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23 Jun 2015
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 The IOC Members and the 2022 Candidate Cities at The Olympic Museum © IOC / Ian Jones



On 9 June, the two 2022 Candidate Cities of Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China) officially presented their candidatures to the IOC Members and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations gathered at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Commenting on the session, IOC President said ‘“It was really impressive to see how both Cities have embraced the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 just six months after the recommendations were unanimously approved. You could see a clear focus in both bids on sustainability and affordability. Both presented very well balanced budgets, and both clearly demonstrated what they wanted to achieve, following Olympic Agenda 2020, by building their proposals into the long-term development plans of their city, region and country.” The meeting came just a week after the release of the report by the Evaluation Commission which clearly highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated with hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in both Candidate Cities.

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The IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022, chaired by IOC Member Alexander Zhukov, for the first time, took questions from the IOC Members and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Federations. This follows one of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 relating to the bidding process. Commenting on the session, President Bach said: "We had excellent talks and good exchanges, with over 20 questions from the floor. We gave a new dimension to the dialogue between IOC Members and Candidate Cities." The IOC has already informed the Candidate Cities that the 2022 host city can anticipate a contribution from the IOC to the success of the Games of an overall estimated value of USD 880 million. 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.

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The IOC President met the delegations from the two candidate cities. The delegation from Almaty was led by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and the delegation from Beijing by the Vice Premier of the State Council of China Liu Yandong.

On 10 June, the Candidate Cities showcased their Olympic projects in individual exhibition rooms at the Lausanne Palace hotel. This was a good opportunity for IOC Members to get further information on each bid in a more intimate and informal way. President Bach visited the exhibitions, looking at the different items on display and having a chat with the bid leaders and representatives in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Media representatives were also invited to inspect the presentations.

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Before the 2022 Candidate Cities Briefing, President Bach chaired a meeting of the Executive Board (EB) on 7 and 8 June.
The meeting started with a moment of silence for Peter Tallberg, IOC Member in Finland, who was the first Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. He passed away on 16 May at the age of 77.
During its two-day meeting, the EB received updates from the IOC commissions and administration on preparations for upcoming editions of the Olympic Games, and progress on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020. You can find a wrap-up of the EB decisions here and the IOC statement on SportAccord here.

The EB also held its traditional joint meeting with leaders of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations. They discussed preparations for upcoming editions of the Olympic Winter Games; the financial “closure” of the 2014 revenue distribution for the Winter International Federations; the future of SportAccord; and the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, including the new Evaluation Process. President Bach opened the meeting by reiterating the stance taken by the EB that the IOC will continue its ongoing and direct relationship with all IFs and other members of the Olympic Movement. In a sign of even closer cooperation between the IOC and the Winter IFs, a place has been offered to the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) on the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, effective immediately. The offer was accepted by AIOWF President Gian-Franco Kasper.

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On 8 June, President Bach took part in the official inauguration of the headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), chaired by IOC Member Sheikh Hamad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, in the presence of the Minister for Economic Affairs and Sport of the Canton of Vaud, Philippe Leuba, IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and around 250 guests from the Olympic Movement. On this occasion, the IOC President presented the ‘Millennium Portal’ to the ANOC President, declaring that the IOC’s doors were “always open”. The ANOC headquarters are located in the centre of Lausanne.

During the meetings in Lausanne, the IOC President also met IOC Vice-Presidents Craig Reedie and Zaiqing Yu accompanied by his fellow IOC Member, Li Lingwei, IOC EB Members, Ching-Kuo Wu and Juan Antonio Samaranch, and IOC Members, Richard W. Pound, Ivan Dibos, Ung Chang, Philip Craven, Tunku Imran, Andres Botero Phillipsbourne, Gerardo Werthein, Tsunekazu Takeda and Alexander Zhukov.  He also met the Rio 2016 Organising Committee President and IOC Honorary Member Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the Spanish NOC President, Alejandro Blanco and the Senegalese NOC President, Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye.

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After the meetings in Lausanne, the IOC President travelled to Baku (Azerbaijan) at the invitation of the President of the European Olympic Committees, IOC EB Member Patrick Joseph Hickey, for the opening ceremony of the first European Games on 12 June. Speaking about it, he said: “This was a ceremony full of symbolism and history. It showed how sport can unite people and build bridges. We saw Russian athletes marching alongside Ukrainians. We saw Serbian and Kosovan teams marching at the opening ceremony, and we saw an Armenian team alongside their hosts from Azerbaijan. This is the power of sport to bring people together regardless of background, belief or nationality. This is something that sport can do, and maybe something that only sport can do". The following day, he attended the first competitions and met athletes from shooting, triathlon, karate and wrestling, including Swiss triathlete Nicola Spirig, the winner and gold medallist at the Olympic Games London 2012.

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Also in Baku, President attended the inauguration of the Grace Kelly exhibition, in the presence of IOC Member Prince Albert II and the First Lady of Azerbaijan, who is also the President of the Organising Committee of the European Games, Mehriban Aliyeva.

During his stay in Baku, the IOC President held meetings with a number of heads of state: Ilham Aliyev from Azerbaijan, Filip Vujanovic from Montenegro, Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, Tomislav Nikolic from Serbia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Turkey. He also met Prime Ministers Irakli Garibashvili from Georgia and Victor Ponta from Romania; and the Head of Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter. Meetings were also held with the President of the International Sport Shooting Federation, IOC Member Olegario Vazquez Raña; the President of the World Taekwondo Federation, Chungwon Choue; and the President of the World Karate Federation, Antonio Espinos Ortueta. President Bach briefly met with the Presidents of the International Federations of boxing, fencing, wrestling and triathlon, as well as with the Presidents of the NOCs of Germany, Austria, Belarus, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Qatar, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. He also spoke with IOC Members Prince Albert II, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Valeriy Borzov, as well as with the President of the European Shooting Confederation, Vladimir Lisin.

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From Baku, the President flew to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), where he took part in Olympic Day celebrations, accompanied by the President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC), IOC Member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. Joining youngsters and athletes at the Olympic Museum, the President saw demonstrations of fencing, gymnastics, taekwondo and karate, as well as traditional Uzbek combat sports. Also there to greet President Bach were two former fencing competitors: Sabir Ruziev who is now President of the Uzbek Fencing Federation, and Alexandr Romankov, the only opponent the IOC President never managed to beat during his sporting career. Mr Romankov now coaches young Uzbek athletes.

The President also visited the new headquarters of the NOC, whose President is Mirabror Usmanov, as well sporting facilities, including a high-level gymnastics centre, where he had a chance to meet young athletes. Also on his agenda was the closing ceremony of the Asian Confederation Junior Continental Boxing Championships, with AIBA President and IOC EB Member Ching-Kuo Wu. President Bach, a guest of the Uzbekistan NOC, also met the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Alisher Usmanov. Later, the IOC President met the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. The two leaders discussed the vital role of sport in education, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the contribution of sport to international peace and development.

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In Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, the President, accompanied by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, visited the headquarters of the NOC and newly refurbished medical facilities for the athletes. He also met Mavzuna Chorieva, who became the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Tajikistan when she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games London 2012 in the lightweight boxing event.

Later, the President met President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, who is also the President of the NOC. The pair discussed all aspects of sport and the contribution it can make to a better society. The leaders agreed on the importance of introducing the value of sport into the political declaration accompanying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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President Bach topped off his tour of central Asia with a visit to Bishkek where he held talks with the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev. They discussed sport and its contribution to the development of the country.    The leaders also discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Kyrgyz President offered his support to ensure sport was included in the political declaration of the SDGs when they are agreed in September.

Later the President went to NOC headquarters and met young athletes in the process of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. The President also met the new President of the NOC Sharshenbek Abdyreriniov as well as the Secretary General, Kanat Maratovich Amankulov before attending a dinner with the country’s Prime Minister, Temir Sariyev. He also attended a 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Kyrgyzstan and Australia.


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In his capacity as President of the European Olympic Committees, IOC EB Member Patrick Joseph Hickey was awarded the Order of Glory, Azerbaijan’s highest honour, by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. He received the award, known as the Sharaf Order, on his 70th birthday (17 June) at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Baku.

Gian-Franco Kasper, who is also President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Senior Vice-President of SportAccord, will exercise the function of an ad-hoc interim Chairman of the SportAccord Council until a new President is elected at an Extraordinary General Assembly.



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Carlos Arthur Nuzman has donated the jacket and volleyball shirt that he wore at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. His fellow countryman and IOC colleague Bernard Rajzman made a donation as well.


As part of increased collaboration between the IOC and INTERPOL to protect the integrity of sport through education and awareness programmes, as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the first Partnership Development Meeting (PDM) was held on 16 June in Oslo (Norway). Norway was the first country to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The meeting enabled the IOC and INTERPOL to test, through scenarios, the country’s readiness to confront competition manipulation within its borders. Participants, who included high-level representatives from the government, law enforcement agencies, sports betting authorities and sports, responded to allegations of competition manipulation and built a comprehensive and unified approach to combatting them. PDMs are currently being developed by the IOC and INTERPOL for other countries around the world according to their own unique circumstances. Read the full press release here.

The IOC announced on 12 June that swimmer Olga Beresnyeva of Ukraine has been disqualified and excluded from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012. During further analyses conducted earlier this year on samples collected during London 2012, Beresnyeva, 29, was found to have tested positive for the presence of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO). These additional analyses were performed with improved analytical methods in order to detect prohibited substances which could not be identified with the analyses performed at the time (2012). Read the full press release here.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has launched the process to determine the 24 teams (12 men’s and 12 women’s) that will compete in the Olympic basketball tournament (6-21 August 2016) at the 2016 Rio Games. Between 11 June and 3 October, a total of 68 men’s teams and 50 women’s teams from across FIBA’s five regions - Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania - will take part in continental championships, looking to get their Olympic ticket. The 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be held from 4 to 10 July 2016, and the 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament from 13 to 19 June 2016. Info at

On 9 June, Ching-Kuo Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), announced the appointment of Karim Bouzidi (photo) as AIBA Executive Director with immediate effect in place of Ho Kim, who has been dismissed. Previously Deputy Executive Director, Karim Bouzidi remains Chief Executive Officer of the World Series of Boxing. Info at

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced the names of 13 members of the Athletes’ Commission. For the first time, the members have been elected directly by their peers.  They will represent the UCI’s eight official disciplines up until 2017. The Commission’s President will be appointed during its first meeting in autumn 2015 and will be co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee. Info at

The International Association Football Federation (FIFA) has appointed former South African government minister Tokyo Sexwale to lead a monitoring committee to oversee issues affecting the development of football in Palestine. The committee was established based on the decision by the 65th FIFA Congress in May 2015. Representatives from Israel and Palestine will work with Mr Sexwale who is currently President of Global Watch and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to address issues relating to a good understanding between the football organisations of Israel and Palestine. Info at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has reasserted its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the IOC's Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). As an intelligence-sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable the FIG and its members federations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities. The FIG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC and the system will come into effect immediately. The system will monitor the upcoming FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics, all of which are qualifying events for Rio 2016. Info at

The Scientific Commission of United World Wrestling (UWW) met at the end of May during the International Forum of Olympic Wrestling in Olympia (Greece). Organised by the Hellenic Wrestling Federation, the event helped formulate a scientific programme focusing on women’s wrestling and other relevant topics. The Forum was held alongside an international wrestling tournament taking place in Olympia. Info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that seven countries across four continents have expressed a strong interest in hosting the 2021 and 2023 World Championships. They are: Argentina, Australia, Germany, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Qatar and Turkey. An information briefing will be held on 30 June. The next two editions of the championships will be held in Budapest (Hungary) in 2017 and Gwangju (Republic of Korea) in 2019.
FINA also informs us that Sri Lanka's most accomplished swimmer, Matthew Abeysinghe (18), made history by becoming the nation’s first ever swimmer to qualify for the FINA World Championships, which will be held in Kazan (Russian Federation) from 24 July to 9 August 2015. He competed at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where he broke a national record in both the preliminaries and the finals. Info at

World Rugby has launched a major new programme warning young players about the potential risks associated with using nutritional supplements to increase size or improve performance. A cornerstone of the educational campaign is a video outlining the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle as well as the potential risks and impact associated with supplements. The video was released on 10 June, Keep Rugby Clean Day, at the U20 World Championships organised in Italy from 2 to 20 June. World Rugby has also announced that the U20 World Championships 2016 will be held in Manchester (Great Britain) in June 2016. Info at

The bidding process for the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships has just been launched by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The programme of this 55th edition of the championships will include men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The deadline for bids to be submitted is 31 October 2015 and the host city will be decided at the 2016 ITTF Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Info at

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has launched its new YouKu channel, with more than 200 videos with dedicated Chinese descriptions ready to watch. The ISSF lands on YouKu, China's most popular video-sharing website with more than 500 million active users every month. Info at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar. In its eighth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at least eight stops, with two cities debuting for the first time. Info at


The Council of the International Ski Federation (FIS) held its spring meeting in Varna (Bulgaria) on 7 June. Its agenda included regular items such as reports from Organising Committees of the FIS World Championships, the appointment of technical officials, proposals from the FIS Technical Committees, FIS World Cup calendars and updates to various rules. Decisions on Also held in Varna from 3 to 6 June, the FIS Calendar Conference was attended by more than 750 participants from the global ski family, including delegates, representatives of National Ski Associations, Organising Committees, the ski industry, service providers and the media.


The International Basque Pelota Federation (FIPV) signed a cooperation agreement on 11 June in Madrid at the headquarters of the Spanish Agency for Protection of Health in Sports (AEPSAD). Signing this agreement were Miguel Cardenal Carro, AEPSAD President; Xavier Cazaubon, FIPV President; and Julián Garcia Angulo, President of the Spanish Pelota Federation and of the Union of European Federations of Basque Pelota (UEFPV). Through this agreement, the three entities wish to promote an array of cooperation and coordination instruments, thus consolidating and expanding the agreement signed in April 2010, reinforcing the mechanisms for control and combatting doping in the scope of competitive pelota in conjunction with the AEPSAD and the signing sports entities. Info at


Opening of Olympic Day in Djelfa © Algerian NOC

On 3 and 4 June, the Algerian NOC, in collaboration with the Djelfa local authority and under the patronage of the Minister of Youth and Sport, organised the 24th edition of Olympic Day. After an opening ceremony in which the IOC President’s message was read out by the NOC President, Mustapha Berraf, a road race was held with a large number of participants, including many young people. Those in attendance included NOC Honorary President and IOC Honorary Member Mustapha Larfaoui, former athletes and Olympic medallists Abderrahmane Hammad, Mohamed Allalou and Ali Saidi-Sief. As well as cultural activities, competitions were organised in the following sports: athletics (running), cycling, fencing, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and combat sports. The NOC also organised the 3rd experimental course on Olympic values and symbols, the culture of peace and fair play, which was attended by around 70 primary schoolchildren. Info at

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One of Australia’s greatest distance runners, Ron Clarke (photo), has died on 17 June at the age of 78 on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Clarke was a dual Olympian competing in Tokyo in 1964, where he won a bronze medal in the 10,000m and again at the 1968 Mexico City Games, where he finished 5th in the 5,000m and 6th in the 10,000m. He was a dominant distance runner throughout the 1960s, setting an amazing 19 world records (17 official and 2 unofficial). At only 19, Clarke lit the flame at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He was also one of the original inductees into the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame in 1985. Info at the Australian Olympic Committee’s website

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More than 1,500 participants celebrated Olympic Day on 12 June at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee, this event offered sporting, cultural and artistic activities. The highlights of the day were the walking/running races, in which more than 300 men, women, children and those with a disability took part in four different categories (400m, 800m, 1,5km and 5km). Lectures on nutrition in sport and injuries in sport were also on offer.

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On 11 June, the President of the Cameroon NOC, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum (r. in photo) received the High Commissioner of Great Britain to Cameroon, Brian Olley (l. in photo). Their discussions focused on the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Congress of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as well as the cooperation between the Cameroon NOC and the British Olympic Association. Info at

The President of the Spanish NOC, Alejandro Blanco, attended this year’s Olympic Day celebrations in L’Eliana, in the autonomous community of Valencia. Organised by the NOC in cooperation with the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation and the Municipality of L'Eliana, the event kicked off with the arrival of the Olympic flame carried by beach volleyball player Javier Bosma and the NOC First Vice-President, Isabel Fernández. After the Olympic flag had been raised by athlete Concha Montaner (long jump), more than 4000 participants were able to take part in various sports competitions in the presence of several athletes. Info at

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The Jordanian NOC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) under which both organisations pledged to work together to improve the health and well-being of citizens throughout the country. Under its ‘Living Sport’ initiative, the NOC hopes to see sport play a part in the everyday lives of all Jordanians. The MoU was signed by Lana Al Jaghbeer (l. in photo), NOC Secretary General, and Enaam Barrishi (r. in photo), RHAS Director General. The NOC and RHAS have already worked together in creating a project aimed at all Jordanian children between the ages of 6 and 9. This project is still under development and is due to be launched in September. Info at

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The Mongolian NOC has staged Mini-Games in Chinggis, Khentii province, in honour of Ts. Damdin, judo silver medallist in Moscow in 1980 and current NOC Vice-President. The Olympic Council of Khentii province organised competitions in wrestling, archery, athletics, chess and pentathlon, in which 130 young athletes aged between 10 and 14 from 15 organisations took part (see photo above). NOC medals and prizes were awarded to the participants. As well as Ts. Damdin, three other judo Olympians (1992, 2000 and 2004) come from Khentii province.

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Tens of thousands of people took part in the 28th Olympic Day Run in New Taipei City on 6 June. The President of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), Hong-Dow Lin, and Secretary General Kevin Kuo-I Chen were joined by a special guest, the President of the Sri Lankan NOC, Hemasiri Fernando, with whom a sports cooperation and exchange agreement was signed. In order to promote sustainable development and respect for the environment, the race used online data storage to share information with the participants for the first time, rather than the traditional printed publications. The CTOC also worked with the New Taipei City Government to fundraise. Each participant helped raise money for a good cause. In addition to the race, which was held in different categories (21km, 21km for the visually impaired and 2.5km fun run), various activities were organised, such as Olympic ring body painting and nutrition quizzes. Under the agreement with the Sri Lankan NOC, 100 sets of badminton racquets were donated for distribution among disadvantaged schools in the north of Sri Lanka to mark Olympic Day on 23 June. Info at

In a press release, the Turkish Olympic Committee, its President and WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board member, Uğur Erdener, who is also an IOC EB Member, has praised the success of the recent partnership between Anti-Doping Norway (ADN) and the Turkish Anti-Doping Commission (TADC) in a pledge to stamp out drugs in Turkish sport. The three-year cooperation agreement was signed between the TADC, ADN and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in April in order to boost the implementation of Turkey’s anti-doping programmes. This collaboration with the ADN and WADA has seen the establishment of an official National Anti-Doping Organisation in Turkey for the first time. Info at

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As part of the training programme run by the Venezuelan NOC, a technical seminar was held in Ambrosio Plaza in Miranda state from 3 to 5 June (see photo above). Sports leaders, administrators and coaches were able to develop their skills in various sports-related fields with talks by a number of experts, including NOC President Eduardo Álvarez.


TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has welcomed All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) as the first Tokyo 2020 Official Partners, the second domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme. The two companies have been jointly attributed the “Passenger air transportation services” category. Their addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 Partners to 15, including 13 Gold Partners. Info at



(L. to r.:) Kjetil Jansrud, Silje Norendal and Mats Zuccarello. © Geir Owe Fredheim/NIF

On 16 June, the IOC announced two new Ambassadors for the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lillehammer 2016. Snowboard slopestyler Silje Norendal and New York Rangers ice hockey player Mats Zuccarello will join fellow Ambassadors Lindsey Vonn and Kjetil Jansrud in inspiring athletes and young fans to get active and be part of the second edition of the Winter YOG taking place in February 2016. The announcement took place in Oslo, which will host the half-pipe competitions during the Games, at the Wang Sports Academy. Silje and Mats were joined by fellow Ambassador Kjetil Jansrud to give local pupils the chance to ask questions about the Youth Olympic Games. Read the full press release here.



At the 67th meeting of the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) held at the ANOC headquarters in Lausanne on 6 June, discussions focused on the progress of the ANOC Beach Games and the activities of the ANOC Commissions and Working Groups. The meeting was chaired by ANOC Senior Vice-President and IOC EB member Patrick Joseph Hickey, in the absence of the President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. The concept for the ANOC Beach Games will be presented to the 205 NOCs for approval at the XX ANOC General Assembly in Washington (United States of America) in October. Info at

Meeting in Tokyo (Japan), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board approved the athlete and medal event (80) quotas for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. A maximum of 670 athletes will be competing, a 24% increase compared to the 2014 edition in Sochi. This number includes a 44% increase in the number of female athletes. The athletics programme for the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was also approved and will be announced shortly. Info at

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its first ever Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) Report. The Report reveals that 1,953 sanctions were reported to WADA for ADRVs that were committed in 2013.  The sanctions were applied to athletes and athlete support personnel from 115 countries in 89 sports as a result of Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) reported by WADA-accredited laboratories in 2013 and other non-analytical investigations that were concluded that same year. The ADRV Report follows on from the 2013 Testing Figures Report released last year, which disclosed the results of all the tests performed by WADA-accredited laboratories on urine and blood samples collected in 2013. Info at

The International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) has informed us that, in cooperation with the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM), the Green Card was tested for the first time at the 4th CSIT World Sports Games held in Lignano (Italy) from 7 to 14 June. The criteria for receiving the Card are sportsman-like behaviour and respect for the rules. The overall Fair Play Award is given to a single athlete and a team right after the Games. The winners in Lignano were Rooho Mohammadi Mirzaei, a female track athlete from Iran, and the ASKÖ men's team from Austria. The Card will be used at the next edition in Riga (Latvia) in 2017. Info at

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