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  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    In Amsterdam in 1928, Lina Radke was the first female Olympic 800m champion, but…

    Women made their athletics debut at the Games of the IX Olympiad in the Dutch capital, with five events on the programme. But one of these created considerable controversy: the 800m won by Germany’s Lina Radke. Wrong impressions, falsified reports in the press and the concerns of medical staff at the time led to the event being excluded for the next 32 years. Explanations from Dr Richard Budgett, the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Director, and IOC Vice-President Anita DeFrantz.
    03 Nov 2019 | Olympic News, Amsterdam 1928, Athletics, Germany
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    Five more amazing athletes to mentor Lausanne 2020 participants

    The International Olympic Committee today announced five additional world-class athletes who will come to the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 9 to 22 January 2020. These athletes will have a vital role in mentoring the young YOG participants.
    24 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Lausanne 2020
  • News | IOC News

    IOC adapts to a changing landscape and streamlines its operations

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is adapting to a changing landscape and streamlining its operations. After consultations with the HR Committee and the Executive Board (EB), the administration – under the leadership of Director General Christophe De Kepper – will change the portfolio of a number of its departments and consolidate the centres of competence within the organisation. The objective is for the IOC administration to adapt its organisational structure to the new activities and priorities under Olympic Agenda 2020.
    14 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, IOC News
  • News | Olympic News

    Cathy Freeman at Sydney 2000: Moments of magic!

    The lighting of the Olympic cauldron, the victory lap in front of a jubilant crowd, the green and white full bodysuit… Cathy Freeman left an unforgettable mark on the Sydney 2000 Games. Twenty years on, who will claim victory in the 400m in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo? Naturally the chances are higher for athletes also taking part in the women’s 4x400m event and the new mixed 4x400m relay!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Tokyo 2020, Athletics
  • News | Olympic News

    David Douillet writes judo history in Sydney in 2000

    After winning a second consecutive Olympic gold medal among the heavyweight judokas, on 22 September 2000 in Sydney, David Douillet hung up his kimono, with a list of achievements that made him the biggest star in his sport in the 1990s. His successor in France is none other than Teddy Riner, who intends to go one better by winning a third title in Tokyo in 2020!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Judo, France
  • News | Sustainability

    Sports organisations join forces against climate change

    Signatories of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework gathered at The Olympic Museum to define the next steps for the sports community to address climate change. Their meeting – which was the first official gathering of the Framework’s participants – was hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), ahead of the UN Climate Summit, which starts next week in New York. 
    19 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, IOC News, Sustainability
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Budokan confirms reputation as judo’s spiritual home

    Near-perfect World Championships delighted organisers, athletes and fans – and, with Japan topping the medal table, cranked up the excitement ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.
    03 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Tokyo 2020 test events, Judo
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    "La Divine" Suzanne Lenglen lights up the Antwerp 1920 Games

    Suzanne Lenglen – undoubtedly the greatest French female tennis player of all time. World champion at the age of 15, a six-time winner at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and the first real global tennis star, she won the women’s singles tournament 99 years ago at Antwerp 1920, losing only four games in the process. She also claimed gold in the mixed doubles with Max Decugis, and bronze in the women’s doubles alongside Élisabeth d'Ayen.
    24 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Tennis, LENGLEN, Suzanne, France
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