlin (Germany), Bombay (India), London and Manchester (Great Britain), New York (USA), Paris (France), Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Zurich (Switzerland), and Suzhou (People’s Republic of China) which will host the World Championships this year, but also Port-au-Prince (Haiti) at the Sport for Hope Centre, where 400 children were able to learn table tennis under the supervision of 27 coaches, recently trained during a seminar of the Haitian Federation. Info at


The Finnish Curling Association has been selected to trial the World Curling Federation’s (WCF) first Portable Curling Facility.
The initiative, launched at the World Curling Congress in September 2014, will see the WCF provide CopperHill Curling Club in Turku with a two-sheet Portable Curling Facility (PCF), created within an insulated tent. It is hoped that these portable facilities could be the stepping-stone for WCF member associations to progress from the shared arena environment with other ice sports to dedicated curling facilities, without the huge financial investment required for a traditional dedicated building. Info at


The International Surfing Association (ISA) celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. In South Africa, Mauritius, Brazil and Nauru, surfers organised various events to mark their support for this Day. Info and photos at


Future archery coaches © Albanian NOC

In order to develop and promote archery in Albania, the Albanian NOC has organised a 12-day technical course for future coaches. Thanks to the financial support of Olympic Solidarity and the technical support of World Archery, 21 students, mainly from the Albanian Sports University (four came from Kosovo), followed theoretical and practical training under the leadership of World Archery coach Massimo Giovannucci. The future coaches received a diploma after an examination at the end of this 1st level course. Info at
It was at the new elite athlete training centre in Souidania in Algiers that the Algerian NOC celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The Day was patronised by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Tahmi. Organised in cooperation with the national sports federations and the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Wilaya of Algiers, the programme of festivities included a drawing contest and letter-writing contests on the theme “sport for peace”, sports demonstrations as well as a cultural programme. Info at

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The city of Iquique will host the 3rd Bolivarian Beach Games in 2016. Over 500 athletes will compete in this event in 12 sports disciplines. The announcement was made at the headquarters of the Chilean NOC by the sports authorities and the region of Tarapacá (photo above) including Sports Minister Natalia Riffo, NOC Vice-President Miguel Ángel Mujica, the Mayor of Iquique, Jorge Soria, and athlete Esteban Grimalt. The city of Santiago has been chosen to organise the 2nd Youth South American Games. See also under “Recognised Organisations”. Info at

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 The Costa Rican NOC celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by organising sports activities in its gardens. More than 300 children were able to learn various sports – gymnastics, taekwondo, karate, fencing and boxing – with several athletes (photo above). The children have also produced drawings about the Day. Info at

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In the framework of Olympic Solidarity, a level 2 volleyball coaching course was organised by the Gambian NOC in cooperation with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Gambian Volleyball Federation. For two weeks, this course, the first of its kind in Gambia, brought together 20 coaches (photo above) from across the country under FIVB Course Director Jivko Jetchev and Bernard J. Denis. Improving skills and new training techniques were on the programme of this course, which ended on 31 March in Kolili. Info at and


Spyros Capralos with some students from the Psychiko College © Greek NOC

Greek NOC President Spyros Capralos spoke to around 3,000 students of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation “Psychiko College”. His talk focused on the work of the NOC and the values of Olympism. International Olympic Academy President Isidoros Kouvelos also gave a presentation. A demonstration of Olympic sports was held by the Greek Olympic Academy and Greek Olympic medallists and world champions. Info at

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G. Batkhuu (l in photo), President of the Mongolian Automoto Sports Federation and Member of Parliament, has received the “Golden Star”, the highest order of the Mongolian NOC in recognition of his great contribution to developing this sport in Mongolia. The honour was presented to him by NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren (r in photo) at a ceremony held at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar.

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Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the Portuguese NOC organised a conference dedicated to the theme. The guest speaker was Vítor Serpa (photo), Director of the biggest Portuguese daily sports newspaper, A Bola. He underlined the role that sport plays in social and cultural identity in many countries, particularly Portuguese-speaking ones. NOC President Jose Manuel Constantino concluded this conference. Info at

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The “Learn to Swim to Save Lives in Senegal” project allowed 1,500 children under 15 (41 per cent of whom were girls) to learn how to swim free of charge. Supported by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, this project was entrusted to Guedel Ndiaye, Vice-President of the Senegalese NOC from June to November 2014. The project concluded on 28 March with a ceremony at the Olympic pool in Dakar, during which diplomas were presented to the children and instructors who helped in the success of this project.

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To mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the Somalian NOC, in cooperation with its affiliates and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, organised a sports event at the Mogadishu football stadium (photo above). More than 1,000 athletes, students and supporters gathered at the stadium in the capital to celebrate this Day and to advocate building a better future for Somali youth through sport. Among the personalities attending the event were the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, the Deputy Mayor of Mogadishu, the NOC President, the presidents of national federations and associations and former athletes.

Shu-Zhi Liu (l) and her team of coaches. © Chinese Taipei Olympic Commitee

In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the Sports Administration, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) has launched a badminton coaching programme at the Taipei Juvenile Detention House. At a press conference, CTOC President Hong-Dow Lin, revealed the main theme of this 40-week programme. Twice a week, coaches led by athlete Shu-Zhi Liu will teach not only the techniques of this sport, but also the values of excellence, friendship and respect. The NOC successfully launched a similar programme last year with the participation of an Athlete Role Model from the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, Wen-Hsing Cheng, who visited several high schools and youth detention centres. Info at

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Czech art and architecture historian, Rostislav Švácha (l in photo) has been awarded the IOC Sport and Art Trophy by Czech NOC President Jiří Kejval at a ceremony organised at the NOC headquarters. Rostislav Švácha is the author of “Naprej!”, a book on 16th to 21st century architecture used for sports and educational activities. In 2013, Švácha received the prize of the Ministry of Culture for his contribution to architecture. Info at

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The Venezuelan NOC has honoured 10 new sports personalities (photo above) who were rewarded for their career and remarkable contribution to the development of sport, setting examples for future generations. This ceremony was organised by the NOCs Ethics and Values Commission. In addition, NOC President Eduardo Álvarez announced the appointment of Joseba Barreda as Chef de Mission of the Venezuelan delegation for the Games in Rio in 2016. Third Vice-President of the NOC, he is also President of the Basque Pelota Federation. He took on this role at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 and the Vargas South American Games in 2014.


RIO 2016

It is the turn of the city of Belo Horizonte to host the educational programme of the Rio Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2016 (Rio 2016), named Transforma. This programme will be incorporated into the curriculum of 74 schools. This extension to the programme means that nearly 187,000 Brazilian students will benefit from this educational platform thanks to the Games. The Transforma programme promotes the Olympic and Paralympic values and also presents the Olympic and Paralympic sports in participating schools and in the local community. It should be offered in other regions of Brazil throughout the year. Info at


Signing of the POCOG-Samsung contract © POCOG

Worldwide Olympic (TOP) Partner Samsung has signed a domestic sponsorship agreement with the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in PyeongChang (POCOG). Samsung will play an essential role in staging “Smart Olympics” by providing innovative technologies. With this agreement, POCOG has achieved 41 per cent of its sponsorship targets.
POCOG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency, which is a government organisation for official development assistance, made up of over 4,500 volunteers dispatched overseas by the Korean government as part of the “World Friends Korea” programme. These volunteers will become “Youth Supporters for PyeongChang 2018” and engage in promoting the 2018 Games during their overseas activities. Info at

TOKYO 2020

Participants at a Undokai day in Thailand © Japan Sports Council

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) and other Japanese sports organisations came together to celebrate the second International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Members of the “Sport For Tomorrow” Consortium, the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute and the Japan Overseas Cooperative Association joined over 100 volunteers, university students and NGO members at an event organised at the Tsukuba University campus. Since its creation last year, “Sport For Tomorrow” has organised Undokai (sports days) in Laos, Thailand, Malawi and Guatemala, and contributed to renovating and maintaining sports facilities in developing countries. It has also sent coaches and provided sports equipment.
In addition, Tokyo 2020 has announced the composition of its Culture and Education Commission. The Commission will advise the Organising Committee and assist in its preparations to create a Culture and Education programme. Composed of 28 leading figures from Japan’s art and entertainment worlds and the field of education, it will be chaired by Ryohei Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of the Arts. The company ASICS Corporation has become a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner in the category Sporting Goods (Sports Apparel and Sports Equipment). Info at


As a prelude to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Lassana Palenfo, who is also an IOC Honorary Member urged “all stakeholders of the African Olympic and Sports Movement and State leaders to celebrate sports values on that day and bear in mind that sport must increasingly be taken into consideration and used in conflict resolution and, above all, to create conditions necessary for lasting peace.” Full press release at

At its General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), whose President is IOC Honorary Member Carlos Arthur Nuzman, chose the Chilean city of Santiago as the host city of the 2nd Youth South American Games. Bringing together athletes aged 14 to 18, this event is scheduled for March 2017, one year before the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina). A tribute was paid to former PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña during this meeting. Info at

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Generations For Peace (GFP) and the Jordanian NOC celebrated the 2nd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, by inviting 96 youngsters aged 12 to 18 from across Jordan to participate in sport-based games at the GFP’s headquarters (photo above). These youngsters have been participating in ongoing peace-building activities at their schools. GFP and its volunteer youth leaders in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe also organised numerous activities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe. The Jordanian NOC marked the Day by promoting the importance of the Olympic values through the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) activities. Over the last year, the NOC has engaged thousands of young people. Info at and

The World Olympians Association (WOA) also activated its network of Olympians, such as IOC Member the Sovereign Prince Albert II and double gold medallist Pernilla Wiberg, to promote White Cards for Peace in celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, as initiated by the organisation Peace and Sport. Info at

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