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30 Jun 2015
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Olympic Highlights

Fireworks celebrating the IOC’s 100th anniversary in Lausanne at the Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium.  © IOC/Arnaud Meylan



This week, the IOC and Lausanne celebrated their century of joint history. A whole range of free activities were organised over three days from 26 to 28 June in symbolic locations around the city, including the IOC headquarters, The Olympic Museum, the House of International Sport, the Casino de Montbenon and the Villa Mon-Repos. On 23 June, the Olympic Day also celebrated the IOC centenary in Lausanne.

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IOC President Thomas Bach kicked off the festive weekend by joining more than 2,000 people in a run/walk from The Olympic Museum and Place Riponne to the Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium. After arriving at the Stadium, the IOC President and representatives of the city government spoke of the strong ties and history that have bound the IOC and the city of Lausanne since 1915. Addressing the crowd, President Bach said: “This Centenary Race and Walk have been outstanding. They have celebrated Olympic Day and the humanist values of sport. They have also celebrated a century of joint history between your city – the Olympic Capital – and the IOC. The presence of so many of you shows that Lausanne is perhaps the most sports-loving city in the world, thanks also to you, its inhabitants. Sport is what brings us together this evening in this Stadium, which bears the name of the man who established the IOC here one century ago’.
President Bach also attended the official inauguration of the “Espace Fair-Play” next to the Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium in the presence of representatives from the Lausanne Panathlon and the City of Lausanne.

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On Saturday, President Bach took on the role of tour guide at the IOC headquarters in Vidy.  “The idea behind this open day was to show the population how we work. We also wanted to welcome the people of Lausanne, as they have always given us a warm welcome. It’s a way of saying thank you,” the President explained.  During two guided tours, the President showed about 50 enthusiastic visitors around the meeting rooms, his favourite spot in the cafeteria and even his office, as well as telling them a number of anecdotes.

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The IOC President also paid a visit to the workshops organised at The Olympic Museum; attended a wrestling demonstration; ran 50 metres on the athletics track; and went to the Olympic Studies Centre, where numerous Olympic Movement archives and historic documents are stored. He then moved on to the Villa Mon-Repos for a visit and a photo session in what was once Pierre de Coubertin’s office.

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On 23 June, the IOC celebrated Olympic Day at its headquarters. Addressing the 600 guests present, the President said: “Every year, Olympic Day allows the whole world to unite behind the Olympic dream. The people of Lausanne also share this dream. It is no coincidence that this city became the Olympic Capital, with all the love it has for sport. The IOC has now had its home port in Lausanne for a whole century.” The IOC President spent time visiting the various sports workshops – fencing, artistic gymnastics, slackline and golf – organised in the IOC gardens. Before taking part in the evening, the President took part in a meeting of the IOC-Olympic Capital Commission alongside the Mayor of Lausanne, Daniel Brélaz. Read the full press release here.

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On 29 June, the IOC announced that all TV and multi-platform broadcast rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2018–2024 period have been awarded to Discovery Communications, the parent company of Eurosport.  The announcement kicks off a long-term partnership between the biggest global sports event, the Olympic Games, and leading global media company, Discovery Communications. With an average of 10 channels in every market and the #1 European online and OTT sports offerings, Discovery and Eurosport will deliver more coverage across more screens than ever before to over 700 million people across Europe.  The agreement was signed by President Bach and Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav. The IOC Executive Board Members were consulted before the signature. Read the full press release here.

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President Bach has met the President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Brian Cookson. Their discussions mainly focused on the preparations for the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro as well as Olympic Agenda 2020.

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The IOC President has received the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who was accompanied by Deputy Vice-President Georgios Makropoulos, Director General Geoffrey Borg, Treasurer Adrian Siegel, his assistant Berik Balgabaev, and world champion Vladimir Kramnik. They spoke about various issues linked to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

The President met IOC Executive Board (EB) Members Gunilla Lindberg and Juan Antonio Samaranch and IOC Members Richard W. Pound, Ser Miang Ng, Gerardo Werthein and Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, with whom he spoke about several topics, including Olympic Agenda 2020 and the implementation of its recommendations.

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The President also met George A. Papandreou, Vice-President of the International Olympic Truce Foundation. He was accompanied by Constantinos Filis, Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre, and Paulina Lampsa, his adviser. Besides Olympic Agenda 2020, the role of sport in promoting education, health, development and peace, as well as the next United Nations Resolution on the Olympic Truce were at the heart of the discussions.

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German Olympians Association President and double Olympian Christian Breuer has awarded the IOC President the Association’s badge of honour. An Olympic champion at the 1976 Games in Montreal, President Bach is the first recipient of this badge, which will be presented to all the members of the Association in recognition of their integrity and excellence in sport.

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Romanian Gymnast Andreea Răducan has paid a visit to President Bach, who invited her during his trip to Bucharest last year. Răducan, double medallist at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 (gold in team, silver in vault), hoped to get back her all-around gold medal, of which was stripped for failing a drug test. The fact that she was not disqualified from the Games, but could keep her gold medal in the team event and go on to win a silver medal after the incident, shows that the IOC attached no blame to her. Read the full press release here.

In the framework of the Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) programme of the IMD Business School in Lausanne, President Bach delivered a keynote speech about driving change before it is too late. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, the President said: “To change, or to be changed, that is the question.” He reminded the participants that this is also true in the business world and that many traditional companies have disappeared because they did not anticipate changes and were not prepared on time.

IOC President condemns the terror attacks
In a statement published on 27 June, the IOC President condemned the recent terror attacks on Tunisia, Kuwait and France. He expressed, on behalf of the entire Olympic Movement, “our sympathy for the families and friends of those touched by this tragedy. These cowardly attacks concern not only the countries directly affected but the whole world community. They are an attack against us all and a threat to humanity. The outrage expressed around the world has united all nations and will hopefully bring a united response. These attacks also show that the Olympic values of peace and reconciliation, of bringing all people together under one roof are more needed and more important than ever.”


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Borislav Stankovic, Secretary General Emeritus of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has received the FIBA Order of Merit. This distinction was awarded to him in recognition of his outstanding services to sport, through his personal achievement and his contribution to the development of basketball and sport in general. FIBA Treasurer Manfred Stroher was also honoured.


Flor Isava-Fonseca has been honoured by the Venezuelan NOC, which has created an Order named after her. At an Olympic Gala organised by the NOC on 18 June, the Flor Isava-Fonseca Order was awarded to NOC Secretary General Elida Párraga.



On Olympic Day, 23 June 2015, two NOCs announced important decisions, taking their plan to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games a step further.  The Olympic and Paralympic Ambition Association, which groups together the French NOC, the French Paralympic and Sports Committee, the City of Paris, the Île-de-France region and the State, launched Paris’s candidature to host these Games. On the same day, the Hungarian NOC informed the IOC that the Municipality of Budapest had voted in favour of submitting a candidature for these Games. In the framework of the new Invitation Phase of the Olympic Games bidding process, NOCs have until 15 September to officially submit a bid to the IOC.



The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced the launch of the Kafue River & Rowing Centre project in Zambia, in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This project aims to take action on the global freshwater issues that threaten the planet. This new centre will be a unique multi-purpose centre bringing together conservation, education and sport. It will be equipped with world-class field research facilities with links to water science universities around the world, and will provide Zambia with a high-quality centre to develop the sport of rowing. FISA and the WWF have been working together on clean water since 2011. Info at

At its meeting on 18 and 19 June, the Executive Committee of the International Basketball Federation took a number of important decisions. These focused mainly on the status of the Japanese Basketball Association, the new system of competition; the remodelling of European club competitions; and automatic places for the national teams of the host country at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Executive Committee also accepted the request by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) to establish its headquarters at the House of Basketball, with support from FIBA. Info at

The International Association Football Federation (FIFA) has launched the first edition of the Female Leadership Development Programme. As part of this programme, 35 promising leaders from across the world will get together for three workshops, which will involve extensive fieldwork over a nine-month period, with each participant required to work on an individual project that has the potential to transform the state of girls’ and women’s football. The first module of this programme will be held in Vancouver (Canada) on 4 July, shortly before the Women’s World Cup final. The two other modules for the 2015-2016 edition will be held at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland) from 28 September to 2 October 2015 and from 29 February to 3 March 2016. Info at

United World Wrestling (UWW) 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 UWW and its national federations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities. The UWW signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC regarding implementation of the system, which comes into effect during the Senior Wrestling World Championships from 7 to 12 September 2015. Info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has unveiled a record amount of prize money to be distributed to the finalists of the next World Championships, which will be held from 24 July to 9 August 2015 in Kazan (Russian Federation). The first eight ranked competitors in each event will receive prize money, compared to six at previous world championships. FINA introduced a prize money policy at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne (Australia). Info at

For Olympic Day, World Rugby announced that, with over 7.2 million players getting active across 120 national member unions, the Get into Rugby mass participation programme attracted a record number of 460,000 children in 2014 and could reach 600,000 in 2015. With a target of attracting one million new players by the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro (where rugby sevens will make its debut), over 300,000 children have already taken part in this programme in the first five months of 2015. On 23 June, rugby stars from across the world spread the word on social media to encourage people to get active and play rugby. Info at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has launched the bidding procedure for the 2016 World Cup season, and the ITU Multisport World Championship Festival in 2019 and 2020. Interested cities have until 15 July 2015 to put forward their candidature. The host cities will be announced in September. Info at

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the appointment of Malcolm Page as Head of Marketing and Media. Page, who takes up the post with immediate effect, is a double Olympic champion and six-time world champion in the 470 class. He was a member of the ISAF Athletes’ Commission for seven years and Chef de Mission for the Australian team at the Pacific Games. Info at


Several members of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Athletes’ Commission took part in Olympic Day celebrations on 23 June, using social networks to encourage everyone, everywhere, to get active. These included Commission Chair Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Vice-Chair Mike Janyk and 2010 Olympic (aerials) champion Lydia Lassila. The FIS SnowKidz campaign and the various FIS disciplines were also in Olympic Day mode. Info at


The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the City of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 2015 World Capital of Motorcycling, will organise the first Women and Sustainability in Motorcycling Conference on 19 and 20 November. Besides the participation of 30 experts, this Conference will allow for the collection of knowledge and expertise in these two areas while providing a platform for discussing and exchanging ideas. Info at

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced it will hold the very first World Adaptive Surfing Championship from 24 to 27 September 2015 in La Jolla (California, USA). Info at


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The Algerian NOC has informed us that British NOC President Sebastian Coe, on a visit to Algiers on 15 June, attended an experimental course on the Olympic values, the sporting mind-set and fair play organised by the NOC, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (photo above). Those present included NOC President Mustapha Berraf and Olympic champions and medallists such as Hassiba Boulmerka, Nouria Benida Merrah, Abderrahmane Hammad, Ali Saïdi-Sief and Mohamed Allalou. The aim of such a course is to propagate the Fundamental Principles of Olympism nationally and disseminate this culture in physical education and sports teaching programmes as of next year’s school year. Info at

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The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) celebrated Olympic Day on 23 June in the King Abdullah Park in Riyadh in the presence of key officials of the SAOC, National Federations and sports organisations. Dozens of senior and junior athletes put on demonstration performances (photo above) for taekwondo, gymnastics, judo, tennis, fencing, basketball, cycling and karate. The Football Federation, Anti-Doping Committee and Physical Education and Sport for All Federation participated in associated promotional activities. A short film on the SAOC’s principles and mission was played on a large screen. A few hundred Park-goers watched this very successful Olympic Festival while also gaining some awareness of the Olympic Movement in Saudi Arabia and abroad. Info at

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A Level 1 course for national coaches got underway recently in Um Al Hassam, with 66 coaches taking part (photo above). The six-day course is being organised by the Bahrain Basketball Association in cooperation with the Bahrain Olympic Committee and with the support of Olympic Solidarity. This course aims to teach participants about the latest basketball training techniques.
The NOC has also established a partnership with the University of Bahrain for the 2015 “Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa” award for scientific research in sport.

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The Brazilian NOC celebrated Olympic Day on 23 June, which is also the National Day of Sport (photo above), in the presence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Nearly 200 children from disadvantaged communities in Rio de Janeiro joined Olympic athletes to try out new sports, while celebrating the creation of the IOC. The NOC had therefore prepared a series of activities for these children from Sesi’s social projects (communities in Borel, Cidade de Deus, Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira). Along with gymnasts Arthur Zanetti (Olympic champion in 2012), Rebeca Andrade and Flavia Saraiva, the children were able to try out athletics, fencing, wrestling, judo, sailing and taekwondo. Diving and synchronised swimming were also on the programme. Info at

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The Gambia NOC (GNOC) celebrated Olympic Day on 23 June by organising 3km and 5km road races for children from schools around the Greater Banjul Area (photo above). Gathering together at the Olympafrica Centre in Serekunda East, over 1,000 young people took part in sports activities around the slogan “Move, Learn and Discover”.  The celebration was also graced by GNOC officials led by first Vice-President and IOC Member Beatrice Allen, who read the IOC President’s message, the Executive Director of the National Sports Council, Marcel Mendy, presidents and secretaries general of national sports associations, teachers, parents and students of various schools.  Certificates were awarded to the participants at the end of the events. Info at

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The Hellenic Olympic Committee participated in the celebration of the Olympic Day on June 23 with the evening race "SNFCC RUN: Running into the Future". The race was part of a four-day event, entitled "Light up the night at the Stavros Niarchos Park". The start was given at the Panathenaic Stadium (photo above) while the runners passed through the center of Athens and finished at the Stavros Niarchos Park. 2016 Greek and foreign runners took part in the race. The number 2016 is symbolic and indicates the year of completion of the project (Stavros Niarchos Park) in 2016 when it will be delivered as a gift to the Greek State. Young and old participated in a six kilometres non-competitive race crossing the finish line at the Stavros Niarchos Park. Infos at

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Jordan’s leading athletes have teamed up with the Jordan NOC to launch a Ramadan health tips campaign (photo). Starting on 18 June, this social media campaign uses images of 30 athletes (men and women) to deliver health tips every day and encourage people to look after themselves. The campaign will also use athletes from sports that do not receive widespread media coverage to help Jordanians become familiar with them. The 30 tips can also be accessed on the NOC’s new website

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The Mongolian NOC celebrated Olympic Day in cooperation with the Cycling Federation and the Roller Skating Federation. Some 125 children and youngsters in six age groups took part, either by bike or on skates. The winners received NOC medals and IOC certificates (photo above) in the presence of NOC President D. Zagdsuren, NOC Executive Board members, representatives of national sports federations and former athletes.

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In Peru, the Olympic Day celebrations kicked off with the 25th edition of the school drawing and painting contest. As well as the lighting of an Olympic flame, a message from the IOC President was read by IOC Member Iván Dibos, in the presence of Peruvian NOC President José Quiñones González. The contest brought together children from schools in Lima and Callao in the San Borja Olympic Park. The winners received their prizes on 28 June at the 28th Olympic Day Run, also in San Borja. Info at

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The Turkish NOC celebrated its 28th edition of Olympic Day with record participation. Some 4,000 children took part in activities in Istanbul and Antalya. School participation even doubled. Taking place over several weeks, the activities on offer aimed to educate the young Turkish generation on the importance of healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness and the Olympic values. The programme offered information on nutrition, sports ethics, Olympic history and sports activities (photo above) to develop skills such as balance and coordination. Certificates signed by the IOC President and NOC President and IOC Executive Board Member Uğur Erdener were given to all the participants. Info at



(From l. to r.) Leandro Larrosa, Frank Fredericks and Tomas Holmestad. © Julian Carrara

Over the past few months, the team from Nanjing 2014 (NYOGOC) has been meticulously compiling its official report to give Buenos Aires 2018 and other future host cities the essential information needed to host successful YOG and to share with the Olympic Movement the many memories from the 2nd Summer YOG. To officially hand over to the Buenos Aires organisers (BAYOGOC), a small delegation from NYOGOC visited the future YOG city last month for a series of debriefing workshops and seminars to pass on their expertise. The innovative format focused on strategic decisions to be made in the early stages, such as legacy, the use of the YOG to impact youth and sport, and benefits of the YOG to engage communities. This information-gathering will help Buenos Aires prepare its essential Games Foundation Plan – the blueprint that will guide it from concept to delivery.  Additional expertise was on hand from senior management from four other YOG host cities including: Goh Kee Nguan, the CEO of Singapore 2010; CEO of the forthcoming Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games Tomas Holmestad; Yang Shu’an, Chinese Olympic Committee Vice President, and Xiao Quan, Nanjing 2014’s Executive Deputy Secretary General; and Peter Bayer, CEO of Innsbruck 2012, by video conference along with Leandro Larrosa, CEO of Buenos Aires 2018. The workshops were presided over by the Chair of the Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission, IOC Member Frank Fredericks. Read the full press release here.


In Baku (Azerbaijan), the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) met with the European sports federations taking part in the first European Games. Chaired by EOC President and IOC Executive Board Member Patrick Joseph Hickey, this meeting saw the federations underline the quality and reach of the TV coverage of the Games, with broadcasters in 145 countries, as well as the excellent level of presentation for both the sports and the athletes. These federations are ready to arrange their calendars to fit around the European Games in 2019 and 2023. A number of them will follow the example of the European Judo Union and United World Wrestling and combine their European Championships with the European Games. Info at

On 25 June, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched the first in a series of WADA Talks video interviews featuring the Agency’s President, Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC Vice-President. The new series features dynamic exchanges with leading figures from the athlete community, sports, government and anti-doping community, as well as other partners involved in the clean sport movement. In this first interview, Craig Reedie discusses the progress made during his tenure so far and the main challenges he now faces as the leading figure in the anti-doping movement. He also reminisces on some of the main achievements in his five-decade career in sports administration. To watch WADA Talks and see other videos from the Agency’s collection, please visit the WADA Talks Playlist on WADA’s YouTube Channel. Info at


As part of the cultural activities organised for the first European Games in Baku, the International Olympic Academy (IOA) had an information booth in the athletes’ village (photo above). Thus, from 11 to 28 June, the athletes and officials present in Baku were able to learn about the IOA’s interactive educational programme entitled “Discovering the Olympic Movement and its Values”. Info at

The Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS) actively participated in the celebration of Olympic Day on 23 June, promoting a series of screenings, meetings and events finalised to the culture of Olympism in 16 seats of the Festivals of the “World FICTS Challenge”. Celebrations were held in: Barcelona (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Beijing (China), Kathmandu (Nepal), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Brussels (Belgium), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Matera (Italy), Lipetsk (Russia), Kampala (Uganda), Liberec (Czech Republic), Los Angeles (USA), Samara (Russia) and Milan (Italy). Info at

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