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29 Sep 2014
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Olympic Highlights



President Bach with Evariste Ndayishimiye. © IOC

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed this week a delegation from the NOC of Burundi, led by its President, Evariste Ndayishimiye. During this meeting, the IOC President and the delegation addressed the issue of sports development, as well as the role of sport in society.

President Bach hosted Russia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation, Alexander Golovin, as well as IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education member Jean Durry.

The President also had a meeting with IOC Vice-President John Coates and IOC members Robin Mitchell, Ung Chang, Ottavio Cinquanta, Gian-Franco Kasper, Richard Peterkin, Frank Fredericks and Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, as well as with ASOIF President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, to discuss various subjects, including Olympic Agenda 2020.


The commission meetings continued this week in Lausanne, with the aim of discussing Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed each of the commissions.

 The Sport for All Commission, chaired by Sam Ramsamy. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

 The Marketing Commission, chaired by Tsunekazu Takeda. © IOC / Christophe Moratal.

 The Ethics Commission, chaired by Youssoupha Ndiaye. © IOC / Christophe Moratal


Worldwide TOP partner Dow has become the official carbon partner of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with the goal of mitigating the direct greenhouse gas emissions from the organisation and hosting of the event. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2 equivalents in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games-related emissions. Dow becomes the first partner of the “Abraça Sustainability” programme, developed by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to promote and organise Games with low environmental impact and a positive social legacy. Info at and

These efforts made by the Olympic Movement to manage the carbon footprint linked to organising and hosting the Games have been recognized this week. Indeed the Olympic Movement has been awarded this week the international « Star for Energy Efficiency » from the ASE (Alliance to Save Energy). In 2014, for the first time in Olympic history, the carbon footprint linked to holding the Games was entirely compensated for before the event, rather than after it. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been made possible thanks to the “Sustainable Future” programme implemented in Russia by the Worldwide TOP partner Dow.


The IOC held a meeting with the Gambian National Olympic Committee (GNOC) and the Gambian government on 24 September in Lausanne, which was chaired by IOC Delegate Member for Autonomy Patrick Hickey, to address the regrettable situation faced by the GNOC since April 2014, when the GNOC office was closed by government decision. During the meeting, the government delegation and the GNOC were given the opportunity to express their views and the IOC to answer and clarify any questions raised. The IOC, the GNOC and the government delegation came to the conclusion that this situation, which has been affecting Gambian athletes and the Olympic and sports movement in the country for too long, must now be resolved. As a consequence, a number of actions have been requested by the IOC (details here). The case is expected to be reviewed at the next IOC Executive Board meeting in October, and appropriate decisions will be taken depending on the progress made.
On 21 September, the Olympic Movement supported the International Day of Peace. The IOC is committed to promoting peace through sport and the Olympic ideals, at the Olympic Games and beyond. Sport certainly has a vital role to play as it continues to demonstrate that it can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society. The UN has long recognised the value of sport, and as such the IOC has cultivated a strong relationship with this organisation and its partner agencies, which most recently resulted in the signing of a historic agreement aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two bodies at the highest level.




The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has just announced the digital platform coverage figures for the 2014 World Cup, which took place from 30 August to 14 September in Spain. Here are a few examples: more than 500 videos were watched over 30 million times; the FIBA Facebook page was viewed by some 189 million people and received more than five million “likes”. Over 4.3 million tweets were sent, and the website received 33 million hits. Full details at
United World Wrestling (UWW) has, for the first time, appointed a woman as Vice-President: Natalia Yarygin. She joins the IF’s Executive Committee, improving the representation of women in executive roles within the world of wrestling. The UWW’s new visual identity was launched at the beginning of September. Info at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that the 2015 Cross Triathlon World Championships will be held in Orosei, Sardinia (Italy). The exact dates will be confirmed later. Info at


At the Closing Ceremony of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Championships in Santander (Spain) the French delegation was awarded the IOC President’s Trophy as the best overall performing nation. At the same ceremony, Santander Mayor Iñigo de la Serna (left of photo), handed the ISAF flag to the IF Vice-President, W. Scott Perry (middle of photo), who then passed it on to the Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizens’ Services for the city of Aarhus (Denmark), Rabih Azad-Ahmad (right of photo). Aarhus will host the 2018 edition of the World Championships. Info at


Launch of the new Team Brazil logo. © Brazilian NOC

On 23 September in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian NOC launched the new Team Brazil logo, which will now appear on the athletes’ uniforms at major international sporting events, such as the Pan-American Games in Toronto in 2015 and the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. This launch was also the opportunity to celebrate Brazilian sport, in the presence of the NOC President and IOC honorary member, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; NOC Executive Director Marcus Vinicius Freire; the Sports Ministry Executive Secretary, Luiz Fernandes; and many presidents of Olympic federations, athletes, artists and celebrities. Info at
Participants in the MOSO course in Iquique. © Chilean NOC

To optimise sports management on a national level, the Chilean NOC is organising several Olympic Solidarity courses in various cities and regions of the country. The latest one was held at Santo Tomás University in Iquique (Tarapacá region). This second session of the Managing Olympic Sports Organisations (MOSO) course was very successful. Info at

© Colombian NOC

The NOC of Colombia has informed us that Catherine Ibargüen (photo) was awarded the Female Athlete of 2014 prize at a ceremony held on 23 September in Bogotá. The 2013 world triple jump champion and winner of the IAAF Diamond League in 2014 beat footballer Yoreli Rincón and skater Yercy Puello. Furthermore, the NOC has announced that a sports management training course will be held in Ibagué, in cooperation with Olympic Solidarity, aimed at leaders from the province of Tolima. The themes to be addressed include organising events, discovering sports talents, marketing, sports legislation and developing projects. Info at

(left to right) Ch. Zorigtbaatar, Sergey Bubka and B. Narantsetseg. © NOC of Mongolia

Many members of the public and the media attended the headquarters of the Mongolian NOC in Ulaanbaatar, which was hosting a visit by IOC Executive Board member and IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka. He was welcomed by Head of Administration B. Narantsetseg and by Ch. Zorigtbaatar, a member of the NOC Executive Board and Secretary General of the Mongolian Athletics Federation. On the agenda of the meeting was the cooperation between the NOC and the national athletics federation to create the first Rekortan athletics tracks in the district of Nalaikh, in the framework of developing athletics in Mongolia. 


In the framework of its 25th anniversary, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the London 2012 Paralympic Games have been chosen as the “number one moment” in the history of the Paralympic Movement over the last quarter of a century. The public were invited to share their favourite moments since the creation of the IPC on 22 September 1989 in Düsseldorf (Germany). It is worth recalling that the 2012 Paralympic Games broke a participation record, with 4,236 athletes from 164 countries. A record 2.7 million tickets were sold, and more than 100 countries broadcast the Games, reaching a cumulated TV audience of 3.8 billion people. Info at

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has just published the Athlete Reference Guide to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. The guide has been championed by members of the WADA Athlete Committee throughout the course of 2013 and 2014. The WADA Athlete Committee, whose role is to represent the views and rights of athletes worldwide, has led and directed the project in time for the introduction of the revised Code in January 2015. The Guide is a purely informative one, and does not replace the World Anti-Doping Code. Its aim is to help athletes from all over the world to better understand the framework, rules and regulations of the fight against doping. Info at

The delegates and pioneers of Generations For Peace celebrated the International Day of Peace using the hashtag #TagForPeace to promote awareness of this Day. Volunteers, media representatives, friends and families were thus able to post messages of peace using this hashtag, calling upon thousands of others to get involved in this symbolic Day. Info at


Please note that, in the previous Highlights, under the Winter IFs’ activities section (WCF sculpture), there’s an inaccuracy concerning Bent Ramsfjell. He is a gold medallist from the curling competition at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games and not a bronze medallist at the Nagano 1998 Games.

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