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26 Nov 2014
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At The Olympic Museum on 18 November, President Bach revealed the 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020. The proposals will be discussed and voted on by the full IOC membership at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December. On this occasion, President Bach called the 20+20 proposals “the culmination of a year of open, transparent and widespread debate and discussion, which had already begun in mid-2013. These 40 recommendations are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When you put them together, a picture emerges that shows the IOC safeguarding the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthening sport in society.” He first presented the recommendations to a round table of athletes, many of whom actively contributed to the Olympic Agenda 2020 process. The discussions included a number of medal-winning Olympians: Claudia Bokel, also a member of the IOC Executive Board and Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Vincent Defrasne (France, biathlon), Susana Feitor (Portugal, racewalking), Jessica Fox (Australia, canoeing), Jade Jones (Great Britain, taekwondo), Stéphane Lambiel (Switzerland, figure skating), Marsha Marescia (South Africa, hockey), Kaveh Mehrabi (Islamic Republic of Iran, badminton), Koji Murofushi (Japan, hammer throw), Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany, Skiing) and Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium, table tennis). A summary of their sporting achievements and the full press release can be found here.

President Bach was in Baku (Azerbaijan) on the occasion of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) during which EOC delegates unanimously passed a resolution publically declaring ‘that they fully support Agenda 2020’. In the resolution the EOC Athletes’ Commission also “pledge their full support for Olympic Agenda 2020.” Complementing the EOC, President Bach said: “the best illustration of the vitality and energy of the EOC is the first ever European Games. I am confident of their success.  You have the strong support from the Government, the national sports movement as well as the enthusiasm of the people.”

During the EOC General Assembly, the President was awarded the EOC’s highest award the Order of Merit. He also attended the EOC gala, during which awards were presented to the best European athletes.

(from l. to r.) Azad Rahimov, Patrick Joseph Hickey, Ilham Aliyev, Thomas Bach, Pere Miró and Chingiz Husseynzada. © Azeri government

President Bach met the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. The two leaders discussed Olympic Agenda 2020 and the important role of that sport can play in the positive development of society. President Aliyev outlined his plans for the development of the nation including how sport will be used in this transformation. The Azeri Minister of Youth and Sports, Azad Rahimov, and the Vice President of the Azeri NOC, Chingiz Husseynzada, were also present at the meeting. President Bach was accompanied by EOC President Patrick Joseph Hickey and IOC Director of NOC Relations Pere Miró.

The IOC President visited the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Training and Sports, whose Rector, Agadjan Abiyev, presented him with an Honorary Doctor’s degree, in the presence of many athletes and Olympic medallists. Many Olympic athletes, world and European champions are honorary graduates of this Academy.

In Baku, the IOC President met IOC Executive Board members Patrick Joseph Hickey and Uğur Erdener as well as IOC members Vitaly Smirnov, Alex Gilady, Guy Drut, Octavian Morariu and Alexander Zhukov.

He also met several European NOC Presidents: Jaume Martí Mandicó (Andorra), Niels Nygaard (Denmark), Alejandro Blanco (Spain), Giovanni Malagò (Italy) and Stefan Lindeberg (Sweden), as well as the Director General of the German NOC, Michael Vesper.

A meeting was held with Marius Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation and SportAccord.

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Before travelling to Baku, President Bach met the President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu i Floreta, with whom he discussed the impressive reach and progress of the Olympafrica FutbolNet Cup programme. Jointly run by the IOC, the FC Barcelona Foundation (FFCB) and the Olympafrica Foundation, the programme uses football as an educational tool to promote the values of sport, such as team-building, fair play and respect for others, to young people in Africa. In 2014, over 95,000 young people in 34 African countries took part in the programme, which is scheduled to continue until 2016 with a focus on strengthening the regional phase. As of next year, the 38 Olympafrica Centres will have the opportunity to participate in a local and regional tournament. “Through this partnership with the FC Barcelona Foundation, we are providing almost 100,000 young people throughout Africa with the opportunity to practise sport and be empowered thanks to the educational programme which promotes Olympic values such as friendship, excellence and respect,” said the IOC President. Read the press release here.

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President Bach also met the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Alisher Usmanov, with whom he discussed the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, the adoption of the United Nations resolution on the autonomy of sport as well as the different aspects of the cooperation between their two organisations.


It is with great sadness that the IOC has learnt of the death of Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig at the age of 96. An IOC member from 1982 to 1994, she was one of the first female IOC members and served on the IOC Medical Commission before becoming an honorary member in 1994. She also held several positions within the British NOC and the International Fencing Federation (FIE), of which she was made a member of honour in 1999. She also enjoyed a remarkable fencing career, participating in four editions of the Olympic Games. “Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig was a pioneer in many respects. Her skills on the sports field, as well as in the medical field, combined with her warm personality, made her unique. She was a true inspiration,” said President Bach. Read the full press release here.


John Coates and Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo 2020 President. ©Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

A little over a year after the election of Tokyo as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, an IOC delegation led by Coordination Commission Chair John Coates and his deputy, Alex Gilady, recently completed its second Project Review visit to the Japanese capital (18-19 November). The delegation left Tokyo pleased with the progress of the preparations and reassured by the advances made with its venue master plan review, which is being conducted with a view to ensuring cost-effective investments for the Games and, in the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020, to make Tokyo 2020’s concept as sustainable as possible. The IOC delegation rounded off its visit to Japan by attending an event run by IOC TOP partner GE, which looked at how to deliver the best legacy possible for the Games and for Japan. Read the full press release here.



Meeting in Monaco, the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), chaired by Lamine Diack, took a number of decisions. Four cities were chosen to host various events: Doha (Qatar) for the 2019 World Championships, Ostrava (Czech Republic) for the 2018 Continental Cup, Kampala (Uganda) for the 2017 World Cross Country Championships, and Nairobi (Kenya) for the 2017 World Youth Championships. Meanwhile, the website of the Organising Committee of the 2015 World Championships being held in Beijing (People’s Republic of China) from 22 to 30 August can now be found at

At the Congress of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) held in Jeju (Republic of Korea) last week, the national federation delegates elected new Vice-Presidents, a new Executive Committee and, for the first time in the IF’s history, three honorary Vice-Presidents. The AIBA statutes were therefore amended in order to include this new position. At the end of the Congress, a ‘Jeju Declaration’ was unanimously adopted, endorsing the initiatives taken by the AIBA to fulfil its mission to govern the sport of boxing in all its forms. The Congress took place prior to the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The detailed composition of the AIBA Executive Committee can be found at

As part of its new scholarship programme launched at the start of the year, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has selected 19 athletes from around the world, the latest of whom is Meli Malani of Fiji. The programme will enable him to prepare for the 2015 Pacific Games, the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Through this programme, FINA helps scholarship-holders to train at a high-level training centre. Info at

At the World Rugby Conference in London (Great Britain) on 18 November, the International Rugby Board (IRB) officially changed its name to World Rugby. A new logo was also unveiled. Also in London, 15 legends of men’s and women’s rugby were inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame. This is the first time that women have been included. Finally, the Rugby Athletes’ Commission also held its inaugural meeting in London. The commission is a partnership between the IF and the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) and its aim is to provide a formal and more structured forum through which players can contribute to rugby’s decision-making processes. Info at

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On a recent visit to Zagreb (Croatia), Un Chang, President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and IOC member, and Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), were received by the President of Croatia, Ivo Jocipović, at the presidential palace on 15 November (see photo above). They discussed the Olympic and Sports Movement in Croatia and across the world. Info at and

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed several dates on the 2015 paratriathlon calendar. World paratriathlon events will be held on every continent in preparation for the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, when the paratriathlon will make its Paralympic debut. Calendar at


The International Surfing Association (ISA) recently welcomed Nepal and Bangladesh as new member federations. Info at


The sports management trainees. © NOC of Argentina

On 14 November, the first advanced sports management course organised by the NOC of Argentina reached its conclusion. On this occasion, NOC Secretary General Mario Moccia highlighted the importance of this type of training as a way of improving the management of national federations. Course director Silvia Dalotto de Marcó and lecturers Victor Sergio Groupierre, Andrea Martinez Funes and Daniel Alejandro Ridao paid tribute to the commitment of all the participants and the amount of work completed during the last nine months of the course. Info at


During a visit in October, Zarifa Salahova (right in photo), a member of the Executive Committee of the NOC of Azerbaijan, donated ten volumes of miniature books on the Olympic Games to the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) in Lausanne. Founder of the first ever miniature book museum in Baku, she owns a collection covering Azeri and other literature, as well as sport. A certificate signed by the IOC President was presented to her in recognition of her donation by Maria Bogner, Head of the OSC (left in photo). Info at

Anti-doping symposium in Bahrain. © Bahrain NOC

The anti-doping committee of the Bahrain NOC recently organised a training symposium that was attended by 14 doping control experts. The symposium forms part of the committee’s annual plan to ensure the quality of the sample testing procedure and inform the participants about the latest developments in the doping control field.

Training session for teachers. © Ecuadorian NOC

Around 200 teachers attended the first day of ‘Training session II – activities that enrich training exercises’ (Formacion II - Acciones que enriquecen el ejercicio formativo), organised by the Ecuadorian Olympic Academy in Arenillas at the start of November. This session was held under the terms of an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Ecuadorian NOC. The programme included physical activities and seminars on the themes of Olympism and Olympic values. Info at
The 5th Technical Conference of the Spanish NOC and the 4th National Olympism Congress of the San Antonio de Murcia Catholic University (UCAM) were held at the NOC headquarters on 15 November. Some 15 prestigious coaches attended, along with NOC President Alejandro Blanco and UCAM President José Luis Mendoza. The important role played by coaches not only in sporting success but also in the athlete education was among the topics addressed on this occasion. Info at

(L. to r.) Spyros Capralos, Marton Simitsek and Thodoris Papapetropoulos. © Greek NOC

The Greek NOC and the International Olympic Academy (IOA) recently presented the historical archives of the Organising Committee of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, containing documents, videos, films and other material linked to the Games. The presentation was conducted by the NOC President, Spyros Capralos, and IOA President Isidoros Kouvelos at a ceremony held in Olympia. Created by Marton Simitsek and Thodoris Papapetropoulos, the non-profit organisation “Historical Archives ATHENS 2004” is responsible for looking after and maintaining the archives, which are now housed at the IOA headquarters, with funding provided by the IOC. Info at

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A field of 4,500 runners took part in the Olympic Day Run in Israel, the “Ramat Gan Safari” held in the Ramat Gan national park. The CEO of the Israeli NOC, Gilad Lustig (left in photo) and the mayor of Ramat Gan, Israel Zinger (right in photo), got the race under way. The participants included hundreds of pre-school children, 1,000 schoolchildren, soldiers and athletes. Info at


At the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Bangkok (Thailand) at the start of November, the President of the Italian NOC (CONI), Giovanni Malagò (left in photo), and the Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Sebastian Coe (right in photo), signed an agreement on technical and scientific cooperation between their respective organisations. Meanwhile, also in Bangkok, CONI Secretary General Roberto Fabbricini signed a cooperation agreement with the Qatari NOC. Info at, and


RIO 2016

The registration period for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteer programme has been extended until 15 December 2014. Around 70,000 volunteers will be at these Games and more than 160,000 people have already registered. As well as from Brazil, applications have been received from over 180 countries across the world. Info at



The 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) was held in Baku on 21 and 22 November and was attended by President Bach. The cities of Erzurum (Turkey) and Minsk (Belarus) have been elected as host cities for the 2019 Winter and Summer editions of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF). The Assembly awarded the 4th Piotr Nurowski Prize for the Best Young European Athlete to Italian swimmer, Simone Sabbioni (right in photo) who received his trophy from Patrick Joseph Hickey, the EOC President (left in photo). Info at

Meeting in Paris (France), the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has approved the Compliance Activities Plan for 2015. As part of the plan, WADA will form a Compliance Review Committee. Independent and non-political, this committee will provide advice, guidance and recommendations on compliance matters to the Foundation Board. Meanwhile, the Foundation Board also approved a 3% rise in the WADA budget for 2015. More info at

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