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19 Nov 2014
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Meeting an intern coach at the CSEL. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

During a visit to the Lausanne Sports Studies Centre (CSEL), IOC President Thomas Bach emphasised the strong links that have existed between the IOC and this sports institution for more than 12 years. Speaking at a meeting attended by CSEL Foundation Board Chairman Jean-Jacques Schwaab, CSEL Director Jean-Marc Gerber, Municipal Councillor for Sport Marc Vuilleumier and the Head of the Sports Department, Patrice Iseli, President Bach declared: “The CSEL is a very important pillar and perfectly meets the needs of budding young athletes, as training and education go hand-in-hand.” This year the CSEL is hosting over 30 young boarders and 80 day students from football, ice hockey, badminton, tennis and dance. It is also receiving six coaches from African countries (Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Togo) who are taking part in an eight-week sports science training course with the help of Olympic Solidarity. Full press release here.

© IOC / Christophe Moratal

The IOC President met the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil El Araby. The role of sport to facilitate dialogue in society and Olympic Agenda 2020 were addressed.


President Bach met Rania Elwani, former IOC member and former IOC Athletes’ Commission member
. She interviewed him for AlAhly TV, the TV channel of the AlAhly Sports Club of Egypt, in the framework of a new programme called “Special interviews”. This programme aims to provide an overview of how international sports organisations are run while educating fans and followers about sport on the international level.

The President greeted the members of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) meeting at the IOC and informed them about the latest developments as regards Olympic Agenda 2020.


On 13 November, one month after meeting youngsters from Lausanne for Olympic Week, the President welcomed the children from schools of the region in the framework of “Dare to do a job” day. He thus gave them a tour of his office and answered their questions on his schedule and role as President. This day fits into the awareness-raising programme run by several Swiss cantons to allow primary and secondary schoolchildren (aged 9 to 15) to find out about various professions.



Ching-Kuo Wu, an IOC Executive Board member, was re-elected as President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) at the IF’s Congress organised on 13 and 14 November in Jeju (Republic of Korea). This is his third term as AIBA President.
Denis Oswald has been honoured by World Rowing (FISA), which awarded him its 2014 trophy for Distinguished Service to Rowing. He was FISA Secretary General for 11 years then President for 25. He also competed in three editions of the Olympic Games and won a medal at the 1968 Games, as well as many Swiss national titles.

Tony Estanguet, a triple Olympic champion, was elected 3rd Vice-President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) at the ICF Congress organised in Warsaw (Poland) on 7 and 8 November.  Alongside him will sit Hungary’s Istvan Vaskuti, Olympic champion at the Moscow 1980 Games and elected 1st Vice-President at the same Congress. The other decisions taken by the 157 delegates present include confirmation of ICF affiliation for new members - the federations of Djibouti, Botswana and Fiji. Full info at



On 8 November, the World Rowing (FISA) 2014 awards were presented in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). New Zealand’s Hamish Bond and Eric Murray were named “Crew of the Year”, while fellow countrywoman Emma Twigg won “Female Rower of the Year”. Denmark’s Bent Fransson won in the Coach category, while Australia’s Erik Horrie won the Para Rower of the Year category. Info at
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced the launch of its new 3x3 basketball initiative, an e-learning programme. This educational tool developed by the FIBA Academy with the “FIBA 3x3” team explains the rules of the game, the competition format, player rankings, etc. Info at

At its Congress held in early November in Almaty (Kazakhstan), the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) approved a new IF logo (photo). Also approved were the modification to the IWF Constitution amended with the new logo, and the new anti-doping policy, which will come in to force on 1 January 2015. Info at

World Judo Day celebration in Brazil. © IJF

An initiative of the International Judo Federation (IJF), the 4th World Judo Day was celebrated on 28 October to great success. From Albania to Argentina, from Belize to Botswana and Burundi, from Great Britain to Canada, Mexico to Pakistan, the Russian Federation to Venezuela, and from Sweden to Brazil, this 2014 edition, the theme of which was honour, brought together thousands of participants, including many youngsters. Info at
In parallel to the 12th World Swimming Championships (25m), which will be held from 3 to 7 December in Doha (Qatar), the International Swimming Federation (FINA) will organise a Youth Programme in cooperation with the Qatar NOC and the Championship organisers. Open to the two best athletes (one boy and one girl aged 14-16) from each national federation, it aims at inspiring the young talented swimmers to become the stars of tomorrow. Lectures and workshops on sports science, training and technical matters will be offered to the young participants as well as tickets for the Championship finals. Info at

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that the ITTF Star Awards will be held in Dubai (UAE) on 7 January 2015. This second edition will take place before the ITTF Team World Cup. Info at

(L to r) Kendi Kellett, David Kellet, Carlo Croce, King Constantine and Goran Petersson. © ISAF

From 1 to 8 November, over 500 delegates from over 70 nations took part in the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). The Federations of Macao and Montserrat received the status of ISAF associate member. The ISAF President Development Award was presented to Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who has been instrumental in the development of the sport in his country, Malaysia. Australia’s David Kellett, former Vice-President and Treasurer of the IF, received the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy in recognition of his important contribution to sailing. This trophy was presented to him by ISAF President Carlo Croce in the presence of his wife, Kendi Kellett, IOC honorary member King Constantine and Goran Petersson. Info at



The 87th Assembly of the International Powerboating Union (UIM) was held at the end of October in Ibiza (Spain). The Assembly concluded one week of meetings of the IF’s various committees, working groups, commissions, Council and Executive. Info at


The GCC Women’s Sports Organising Committee. © Bahrain NOC

The Bahrain NOC has announced that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women’s Sports Organising Committee met recently in Bahrain under the chairmanship of Naima Al Ahmed Al Sabah, who chairs the Kuwait NOC’s Women and Sport Commission. It was decided that the 4th edition of these Games will be held in Oman from 8 to 18 March 2015. The programme will feature five sport events, namely volleyball, basketball, handball, bowling and athletics, as well as athletics, shooting, tennis, taekwondo, and endurance horse riding competitions for people with disabilities. The meeting was also attended by the chairwomen of the Women and Sport Committees of the NOCs of Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman: Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Ahlam Al Manea, Noora Khalifa Al Suwaidi and Sayyida Sana bint Hamad Al Busaidi respectively.

The coaches receive their diplomas. © Guatemalan NOC

In the framework of the Olympic Solidarity training programme, the Guatemalan NOC has informed us that a (level 2) course for athletics coaches was organised by the national athletics federation with the support of the Directorate- General for Physical Education (DIGEF). For 15 days, 21 coaches followed the various stages of the course and took the exams before receiving an IAAF diploma. Info at

© Turkish NOC

The Secretary General of the Turkish NOC, Neşe Gündoğan (photo) has been announced as the female representative for Europe on the Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which met recently in Bangkok (Thailand). The first female member of the NOC to be elected to its Executive Committee, she became Secretary General in 2003; and she has also been a member of the International Mediterranean Games Committee (CIJM) Executive Committee since 2013 and a member of the IOC Women and Sport Commission since 2014. Info at


On 8 November, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games launched five days of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games. Articles, videos, images and infographics will be published on and underlining the evolution of the Paralympic Movement and para-sport in general over the last half-century. In addition, from 12 November to 31 December 2014, the IPC will each day reveal the Top 50 Moments of 2014. It is the third year that the IPC has launched this countdown of top moments from the past year.

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