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  • Love Your Coast in Papua New Guinea | Video

    Love Your Coast in Papua New Guinea

    The Athletes’ Commission of the Papua New Guinea Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC) teamed up with New Zealand-based charity Sustainable Coastlines to launch the “Go Green: Love Your Coast” environmental programme. A continental winner of the 2013 IOC Sport and Environment Award, this project aims to raise large-scale awareness about environmental challenges faced by communities as a result of the impact of non-biodegradable waste and to initiate engagement on how to look after fragile coastlines and waterways.
  • Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold | Video

    Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold

    When modern-day athletes occasionally lament a lack of training facilities they would do well to ponder the experiences of Japanese jumper Mikio Oda. Oda, from Hiroshima, would enter the history books at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam of 1928 by becoming the first Asian, never mind Japanese, to win an individual gold medal on the biggest sporting stage of them all. But it wasn’t until after a journey of epic proportions to get him to the Olympic Stadium on that slightly rainy, windswept afternoon. Oda was a particularly versatile jumper but opted to specialise in the triple jump, finishing a respectable sixth place at the 1924 Games in Paris. Faced with making a similarly long trip to Europe, Oda’s only option was to take an epic train journey lasting several days through the heart of Siberia. With no training facilities en route, and his meagre budget meaning he had to eat the cheapest food available – usually soup – when he arrived in Amsterdam he was not quite in the best of shapes. But an enjoyable training environment when he got to Holland focused his mind and he knew a strong performance could earn him and his Continent’s first individual gold medal. Running on a rutted grass track and jumping into an uneven sandpit, the conditions did not exactly suit world class jumping but it didn’t faze Oda one bit and he opened with a leap of 15.13metres. The distance surprised him as he wasn’t the best of starters but it did serve to give him the added confidence he needed to go even further. In the best round he recorded a mark of 15.21m which would not be bettered. By the time his medal ceremony came round, Oda had already left Amsterdam for a meet in Paris, and his gold was collected on his behalf by another Japanese athlete. Thirty six years later at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the main stadium flag measured at 15.21m in honour of Oda’s breakthrough gold medal for Asia.
  • Inspiring New Zealanders to be environmental champions | Video

    Inspiring New Zealanders to be environmental champions

    Project Litefoot is a New Zealand-based charitable trust led by top sports people, including IOC member and Olympic windsurfing champion Barbara Kendall. Setting the example, these athletes seek to inspire New Zealanders to be environmental champions.
  • Lillehammer 1994 Legacy | Video

    Lillehammer 1994 Legacy

    “In 1994, the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer put into practice what was now an important legacy policy – respect for the environment. It set new standards for major sports events and sent out a strong message to future event organisers that environmental protection measures can and should be part of their operating mandate.”
  • Building a better world through sport | Video

    Building a better world through sport

    By using sport as a tool for social change, the IOC and its partners implement various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, thereby contributing to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
  • Olympics- More Than Just Sport | Video

    Olympics- More Than Just Sport

    IOC President Jacques Rogge implores athletes to compete in the spirit of fair play, mutual understanding and respect. But there is more to the Olympic Movement than high level athletics. The IOC mandate is also geared toward fraterntiy, universality and helping those in need. Caring for the environment, promoting women in sport, AIDS prevention, and assisting those affected by armed conflict are at the heart of the IOC's values and desire for social responsibility.
  • How to... protect the environment | Video

    How to... protect the environment

    Environmental protection is a crucial issue that affects us all and sport has an important role to play in raising awareness and setting an example. At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, the young athletes learnt about the small things they can do in their everyday lives to protect the world around them, from recycling water bottles, to taking shorter showers.
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