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2014-10-17 10:07:00 IOC


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed this week that three cities have officially put forward candidatures to organise the 2019 World Championships. The national federations of Qatar, Spain and the USA have thus officially indicated that the cities of Doha, Barcelona and Eugene are candidates. The IAAF evaluation commission, which will visit the three cities, will be chaired by Sebastian Coe. The host city will elected by the IAAF Council on 17 November in Monaco.

The World Rowing Federation (FISA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have extended their partnership until 2019. The two organisations have worked together since 2011 on promoting clean water. The primary goal will be to create the capacity to train future generations of water quality managers, while also contributing to an important conservation project. In parallel with this project, World Rowing will continue to educate rowers and fans to apply environmentally-sustainable practices in the use and management of water.

Judo demonstration and try-out in Hay River (Northwest Territories, Canada). ©IJF

From 20 September to 3 October, Nicolas Messner, the International Judo Federation (IJF)’s Media and Judo for Peace Director, travelled thousands of kilometres to the Great North of Canada to meet hundreds of children. Organised by the IJF and Aboriginal and Territorial Affairs Committee, represented by Mario Des Forges, with the support of Judo Canada and its President, Mike Tamura, this journey allowed nearly 650 children in the three territories (Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut) to learn about judo and the social values of sports and peace, through about 20 activities.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has underscored its commitment to ensure that the world’s top players are included within its decision-making structures with the establishment of the first World Rugby Athletes’ Commission. The Executive Committee approved the Commission’s terms of reference at its meeting in Singapore on 9 October, and establishment comes with the full support of Member Unions and the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA).

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that Abu Dhabi will debut on the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) calendar for the first race of a five-year partnership between the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the ITU. The United Arab Emirates capital city will kick off the WTS season on 6 and 7 March.

The International Ski Federation (FIS)’s 12th Youth and Children Seminar addressed “Long-Term Athlete Development”. The need for children to have fun in the sport and competition, the importance of motivation, and safety and concussion were some of the subjects examined at this seminar, which also focused on the FIS “Bring Children to the Snow” campaign.

Presentation of the Belgian NOC awards. ©COIB

The Administration Board of the Belgian NOC (COIB) recently organised a ceremony during which several distinctions were presented in the presence of NOC President and IOC member Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge. Guido De Bondt and Piet Moons received the IOC “Pierre de Coubertin” trophy for their involvement in the international Olympic Movement. Guido De Bondt has been active at the COIB for 38 years, including 22 as Secretary General. He is now a member of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Coordination Commission for the first European Games next year in Baku (Azerbaijan), and he received the EOC’s European Olympic Laurel Award. Piet Moons was Secretary General of the Belgian Sports Development Committee and Marketing Director of the COIB, and is currently President of the Belgian Sports Technology Club. Also during this ceremony, the athletes who competed at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games received the official Olympic Games pin, and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games medallists received their diplomas.

On 10 and 11 October, the Colombian NOC organised an Olympic Solidarity regional forum. The main theme was the basic universal principles for the good governance of the Olympic Movement, as established by the IOC. Delegates from 22 NOCs took part, as did IOC representatives and the presidents of national sports federations.

Ceremony for the agreement between the NOC of Ecuador
 and the Ministry of Education. ©NOC of Ecuador

Through its Olympic Academy, the NOC of Ecuador has signed an agreement focusing on Olympic education with the Ministry of Education. Thus, the two institutions undertake to work on training physical education teachers in the area of the philosophy of Olympism. The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Education in Quito, in the presence of Education Minister Augusto Espinosa Andrade, NOC President Augusto Morán Nuques and Olympic Academy President Carlos Manzur.

©NOC of Uruguay

The Spanish NOC has informed us that its President, Alejandro Blanco (2nd from right in photo), gave a talk on sports planning, development and management at the Uruguay Military Institute of Higher Education (IMES) in Montevideo. This talk was part of a series of talks on the study of sport in Uruguay. Attending on this occasion were the Deputy Minister of Defence, Jorge Menendez; Uruguayan NOC President and IOC member Julio César Maglione; presidents of the Uruguayan sports federations; and representatives of the military and civil authorities of Montevideo.

10th anniversary celebration of the Athens Games ©Hellenic NOC

The Hellenic NOC, in cooperation with the Municipality of Acharnais and the Hellenic Olympic Winners Association, organised a celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Athens Olympic Games. Athens 2004 volunteers and staff, local residents, athletes and Olympic and Paralympic medallists came together to celebrate this milestone. A video message from the IOC President was played, while speeches were given by NOC President Spyros Capralos, Acharnais Mayor Yiannis Kassavos and Hellenic Olympic Winners Association President Voula Kozoboli.

The participants at the training session ©Guatemalan NOC

The Guatemalan NOC organised training on fair play and legal principles attended by the athletes of national sports federations and associations. The themes addressed covered fundamental human rights, freedom and equality, sports law and the law in general.

(from L to R) Tsuyoshi Aoki, Tsunekazu Takeda, 
Stefan Lindeberg and Gunilla Lindberg. ©Aflo Sport

In Tokyo, on 10 October, the Japanese and Swedish NOCs signed a partnership agreement. IOC member and Japanese NOC President Tsunekazu Takeda and Swedish NOC President Stefan Lindeberg signed the agreement, in the presence of Japanese NOC Vice-President and Secretary General Tsuyoshi Aoki and Senior Executive Board member Yasuo Saito and Swedish NOC Secretary General and IOC Executive Board member Gunilla Lindberg and CEO Peter Reinebov. The agreement includes a programme of exchanges between the athletes, officials and coaches of the two NOCs, and an exchange of marketing knowledge and information.

Visit to the ski museum in Tatranska Lomnica
 for the seminar participants. ©Slovak NOC

The NOC of Slovakia has just informed us that, in early September, an international seminar bringing together almost 30 representatives of National Olympic Academies (NOAs) (from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine) was held in the High Tatras. The aim was to present and discuss various Olympic education and promotion activities carried out by the NOAs in their respective countries. The main issues included Olympic education publications, Olympic knowledge competitions, and Olympic and sports museums. The Slovak Academy presented the concept of the international youth Olympic camps organised each summer in Slovakia with the participation of the five countries represented at this seminar. The NOC’s new project - “I love sport” - was also presented.


RIO 2016
For the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Volunteer Programme, over 100,000 application forms from 180 countries have already been received by the organisers. Some 70,000 volunteers will be selected and trained for these Games.

TOKYO 2020

The 1964 Olympians celebrated the 50th anniversary 
of the Tokyo Games ©Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

On 10 October, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 (Tokyo 2020) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Games by organising several events, and used these celebrations to build continuous momentum toward the 2020 Games. Several exhibitions opened this week, including one hosted by the Japanese NOC showcasing medals, the Olympic torch, posters and other memorabilia from the 1964 Games. Upon invitation from the Japanese NOC, several 1964 Olympians, IOC members and representatives from NOCs and IFs attended. On this occasion, the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission held its inaugural meeting as well its Advisory Meeting, for which John Coates, IOC Vice-President and Chair of the Coordination Commission for these Games, sent a video message. Tokyo 2020 also presented an outline of its refined vision for the Games to ensure the achievements of a rich legacy for the city and its citizens. The vision is entitled: “Sport has the power to change the world and the future. Japan changed in 1964. Let’s inspire the world in 2020”.


At its meeting in Berlin (Germany), the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved the first 16 sports on the programme of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, including badminton, which will make its Paralympic debut. The remaining eight sports will be added at the Board meeting at the end of next January.

In addition, Dutch sitting volleyball player Elvira Stinissen has been elected Vice-Chair of the IPC Athletes’ Council. Stinissen won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. After the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she created “Sport-Ability”, an organisation that uses sport to help people realise their potential.

With less than three months remaining until the introduction of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued nine guidelines, now accessible on www.wada-ama.org. The purpose of the guidelines is to further enhance the quality and consistency of key aspects of anti-doping programmes and to provide guidance in key areas.

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