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20 May 2014
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This week at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach (left of photo) hosted the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer (right of photo), for a one-hour meeting devoted to exploring the sectors in which the two organisations could cooperate in the future. The two leaders are seeking to revive the links established between the two organisations in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in June 2003. This MoU called for cooperation on projects using sport as a vehicle for development and values-based education, particularly in regions affected by natural disasters, disease and armed conflict. After the meeting, Peter Maurer visited The Olympic Museum.

In a statement published on 14 May, the IOC President stated that: “The IOC is following the political, economic and social developments in Ukraine with the greatest attention and growing concern. Also the situation of Ukrainian athletes, including those who have so successfully represented their country in the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, which has dramatically deteriorated. For all these reasons I repeat my appeal of Sochi to all political leaders involved to enter into a summit dialogue in the Olympic spirit of mutual respect and peace. To help the Ukrainian athletes – wherever they come from in Ukraine and whatever their background – and to mitigate their difficult situation, the IOC has established an emergency fund of USD 300,000. This fund is to be used for the benefit of the Ukrainian athletes, through the NOC of Ukraine, for training and competition purposes.”

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On 15 May in Lausanne, President Bach participated in a meeting with the public held at the Olympic Museum Auditorium (photo above). On this occasion, the President spoke about his journey as an athlete as well as his sports administration career. Beforehand, the IOC President had met representatives of the Swiss media at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

In the evening of 15 May, the IOC President attended a dinner hosted by the International  Swimming Federation (FINA) on the occasion of a meeting concerning its Natation pour Tous (Swimming for All) programme, in which representatives of FINA, the IOC, the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) also took part.

This week in Lausanne, the IOC President met:


As Director of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), Denis Oswald has received the prize awarded to the FIFA Master, which was named as the top course in the world by SportBusiness International in its 2014 rankings. The prize was presented to him by British athlete Colin Jackson (right of photo) during the WISE (Work in Sports Exhibition) conference in Lausanne. Created in 2000, the FIFA Master is run by the CIES under the aegis of FIFA. Info at


Mustapha Larfaoui has been appointed as this year’s sponsor for promoting the Sports Law Professional Masters at the Sports Law Centre in Aix-en-Marseille (France). As such, he attended the Centre’s gala held at Marseille’s Swimming Circle.



The 2014 edition of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)’s Basketball without Borders (BWB) will offer, for the first time, a Europe BWB camp in Rome (Italy) from 2 to 5 June, as well as an Asia BWB camp in Taipei (Chinese Taipei) from 13 to 16 June. Johannesburg (South Africa) will host, for the 11th time, an Africa BWB camp from 5 to 8 August. Since its launch, this development programme, jointly organised with the National Basketball Association (NBA), has involved more than 1,700 young people from more than 120 countries. It is led by active or former NBA players and coaches. Info at

Meeting in Kuwait City (Kuwait) on 9 and 10 May, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) took a number of decisions. The Council thus accepted the principles of a new qualification system and schedule for the Olympic Games in 2020. The Central African Republic Federation was provisionally admitted as an associated federation, and the Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Uganda, Sudan and Zambia federations as affiliated federations. Their definitive affiliations will be decided upon by the 2014 Congress in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were awarded to the Qatar, and will thus be held in Doha from 12 to 28 October 2018 (proposed dates to be confirmed). The next meeting of the Council will be held in Melbourne (Australia) from 11 to 17 May 2015. Info at

Introduction for the young Chinese judokas © IJF

On 13 May, the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Chinese Judo Association launched the second part of their Judo Educational Journey Through China programme at a ceremony held at the Shunyi Sports School on the outskirts of Beijing. Numerous young judokas were present on this occasion. Supported by the Chinese NOC and produced in the framework of the upcoming Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, this second stage will visit the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wenzhou and Shanghai, before ending on 23 May in Nanjing. Info at

The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) Scientific Commission and the Iranian Wrestling Federation hosted the second edition of the FILA International Scientific Symposium in Tehran on 13 and May, during the Greco-Roman World Cup. The Iranian Minister for Youth and Sport, Mahmoud Godarzi; the President of the Iranian Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem; and the President of the Iranian NOC, K. Hashemi, welcomed the participants, as did FILA President Nenad Lalovic, who attended the second day of the Symposium. The FILA Scientific Commission is chaired David Curby. Info at

FINA’s 3rd World Aquatics Convention will be held from 29 November to 1 December 2014 in Doha. For the first time, this Convention will take place during the World Swimming Championships (25m), scheduled for 3 to 7 December. The aim of this new approach is to strengthen the link between international competitions and the organisations involved in developing aquatic sports throughout the world. A FINA Extraordinary Congress and a course for international coaches will also take place. Info at

Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus has been re-elected as Chairman of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)’s Athletes’ Commission for a four-year term of office. The election took place during the Team World Championships in Tokyo (Japan). Info at

World Archery (WA) has confirmed the 2015 Archery World Cup and 2014/15 Indoor World Cup dates and cities. Thus, for the third consecutive year, Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) and Antalya (Turkey) will host a stage of the World Cup, while for Wroclaw (Poland) and Medellin (Colombia), this will be the first time. Copenhagen (Denmark) will host the main qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games, i.e. the 2015 World Championships, while Rio will hold an Olympic test event at the Sambodrome Stadium venue. Detailed information at

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that Aarhus (Denmark) has been chosen as the host city for the 2018 Sailing World Championships. Info at


Riccardo Fraccari became the first President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) at the WBSC Congress held in Hammamet (Tunisia), which also elected the very first Executive Board. The WBSC Congress paid tribute to International Softball Federation President Don Porter, who was retiring after 40 years of service to this sport. Info at

The International Power Boating Union (UIM) has just published its 2013-2014 Yearbook. This publication is also available at


The Afghan NOC has elected Fahim Hashimy as its President/CEO. The election took place during an extraordinary session of the NOC’s General Assembly. The NOC was previously under the auspices of the Afghanistan National Sport Directorate.

(l. to r.) John Coates, Harry Gordon and Herb Elliott
© Australian Olympic Committee

The new book by Australian historian Harry Gordon was officially launched recently, at a ceremony held in Sydney. Entitled From Athens with Pride, this 300-page, richly illustrated work relates the history of the Australian Olympic Movement and the performances of its athletes. John Coates, the President of the Australian NOC and IOC Vice-President, paid tribute to Harry Gordon for this remarkable work, the fruit of many years of research. Numerous Olympians and media were present at this ceremony.

Furthermore, John Coates announced that the NOC’s Order of Merit would be presented to businesswoman Gina Rinehart, in recognition of her commitment and support to developing and promoting swimming and volleyball, in particular through her foundation, the Georgina Hope Foundation. The NOC’s Order of Merit was also awarded to Laurie Lawrence who, for over four decades, has contributed to sports development as a coach, motivator and leader. Laurie joined the Australian Olympic team as athlete liaison officer and Village activities leader, and trained many world and Olympic swimming champions. Info at

Agreements between the NOCs of Bahrain, Jordan and Palestine © Bahraini NOC

The Bahrain Olympic Committee recently signed two protocol agreements with its Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts. The aim of these two two-year agreements is to boost joint ties and promote the overall standard in the field of sport. The Secretaries General of the Bahraini, Jordanian and Palestinian NOCs, respectively Abdulrahman Askar, Lana Al Jaghbeer and Mazen Al Khatib, signed these agreements.

The Chilean NOC’s Communications Department has launched the first edition of the new Chilean Olympic Review (Revista Olímpica Chilena). This quarterly publication will be distributed to the media, athletes, sports leaders and members of the Chilean sports family. Info at

The NOC of Colombia has produced a plaque as a tribute to the work undertaken by Dimayor, Colombian football’s premier league. The Presidents of the two organisations, Baltazar Medina for the NOC and Ramón Jesurún for  Dimayor, unveiled the plaque at a ceremony held at the Dimayor headquarters in the presence of the NOC Executive Board, during its monthly meeting. Info at

The Peruvian NOC has informed us that athletes from various national teams participated in a conference in the framework of the IOC/Adecco Athlete Career Programme. Speakers at this event included Guatemalan Olympic medallist Pedro Yang, representing the IOC Athletes’ Commission; Miluska Bornaz from Adecco; Colombian former athlete Mauricio Rivas; and NOC President José Quiñones González.

Furthermore, the Organising Committee for the XVIII Pan-American Games has launched a competition to create the logo for the event, which will be held in Lima from 26 July to 11 August 2019. The proposals must be submitted by 30 June at the latest, and the winner will be announced on 26 July, exactly five years before these Games open. Info at and


RIO 2016

Rio2016 CEO Sidney Levy and IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez © Alex Ferro/Rio 2016 

The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio (Rio 2016) has announced the appointment of Andrew Parsons, the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and Vice-President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), as the Chair of Rio 2016´s newly formed Paralympic Integration Committee. The announcement was made during a very positive and constructive IPC project review in Rio on 13 and 14 May. On this occasion, Rio 2016 presented the progress made in the preparations for the Paralympic Games in 2016, particularly concerning key operational areas such as venues, accommodation, transport, accreditation, media and ticketing. Info at and

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