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07 Oct 2014
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IOC President Thomas Bach chaired a meeting of the Olympic Museum Foundation Executive Committee, which IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge attended via telephone conference.

President Bach also had numerous meetings to prepare the next steps towards Olympic Agenda 2020 after the conclusion of most of the IOC commission meetings.


The Report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights, to which the IOC has contributed, has been recently tabled on the occasion of the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva (Switzerland). The UN report positively acknowledges the important contribution of sport and the Olympic ideal, as well as the work undertaken by the IOC, to promote and strengthen universal respect for human rights for all and to development and peace more generally. It also calls for greater efforts in developing programmes that tackle social issues through sport and adopting or strengthening national legislation in this area. The Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and member of the IOC Executive Board Claudia Bokel  represented the IOC President at the HRC Session. Addressing the participants on behalf of the IOC, she raised issues related to child protection, women’s participation in sport, the lack of sports facilities, athlete development and codes of conduct for sports organisations.

IOC Executive Board member Juan Antonio Samaranch took part in the Africa Global Business Forum 2014 held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on 1 and 2 October. The theme of his address was “Olympic Potential - The Economic Impact of Big Sporting Events”.

Sam Ramsamy (l.) and Philip Craven at the IPC anniversary. © IPC

Sam Ramsamy, IOC delegate member for sport for athletes with a disability, represented the IOC President at the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) this weekend in Berlin (Germany). He attended the IPC Membership Gathering during which the IPC addressed the future strategic direction of the Paralympic Movement and its need to continue to adapt to changing circumstances in the years ahead.


Nawal El Moutawakel and Carlos Arthur Nuzman at their press conference in Rio. © Rio 2016 / Alexandre Loureiro

Last week, the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro made its seventh visit to the city. The Commission left Rio satisfied with the progress that the Rio organisers have made since their last visit in March this year. During its stay from 29 September to 1 October, the Commission members visited the Olympic Golf Course, the Olympic Village, the Deodoro Olympic Park, and the Barra Olympic Park, where they were joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Speaking at the end of the visit, Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel said: “We leave Rio satisfied with the progress that has been made since our visit last March. The strong commitment of the Brazilian authorities to the success of the Rio 2016 Games has been underlined to us by the presence of President Rousseff during our visit to the Olympic Park yesterday. We remain confident that, despite a very tight schedule, our Brazilian partners will deliver successful Games.” The Commission also heard from Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão, and General Fernando Azevedo E Silva from the Olympic Public Authority (APO) about the strong legacy that the Games are leaving to the city, country and its citizens. The Commission will return to Rio de Janeiro in February next year.

The IOC has announced the composition of the commission to evaluate the candidatures for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, which will be chaired by IOC member Alexander Zhukov. Commenting on the composition of the Commission, President Bach declared: “Each member of the Commission brings a wide range of expertise and experience and understands what it takes to host sustainable, well-organised and ultimately successful Olympic Winter Games. At a time where we are finalising our discussions around Olympic Agenda 2020, the upcoming visits of the Evaluation Commission will reflect some of the new orientations that we foresee for the bidding process. It is an exciting time for the Olympic Movement, and I rely on the Commission to actively contribute to the shaping of our future.” The election of the 2022 Games host city by the IOC Session will take place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 31 July 2015.


In the foreground, Marius Vizer (right) and Jannie Hammershoi (left). © IJF

On 29 September, the President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer, received the President of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), Jannie Hammershoi, and IBSA Executive Director Neil Donovan. During this meeting at the IJF President’s office in Budapest (Hungary), the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of continuing to work on the coordinated development of judo worldwide, whilst maintaining the independence of both organisations. This follows the signing of an MoU between the IJF and the Judo Blind Committee of the IBSA on the occasion of the first edition of the Judo Grand Prix in Budapest, last June. Details on

In cooperation with the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) will be organising a programme for young reporters during the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention and the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (Qatar) from 29 November to 7 December 2014. Over 10 days, the 10 reporters chosen will follow a programme of print, photography, and online training to new media reporting of live events throughout the FINA events in Doha. Details on

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has launched a new concussion education video, entitled “Recognise and Remove” (#RecogniseAndRemove), which will be central to a game-wide education programme aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms and dangers of concussion. The video, which features some of the biggest stars of men’s and women’s rugby, is being released across the IRB’s social and digital media channels. Details on

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has created a joint laboratory with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore). Hosted by the NTU’s Institute of Sports Research (ISR), the new ITTF Lab@ISR will provide the ITTF with services pertaining to the testing of table tennis balls and racket coverings, as well as other table tennis-related research. Details on

Australia’s David Kellett is to be awarded the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)’s Beppe Croce Trophy, which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. He will be presented with the Trophy in November, at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). In 1992, Kellett joined the Federation as the ISAF Member of Council for Group L. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Vice-President, before acting as Treasurer until 2012. He also held several positions in the framework of the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Details on


The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced that Nauru, Sri Lanka and the Cayman Islands have become the ISA’s 87th, 88th and 89th member federations. Details on


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From 2 to 4 October, the Colombian NOC hosted the 4th International Sports Sciences Congress at the Manuela Beltrán University in Bogotá. Baltazar Medina (photo) delivered a speech during the Congress Opening Ceremony.  This Congress brings together national and international experts in the fields of elite level sports policy, kinanthropometry and elite athlete applied biomechanics. Details on

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The Spanish NOC and the Catholic University of San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) have unveiled a new group of athletes (pictured above) who are joining the training project run by the two institutions. NOC President Alejandro Blanco and UCAM President José Luis Mendoza hosted the ceremony, which took place in the presence of representatives of the Spanish athletes’ associations. On the same occasion, a cooperation agreement was signed between the athletes’ associations, the UCAM and the NOC to enable all the association members to benefit from favourable conditions to study at the UCAM. The NOC also informs us that its First Vice-President, Theresa Zabell, has announced her intention to resign after seven years in this post. Details on

A national anti-doping seminar will be held in Suva on 4 October to prepare the Fijian athletes and officials for the introduction of the new World Anti-Doping Code in 2015. This seminar, which follows the regional seminar held last year in Nadi, is being organised at the invitation of the Oceanian Regional Anti-Doping Organisation and in coordination with “Drug-Free Sport Fiji’” and the Medical Commission of the Fijian NOC. Almost 100 people are expected to attend the seminar, which will provide information on the dangers of doping, the anti-doping procedures and controls as well as suggestions on how to follow a healthy lifestyle. Details on

The sports management course participants. © Peruvian NOC

Since June, the Peruvian NOC has been running its second advanced sports management course, under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. So far, 31 professionals have followed the presentations on four areas: managing an Olympic sports event, strategy, human resources and finance. The last two sections, on marketing and organising a sports event, will be organised in October this year and February 2015. Details on

School children taking part in the Czech NOC project. © Czech NOC

A week after it was launched, the Czech NOC’s “Olympic Combined Sports” project has already seen almost 900 schools all over the country taking part. The aim of the project is to get more school children engaged in physical activity, regardless of their abilities. The children, their parents and their teachers will also learn which sports they are best suited to and where they can practise these in their region. The project is being supported by a number of elite athletes, and project ambassadors will visit the most active schools every six months. The ambassadors include three-time Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sáblíková, Olympic modern pentathlon champion David Svoboda and canoe slalom silver medallist Vavřinec Hradilek. Details on

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We have just learnt that, at the beginning of September, the Ukrainian NOC signed a cooperation agreement with the Algerian NOC. The two NOC Presidents, Sergey Bubka (left of photo) and Mustapha Berraf (right of photo), signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the Ukrainian NOC headquarters in Kiev. Under the terms of the agreement, the two NOCs will strengthen their relations in the area of transfer of knowledge on athlete preparation, the sports health care system, promoting a healthy lifestyle and hosting sports events. The agreement also includes athlete and coach exchanges, the organisation of joint training camps, Sport for All projects and doping prevention programmes. Details on

RIO 2016

In Brazil, almost one third of the population is under the age of 19, and this is one of the core groups that the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is reaching out to in the hope of inspiring and motivating them through the Olympic Games. Over the last few years, in Rio de Janeiro, many educational activities have already been taking place, with students embracing the Olympic values and ideals. The official Rio 2016 education programme, “TRANSFORMA”, was launched in Rio de Janeiro on 1 July this year. The website, in place since April this year, offers a host of materials that teachers can use in their lesson plans. Details on



On 30 September, with 500 days to go to the second Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer, the IOC announced that Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn  will reprise her role as Ambassador for the Games, which will take place in February 2016. As the first Ambassador for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012, Lindsey has once again committed to supporting the event along with fellow Alpine skier Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, an Olympic super G champion, who was announced as an Ambassador for Lillehammer 2016 earlier this year.


Frank Fredericks (left) and Christophe Dubi, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director. © Julian Carrara 

The Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer YOG in 2018, headed by four-time Olympian and IOC member Frank Fredericks, paid its first visit to Buenos Aires on 27 and 28 September. Outlining its vision, the local organising committee (BAYOGOC) particularly impressed the Commission members with its goal of bringing sport to the inner city for all inhabitants to enjoy and experience, in particular the 2.6 million young people residing in Buenos Aires. Speaking after the meetings, Frank Fredericks said: “Thanks to the close cooperation Buenos Aires 2018 has with the all levels of government and the Argentinian Olympic Committee, the organisation has made impressive headway with strong foundation plans already underway. With its world-famous passion for sport and culture, we truly believe that Buenos Aires will deliver phenomenal Youth Olympic Games.”


In light of the decision taken on 1 October by the conservative party in Norway not to support Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the IOC issued a statement, the full text of which you can read here.


Following approval by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee on 20 September, the 2015 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available. The List will come into force on 1 January 2015, at the same time as the revised World Anti-Doping Code. Details on

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