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2014-09-30 10:30:00 IOC



President Bach with Evariste Ndayishimiye. © IOC

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed this week a delegation from the NOC of Burundi, led by its President, Evariste Ndayishimiye. During this meeting, the IOC President and the delegation addressed the issue of sports development, as well as the role of sport in society.

President Bach hosted Russia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation, Alexander Golovin, as well as IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education member Jean Durry.

The President also had a meeting with IOC Vice-President John Coates and IOC members Robin Mitchell, Ung Chang, Ottavio Cinquanta, Gian-Franco Kasper, Richard Peterkin, Frank Fredericks and Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, as well as with ASOIF President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, to discuss various subjects, including Olympic Agenda 2020.

The commission meetings continued this week in Lausanne, with the aim of discussing Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed each of the commissions.

The Marketing Commission, chaired by T. Takeda. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

The Ethics Commission, chaired by Y. Ndiaye. © IOC / Christophe Moratal

Worldwide TOP partner Dow has become the official carbon partner of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with the goal of mitigating the direct greenhouse gas emissions from the organisation and hosting of the event. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2 equivalents in climate benefits by 2026, addressing other Games-related emissions. Dow becomes the first partner of the “Abraça Sustainability” programme, developed by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to promote and organise Games with low environmental impact and a positive social legacy.

These efforts made by the Olympic Movement to manage the carbon footprint linked to organising and hosting the Games have been recognized this week. Indeed the Olympic Movement has been awarded this week the international « Star for Energy Efficiency » from the ASE (Alliance to Save Energy). In 2014, for the first time in Olympic history, the carbon footprint linked to holding the Games was entirely compensated for before the event, rather than after it. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been made possible thanks to the “Sustainable Future” programme implemented in Russia by the Worldwide TOP partner Dow.

The IOC held a meeting with the Gambian National Olympic Committee (GNOC) and the Gambian government on 24 September in Lausanne, which was chaired by IOC Delegate Member for Autonomy Patrick Hickey, to address the regrettable situation faced by the GNOC since April 2014, when the GNOC office was closed by government decision. During the meeting, the government delegation and the GNOC were given the opportunity to express their views and the IOC to answer and clarify any questions raised. The IOC, the GNOC and the government delegation came to the conclusion that this situation, which has been affecting Gambian athletes and the Olympic and sports movement in the country for too long, must now be resolved. As a consequence, a number of actions have been requested by the IOC (details here). The case is expected to be reviewed at the next IOC Executive Board meeting in October, and appropriate decisions will be taken depending on the progress made.

On 21 September, the Olympic Movement supported the International Day of Peace. The IOC is committed to promoting peace through sport and the Olympic ideals, at the Olympic Games and beyond. Sport certainly has a vital role to play as it continues to demonstrate that it can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society. The UN has long recognised the value of sport, and as such the IOC has cultivated a strong relationship with this organisation and its partner agencies, which most recently resulted in the signing of a historic agreement aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two bodies at the highest level.


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has just announced the digital platform coverage figures for the 2014 World Cup, which took place from 30 August to 14 September in Spain. Here are a few examples: more than 500 videos were watched over 30 million times; the FIBA Facebook page was viewed by some 189 million people and received more than five million “likes”. Over 4.3 million tweets were sent, and the FIBA.com/Spain2014 website received 33 million hits.

United World Wrestling (UWW) has, for the first time, appointed a woman as Vice-President: Natalia Yarygin. She joins the IF’s Executive Committee, improving the representation of women in executive roles within the world of wrestling. The UWW’s new visual identity was launched at the beginning of September.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that the 2015 Cross Triathlon World Championships will be held in Orosei, Sardinia (Italy). The exact dates will be confirmed later.


At the Closing Ceremony of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Championships in Santander (Spain) the French delegation was awarded the IOC President’s Trophy as the best overall performing nation. At the same ceremony, Santander Mayor Iñigo de la Serna (left of photo), handed the ISAF flag to the IF Vice-President, W. Scott Perry (middle of photo), who then passed it on to the Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizens’ Services for the city of Aarhus (Denmark), Rabih Azad-Ahmad (right of photo). Aarhus will host the 2018 edition of the World Championships. 

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