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08 Jun 2015
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The IOC has been awarded the Prize of Tolerance 2015 by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. On behalf of the IOC, President Bach received the Prize in Vienna (Austria) on 3 June from the President of the Academy, Professor Felix Unger. The Academy said that the Prize is in recognition of the IOC’s many accomplishments spreading peace and goodwill since its foundation in 1894. The Academy stressed the inclusiveness of the Olympic Games and the importance of sport for society. It also commended the IOC on Olympic Agenda 2020, currently being implemented, for addressing several issues of global importance. It noted that Olympians continue to be leading role models in the fight against inactivity and child obesity. Commenting on the announcement, the IOC President said: “It is a great honour for the IOC to receive this award from the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Former recipients include great men, women and institutions, and we are pleased that the role of sport in society is being acknowledged in this way. This Prize means a lot to us as we promote the values of tolerance and peace through sport on a daily basis. Today, more than ever, we need sport to build bridges between people,” he added.

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Earlier in the day, President Bach met the Austrian Federal President, Heinz Fischer. The two leaders discussed the positive benefits sport can have in society, in particular through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They also discussed the changes to the bidding process for the Olympic Games in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the consequences this will have on a possible bid for future Olympic Winter Games. The Minister for Defence and Sport, Gerald Klug, and the Austrian NOC President, Karl Stoss, also attended this meeting.

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Also in Vienna, the IOC President presented the Olympic Order to IOC Honorary Member Leo Wallner, who had been unable to receive the distinction during the 127th IOC Session in Monaco last December. He also met Austrian Olympians Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Toni Innauer, Markus Prock, Christoph Sieber, Beate Schrott, Christoph Sumann, Günther Weidlinger, Florian Gosch, Andreas Linger and Georg Schlierenzauer.

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Before going to Vienna, President Bach was in Paris (France), where he met the President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti. The meeting focused on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 in close cooperation with ASOIF, as well as on preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The President also attended the ITF World Champions Dinner.

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The IOC President met the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, with whom he spoke about the role of sport in society, the cooperation between the IOC and the Council of Europe in this regard, and the 1st European Games in Baku. Also present were IOC Members Pál Schmitt, Mario Pescante and Patrick Joseph Hickey, who is also President of the European Olympic Committees, as well as Szabolcs Horváth, a member of the Commissioner’s Cabinet.

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With the President and the Executive Director of the International Golf Federation (IGF), Peter Dawson and Antony Scanlon, discussion focused mainly on the preparations for the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, where golf will make its Olympic come-back.

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The President recently welcomed a delegation from the International World Games Association (IWGA) led by its President, IOC Member José Perurena, accompanied by the organisers of the   2017 World Games in Wroclaw (Poland) and IWGA CEO Joachim Gossow. The Polish delegation was made up of the Under-Secretary of State for Sport and Tourism, Dorota Idzi (who is also an Olympian in modern pentathlon); NOC President Andrzej Kraśnicki; and the Mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz. The organisation of the World Games in Wroclaw in 2017 and the development of sport in Poland were at the heart of the discussions.

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The IOC President greeted the presidents of the Constitutional Courts gathered for the 7th Congress of the Association of Constitutional Courts using the French Language (ACCPUF), which was held in Lausanne. This Congress was organised by the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

President Bach attended the UEFA dinner in Berlin (Germany) ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.


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Jacques Rogge represented the IOC President at a ceremony organised in homage to IOC Member Peter Tallberg, who died on 16 May. The ceremony was held on 3 June in Helsinki in the presence of IOC EB Members Gunilla Lindberg and Claudia Bokel, the whole of the Finnish Olympic family including former NOC presidents, Tapani Ilkka and Roger Talermo, as well as the President and the Secretary General of the Estonian NOC, Neinar Seli and Slim Sukles.




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Bernard Rajzman has donated the shirt he wore at the Olympic Games in 1980 in Moscow to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. He also competed with the Brazilian volleyball team at the Games in 1976 in Montreal and in 1984 in Los Angeles.


On 1 June, the IOC released the report by the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. This is the first report following the unanimous approval of Olympic Agenda 2020. It clearly highlights the opportunities and challenges associated with hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in both candidate cities, Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China) (cities listed in the order of drawing of lots). The Commission, chaired by IOC Member in Russia Alexander Zhukov, analysed the Candidature Files submitted by the cities in January and made on-site inspections from 14 to 18 February (Almaty) and 24 to 28 March (Beijing). The Evaluation Commission examined the 14 themes of the IOC’s candidature questionnaire, which includes topics such as vision, legacy and engagement, transport, accommodation, finance and sustainability. The IOC Members will have the opportunity to study the report ahead of the 2022 Candidate Cities Briefing, which will be held on 9 and 10 June in Lausanne. During this meeting, the Candidate Cities will have the opportunity to present their candidatures to the IOC Members and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Federations, and answer their questions. For the first time, the Evaluation Commission will present a report at the Briefing and be available to answer Members’ questions.  The host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 will be elected at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following a final presentation by the cities to the full IOC membership on 31 July. Read the full press release here.


In the framework of the new Invitation Phase of the Olympic Games bidding process, a number of cities have already had initial discussions with the IOC regarding the 2024 bidding process. Delegations from Budapest (Hungary), Boston (United States of America) and Paris (France) have taken up the IOC’s invitation to meet during this new phase at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne. A comprehensive presentation was made to each delegation, presentation focusing on what it takes to organise successful Olympic Games, and on how Olympic Agenda 2020 can help potential bidding cities to deliver a great sporting event for the athletes of the world that fits into their city’s long-term social, sports, environmental and economic objectives. Further invitation meetings are planned over the summer.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has launched the Basketball Arena Finder, a global online database to keep track of all the leading basketball venues from around the world that host high-level competitions. The aim of this platform is to compile an inventory and present business opportunities, as well as a service for all basketball stakeholders to raise the standards of venues, by encouraging the construction of basic facilities and the refurbishment of older ones so that all players have the opportunity to play in safe and state-of-the art sports halls. Info at

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has unveiled the logo (left) for the for the 2015 World Boxing Championships taking place from 5 to 18 October 2015 in Doha (Qatar). These Championships will be a direct qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The logo includes a series of elements representing Qatar, with a sharp shape of a boxer representing the shape of the Qatar flag centre. Info at

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has launched a new campaign to promote women’s football and gender equality, led by a “No Barriers” TV spot which will be broadcast globally during matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. This campaign supports FIFA’s Live Your Goals international football development programme, which encourages more girls and women to play football. You can see a (30-second) version of this spot here. Info at


United World Wrestling (UWW) President Nenad Lalovic has announced that Farnaz Panahizadeh (photo above), who runs the international department for the Iranian Wrestling Federation, has joined the UWW Women and Sport Commission. She thus becomes the first Iranian woman to serve on a UWW commission. The Women and Sport Commission is responsible for overseeing the development of women’s wrestling around the world, including countries like Iran where women’s belt wrestling was recently sanctioned. Info at

As part of its wide year-long development programme, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) assisted the St Kitts and Nevis Swimming Federation to host a FINA-certified swimming clinic for coaches and instructors, a first on the island, from 20 to 24 May. The programme’s aim was to introduce future coaches to the four swimming disciplines and their teaching methods, involving 12 local children yet to learn how to swim. The ultimate objective is to teach young children how to swim, providing the new coaches and instructors with the tools to start their own programmes using what they have learned from the professionals. In addition, from 11 to 19 May, 46 intermediate-level swimming officials headed to Palestine to attend a FINA clinic hosted by Salem K. Al-Hasaw, a Kuwait Swimming Association representative. The participants were updated on the latest development in competition management and facility equipment in the region. The goal was to inform them about the latest trends to reach the world-class standards when organising events under FINA rules. Info at

The World Rugby Council has reinstated the Royal Moroccan Rugby Federation (FRMR) and the Hellenic Rugby Federation (HRF) as full member unions of World Rugby. Both reinstatements were supported by Rugby Africa and Rugby Europe. World Rugby now has 102 full and 18 associate member unions. Info at

The 2014 ITF World Champions. © Paul Zimmer

American journalist and former tennis player Mary Carillo received the Philippe Chatrier Award, the highest accolade of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) at the World Champions Dinner on 2 June in Paris (France). This award was presented in recognition of her career as a sports broadcaster and not just for women in her profession, but for a new style of broadcasting. Other champions honoured for their performances in 2014 were: Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Serena Williams (USA) (singles); Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) and Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (Italy) (doubles); Andrey Rublev (Russian Federation) and Catherine “Cici” Bellis (USA) (juniors); Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji (both Japan) (wheelchair tennis). Info at


The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has informed us that a duathlon was held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka (Zambia) for the first time on 30 and 31 May, with more than 100 young athletes taking part in the run-bike-run race. Ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old, athletes had the option of participating in two race distances - a 2km run, 8km cycle, 1km run event, or the longer 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run. Supported by the Athletics Federation, the National Sport Council joined the historic event as the guest of honour, while hundreds of spectators lined up to cheer the young duathletes on. Info at

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced a new Paralympic Development Programme. This programme aims: to support the development of national disabled/Paralympic development programmes within ISAF Member National Authorities; to increase attendance by nations at events using Paralympic classes of equipment (Sailing World Cup/Disabled Sailing World Championships/Paralympic Games qualification events); to increase the number of classified sailors registered within ISAF member nations; and to enable ISAF member nations involved in the programme to develop sustainable grass roots “participation”-oriented disabled sailing activity to feed “performance” programmes. Two practical training clinics will be delivered in 2015. The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Great Britain will host the first clinic from 17 to 21 August, whilst the second will be held in advance of the Disabled Sailing World Championships in Melbourne, Australia in November. Info at


Some 92 years after its creation, the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing has been official renamed the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF). This decision was taken with immediate effect by delegates from national associations at their annual Congress in Ghent (Belgium). A new logo has also been approved (photo above).  Info at



On 21 May, at the General Assembly of the French NOC, a commemorative plaque was unveiled in homage to three champions who died early this year: Florence Arthaud, Camille Muffat and Alexis Vastine. This plaque is in the museum space of the House of Sport in Paris. Info at

Beatrice Allen presenting a trophy at the FutbolNet tournament. © Gambia NOC

The Gambia NOC has announced that, in the framework of the FutbolNet programme, an international tournament was held at the Serekunda East Mini Stadium in Banjul from 29 to 31 May, with the participation of four Olympafrica Centres from three countries namely Gandiaye and Somone in Senegal, Mansoa in Guinea Bissau and Serekunda East Olympafrica Centre in The Gambia. The competition brought together teams in two categories (under 14 and under 16). The Serekunda East Centre won both trophies. The tournament organisation was supervised by Coumba Marieme Ly, the Assistant Head of Programmes of the International Foundation Olympafrica, and Mr Oriol from the FC Barcelona Foundation. A delegation from the NOC, made up of its President, Momodou Dibba, its first Vice President and IOC Member, Beatrice Allen, its 2nd Vice President, Abdoulie Jallow, and Bureau member Abdul Shyllon, watched the competitions. Jointly run by the IOC, the FC Barcelona Foundation (FFCB) and the Olympafrica Foundation, the FutbolNet programme uses football as an educational tool to promote the values of sport, such as team-building, fair play and respect for others, to young people in Africa.

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The Guatemalan NOC has informed us that, for the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the law establishing the autonomy of sport, a ceremony paid tribute to those who had contributed to developing sport and promoting its values for so many years. The personalities who now belong to the Galería de los Notables [Hall of Fame] include former athletes Amapola Arimany, Heidy Juárez and Oswaldo Méndez Herbruger, as well as officials Arturo García and Jorge Zamora, and donor member Fraterno Vila (photo above). The ceremony was held in the presence of the NOC Executive Committee and the families of those being honoured. Info at

(from l. to r.) Gilad Lustig, Esther Roth-Shahamorov, Alex Gilady, Pere Miró, Igal Carmi, Heidemarie Ecker-Rosendahl, Yael Arad and Ronny Lidor. © Israeli NOC

As part of International Olympic Day, the Israeli Olympic Committee, in cooperation with the Academic College in Wingate, held an international conference which dealt with two issues: “Olympism – Spreading the Olympic Idea and  the core values of the Olympic  Movement (excellence, respect and friendship) among the younger generation” and “The first European Games in Baku”. Israeli NOC President Igal Carmi and the President of the Academic College, Ronny Lidor, opened the conference. The speakers included Pere Miró, IOC Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations, who gave a lecture on “Olympism as a way of life”, while three-time German Olympic medallist Heidemarie Ecker-Rosendahl talked about “A personal view of the Olympic Games and their influence on her life”. Alongside Olympic athletes and students, also attending the conference were Gilad Lustig, CEO of the NOC; Alex Gilady, IOC Member; Efraim Zinger, Executive Board Member of the European Olympic Committees; Esther Roth-Shahamorov, a track and field Olympian and Yael Arad, Olympic medallist (judo) and NOC Board Member, who led the special panel on Olympism and the first European Games. Info at

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The Mongolian NOC, in collaboration with the Uvurkhangai Province Olympic Council, recently organised a Sport for Development and Peace event in Arvaikheer. Some 80 teachers and physical education coaches from 37 kindergartens and 29 middle schools took part. NOC Education Director Ts. Tsend-Ayush gave a lecture on physical education and visited some kindergartens with the aim of creating new “Olympic rooms” and thus promoting the Olympic Movement for future generations. Mass gymnastics contests and Olympic quizzes were also organised, as were basic gymnastics exercises for children (photo above). Several Mongolian Olympic medallists come from Uvurkhangai Province, such as silver medallists Z. Oidov (wrestling, Munich 1972) and P. Serdamba (boxing, Beijing 2008) as well as bronze medallists Ch. Damdinsharav (wrestling, Mexico City 1968) and U. Munkh-Erdene (boxing, London 2012).

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A sports medicine seminar was organised at the end of May by the Peruvian NOC through the Olympic Academy (photo above). The themes addressed included medical check-ups, sports psychology advice and nutrition. This seminar was part of the 2015 “sports update and coaching” programme. Info at

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Olympic Day celebrations kicked off in Belek on 29 May. Invited by the Turkish NOC (TOC), 300 children from local schools participated in the first of a series of educational and sporting events held at the Gloria Sports Arena (photo above). Also present were NOC President and IOC Executive Board Member Uğur Erdener, NOC Secretary General Neşe Gündoğan and Antalya Deputy Governor Mestan Yayman. Celebrations are set to continue throughout the coming weeks as the TOC heads back to Istanbul to arrange Olympic Day activities for children from 15 different schools across the city. Info at

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In the framework of Olympic Solidarity and Pan-American Solidarity, the Venezuelan NOC recently organised a course on combat sports applied sciences. This course, held at the Francisco de Miranda National University in Coro, saw many people take part (photo above). NOC President Eduardo Álvarez gave a talk on sports management.


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The City of Rio has released new images showing the first seats to be installed in Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo during the Olympic Games in 2016. It is the first new venue on the Barra Olympic Park to start having its seating installed, with all 10,000 blue and green seats expected to be in place by the end of June. Shortly after Arena 3 is complete, seating will be installed in Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby; and Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games. Info at



Recruitment for the second PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games college-student reporters team was launched recently. This “WINNERS” programme aims to give young people insight and experience blogging about the Winter Games. The new positions are open to 30 students who live in the Republic of Korea. The Games Organising Committee (POCOG) has this time opened the opportunity to exchange students from abroad studying in the country. Candidates must be able to write articles or create content about the Winter Games on their personal blog, and they must also promote the Games through social media channels. The WINNERS team will be able to have a day tour of the Olympic venues, attend lectures on social media usage, possibly win awards, be able to take part in events related to the Games and have opportunities to meet an Honorary Ambassador. Info at



The 55th International Session of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) for Young Participants, held at Olympia (Greece), brought together some 156 delegates from 81 NOCs and national Olympic academies. Under the theme: The Olympic Movement: The process of renewal and adaption, this Session saw many lectures and debates focusing on Olympic Agenda 2020. The speakers included IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel (photo above), IOC EB Member Claudia Bokel, and IOC Members Sam Ramsamy and Beatrice Allen. Info at

The International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) has announced that the 4th World Sports Games, which will be held from 7 to 14 June 2015 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy), will be the biggest organised since the CSIT’s reorganisation in recent years. Indeed, 4,000 athletes from 30 countries are expected, as well as 1,000 leaders and accompanying staff from 50 CSIT member unions, associations and clubs. These Games can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and The organisers (AICS - Associazione Italiana Cultura e Sport) are planning numerous sports events and conferences. This includes the 1st CSIT run, a non-competitive race through the streets of Lignano, known worldwide as a sports town.

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