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15 May 2015
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From 27 April to 6 May, IOC President Thomas Bach, went on a trip to Oceania for the General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC). After a stop in New Delhi (India), the journey took him to Canberra and Sydney (Australia), then to Suva (Fiji), Port-Vila (Vanuatu) and finally Auckland (New Zealand).

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In New Delhi, the first leg of his trip, President Bach met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During an hour-long meeting, the IOC President complimented the Indian Prime Minister on his great commitment to sport with regard to education and sports infrastructure, as well as promoting excellence for the athletes of India. The Prime Minister emphasised the programmes his government is already undertaking. The two leaders agreed that the IOC is ready to assist with these programmes. The Prime Minister thanked the IOC for its contribution to Olympic sport in his country. President Bach said: that “sports development in India must tap the great potential of the 1.2 billion people in India, a majority of whom are young people.” In this connection, the leaders agreed to sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the government of India, the Indian Olympic Association and the IOC, which will define this cooperation. Following speculation over a possible Olympic bid, it was agreed that 2024 may be “too early”. President Bach met Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narayana Ramachandran and leaders of Indian sports federations.


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After New Delhi, the IOC President headed to Canberra, where he met Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with whom he spoke about the role that sport can play in society. The two leaders also discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are to be approved this September, and the importance of including sport in the final declaration. Joined by Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President and IOC Vice- President, John Coates, they also discussed a possible Australian bid for the Olympic Games in 2028. Australian Minister of Health and Sport Sussan Ley and three-time Olympic gold medallist and IOC Member James Tomkins (rowing) also joined the talks.


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From Canberra, President Bach flew to Sydney. There he visited the Sydney Olympic Park for the first time since the Games to see the tremendous legacy that remains. The Park is now a thriving commercial, residential and sporting precinct. He then went to the Olympic Stadium, where he was able to relive the moment when Cathy Freeman famously won the gold medal in the 400 metres at the Olympic Games in 2000, through a replay of that final played on the screens. The President was joined on the tour by the Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, New South Wales Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres, Chair of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Michael Knight, and many of those responsible for organising the Games. The IOC President was also able to pay tribute at the memorial for those killed in the massacre at the Olympic Games Munich 1972.


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Later, the President visited the Olympic cauldron which Cathy Freeman lit at the Opening Ceremony in 2000. The President highlighted the significance of those Games for Australia: “Cathy Freeman not only won, but she also represented the reconciliation of Australians with indigenous people.” Later, speaking to young fencers, he said that the Olympic Park, with its great memories, its great legacies and its new young athletes, represented “the past, the present and the future of Australia”. President Bach also met Kerry Stokes, Executive Chairman of Seven Group Holdings Limited, with whom he discussed the Olympic Channel.


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Upon his arrival in Suva on 1 May, President Bach met the President of the Republic of Fiji, Epeli Nailatikau. They discussed the huge contribution that sport can make in society. The IOC President also took part in a rugby training session in Suva. Fiji has high hopes of winning a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year, when rugby sevens will be on the programme for the first time.


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The following day, President Bach addressed the General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) and emphasised the vital role sport can play in their countries in education, health, peace and development. “Sport can contribute in many ways with regard to health, education, cohesion, social development, peace-building and nation-building, both internationally and nationally,” he said.


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The IOC President also met the Prime Minister of Fiji, Vorege Bainimarama, who told him that sport was a key part of health and education policies in the country and vital to their implementation. He outlined his special programme to upgrade and build new sports facilities in Fiji. The Prime Minister also offered his support for the inclusion of sport in the UN declaration concerning the SDGs.

During his two days in Fiji, the IOC President held individual meetings with representatives of all the 17 NOCs that make up ONOC. They discussed the preparation of the region’s athletes for the Olympic Games in Rio next year, the qualification criteria and the scholarship programmes being supported by Olympic Solidarity as well as the Olympic Agenda 2020.


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At the opening ceremony of the ONOC Assembly, the IOC President presented the Olympic Order to four members of the Oceania Olympic family: Roseline Blake, who has been involved in sport at all levels for nearly 40 years and was the first woman to be elected as Secretary General of the Cook Islands NOC; Lord Tevita Tupou, a former Executive Board member of ONOC, a member of the Pacific Games Council and the Oceania Football Confederation; Joe Bomal Carlo, who was Chef de Mission at the Olympic Summer Games from Barcelona 1992 to London 2012, CEO of the Vanuatu National Sports Council and President of the Vanuatu NOC; and Helen Brownlee, a Board member of the International Canoe Federation, the first female President of the Australian Canoe Federation and the first woman elected to the Executive Board of the Australian Olympic Committee, of which she is currently Vice-President.


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The IOC President arrived in Vanuatu on Sunday 3 May, just six weeks after the island nation was hit by the devastating cyclone Pam. The trip was an opportunity to discuss with the local sporting movement how the IOC funding of USD 500,000 will be spent to rejuvenate the sporting facilities. President Bach visited a hockey and multisport centre badly damaged by the storm, which welcomes more than 1,000 young people a day, training young athletes as well as organising leagues and competitions.


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Later, the IOC President and Director General played tennis with local children at a training centre in the capital, Port Vila. The President also visited Vanuatu Rowing Club, set up with help from Olympic Solidarity, the Australian and New Zealand rowing federations and the International Rowing Federation (FISA), which provides top-level training for young promising athletes.


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The IOC President also held a meeting with the President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, at which ONOC President and IOC Member Robin Mitchell was awarded the Order of Vanuatu for his services to sport in the country.


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In a meeting with the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, the two men discussed the IOC's help in rebuilding sporting infrastructure in Vanuatu and the role of sport in society, as well as the importance of including sport in the UN declaration concerning the SDGs.


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Later, President Bach was welcomed to the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) by the NOC President, Antoine Boudier, and opened a museum devoted to sport and athletes from Vanuatu. At the opening he said: “We came to Vanuatu to encourage you; we are leaving inspired by you. We are inspired by the optimism and by your true Olympic spirit by never giving up. We are happy to contribute to rebuilding your country and, through sport, give hope to people and particularly youth in Vanuatu.”


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President Bach completed his Oceania trip in Auckland. He was welcomed with a traditional powhiri (welcome ceremony) at the new NOC headquarters in Auckland on Tuesday 5 May. IOC Members Barry Maister and Barbara Kendall were on hand to greet the President on his first visit to New Zealand. President Bach went on to formally open Olympic House, the home of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Later, at a press conference, the President encouraged New Zealand to think about hosting the Olympic Games: “You cannot restrict the right to host the Olympics to just 20 countries”, he said. “The Olympic Games are universal and we should open doors and windows. If New Zealand is ready to look into it, we are ready.” He said that the changes brought about by Olympic Agenda 2020 encouraged countries to think about how the Olympic Games could fit into the social, economic, environmental and sporting needs of a country. President Bach met Governor-General Jeremiah Mateparae and Minister for Sport and Health Jonathan Coleman. He also held meetings with athletes and members of the NOC and national sports federations.


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President Bach also visited athletes at the Rowing New Zealand High Performance Centre in Cambridge, and after a visit to the local school he went on to the Avantidrome, home of New Zealand Cycling, where he met a number of New Zealand Olympic medallists and hopefuls for next year's Games in Rio de Janeiro.


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Before flying to New Delhi, on Saturday 25 April, the IOC President took part in a 2km fun run organised in the Olympic Capital, joining thousands of runners. The President was not the only Olympian taking part that day. Also at the start line of the main Lausanne 20km race was Wilson Kipketer, former 800m world record-holder and silver and bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in 2000 in Sydney and in 2004 in Athens respectively.


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Back from Oceania, the IOC President attended the inauguration of the new headquarters of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in Monaco, in the presence of the IAAF President and IOC Honorary Member Lamine Diack and IOC Member Prince Albert II. The day before, he attended the christening of the Princely Children of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.


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In Lausanne, President Bach met the President of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT), Ivo Ferriani, with whom he discussed the preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Olympic Agenda 2020.


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With the President of the United World Wrestling (UWW), Nenad Lalovic, talks focused on the preparations for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the Olympic Agenda 2020.


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President Bach also welcomed a delegation from the Guatemalan NOC, accompanied by IOC Executive Board (EB) Member Willi Kaltschmitt Luján. Along with the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, they talked about the forthcoming Panamerican Games in Toronto as well as the development of sport in general.

With IOC Member and President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, they discussed the excellent cooperation between the IOC and ANOC.


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Meetings were also held with IOC Members Rita Subowo and Habu Gumel, with whom the President discussed various topics related to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.




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Jacques Rogge has just accomplished a mission as Special Envoy to the United Nations Secretary-General for Youth Refugees and Sport in Ethiopia. Accompanied by IOC Member Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, he visited the Kule and Tierkidi refugee camps in Gambella where young South Sudanese have sought refuge. During the visits, Jacques Rogge Rogge met many young refugees and their families. The former IOC President also watched a number of boys and girls take part in various sporting activities, from athletics to football and volleyball games. He also took this opportunity to stress the health benefits, and the educational, development and social value of sport and physical activity for youth refugees, asserting that measures will be taken to offer greater access to sport, as the IOC looks to invest in sports facilities and programmes in the region. The IOC Honorary President, accompanied by Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, also paid a visit to the headquarters of the Ethiopian NOC in Addis Ababa. Read the full press release here.




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Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC EB Member and AIBA President, represented the IOC at the National Conference on the Innovation and Prospects of Olympic Agenda 2020, organised on 11 May by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee. In his speech, he outlined the message from President Bach on engaging with young people by making sport more accessible and relevant to them, as well as placing sport at the service of society. Ching-Kuo Wu also gave a lecture to the 68 attendees describing, among other things the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, its Implementation Plan and its current progress.


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Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) during its Ordinary Congress held in Bahrain at the end of April.



In his capacity as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Olegario Vázquez Raña was granted Honorary Membership, the highest honour awarded by the German Shooting Sport and Archery Federation (DSB), during the 59th “German Schützentag” in Hamburg on 2 May. The first foreign personality to receive it in more than 150 years, he was honoured for his services to shooting sport internationally. DSB President Heinz-Helmut Fischer awarded him the title in the presence of the President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, Alfons Hörmann, and ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber, who was awarded the DSB’s gold medal on a green band.


(L to r) Miguel Cardenal, Horacio Muratore, Yvan Mainini, Patrick Baumann and Jose Luis Saez © FIBA

Patrick Baumann has received Spain’s Royal Order of Merit for Sport as Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The President of the Spanish Superior Sports Council, Miguel Cardenal, presented this award him and to former FIBA President Yvan Mainini, in recognition of their contribution to the development of basketball. The ceremony was held in the presence of current FIBA President Horacio Muratore and Spanish Basketball Federation President Jose Luiz Saez.





As part of the IOC diploma programme in sports nutrition launched in 2006 by the Medical Commission, the programme participants received their diplomas at a ceremony held recently in Lausanne, in the presence of Commission Chair Uğur Erdener and member Ron Maughan, as well as IOC Medical and Scientific Director Richard Budgett (photo above). 30 of the 80 students from 16 countries who completed Part 2 of this programme were able to travel to Lausanne. Spread over two years, this programme provides 62 online lectures by international experts as well a further 12 from the IOC Consensus Conference on Nutrition in Sport.




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We have learnt of the death of Geoffroy de Navacelle on 5 May, aged 97. The nephew of Pierre de Coubertin, he dedicated his life to defending and disseminating the work of the founder of modern Olympism. He had actively participated in the publication of “Selected Writings of Coubertin”. As Honorary President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, he received the Olympic Order in 1987.

The IOC recently launched the tender process for the sale of the broadcast rights for all territories in Europe for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020) in Tokyo. The invitation to tender issued by the IOC provides organisations interested in acquiring the rights with specific guidelines relating to bid submissions. The IOC is asking for bids to be submitted by 15 June 2015. Read the full press release here.





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The new headquarters of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) were officially inaugurated on 11 May in Monaco. For the first time since the IAAF first moved to Monaco in 1994, the IAAF has been able to gather together the IAAF General Secretariat and seven other departments: Broadcasting; Communications; Competitions; Development and Member Relations; Finance and Administration; Medical and Anti-Doping; and Technology and Information under the same roof. In addition, the IAAF has ensured that both the building work necessary to complete the new offices and the future maintenance will conform to strict European guidelines on the sustainable use of energy, as a commitment to the IAAF’s social responsibility programme, “Athletics for a Better World”. Info at



Over 150 people from across the world took part in the very first International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Global Staff Meeting on 1 and 2 May at the House of Basketball in Mies (Switzerland) (photo above). FIBA President Horacio Muratore and Secretary General Patrick Baumann, hosts of the event, were joined by all the presidents and the regional directors of the FIBA offices in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, as well as staff members. The programme included meetings, workshops, a visit to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne and a 3x3 basketball tournament. Info at


(L to r) Eyüp Gözgeç, Ching Kuo-Wu, Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Adem Kilicci and Onur Sipal © AIBA

International Boxing Association (AIBA) President and IOC EB Member Ching Kuo-Wu and Turkish Boxing Federation President Eyüp Gözgeç recently signed an Agreement to host the AIBA European Olympic Qualifying Event in Turkey in April 2016. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of the Minster of Youth and Sport of Turkey, Akif Çagatay Kiliç, and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) champions, Turkish boxers Adem Kilicci and Onur Sipal. Info at


Kit McConnell (r) alongside the chairmen of the FEI Olympic discipline committees (l to r), Frank Kemperman, Giuseppe Della Chiesa and John Madden © FEI/Germain Arias-Schreiber

In the framework of a Forum organised at the end of April in Lausanne, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) invited IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell to present the main issues and recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its relevance to the FEI. He underlined the process currently set up by the FEI focusing on the review of Olympic formats and events, in line with the Agenda, reaffirmed by FEI President Ingemar De Vos in his speech. In a Q&A session, topics such as social networks, universality, risk, IF groupings, and revenue distribution from the Games were all debated. Info at



The Athletes’ Committee of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) (photo above) recently met for the first time in its new composition at the FIH headquarters in Lausanne. The Committee received several updates, including briefings about the implementation of the Hockey Revolution, Olympic Agenda 2020, and the qualification systems for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 as well as the World Cup in 2018, the latest developments in umpiring and the FIH’s digital initiatives. Following a presentation about the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, the Athletes’ Committee gave the thumbs up for the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. Info at


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An International Swimming Federation (FINA) clinic for officials was organised by the Congolese Swimming Federation (FECONAT) in Brazzaville (Congo) in mid-April (photo above). Some 26 people took part, all aspiring to become official technical staff at the upcoming All Africa Games, which will be held in the Congolese capital from 4 to 19 September 2015. Besides receiving information on the latest sports technical trends, the participants were also able to visit some of the future competition venues. Info at International Swimming Federation (FINA) clinic for officials was organised by the Congolese Swimming Federation (FECONAT) in Brazzaville (Congo) in mid-April (photo above). Some 26 people took part, all aspiring to become official technical staff at the upcoming All Africa Games, which will be held in the Congolese capital from 4 to 19 September 2015. Besides receiving information on the latest sports technical trends, the participants were also able to visit some of the future competition venues. Info at


The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) have signed an affiliation agreement to bring the ATTU under the ITTF’s umbrella. This agreement was signed during the ITTF Board of Directors meeting in Suzhou (People’s Republic of China), where the 2015 World Championships will be held. The ITTF recently created a structure to formally recognise the continental federations and thus to allow for greater cooperation in all areas, particularly in marketing and development. In addition, the Federations of São Tomé and Principe and South Sudan were accepted into the ITTF at its AGM in Suzhou. Info at


International Triathlon Union (ITU) President and IOC Member Marisol Casado took part on the 3rd International Conference of Sports for Women in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The only female IF President of an Olympic summer sport, she spoke about the role that sport plays in developing communities and the fact that sport can be an important tool to foster self-esteem and facilitate social inclusion. Other speakers included double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes, Malaysian NOC Vice-President Beng Choo Low as well as the CEO of the “Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies” Sports Academy, Moza Al Shehhi. Info at


The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced that the best athlete of the of the last World Championships and current world champion, Poland’s Mariusz Wlazly, was named “Sportsman of the Year” at the at the SportAccord Euronews awards ceremony held at the end of April in Sochi (Russian Federation). Info at




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On 3 May in Algiers, on World Press Freedom Day, the Algerian NOC, in collaboration with the Algerian Sports Journalists Organisation (ONJSA), organised an international seminar on sport and media professionalism (photo above), in the presence of Sports Minister Mohammed Tahmi. Many personalities spoke on this occasion, including NOC President Mustapha Berraf, ONJSA President Youcef Tazir, First Vice-President of the International Sports Press Association Esat Yilmaer, President of the Arab Sports Press Union Abdelkader Djamil and President of AIPS-Africa Mitchell Obi. This seminar addressed, among other things, the situation of sports journalism in Algeria, its flaws and constraints, in the age of the internet and new information technologies. Info at


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During their Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 11 May, members of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) unanimously voted to amend the Constitution to recognise the nation’s first people. The new passage in the AOC Constitution reads: “To recognise the heritage, culture and contribution of our nation’s first people and to give practical support to indigenous reconciliation through sport.” AOC President John Coates began the process last year after Prime Minister Tony Abbott had challenged national leaders to recognise indigenous heritage. As well as the changes to the Constitution, the wording of the team values developed by the AOC Athletes’ Commission has been amended and the AOC has engaged with the Cathy Freeman Foundation and the Indigenous Marathon Project run by Robert de Castella to provide practical long-term assistance. Senator Nova Peris, who became Australia’s first indigenous gold medallist as part of the hockey team in 1996, before competing in athletics in 2000, thanked the AOC and John Coates for their leadership and spoke at the meeting on behalf of the 43 indigenous Olympians and future Olympians. Des Abbott (Beijing 2008, hockey bronze) and Baeden Choppy (Atlanta, hockey bronze) were the other indigenous Olympians in attendance at the AGM. Info at


Women’s basketball in San Andrés © Colombian NOC

From 2 to 9 May in San Andrés the first Caribbean Sports Games took place, bringing together athletes from eight departments in the country. Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne, Director of the Colombian Sports Institute, Coldeportes, and an IOC Member, declared these Games officially open at a ceremony on 2 May. Organised by Coldeportes and implemented by the Colombian NOC, this first edition saw the participation of over 1,000 athletes in 12 sports. Info at


On 11 May, the Spanish NOC hosted “The Athlete and his needs: towards a change in model” Day. This Day was organised by the NOC, the Athletes’ Association and the Francis Lefebve publishing house. NOC President Alejandro Blanco underlined the need to be aware of the personal needs of the athlete, which have to be fulfilled so that the athlete can reach the appropriate stage in his sporting and professional careers. Info at


(L to r) Harry David, Spyros Capralos and George David. © Hellenic NOC

The President of the Hellenic NOC, Spyros Capralos, has received the A. G. Leventis Excellence Award in recognition of his continuous service to Greek sport and Olympism for more than two decades, particularly through the “Adopt an athlete on the way to Rio 2016” programme, which he launched and implemented (bringing 56 sponsorships to athletes from 29 banks and private companies). The award was presented by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, George David, closing the award ceremony for scholarships to 33 athletes representing 13 sports in the framework programme of the Foundation’s Olympic Preparation Programme. Also present was the Chairman of the Committee of the Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, Harry David. Info at


Willi Kaltschmitt Luján and Lourdes de la Riva © Guatemalan NOC

The Guatemalan medallists at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz were recently honoured by the Guatemalan NOC and the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala. A ceremony was held in the presence of the respective presidents of the NOC and the Confederation, Gerardo Aguirre and Dennis Alonzo, as well as several foreign personalities, such as Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco, International Shooting Sport Federation President and IOC Member Olegario Vázquez Raña, Director of the National Physical Culture Commission Jesús Mena and Mexican NOC President Carlos Padilla. All were honoured for their contribution to promoting the Olympic values, as were Diego Pulido, President of the Friends of Olympic Sport Foundation, IOC EB Member Willi Kaltschmitt Luján, and Jose Gándara, President of the Congress Sports Commission. An IOC trophy was presented to artist Lourdes de la Riva for her sculpture “Espíritu Ganador” [Winning Spirit], erected in the Guatemalan capital. Info at


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To mark International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the Israeli NOC organised a special activity with 50 junior high school students from the Taha Hussain School in Sakhnin. Also present were the Manager of the Sports Department of Sakhnin, Hamid Ghanaian, School Principal, Abu Raya Salwa and the school’s PE teachers. As part of the Teaching Olympism in Schools project led by the NOC, the students toured the Olympic Museum, met judoka Gili Cohen and heard a lecture on nutrition and healthy lifestyles. NOC CEO Gilad Lustig, and former NOC CEO Uri Afek and NOC Olympism Project Manager Hila Davidov were also present. A welcome message from IOC Member Alex Gilady was read to the participants. The students offered Gilad Lustig an Olympic torch in wax that they had made themselves. Info at


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At the sixth Champions Gala at the Municipal Theatre in Lima, surfer Anali Gómez received the Antorcha Olímpica prize of the Peruvian NOC thus becoming the best athlete of 2014. Her titles include one gold and one bronze medal at the 3rd South American Beach Games in Vargas, and a gold medal at the World Surfing Games. Diego Elias won the Colibrí de Plata prize, presented by the Peruvian Sports Institute. Other athletes who excelled in 2014 were also honoured (photo above). Info at


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An international “Leadership and Talent Development” Women and Sport Seminar brought together some 70 participants in Warsaw from 27 to 29 April (photo above). Polish NOC President Andrzej Kraśnicki and the Minister for Sport and Tourism, Andrzej Biernat, welcomed the participants representing 33 NOCs. Organised under the auspices of the IOC in cooperation with the Polish NOC, this seminar aimed to empower, support and encourage women in NOCs and National Federations as well as female athletes in Europe to engage in a more active leadership role at different levels of the sport and social environment. It was also an occasion for participants to network and share best practices Speakers included the Chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, Lydia Nsekera, and her fellow IOC Member Irena Szewinska, as well as the Chair of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Gender Equality in Sport Commission, Daina Gudzineviciute as well as representatives from the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), the European Union and ONOC Women and Sport Commission. During the seminar, the annual NOC Women and Sport awards were presented to Aneta Szczepańska in the “2014 Coach of the Year” category, and to Thomas Różański for the “2014 Coach, working with women” category. Info at


The St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee (SVGOC) has informed us about a meeting of the technical directors of the organisations’s affiliates at the Olympic House in Kingstown. Convened at the end of April by the SVGOC’s Technical Director, Tyrone James, the meeting received status reports on each of the associations represented. It was also an opportunity to underline the involvement of the technical directors in the development of their respective sporting disciplines as well as of the Olympic Movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines Info at


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The Turkish NOC, in partnership with Nike Turkey, has announced a new “Active Kids” project to address the growing epidemic of physical inactivity among young people (photo above). This project is inspired by Designed to Move, a framework for action which Nike has co-developed with more than 70 expert organisations aimed at reversing this epidemic. The NOC has therefore launched its project in two pilot schools on the Western and Eastern sides of Istanbul. This pilot programme, which takes place at weekends, encourages children to be more active by inviting them to local schools to take part in a range of fun sporting activities under the supervision of qualified instructors. The NOC follows the activities closely to measure the progress of the pilot programme. Info at


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The Venezuelan NOC has informed us that the first Municipal Congress on Sciences Applied to Sport recently brought together 150 participants in the city of Zaraza. NOC President Eduardo Álvarez (photo above) also addressed the participants. The topics covered included sports management, sports journalism, methodologies applied to volleyball, study management tools and biomechanics.





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Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018 in PyeongChang (POCOG) President Yang-Ho Cho has appointed US Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn as an honorary ambassador of PyeongChang 2018. She is the first international athlete to be named ambassador. The announcement ceremony was held on 6 May in Seoul. In addition, POCOG has updated its website, which is now simpler to use and has clearer navigation menus. POCOG is thus one step closer to fulfilling its plan to use innovative technologies to host “Smart Olympics”.



TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) has opened its application process for additional events to be included at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This follows the IOC’s approval of Olympic Agenda 2020, which gave Games organisers the possibility to propose one or more additional events to be included on the Olympic programme for their Games edition. This process will be opened to all IOC Recognised International Federations that control sports currently not on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme and that are not exclusively practised on snow or ice. Over the next four months, the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel will work to identify one or more additional events to be proposed by Tokyo 2020 to the IOC. Tokyo will make its proposal to the IOC by 30 September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made by the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016. Read the full press release here.





At the end of April, the IOC Coordination Commission, chaired by Angela Ruggiero, ended its fourth visit to Norway in the mountain region of Øyer, impressed with the progress made with 10 months to go to the second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The Organising Committee for the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer (LYOGOC) has embraced and implemented many of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations into the Games, in response to President Bach’s request to “look for options to scale down the protocol at the Youth Olympic Games”. The Coordination Commission wholeheartedly supported the recent decision to move the half-pipe competitions to the existing venue in Oslo, creating more flexibility for the organisation. The decision was taken to hold victory ceremonies within the venues at the end of the competitions, reducing the protocol of a medals plaza, and a scaled down farewell party will replace the Closing Ceremony. Full press release here.




The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) have extended their Partnership Agreement for a further five-and-a-half years, taking it beyond the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Under the terms of the new agreement, the two organisations have identified a number of collaborative areas to improve the health, safety, research and performance of para-athletes. Info at

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