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22 Oct 2014
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President Bach and President Plevneliev unveiling the sculpture donated by Boyan Radev (right), in the presence of Stefka Kostadinova. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, and Bulgarian Olympic Committee President Stefka Kostadinova to the IOC headquarters this week. During their meeting, President Plevneliev informed President Bach how important sport is for him in promoting positive values and healthy lifestyles within Bulgaria. He also underlined that he shared the IOC President’s concern for the political neutrality of sport as well as for the importance of autonomy to allow sport to flourish. The visit by the Bulgarian delegation also included a tour of The Olympic Museum where, together with the IOC President and the President of United World Wrestling, Nenad Lalovic, they unveiled a statue donated by two-time Bulgarian Olympic wrestling champion and Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Boyan Radev. The bronze sculpture of two wrestlers locked in combat is the work of one of Bulgaria’s most famous artists, Lubomir Dalchev. President Bach described the work as “a unique piece of art that symbolises the beauty of the most popular and successful sport in Bulgaria. Through this sculpture, the artist has perfectly captured both the creative and artistic strength of the sport of wrestling.” The Bulgarian President was impressed by the large number of children taking part in the Olympic Week sporting activities at The Olympic Museum, and observed: “As we can see with all these children running around today, sport can gather people from all over the world and unite them under one passion.”

President Bach and Federal Councillor Maurer. © IOC / Arnaud Meylan

During a meeting with Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer
, the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DPPS), the two leaders addressed various subjects, including relations between the IOC and Switzerland, and the 2015 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the IOC’s presence in the country. Olympic Agenda 2020, the recent developments in the fight against illegal betting in sport, for which the IOC has created a USD 10 million fund, and the recent adoption of a Council of Europe convention enforcing the support of governments were also addressed. President Bach thanked Mr Maurer for the success of the meeting of sports ministers held recently in Macolin, during which a convention on the manipulation of sports competitions was signed. The protection of the integrity of sport is important for the IOC and needs to be a joint effort with the governments. For his part, the Federal Councillor pointed out that “Switzerland is not only about its international political bodies, but attaches particular importance to sports organisations, notably the IOC, whose headquarters we are very proud to host in Lausanne. Sport plays an essential role in our society, and we owe it to sport to provide it with the place it deserves. With this aim, continuing efficient and fruitful cooperation with the IOC is of the utmost importance.”

© copyright: © IWF / Klaus Schultes

On 17 October, President Bach took part in the International Economic Forum in Baden-Baden (Germany. The President spoke about the importance of Olympic values in a globalised world and how sport, as an integral part of society, is in general the only area of human existence with a truly universal law based on global ethics: fair play, respect and friendship.

This week, the IOC President has also met IOC member Vitaly Smirnov; IOC honorary member, the President of the Organising Committee for the Games in Rio Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and the President of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT), Ivo Ferriani.

(From left to right) Jamel Belghasem Ezarrugh, Thomas Bach and Mohamed Gremida © IOC / Bertrand Rey

A meeting was held with the Libyan NOC President, Jamel Belghasem Ezarrugh, accompanied by the NOC’s International Relations Director, Mohamed Gremida, during which the men talked about the challenging situation in Libya and the role that sport can play for the cohesion of a society. The preparations of Libyan athletes for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 under such difficult circumstances were also discussed.

The President among the children at The Museum. © IOC / Arnaud Meylan

President Bach also met children taking part in the 34th Olympic Week activities at The Olympic Museum. He took part in a question-and-answer session with around 100 children aged from 8 to 15, who were there to try out some of the more-than 30 sports disciplines on offer. Among other things, the children asked him which sports he practises, how he chose fencing and how he organises his time.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) carried out an extensive anti-doping programme in the lead-up to and during its main events in 2014, with the results confirming that all the players who participated were clean and reinforcing the fact that basketball is a low-risk doping sport. More than 300 samples were collected over the course of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship for Women and the FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women, with a minimum of three players per team tested. Details on


(From l. to r.) Mohamed Yamani, Mohamed Tahmi and Mustapha Larfaoui. © Algerian NOC

On 11 October in Algiers, the Algerian NOC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the country’s first Olympic participation, at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. On this occasion, gymnast Mohamed Yamani, the flag-bearer for the first Olympic delegation, was honoured by the NOC, in the presence of numerous personalities including IOC honorary member Mustapha Larfaoui. The National Olympic Order of Merit was awarded posthumously to Smail Khabatou and to the Sporting Press Agency, the ENRS (Algerian radio) and ENTV (the national television company). On the same day, the new headquarters of the sports dispute resolution court (TARLS) was opened in the presence of the Sports Minister, Mohamed Tahmi; the Chairman of the National Magistrates Union, Djamel Aidouni; NOC President Mustapha Berraf; former NOC presidents; Olympic athletes; representatives of various state institutions; and national sports federation presidents. Details on

Brazilian taekwondo coaches taking part in the course. © Heitor Vilela / Brazilian NOC

For a week until 21 October, the Team Brazil Training Centre in Rio de Janeiro is hosting the first international course for the country’s top taekwondo coaches, organised by the Brazilian Coaches Academy (ABT). The main course leader is Spain’s Ireno Fargas, regarded as the world’s greatest taekwondo champion, with 16 Olympic and 97 world medals. The course is an initiative of the Brazilian Olympic Institute, the educational arm of the Brazilian NOC. The aim of the ABT is to complement, through high-quality educational activities, the professional training of high-performance sports coaches and thus effectively help Brazil to obtain positive results in Olympic sports. Details on

Alejandro Blanco (left) and Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro. © Uruguayan NOC

Spanish NOC (COE) President Alejandro Blanco and the Uruguayan Defence Minister, Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro, have signed a cooperation agreement covering the training of members of the Uruguayan armed forces. The COE undertakes to make its sports-related competences available to the members of the Uruguayan armed forces to help improve and expand their training.  Details on

Spyros Capralos (left) and Leri Khabelov. © Georgian NOC

In Tbilisi (Georgia), a cooperation agreement was recently signed between the Hellenic NOC and the Georgian NOC. The two NOC presidents, Spyros Capralos and Leri Khabelov, signed this agreement, which will strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations. Details on and

Some of the Mongolian athletes at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. © Mongolian NOC

At its headquarters in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian NOC commemorated the 50th anniversary of its first participation in the Summer Games, in 1964, which saw 35 Mongolian athletes take part. On this occasion, NOC President D. Zagdsuren and the Vice-Minister of Sport, M. Tumenjargal, presented Olympic participant pins to 16 of these athletes, today aged between 70 and 88. All those attending the celebration then helped to plant 100 trees as a tribute to all the country’s Olympians and medallists.

The Nigerian NOC has just informed us that Ide Issaka has been elected as NOC President. For his part, Youssoufou Ahmadou Tidjani has been elected Secretary General.

Celebration of the 90 years of the Peruvian NOC. © Peruvian NOC

The Peruvian NOC commemorated its 90th anniversary by organising a national sports gathering at the new Peruvian Olympic Sports Museum at the National Stadium. Those attending included NOC President Jose Quiñones, NOC Secretary General and Olympic medallist Francisco Boza, NOC Vice-President Victor Puente-Arnao Fort and Olympic swimmer Rosario de Vivanco. On this occasion, the NOC presented commemorative plaques to Olympians Ricardo Duarte, Rosario de Vivanco and Ketty Baldwin, as well as to the NOC’s longest-serving staff, executive secretary Mercedes Huambachano and librarian Alcides Barrenechea. Details on


Philip Craven and Satoshi Takeyasu. © Panasonic

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has signed an Official Worldwide Paralympic Partnership agreement with Panasonic Corporation for six years and two months (until the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020). The agreement was signed in Tokyo (Japan) by IPC President Philip Craven and Panasonic Corporation Executive Officer Satoshi Takeyasu. Details on

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