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2014-07-23 09:54:00 IOC





(L - R) Ban Ki-moon, Thomas Bach, Michel Martelly
 and Laurent Lamothe ©IOC/Hector Retamal

On the day after the final of the Football World Cup in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), IOC President Thomas Bach flew to Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where he officially opened a “Sport for Hope” Centre in the presence of the President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Martelly; Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe; United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; the President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Moreno; International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Ary Graça, International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset; the President of the Haitian NOC, Hans Larsen; and the President of the Dominican Republic NOC, Luis Mejia Oviedo. The President was accompanied by IOC members Willi Kaltschmitt Luján and Gerardo Werthein.

Straight after the terrible earthquake that hit the country four years ago, the Olympic Movement, through the National Olympic Committee of Haiti, committed itself to providing aid to rebuild Haiti’s sporting infrastructure as part of the nation’s reconstruction process. President Bach thus declared: “The Sport for Hope Centre is open to all Haitians – from the young to the old, and from professional athletes to beginners. It offers open access to a variety of sports thanks to the generosity and commitment of a number of our stakeholders; but just as importantly, it offers access to cultural, educational and social development programmes and the Olympic values.”

Located on land donated by the Government of Haiti, the Centre features training facilities for 14 Olympic sports: football, rugby, athletics, volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, judo, taekwondo, boxing, karate, badminton, table tennis and weightlifting. It also has three classrooms, offices, a fitness centre, a medical centre, changing rooms and a gazebo. A building for accommodation was constructed thanks to the financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The medical centre is being set up in cooperation with the Red Cross Movement on land set aside for the Sport for Hope Centre. The opening of the Centre would not have been possible without the generous support of the Government of Haiti, the International Federations and the wider Olympic Movement, which provided expertise, sports equipment and gear, and the playing surfaces.

President Bach with the artist Jordi Aluma in front
 of one of his paintings ©IOC/Christophe Moratal

Upon his return to Lausanne, President Bach met:
- IOC members Julio César Maglione and Ung Chang;
- Czech NOC President Jiri Kejval, accompanied by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Roman Kumpost;
- an Iranian NOC delegation composed of the President, Kiumars Hashemi, Secretary General Shahrokh Shahnazi and Adviser Abdulreza Khalili;
- President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and IOC member, Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah with a delegation of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA);
- Vice-President of ANOC for Asia Randhir Singh;
- World Olympians Association President Joël Bouzou;
- 91-year-old Catalan artist, Jordi Aluma of which two paintings are displayed in the Executive Office of the President; and
- former IOC director Fékrou Kidane.

President Bach with Liu Peng (L) and Yu Zaiqing ©IOC/Christophe Moratal

During a meeting with a Chinese NOC delegation led by NOC President Liu Peng and IOC Vice-President Yu Zaiqing, President Bach was updated on the last preparations for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games which will be held from 16 to 28 August in the city of Nanjing.

On 18 July, the IOC President attended a meeting of the Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), whose President is Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. The participants discussed the progress on Olympic Agenda 2020.

The participants at the Olympic Summit ©IOC/Arnaud Meylan

The following day upon the invitation of the IOC President, leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne with the Olympic Agenda 2020 process central to their discussion. The Summit welcomed the inclusive and transparent process that has also received contributions from civil society and the general public. Under the direction of the IOC, Olympic Agenda 2020 has addressed three major themes: sustainability, credibility and youth. The Summit fully supported the direction of the reforms. Updates were also given on the subjects addressed at the previous Olympic Summits, and progress reports on three key issues were provided. These included the fight against doping; the sports calendar; autonomy and good governance; and the fight against match-fixing and related corruption.

Here is the list of participants: Thomas Bach, IOC President; Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, ANOC President; Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission; John D. Coates, IOC Vice-President; Bruno Grandi, FIG President; Patrick Hickey, IOC EB Member; Gian-Franco Kasper, AIOWF President; Liu Peng, Chinese Olympic Committee President; Julio César Maglione, FINA President; Lawrence Probst III, United States Olympic Committee President; Craig Reedie, IOC Vice-President; Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF President; Marius Vizer, SportAccord President; Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC EB Member; Alexander Zhukov, Russian Olympic Committee President; Yu Zaiqing, IOC Vice-President.

In a statement published on 19 July, the IOC President expressed his condolences following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: “This sudden and senseless loss of life has come as a terrible shock to the entire world. During this period of mourning, I would like to reiterate my plea from the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. I called on everyone implicated in confrontation to act on the Olympic message of dialogue and peace; to have the courage to enter into direct personal dialogue in the spirit of mutual respect, good will and peace.”


On 17 and 18 July in Geneva (Switzerland), Jacques Rogge represented the IOC President at a meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

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