On 11 July, the IOC made a historic decision by agreeing unanimously in principle to a double allocation of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, paving the way for a "win-win-win" situation for the Olympic Movement, Los Angeles and Paris. During its meeting at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, the 130th IOC Session discussed the proposal made by the IOC Executive Board on 9 June. Following this decision, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo signalled their desire to reach an agreement by making a surprise joint appearance before the Session to thank the IOC Members. IOC President Thomas Bach called the IOC decision a "golden opportunity" for all concerned. “In our fragile world, ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years and having such certainty for planning is something extraordinary,” the IOC President said later, at a press conference with the two mayors and leaders from the two candidatures. “That is why we say this is a great day for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and it’s a great day also for these two wonderful cities, these two great Olympic cities,” he stressed. Read the complete press release here.
Also during the 130th Session, the IOC approved changes to the Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 that will reduce costs, simplify procedures and provide more assistance to NOCs and cities at every stage. The changes include two important alterations to the process timeline. The Invitation Phase will expand to a full year, giving NOCs and cities more time and more help to develop their proposals. The formal Candidature Phase will be shortened from two years to one, significantly reducing the cost of a candidature. Read the complete press release here.
Earlier in the day, the delegations of Los Angeles 2024, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Paris 2024, led by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, made outstanding and emotional presentations at the 2024 Candidate City Briefing. The Candidate City Briefing 2024 came just a few days after the release of the report by the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024. By providing a full assessment of the two projects, the report reflects the dynamism of these two world-class cities and gives credit to the work undertaken by both teams, while underlining the close collaboration with the IOC throughout the evaluation process. Read the complete press release here.
After the presentation, the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024, chaired by IOC Member Patrick Baumann, took questions from the IOC Members and the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Summer Federations.
The Los Angeles 2024 delegation, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Paris 2024 delegation, led by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, were welcomed by IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The day before the Candidate City Briefing 2024 and the 130th IOC Session, both delegations enjoyed a specially curated display from The Olympic Museum’s collection on the Olympic history of Los Angeles and Paris. This was followed by a meeting with the IOC Executive Board. The Mayor of Los Angeles and the French President both signed the IOC’s Golden Book at the conclusion of their visit. In the evening, both delegations, Los Angeles 2024 and Paris 2024, were welcomed to a dinner with the IOC members. Read the complete press release here.
On 12 July, the Candidate Cities showcased their Olympic projects via exhibition booths. This was a good opportunity for IOC Members to find out more about each bid in a more intimate and informal way. President Bach and the IOC Executive Board also visited the exhibitions, and had talks with the candidature leaders.
While in Lausanne, the IOC Members also had the opportunity to visit the construction site of the IOC’s new headquarters in Vidy, along with the IOC President and IOC Executive Board.
The IOC published its 2016 Annual Report, following the IOC Members’ approval of the 2016 Financial Statements during the 130th Session. This third annual report, entitled IOC Annual Report 2016 – Credibility, sustainability and youth, is a direct result of Recommendation 29 of Olympic Agenda 2020 to “increase transparency”. In addition to describing the activities of the IOC during 2016, it also incorporates the audited financial statements for 2016. In the interests of full transparency and disclosure, the financial statements are prepared and audited according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), even though the IOC is not legally obliged to comply with these more stringent standards. Read the complete press release here.
Before the 2024 Candidate Cities Briefing and the 130th IOC Session, President Bach chaired a meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 9 and 10 July.
With 240 days to go, Executive Vice President Jae-Youl Kim of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee and Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, presented their respective reports on the status of preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The IOC President and Coordination Commission Chair reported on their meeting with the newly elected President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, on 3 July at the Blue House in Seoul. POCOG was able to point to the new President’s consistently strong support for the Games since his election.
The EB heard updates from Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, and John Coates, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission. The EB confirmed the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture as a venue for the football competitions. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee also reinforced its commitment to finding further efficiencies in its budget.
Alexander Zhukov, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, gave an update on the latest activities and preparations. Following the 2nd Coordination Commission meeting in June, it was noted that the quality of the reports delivered demonstrated the strength of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee.
As far as the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 are concerned, the Organising Committee (BAYOGOC) continues its public engagement activities, and has already organised more than 1,000 Youth Engagement Activities throughout the city. The IOC and BAYOGOC continue to work closely on the urban park project, which they hope will be a pilot for creating a completely new kind of event, in partnership with the IFs.
The EB approved the addition of Ski Mountaineering to the programme of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. The EB also approved the overall list of events on the Lausanne 2020 programme, as well as athlete quotas and age groups. The confirmed event programme means that full gender balance will be achieved for the first time at a Winter Olympic event, with the highest number of women’s events and women competing at the Winter YOG ever. This gender equality reflects what was previously achieved for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, and the significant steps announced last month in the programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Read the complete press release here.
On the issue of protecting clean athletes, the EB approved in principle the business plan of the Independent Testing Authority and its funding model up to 2020. The EB also approved the Anti-Doping Rules for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
The EB approved the candidacies of six winter sports athletes for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections, which will be held during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 next February. The IOC Athletes’ Commission joined the EB for a joint meeting to discuss the development and implementation of their future strategy. Read the complete press release here.
Further to a proposal from the Athletes’ Entourage Commission, the EB approved the creation of the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards. The annual awards will recognise one retired female coach and one retired male coach who have participated in at least one edition of the Olympic Games for outstanding achievements and contributions on and off the field of play to athletes’ lives and to the Olympic Movement.
The EB also discussed the IOC’s commitment to helping refugees around the globe. The IOC is discussing a potential Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020, and is reinforcing its efforts with the United Nations, in particular with UNHCR, in refugee camps around the world. The NOC of Qatar has announced that it will make a donation to the IOC refugee programmes, as will the NOC and government of Liechtenstein. Discussions with a number of other governments are under way.
Elsewhere, Honorary IOC President Jacques Rogge has decided for personal reasons not to accept an extension of his mandate as special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Youth, Refugees and Sport, which ended on 30 June.
Professor Didier Cossin from the IMD presented the findings of the IMD Good Governance Review of the IOC. Professor Cossin described the IOC’s governance as solid and healthy. “We view the IOC as the leaders of the sports world and governance. At the same time, this is always challenged,” he said, adding that it was “a values-based organisation that already has the right culture but still has space for improvement.” The report made preliminary recommendations on how to improve structures and processes for governance practices at the IOC, as well as recommendations for longer-term transformation of governance practices. Read the complete press release here.
During the meetings in Lausanne, the IOC President met with the four IOC Vice Presidents, John Coates, Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch and Uğur Erdener. He has also held meetings with IOC Members, René Fasel, Syed Shahid Ali, Chang Ung, Tsunekazu Takeda and Mamadou Ndiaye as well as with IOC Honorary Member Vitaly Smirnov.
With Támas Aján, President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and IOC Honorary Member, the plans of the Federation to strengthen the fight against doping were discussed.
The Executive Board of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage held a meeting this week with the participation of IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge.
The IOC President met the new president of the Hungarian NOC, Krisztian Kulcsar, in the company of IOC Member Pál Schmitt. They discussed the implementation of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the forthcoming Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, and President Bach’s visit to Budapest for the swimming World Championships.
The IOC President welcomed a delegation from the NOC of Venezuela, led by its President, Eduardo Álvarez, accompanied by Secretary General Elida Párraga de Álvarez and first Vice-President Marcos Oviedo. They discussed the situation of sport in the country, various NOC development projects, the importance of the fight against doping, Olympic Solidarity programmes and the Olympic Channel (see also under “NOCs”).
The President met the President of World Taekwondo, Choue Chungwon, who had welcomed him during his recent visit to the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju (Republic of Korea).
Discussions between World Sailing President Kim Andersen and the IOC President focused on the preparations for the sailing competitions at the next Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
At his meeting with the President of the World Underwater Federation (CMAS), Anna Arzhanova, the President discussed Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly the recommendations on the Olympic programme.
In the evening of 6 July the President attended the Athletissima athletics meet in Lausanne.
Tsunekazu Takeda was re-elected for a further two-year term as President of the Japanese NOC at the NOC’s annual general assembly at the beginning of July (see also under “NOCs”).
Gerardo Werthein was re-elected President of the Argentine NOC for a four-year term (2017–2021) (see also under “NOCs”).
New TOP Partner Alibaba Group organised its first “Alibaba Olympic Day” on 23 June at the Alibaba Xixi campus in Hangzhou (People’s Republic of China). An internal communication campaign was launched throughout the group to promote the Olympic spirit. A range of activities were organised, including exhibitions, a keep-fit campaign and sports competitions. More info at www.alizila.com.
The IOC Medical and Scientific Commission has opened applications for its research fund, in line with its mission to support and protect clean athletes. The Commission is looking for multi-centre collaborative projects which aim to deliver research in the areas of injury and illness prevention, as well as anti-doping research for the protection of clean athletes. These proposals should have the potential to directly benefit Olympic athletes. Read the complete press release here.
OTHER OLYMPIC NEWS
On 10 July, the IOC has awarded exclusive broadcast rights to DStv SuperSport, Econet Media and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games in 2024 in a city yet to be selected. Read the complete press release here.
In the framework of the fourth edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme, the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC), with the help of its Grant Selection Committee, has selected seven research projects, underlining their academic quality and significance with respect to the priority fields of research identified by the IOC. These grants will allow the researchers to carry out their research projects, benefit from exchanges with the IOC administration and, if relevant, consult the OSC’s archives and resources in Lausanne. The results of their research must be submitted in June 2018. The complete list of awards can be found here.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The very first workshop for national federations in South-East Asia took place at the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) Singapore office on 7 July. The President of FIBA Asia, Sheikh Saud Al-Thani, welcomed the 32 delegates from 10 federations (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). The purpose of the workshop was to determine key activities for the region over the next three years. Read more here.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) “Year of Africa” continues its journey across the continent. On 1 July the “Year of Africa Truck” arrived in South Africa, where it will remain for three weeks. The aim of the project is to elevate boxing as a whole, from its administration to its practice in the ring. South Africa will host representatives of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Zimbabwe for the courses, helping to contribute to a broader raising of standards among the extended AIBA family. A South African boxing legend and the country’s flag-bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games, Masibulele ‘The Hawk’ Makepula is an Ambassador for this three-week leg of the project. Read more here.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that a total of 183 national federations are represented at the 17th World Championships in Budapest from 14 to 30 July. More than 2,300 athletes are taking part in events in the six disciplines governed by FINA. Shortly after the conclusion of the World Championships, the FINA World Masters Championships will kick off, also in Budapest, welcoming almost 9,500 sports enthusiasts between 7 and 20 August. More info at www.fina.org.
The first World Rugby/Philippines Rugby Football Union coaching courses to be run outside Manila took place from 10 to 12 June in Davao, the largest city in Mindanao Province. Over 65 beginner and intermediate level coaches took part in courses covering Get Into Rugby and other coaching programmes. The course, supported by the NOC of the Philippines through the Olympic Solidarity framework, doubled as a pilot programme to host similar courses in other regional cities in the country. As the Asian region prepares for Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, rugby activities in the Philippines will help grow the game in terms of numbers and technical knowledge and create a positive legacy for the game in Asia. Read more here.
The World Karate Federation (WKF) Olympic Planning Commission met this past week in Umag (Croatia) to discuss the next steps ahead of karate’s debut in the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Topics on the agenda of the meeting, chaired by WKF President Antonio Espinós, included a review of the qualification system and the process to be eligible to participate in Buenos Aires 2018. It was also agreed at the meeting that a new WKF Ranking Commission would be created to deal with all the issues concerning the WKF rankings and their implementation in the Olympic qualification process. Read more here.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 23 June the NOC of Argentina held an electoral assembly for the 2017–2021 period. Council members representing the national sports federations affiliated to the NOC were elected, along with members of the executive committee. For further details, see www.coarg.org.ar.
The Brazilian NOC has launched a new campaign for the Brazilian team based on the values of respect, attitude, courage and unity, and on the personal stories of athletes. The objective is to bring athletes and fans closer together, strengthen the Team Brazil brand and help create the idols of Brazilian sport. The campaign, whose slogan is “Our team is Brazil”, will be focused on Team Brazil’s digital channels, and other media and television outlets. The second stage of the campaign will show the stories of some athletes and how the values they carry help to build Team Brazil. Fans will also be able to tell their personal stories involving the values portrayed in the campaign. More info on www.cob.org.br.
From 16 June to 1 July the NOC of Cape Verde commemorated Olympic Day. A variety of activities were organised on every island to promote the Olympic spirit. Athletics events, women’s basketball and the traditional Olympic Day Run were on the programme. The highlight of the event was the 2017 edition of the M-Olympics, with nearly 500 children taking part in a range of sports activities on São Nicolão island. The aim of the M-Olympics programme is to raise children’s awareness of gender equality in sport. More info on www.coc.cv.
The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee staged a flag presentation ceremony for the Chinese Taipei Delegation to the 10th World Games in Wroclaw (Poland). Prime Minister Lin Chuan presented the NOC flag to Lin Hong-Dow, NOC President and head of the delegation, in the presence of delegation members, representatives of the education and foreign affairs ministries and national sports federations. Before the ceremony, the 67 athletes and officials travelling to Wroclaw were given an orientation presentation. Info on www.tpenoc.net.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has informed us that Andrew Steele, Rob Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney, Team GB’s men’s 4x400m relay team from 2008, have received their Olympic bronze medals for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The medals were awarded following the disqualification of the Russian relay team for a positive doping control. The ceremony was held in the London Stadium during the Müller Anniversary Games on 9 July. Read the full story here.
Greece’s Olympic Day celebrations concluded in 3 July with a day of activities at the Skaramangas refugee camp. The Hellenic Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Truce Centre and the Hellenic Olympic Academy gave an interactive presentation of Olympic and Paralympic sports to children and teenagers aged 6–18 years. They were accompanied by Olympic medallists, champions and coaches, as will as the minister of migration policy, Ioannis Mouzalas. The children created their own Olympic flags and painted a “tree of peace”. Commemorative diplomas were distributed to participants. Read more on www.hoc.gr.
The Japanese NOC has announced the composition of its executive committee for the financial period 2017–2019. The decision was taken on 27 June at the annual assembly of the NOC board, which was followed by an executive committee meeting on 4 July. In line with Recommendation 11 of Olympic Agenda 2020, the number of women on the committee has been doubled compared with the previous term. More info on www.joc.or.jp.
On 24 June, Olympic Day was celebrated in the city of San Cristóbal, 30 km from Santo Domingo. The mayor of the city, Nelson Guillén, presented a resolution declaring the leaders of the NOC of the Dominican Republic, who led the celebration, “distinguished guests”. The programme of festivities included a run through the city centre, a tree-planting ceremony and a conference on “The history of women in sport”, organised by the NOC’s women and sport commission. The celebrations were organised by an NOC commission, through Olympic Solidarity and in cooperation with the Sports Union of San Cristóbal Province. More info at www.colimdo.org.
A delegation from the Venezuelan NOC made a visit to Lausanne from 5 to 7 July, and held working meetings at the IOC headquarters with several IOC departments. The NOC’s projects and programmes were presented by NOC President Eduardo Álvarez, accompanied by Secretary General Elida Párraga de Álvarez and first Vice-President Marcos Oviedo. They also discussed implementing projects to promote the Venezuelan Olympic Movement for the period up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. During their stay in Lausanne, the delegation also met representatives of the International Federations of boxing, canoeing, judo, baseball/softball and triathlon.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Bank of China (BOC) became the Official Partner of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 (Beijing 2022) on 13 July. Zhang Jiandong (Vice-Mayor of Beijing and Vice-Executive President of Beijing 2022) and Chen Siqing (Governor of the BOC) signed the partnership document. The BOC is the first Official Partner for Beijing 2022 after Beijing 2022 launched its marketing programme in February 2017. Read the full news release here.