The NOC of Kosovo met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the Olympic Charter. These include the sport and technical requirements as well as the definition of “country” as defined in Rule 30.1 – “an independent State recognised by the international community.” Kosovo is recognised as a country by 108 of the 193 UN Member States.
The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations (NFs), 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. Of these, eight are full members of their respective International Federations (IFs), while the other five are provisional or associate members of their respective IFs. Full recognition of the NOC is in the interests of the athletes and should remove any uncertainty they may have. It will allow them to take part in qualifications for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in future editions of the Games.
Following final presentations by the cities of Helsinki (Finland) and Lima (Peru), the Session voted 54 to 30 for Lima to host the 130th IOC Session in 2017. The 130th IOC Session will elect the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games.
The Session approved a proposal from the IOC Executive Board (EB), in consultation with the IOC Nominations Commission, for the extension of the term of IOC membership for Gian-Franco Kasper until the end of his term of presidency at the International Ski Federation (FIS) in June 2018. The decision follows the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020 Recommendation 37, which states: “The IOC Session, upon the recommendation of the IOC Executive Board, may decide a one-time extension of an IOC member’s term of office for a maximum of four years, beyond the current age limit of 70.” Mr Kasper, who is also the President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), was set to retire from the IOC due to the age limit at midnight on 31 December.
The Session elected as IOC honorary members Jean-Claude Killy, Raja Randhir Singh, His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz, Leo Wallner, and Melitón Sánchez Rivas (from 1 January 2015). Olympic Orders were awarded to each, except for Mr Killy, who has already received the Order. All five were honoured for untiringly defending and promoting the fundamental values of sport and the Olympic Movement either as an athlete and/or a sports leader during their mandates.
HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, who decided recently not to stand again for election as President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), received a Trophy of the International Olympic Committee for her exemplary commitment to sport, its values and the Olympic Movement.
IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper provided an update on the planned consolidation of the IOC headquarters in one location in Lausanne. The concept, called “Olympic Unity House” and developed by architectural firm 3XN, ensures that the new building authentically reflects Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the role of the IOC as a catalyst for collaboration in an iconic and transparent way. Olympic Unity House is designed to be a welcoming home for IOC members and the meeting place for the entire Olympic Movement.
The IOC administration will be brought together at Olympic Unity House in a single location in Vidy, resulting in substantial long-term savings, increased working efficiency and energy conservation. With this ambitious project, the IOC aims to demonstrate leadership in terms of sustainability. The highest possible sustainability certification level will be considered, and studies are currently ongoing to define which labels are the most suitable to the new building.
Last April, the EB chose Danish firm 3XN as its architectural partner for the design of its headquarters. The choice concluded a year-long selection process that saw 118 architecture practices from around the world enter an international architecture competition launched by the IOC. Twelve projects, from four different continents, were initially shortlisted. Of those, three were then invited to further develop their concepts.
“The IOC Session was presented today with an architectural project that will allow the IOC to benefit from a modern, functional and sustainable working environment”, said the IOC Director General. “At a time when we are speaking about the future of the Olympic Movement with Olympic Agenda 2020, Olympic Unity House is a bridge between the roots of the IOC in Lausanne and our vision for the future.”