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16 Sep 2014
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Olympic Highlights


Even if 10 September marked his first year as IOC President, it was business as usual for President Thomas Bach, with Olympic Agenda 2020 and other meetings in Lausanne, then a trip to Bucharest for the centenary of the Romanian NOC.

President Bach and Ronald K. Noble of INTERPOL. © IOC/Christophe Moratal

At the beginning of the week, President Bach met Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ronald K. Noble, to advance collaboration on the protection of sport from match-fixing and corruption. The discussions focused on the parameters of collaboration to be implemented in the coming years. The main areas of focus are awareness-raising of the risks related to the manipulation of competitions, intelligence gathering, the conducting of investigations and prosecution procedures. For President Bach, “Protecting the clean athletes from all forms of corruption and manipulation is our top priority. Our increased collaboration with INTERPOL serves to safeguard the integrity of sport. We are very satisfied with the determination being demonstrated by INTERPOL to team up with the IOC in this fight for the clean athletes. Together we continue to call on all governments, police authorities and betting regulators to join us.” The Secretary General of INTERPOL added: “Our joint action against threats such as illegal and irregular betting will help underpin confidence in fair play by the public and all those who have a stake in keeping sport clean and safe. The role of INTERPOL is to ensure that the rule of law is respected; the role of the IOC is to ensure that the rule of sport is respected. So it is a perfect marriage.”

President Bach and Lambis V. Nikolaou paying tribute to Pierre de Coubertin. © IOC/Christophe Moratal

On 11 September, President Bach and the members of the IOC Culture and Olympic Education Commission, chaired by Lambis V. Nikolaou, placed a wreath on the grave of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Movement, at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery in Lausanne, in tribute to the legacy and vision of the French nobleman. “Coubertin was a man of both vision and reform. He was always looking at new ways to achieve his goals and always open to different cultures of sport. He knew how to create unity through diversity”, President Bach said at the ceremony. 

(from l. to r.) Traian Băsescu, Thomas Bach, Alin Petrache and Patrick Joseph Hickey. © Pascal Pamfil/Romanian NOC

The following day, President Bach flew to Bucharest, where he joined Romanian Olympians, members of the NOC and Romanian President Traian Băsescu for celebrations marking the centennial of the Romanian NOC in the country’s capital. During the ceremony, President Bach was awarded the Golden Olympic Necklace of the Romanian NOC.

 President Bach talking to the Romanian Prime Minister. ©

On 13 September, President Bach met the Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. The two leaders discussed the crucial role of sport in education. The Prime Minister, a huge sports fan and former basketball player, talked of the neglect of sport in schools, and said that it was crucial for future generations to invest in sport as part of the curriculum. President Bach underlined the qualities that playing sport can bring to young people: self-reliance, team spirit and a sense of equality and universality. He then visited the NOC headquarters before returning to Lausanne the same day. Accompanying President Bach were IOC Executive Board member and President of the European Olympic Committees, Patrick Joseph Hickey, IOC member in Romania Octavian Morariu, Romanian NOC President Alin Petrache and NOC Secretary General Ioan Dobrescu. 

This week in Vidy, the IOC President has met the President of the Nicaraguan NOC, Emmett Lang Salmerón, and NOC Executive Secretary Jose Luis Huete; Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco; the President of the International Olympic Academy, Isidoros Kouvelos, accompanied by his wife, Dora Bakoyannis, former Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs and a Member of the Greek Parliament; and a delegation of European supreme court judges, who were visiting The Olympic Museum.

President Bach also met IOC Executive Board members Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, and IOC members Franco Carraro, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Lambis V. Nikolaou, Nat Indrapana, Reynaldo González López, Philip Craven and Lydia Nsekera, to discuss various matters including the Olympic Agenda 2020. 

Honorary President

Honorary President Rogge and Olegario Vázquez Raña. © ISSF

At the 51st International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF) World Championship currently being held in Granada (Spain), IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge was presented with an ISSF diploma and trophy by ISSF President and IOC member Olegario Vázquez Raña.


Princess Haya Al Hussein, who is also President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), has been made an Officer of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest distinction. She was presented with the insignia by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at a ceremony held in Caen (France), which was hosting the 2014 World Equestrian Games, in the presence of more than 100 guests and international media representatives. Details on


Several commissions have met in Lausanne this week to discuss and make their contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed the members of each commission at the start of the meeting.

© IOC / Christophe Moratal

The Culture and Olympic Education Commission met under the leadership of its Chair, Lambis V. Nikolaou.

© IOC / Christophe Morata

During its meeting, the Women and Sport Commission, chaired by Lydia Nsekera, and President Bach paid tribute to the former Chair of the Commission, Anita L. DeFrantz, now an honorary Commission member.

© IOC / Arnaud Meylan

The Olympic Programme Commission, chaired by Franco Carraro, also met this week.

Summer IFs


Nenad Lalović (photo) was elected President of United World Wrestling on 7 September at the Federation’s Congress in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) ahead of the world championships. On this occasion, Lalović presented the member countries with the results of the comprehensive brand overhaul, which has seen FILA renamed “United World Wrestling”. New members of the Executive Committee were also elected. More details on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has extended its partnership with OMEGA – which is also the official Olympic timekeeper – until 2021, covering the major international swimming and diving events during that time. This partnership dates back to 1973, when OMEGA served as official timekeeper at the first edition of the FINA World Championships in Belgrade (Serbia). Details on

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) informs us that six different countries shared seven gold medals at the 2014 Modern Pentathlon Senior World Championships held in Warsaw (Poland). In fact, the 21 medals on offer were shared between 12 nations, illustrating the remarkable spread of competition at the top end of the sport. The city of Berlin (Germany) will host the 2015 edition of these championships. Details on
The International Rugby Board (IRB) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have launched an ambitious campaign to raise funds and awareness and support the world’s hungry as part of their “Tackle Hunger” partnership at the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. The focus of the drive will be the “Million Meal Challenge”, to raise funds for the WFP to provide meals to schoolchildren in developing countries. The partnership between the IRB and the WFP was initiated in 2003 during the Rugby World Cup in Australia. Details on


The 51st ISSF World Championship was officially opened on 7 September by ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña (pictured above), at a ceremony in the Generalife Theatre at the Alhambra in Granada. More than 2,000 athletes from 94 countries are taking part until 20 September. The programme of this four-yearly competition includes 15 Olympic and 39 non-Olympic shooting events, including junior events. A total of 64 Olympic quota places will be awarded during this World Championship, which is the first shooting sport qualifier for the 2016 Games in Rio. For the first time in the history of the ISSF, Junior finals will be staged during this World Championship. The next edition will be in Changwon (Republic of Korea) in 2018. Details on

The 32 best archers of the season were at the final of the World Archery (WA) World Cup in Lausanne last weekend. These included the youngest-ever archer to qualify, Brazil’s Marcus D’Almeida, who also won silver in the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. More than 4,000 spectators were present, including WA President Uğur Erdener (pictured above) and President Bach. The 2015 edition of the World Cup will consist of four stages, in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), Wroclaw (Poland), Antalya (Turkey) and Medellin (Colombia), with the final in Mexico City (Mexico). Details on

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the 2015 World Triathlon Series calendar. For the first time, the series will visit at least nine cities across five continents, and a possible 10th city could also be added to the calendar later in the year. Details on


On 11 September, an estimated 30,000 people enjoyed the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships, taking place until 21 September in Santander (Spain). ISAF President Carlo Croce (pictured above) officially opened the event, which features more than 1,250 sailors from 83 countries. Details on

Winter IFs

The Annual General Assembly of the World Curling Federation (WCF), held in Reno (Nevada, USA) during the 3rd Annual World Curling Congress, re-elected Kate Caithness as WCF President for a further four-year term. The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships 2015 and the World Senior Curling Championships 2015 were awarded to Sochi (Russian Federation), and will be held from 18 to 25 April. The next Congress will be in Belgrade, from 2 to 5 September 2015, with the Annual General Assembly on 5 September. See all the 2014 Assembly decisions on

 The FIS Coaching Seminar participants. © FIS

Launched at the initiative of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country Sub-Committee for ladies, the first-ever FIS Coaching seminar for women was held successfully from 5 to 7 September, attracting 18 participants from 10 countries. Topics ranged from choosing the right skiing equipment to setting a training schedule, differences in training between men and women, technical competition formats for children, nutrition as well as physiotherapy and psychology. The seminar programme was completed by a shared strength training session. Details on

Recognised IFs

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has appointed Liam Ferguson as its new Director General with immediate effect, replacing Bob Mignogna, who will now serve as Senior Adviser to the ISA President and the organisation as a whole. Details on


Young Olympic Day participants. © Chilean NOC

The Chilean NOC has successfully concluded its Olympic Day celebrations. The heads of the NOC’s “Women and Sport” and “Sport for All” commissions, Carolina Sanz and Patricia López, organised a mass sports activity for over 100 children aged from 8 to 14 as part of the “Desafío Olímpico” (Olympic Challenge) programme. At the Olympic training centre, the children could try their hand at handball, karate, volleyball, basketball and judo, with the help of experienced coaches. Launched in 2013, this programme is aimed at children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them the chance to learn from professional coaches, in the same way as Chile’s elite athletes. Details on



The Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), chaired by Patrick Joseph Hickey, met in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, on the occasion of the NOC’s centenary, at the invitation of their former member, Octavian Morariu, an invitation confirmed by his successor as NOC President, Alin Petrache. Items on the agenda included the upcoming European Youth Olympic Festivals and the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games. Details on

From 3 to 8 December this year, the Italian city of Milan will host the 32nd Sport Movies & TV 2014 festival, the worldwide final of the 16 festivals organised on the five continents which make up the World FICTS Challenge. Organised by the International Sport Movies and Television Federation (FICTS), this festival will include a total of 150 projections. Between now and the December festival, there will also be the 9th Tashkent International FICTS Festival from 14 to 16 September, the 11th Atlanta International  FICTS Festival in Lipetsk (Russian Federation) from 23 to 26 September, and the 2nd Baku International FICTS Sport Films Festival in Baku (Azerbaijan), from 18 to 21 November. Details on


Please note that, in the previous Highlights, under the IOC President’s activities section, there was a misprint in the name of one of the representatives of the Committee to Protect Journalists whom President Bach received. The name should read Andrew Blauvelt, not Andrew Blauwell.


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