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These were two more full weeks for IOC President Thomas Bach, whose schedule took him from Lausanne to New York, Belgrade, Pristina and Sochi, and included meetings with members of the Olympic Movement and world leaders, and seven days championing the importance of sport in society and its ability to spread peace. (You can also relive these meetings through a video.)

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The packed programme started on Monday 13 April, when the IOC President chaired the first International Forum for Sports Integrity in Lausanne. The Forum coincided with the launch of the IOC’s Integrity and Compliance Hotline, a new reporting mechanism for potential cases of competition manipulation as well as other violations of the integrity of sport. As the IOC President explained: “In Olympic Agenda 2020 we stressed the need to protect clean athletes from match-fixing, manipulation of competitions and related corruption We are intensifying our efforts to protect the integrity of sport and we ask that European and non-European governments sign the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and continue to work hand-in-hand with us”. The Forum brought together representatives from world governments, the Council of Europe, the European Union, INTERPOL, Europol, United Nations agencies, sports betting operators and Olympic Movement stakeholders. Read the full press release here.

Ahead of the Forum, President Bach held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. The two men spoke about the close cooperation between their organisations in numerous areas related to sport in society. The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Secretary General, Stanislas Frossard, was also present at the meeting.

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Later, Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard visited the IOC President. Among other topics, they talked about relations between the IOC and the Swiss Confederation and the IOC’s commitment to sustainable development. She was accompanied by Dominique Bugnon, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications Press and Information Service.

The next morning, the President welcomed members of the German Parliament and answered questions related to Olympic Agenda 2020 and bidding to host the Olympic Games.

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The following day, President Bach travelled to New York (USA). Upon arrival, he met IOC Honorary Member Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz, with whom he discussed the development of sport in Saudi Arabia and the follow-up to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

The IOC President also met IOC Member and US Olympic Committee President Lawrence Probst, together with USOC Secretary General Scott Blackmun. Their discussions focused on implementing the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations and the candidature process for the 2024 Olympic Games.

In the framework of the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 (recommendation 20) concerning close cooperation with NGOs, the President met with representatives of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ),  Kathleen Carroll, Vice-Chair and Joël Simon, Executive Director.

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In a speech at the United Nations headquarters on 15 April, the IOC President said the time has come for sport to play a greater role as a force for positive change around the world. His remarks were met with broad support from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa, who also spoke at the event, called “United Action Towards Sustainable Development For All Through Sport”. Both the IOC President and UN Secretary-General called for sport to be included the new global sustainable development agenda that is scheduled to be finalised in September. Also speaking at the event were the President of the International Paralympic Committee and IOC Member, Philip Craven, and IOC Member Angela Ruggiero. During a lunch hosted by the UN Secretary-General, President Bach presented him with a dedicated medal for heads of state, a replica of the medal created by the IOC’s founder, Pierre de Coubertin. Read President Bach’s full remarks here and the Secretary-General’s full remarks here.

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After the UN event, President Bach had a meeting with the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who launched HeForShe, a solidarity campaign for gender equality to which President Bach has been named an ambassador. HeForShe was created by UN Women in September 2014 to encourage men and boys to join the fight for gender equality and women’s rights around the world. Its goal is to enlist one billion boys and men to become advocates for women's rights globally. Read the full press release here.

After visiting the United Nations the President held talks with Human Rights Watch represented by its Director of Global Initiatives, Minky Worden, and discussed the changes in terms of transparency and credibility brought about as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020.

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Back in Lausanne on 16 April, President Bach welcomed the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán at The Olympic Museum. The pair discussed the positive benefits sport can have in society, in particular through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. President also updated the Prime Minister about the progress being made on implementing Olympic Agenda 2020. They discussed the changes to the bidding process for the Olympic Games in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020. These include cost reductions, an emphasis on sustainability and the new Invitation Phase.The Prime Minister was accompanied by IOC Member in Hungary, Pál Schmitt, and the President of the Hungarian NOC, Zsolt Borkai. Read the full press release here.

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On the same day, President Bach met the President of the French Republic, François Hollande at The Olympic Museum. Discussions included a possible French Olympic bid from Paris for the Olympic Games 2024. “France has a lot to offer the Olympic Movement. We also learned today that Paris 2024 will focus on the post-Games legacy of the venues. This approach fits perfectly within the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020”, said the IOC President. During the visit the President also discussed the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to include sport in the final UN declaration in September. The President of the French Republic also invited the IOC to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Paris at the end of the year. President Bach accepted the invitation. President Hollande was accompanied by the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue François Rebsamen as well as IOC Member Tony Estanguet and French NOC President Denis Masseglia. Read the full press release here.

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The same evening President Bach travelled to Serbia to meet with the NOC to discuss Olympic Agenda 2020, the major role of sport in society, and the recent recognition by the IOC of the NOC of Kosovo. In the Serbian capital Belgrade, President Bach praised the President of the NOC of Serbia Vlade Divac for the progress made in Olympic sports. The IOC President met with representatives of the 38 National Sports Federations of Serbia. Later he visited a school in Belgrade where hundreds of children were taking part in “EcOlympics Serbia,” a programme funded by Olympic Solidarity.

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From there the President travelled directly to Kosovo. The NOC was granted full IOC recognition at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco in December 2014. In Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, the IOC President held talks with President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga. The President of Kosovo said that sport could “build bridges in society” and spoke of the positive benefits of being a new member of the Olympic family. She honoured the IOC President with the Medal of Merit. Later President Bach met the Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, as well as Kosovo NOC President Besim Hasani. He told them that if they prepared their athletes well for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year they would become great role models for the whole country. The Prime Minister said: “You have opened a blocked door for us and it will bring enormous benefits to be part of the international sporting community.” The IOC President later went to meet athletes at the Kosovo Palace for Sport during their training sessions. He also took part in a dinner hosted by the NOC of Kosovo, which has also invited the President of the Albanian NOC, Viron Bezhani.

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On 18 April, President Bach joined a fun-run in the city centre of Pristina featuring 700 school children.From Pristina, the IOC President flew to Sochi (Russian Federation) – welcomed by the Russian NOC President and the Russian IOC Members with whom he discussed the status of implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the legacy of the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. The President described his return to Sochi as an “emotional experience” – one year after the successful Games. On Sunday 19 April, the President had the opportunity to see how the facilities in the Olympic Park are still being used. At the Fed Cup in the Adler Arena, he was able to see Germany and Russia battling it out for a place in the finals, accompanied by the President of the International Tennis Federation, Francesco Ricci Bitti, and IOC Member in Russia and President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishev. Only few metres away, at the Ice Cube, the IOC President watched the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with the President of the World Curling Federation, Kate Caithness.

The President held a number of discussions with the Russian Minister for Sport, Tourism and Youth, Vitaly Mutko about the legacy of the Sochi Games and the development of sport in Russia.  He also held talks with President Putin’s key advisor Igor Levitin. He was accompanied by the IOC doyen, Vitaly Smirnov and by IOC Member, Russian NOC President and First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Alexander Zhukov.

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President Bach also attended the General Assembly of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) chaired by Raffaele Chiulli where he told delegates, “you are all part of the Olympic Family”. As IOC Recognised Federations he spoke about the opportunities for collaboration with the IOC in many different areas including integrity, education, anti-doping and Olympic Channel. The President made it clear that the Olympic Channel is open for Non-Olympic Federations as a platform to showcase their sports.

The morning of 20 April started with the Opening of the General Assembly of SportAccord, where the IOC President responded to the “welcome address” of SportAccord President Marius Vizer.

Then, the President met IOC EB Members Ching-Kuo Wu, René Fasel, Sergey Bubka and Uğur Erdener; IOC Members Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Alex Gilady, Olegario Vázquez Raña, Julio César Maglione, Joseph S. Blatter, Gian-Franco Kasper, Marisol Casado and Poul-Erik Høyer, as well as IOC Honorary Members Tamás Aján and Lamine Diack. He also spoke with a number of Presidents of International Federations and Associations.

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Later that day, President Bach met the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin to discuss the huge legacy of the Olympic Winter Games that were held in Sochi just over a year ago. The meeting took place in the Sochi Convention Centre – which was the International Broadcasting and Media Centre during the Games. The two leaders discussed the success of the Games and on how Russia can continue to build on the legacy. Since the Games, Sochi has hosted a number of world championships and other elite events. The President told the Russian leader that he was encouraging the International Federations to continue to take advantage of the facilities and Russian know-how. “None of that would have been possible before the Games,” President Bach told President Putin. President Putin praised the strong legacy of the Games, which had achieved the vision of creating a world-class winter sports destination and put Sochi on the global sports calendar.  The two leaders also discussed the important role of sport in society. President Putin emphasised that the Russian authorities continue to work closely with the IOC, and he praised the “excellent relations” with the IOC as “leader of the Olympic Movement.”

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Upon his return to Lausanne, President Bach welcomed the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko to The Olympic Museum, where the pair discussed sport as a means to promote education, health, development, peace and reconciliation. The meeting was also attended by IOC Executive Board (EB) Member and President of the NOC of Ukraine, Sergey Bubka, and Valery Borzov, IOC Member in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign affairs, and the First Vice-Prime Minister. Athletes’ welfare was at the heart of their meeting, as they spoke about an IOC initiative that has helped Ukrainian athletes in areas affected by civil strife. The IOC established an emergency fund of USD 300,000 last year to be used for the benefit of the Ukrainian athletes. President Bach reiterated that the role of sport was to bring people together. He added that the United Nations resolution on the autonomy of sports explicitly encourages full participation at sporting events, and the conciliative nature of Olympic sports events. He noted that boycotts are incompatible with this UN request for respect of the values of sport. President Poroshenko said he was “against sports boycotts” and also emphasised that “Ukraine is welcoming athletes from all countries”. The two leaders talked about the SDGs, which are being finalised by the United Nations this year, and the IOC President reiterated the need to include sport in the final declaration. The President of Ukraine described the reform process he was implementing in Ukraine, adding that sport is playing a key role in education, health and social policy. He said it was vital to use the “values of sport in this respect”. The IOC President offered the assistance of the IOC with regards to these programmes. President Bach offered help from the IOC to aid in peace and reconciliation in the country. President Poroshenko invited President Bach to visit Ukraine. The IOC President accepted the invitation. Read the full press release here.

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With the Moldavian NOC President Nicolae Juravschi, discussions were focused on the first European Games in Baku in June 2015 as well as the Olympic Games Rio 2016. President Bach presented him with the IOC President Trophy.
 
President Bach met Qatari NOC Secretary General Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. Alongside with the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, they talked about the development of sport in general.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) President Thomas Weikert talked with the IOC President about the preparations for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The President also met IOC EB Member Uğur Erdener, and the German NOC General Director Michael Vesper, with whom he discussed various topics related to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

With the IOC Honorary Member and President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the IOC President spoke about the preparations for the Games and the significant progress being made. They also discussed the situation of the sailing and rowing venues.

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Axel Weber, Chairman of UBS Group AG, visited the IOC offices on 22 April and met the President. The purpose of his visit was to reiterate the importance of the long-term partnership between the IOC and UBS. UBS is the financing bank for the new Olympic House and a sponsor of The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

On 27 April, President Bach will be in India. After that, he will travel to Australia, Fiji (for the General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committees), Vanuatu and New Zealand. Detailed information in the next issue of the ‘Olympic Highlights’ (around 10 May).

MEMBERS

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During the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in Sochi, AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu was elected ASOIF Vice-President, while FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann was re-elected as a member of the ASOIF Council, and ICF President José Perurena became a newly elected member of the Council.

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In his capacity as Chair of the IOC Medical Commission, Uğur Erdener recently took part in the World Health Summit in Kyoto (Japan). He spoke on the IOC’s behalf at the Olympic Movement and Human Health Session and at the closing ceremony, and answered questions on Sport for All at the final press conference.

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International Swimming Federation (FINA) President Julio Cesar Maglione was elected President of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) at the extraordinary general assembly held in Miami (USA) on 11 April. He will serve as PASO President until 2016 (see also ‘NOCs’ section).

OTHER NEWS

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The IOC has been awarded the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation Award in the category of Governance and Transparency. According to SportBusiness Intelligence: “The IOC has, with the adoption of its Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, firmly demonstrated a high-level of commitment to transparency and integrity to combat corruption, and to a whole raft of other principled initiatives.” IOC EB Member Uğur Erdener (photo), who received the award on behalf of the IOC, said: “I am delighted to accept the award, which I believe not only underlines the importance of good governance and transparency for sports organisations, but also acknowledges the work undertaken by IOC President Thomas Bach and my colleagues to implement Olympic Agenda 2020. Four months after its unanimous approval by the IOC Members, all the measures concerning good governance and transparency with regard to the IOC have not only been approved but also implemented.” Read full press release here.

President Bach announced that the IOC will launch a free, online education service aimed specifically at Olympians, other elite athletes and their coaches. The new service, called “The IOC Athlete Learning Gateway”, will go live on 28 May during the 7th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum in Lima (Peru).  For over a year, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from around the world have been helping the IOC test and develop the pilot version of the experimental “MOOC” (massive open online courses). Leading academics, sports institutes, sports leaders and Olympians have contributed content for the programme, including courses and live online seminars. Read the full press release here.

Implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 continued with the launch of the Consultants Register for the Olympic Games 2024 Bid Process on olympic.org. The list is public and can be consulted at any time on www.olympic.org. Also published are the updated version of the Rules of Conduct Applicable to all Cities Wishing to Organise the Olympic Games, which includes the Rules for the Register of Consultants participating in the Olympic Games 2024 Candidature Process. Read the full press release here.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

SUMMER IFS

The 20th World Athletics Day will be held in May, preferably during the weekend of 9 and 10 May. Part of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)’s social responsibility project, Athletics for a Better World, World Athletics Day is aimed at young people all over the world and is also organised in close cooperation with the relevant national ministry which is in charge of school sport in each country. More than 118 IAAF-member federations have already signed up to take part in this year’s edition. In addition, at its recent meeting in Beijing (People’s Republic of China), the IAAF Council decided to grant provisional IAAF membership to the Kosovo Athletic Federation with full rights and obligations, making it the 214th member of the IAAF. Details on www.iaaf.org.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has won the first-ever SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation Award. FIBA also picked up awards in three individual categories: Innovation (jointly with the International Cricket Council); Events Calendar and Strategy; and Commercial. The announcement was made at the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit in Sochi. Details on www.fiba.com

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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) made history on 15 April by becoming the exclusive partner for all Cuban boxers from the Cuban Boxing Federation whenever they compete in international boxing competitions. A memorandum signed between AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu (l. on photo) and the President of the Cuban Boxing Federation Alberto Puig (r. on photo) commits that all Cuban boxers will only compete in AIBA-approved competitions, including the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB). Details on www.aiba.org.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) have announced that, following numerous consultations with different stakeholders, tests will begin this season with a view to introducing disc brakes to professional road cycling in the future. Details on www.uci.ch.

At the ASOIF General Assembly held in Sochi, the President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Leandro Negre, was elected to the ASOIF Council for a four-year period. The FIH was also named winner of the Branding category in the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation Awards during the SportAccord Convention in Sochi. Details on www.worldhockey.org.

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In the presence of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Lausanne, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) signed the official agreement (photo above) with the Hungarian city of Budapest to host the FINA World Championships and World Masters Championships in 2017, replacing the city of Guadalajara (Mexico). In addition, on 15 April, FINA celebrated the “100 days to go” to the 16th FINA World Championships and World Masters Championships taking place in Kazan (Russia) from 24 July to 9 August. An estimated 2,500 athletes from 188 countries have submitted their registrations so far, and the preparations are well on track. The innovative temporary facilities at the Kazan Arena football stadium, to be transformed into a swimming pool, will be completed in late May. Details on www.fina.org.

The first official meeting of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) ParaPentathlon Working Group took place in Rome (Italy) on 12 April during the third phase of the UIPM World Cup. Chaired by UIPM President Klaus Schormann, the subjects addressed during the meeting included the development of the para-pentathlon movement with the organisation of a demonstration competitive event. The 2015 UIPM Youth A World Championships, which will be held in Argentina this September, have been selected as a possible suitable occasion for this first para-pentathlon event, with the idea to have local para-athletes competing in a friendly atmosphere. Details on www.pentathlon.org.

The finest sailing talent on the planet will assemble in Hyères (France) from 20 to 26 April for the next instalment of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup, bringing together 600 Olympic sailors in 400 boats, and 39 Paralympic sailors in 25 boats. Elite level fleets in all 10 of the Olympic events will put their skills to the ultimate test with 40 of the world’s best in each class. This competition marks the first occasion where fleets are decided based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and a qualification regatta. Details on www.sailing.org.

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Some 570 athletes from 68 countries took part in the third stage of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup, which was held from 9 to 15 April in Changwon (Republic of Korea). A total of 24 Rio 2016 Olympic quota places were distributed on this occasion. ISSF President and IOC Member Olegario Vázquez Raña (pictured above) and ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber visited the venue which will host the ISSF World Championship in all events, in 2018. Details on www.issf-sports.org.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

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On 11 April, the Algerian NOC took part in an operation to plant 1,000 trees to accompany the new Talented and Elite Athlete Assembly and Preparation Centre in Souidania, Algiers. Organised in partnership with the National Forestry Department, the Civil Protection Department, the national sports federations, the Algerian Muslim Scout Movement and the Souidania local assembly, this event took place under the theme “Plant for Algeria – Plant for the Planet”, and brought together numerous sports personalities, including Sydney Olympic Games medallists Nouria Benida Merah (gold, 1,500m) and Abderahmane Hammad (bronze, high jump). For its President, Mustapha Berraf, the NOC was using this operation to highlight the involvement of the national and international Olympic Movement in the field of environmental preservation. Details on www.coalgerie.com.

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In the framework of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the Sport for all Section of the Chilean NOC and the National Association of Elite Athletes, DAR Chile, organised an introductory session in karate and gymnastics for young pupils (photo above). This enabled more than 80 children from the Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez School in Santiago not only to discover the history of these two sports but also to practise them, thanks to advice from karateka Felipe Menares and gymnast Luis Peralta. The Sport for All section of the NOC plans to visit other schools in the capital as well as to develop such activities in other regions of the country in the future. Details on www.coch.cl.

(from l. to r.) Ignacio Aloise, George Hilton, Alejandro Blanco and João Derly. © Spanish NOC


The Spanish NOC President, Alejandro Blanco, NOC Secretary General Víctor Sánchez and Chef de Mission Cayetano Cornet recently visited Rio de Janeiro. One of the main reasons for the visit was to decide on some of the facilities which will host Spain’s Olympic team during the Games in 2016. The delegation also went to Brasilia to meet the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Aldo Rebelo, Sports Minister George Hilton and the Deputy responsible for sport in the Chamber of Deputies, João Derly. Also present was the President of the Uruguayan Judo Federation, Ignacio Aloise. The NOC President also addressed the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia. Details on www.coe.es.

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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC), led by President Lawrence Probst and Secretary General Scott Blackmun, hosted representatives of the 41 NOCs of the Americas on 11 April in Miami for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), during which a new leadership was elected for the first time in 40 years. Details on www.teamusa.org.

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The NOC of Hong Kong, China has informed us about the presentation ceremony of the TOP Partner Panasonic Sports Scholarship Programme for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which was held on 14 April at the Olympic House. The NOC President and IOC Member, Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, and the Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group/Panasonic, David Mong, presented the scholarship to 10 athletes with great potential to participate in the 2016 Games (photo above). Since 2010, such a programme jointly organised by the NOC and the company has been offering financial support to Hong Kong athletes in individual Olympic sports to better prepare them to qualify for the upcoming Olympic and Asian Games. Details on www.hkolympic.org.

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At the end of March, the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly of the Oman Olympic Committee approved a new Dispute Resolution and Arbitration for Sports Regulation and ratified amendments to some articles of the NOC’s statutes. Chaired by NOC President Khalid bin Mohammed Al Zubai, the Assembly was attended by the members of the NOC Board, representatives of sports associations, the Athletes’ Committee, the Women and Sport Committee and various sports personalities. Other agenda items included the Board’s activities in 2014, the draft budget for 2015, and the national team’s participation in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon (Republic of Korea) and the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket (Thailand) in 2014. In addition, at its meeting in Muscat (Oman) on 14 April, the Gulf Cooperation Council & Yemen Regional Anti-Doping Organisation re-elected the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Oman Anti-Doping Committee, as its Chairman for the next four years. Details on www.omanolympic.org.om.

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The Pakistani NOC celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in Lahore on 6 April (photo above). An official ceremony brought together numerous representatives of the sports world, including leaders of national sports federations and other associations recognised by the NOC, past and present Olympians and media and national authority representatives. NOC President Syed Arif Hasan and IOC Member Syed Shahid Ali addressed the attendees, together with the Federal Secretary for Sport, Chaudhry Ijaz Chaudhry.

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To strength the exchanges and cooperation in the field of sports science and athlete scientific training between their two NOCs, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee invited a sports science delegation from the Chinese NOC (photo above) from 21 to 26 March. Such a visit was arranged for the first time in 2013. A seminar was held to provide a platform for both NOCs to exchange ideas about the preparation and conduct of athletes’ scientific training programmes for the 2016 Olympic Games. The seminar brought together 83 coaches and experts specialising in sports science from all levels across the straits. The Chinese delegation, led by Ye Tian, Head of China Institute of Sports Science, also visited the sports science units of various universities and the National Sport Training Centre. Details on www.tpenoc.net.

(From l. to r.) Olha Kharlan, Sergey Bubka and Oleh Verniaev. © Ukrainian NOC


Kiev recently hosted the ninth edition of the “Heroes of the Sports Year” Awards Ceremony. Organised by the Ukrainian NOC and the Ukraine Youth and Sport Ministry, the ceremony paid tribute to the top athletes, teams, coaches, leaders, administrators and talented young athletes of 2014, in front of an audience of star athletes, members of the sports family, numerous media representatives, artists and showbusiness celebrities. NOC President and IOC EB Member Sergey Bubka presented the Sportsman of the Year Award to gymnast Oleh Verniaev (world and European parallel bars champion), and the Sportswoman of the Year Award to fencer Olha Kharlan (world and European individual sabre champion). Details on www.noc-ukr.org.

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The Venezuelan NOC was recently visited by representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Caracas. The Embassy’s Political Counsellor, David Da Silva, and Public Affairs Officer Michelé Carezis were welcomed by NOC President Eduardo Alvarez and the Executive Committee members (pictured above). A working meeting was held to discuss various subjects, including the upcoming Pan-American Games in Toronto (Canada), the activities planned by the NOC on this occasion and their inclusion among the projects the Embassy is planning in the framework of these Games. 

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES

RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (Rio 2016) has begun ticket sales for the Games. Brazilian residents can log on to Rio 2016’s official website until 30 April and apply for tickets. Those living outside Brazil can go to the same place to find out who is the Authorised Ticket Reseller for their country of residence to get their tickets. In total, about 7.5 million tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be put on sale, with more than half priced at 70 Brazilian reals (about USD 22) or less. Details on www.rio2016.com.

PYEONGCHANG 2018

(From l. to r.) Don Mischer, Sidney Kimme, Yang-Ho Cho, Konstantin Ernst and David Atkins. © POCOG


The Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (POCOG) has announced that  a team of world-renowned experts with backgrounds in directing past Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies will collaborate towards the successful staging of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games in 2018. The International Consulting Committee is composed of a cast of globally distinguished directors Konstantin Ernst, Don Mischer, David Atkins and Sidney Kimme, who will also participate in the final selection of the director and the producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. POCOG President Yang-Ho Cho also confirmed that the Domestic Advisory Board for the Ceremonies will be established soon. Details on www.pyeongchang2018.com.

TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) has three new Gold Partners, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. and Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.  The two first companies have been jointly awarded the “Banking” category and the third one in the “Real Estate Development” category. Details on www.tokyo2020.jp.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS

The Athletes’ Commission of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) met on 15 April in Rome (Italy). The meeting was chaired by Jean-Michel Saive, and was attended by the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Claudia Bokel. Welcomed by Italian NOC President Giovanni Malagò and EOC Secretary General Raffaelle Pagnozzi, the participants reviewed current and future activities, and events such as the first European Games in Baku (Azerbaijan) in June, and the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi (Georgia) in July. They also discussed the European delegation’s attendance at the 7th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum in Lima from 26 to 28 May and the EOC Athletes’ Forum in Bratislava (Slovakia) on 17 October this year. Details on www.eurolympic.org.

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On the occasion of the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi (Russian Federation), on 20 April 2015 the SportAccord General Assembly re-elected Marius Vizer (photo) as its President. This will be his first full four-year term as President, as he was elected to the post for the first time in 2013 for a two-year term. Details on www.sportaccord.com

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recently launched the IPC Academy Campus 2016 with the aim of transferring knowledge, expertise and know-how to around 1,200 key stakeholders during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At the same time, the IPC also announced that its Paralympic Games Knowledge Management function will now fall within the operations of the IPC Academy, the IPC's education division, which is run in conjunction with the World Academy of Sport. Details on www.paralympic.org.

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow them to share information and work together on areas of common interest. Tests developed through the IMI to analyse the effect of medicines in patients could in turn be useful for WADA in its efforts to identify athletes who have abused substances in an attempt to enhance their performance. Similarly, WADA’s work on counterfeit drugs could also be of relevance to the IMI. Details on www.wada-ama.org.

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