Olympic Highlights 28/06/2022

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IOC ACTIVITIES

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On 24 June, IOC President Thomas Bach chaired a meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) held remotely from Olympic House. The EB received updates on the activities of the Olympic Movement, the IOC commissions and the IOC administration, as well as reports from the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games. IOC Vice-Presidents Ser Miang Ng and John Coates were present in Lausanne.

Concerning the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the Organising Committee has been planning several upcoming events as it prepares to mark two years to go until the next Olympic Games on 26 July. With the Organising Committee continuing to transition into a more operations-focused dynamic, it explained that the Test Event calendar is expected to be finalised within the coming weeks. Updates were also provided on the progress of discussions concerning pending venue confirmations. Full details here.

The sports and event programme of the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 will include a record number of women’s events and be the most gender-balanced Olympic Winter Games edition to date, with 47 per cent female participation. The programme has been approved by the EB based on the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission, which assessed the proposals from the IFs. Read the full news release here. The Organising Committee highlighted some of the key activities undertaken in recent weeks. These included the formation of its Athletes’ Commission and the creation of a joint IOC, International Paralympic Committee and Organising Committee working group. Full details here.

In the interest of the athletes and the boxing community, the EB has decided that the boxing qualifying events and competitions at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will not be run under the authority of the International Boxing Association (IBA). Whether or not boxing will be included on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 will be discussed at a later stage. Read here the full news release.

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This year, the Olympic Day has celebrated the power of sport to bring people together in peace (#OlympicDay #MoveForPeace). On this occasion, the IOC President reiterated the role sport can play in building bridges in our divided world and in promoting global solidarity. Find out more here.

For the first time since its inauguration exactly three years earlier, Olympic House hosted an Olympic Day celebration. In his speech, President Bach said: “This Olympic Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to our values, and to renew our commitment to the Canton and the City which we call our home.”  Reflecting the fact that the theme of this year’s Olympic Day is “peace”, he continued: “As a global organisation with a peace mission, the IOC is very much concerned about the too many wars and conflicts all around the world. Therefore, on this Olympic Day, I want to reiterate the call that I made at both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Beijing to all the political leaders in the world: Give Peace a Chance.” Numerous personalities from the Canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne, as well as representatives from IFs and other sports organisations were present.

On Olympic Day, the President met Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. They discussed the close links between their two organisations and the current international situation.

The President also took part in the IOC – Olympic Capital meeting, which was attended by Lausanne Mayor Grégoire Junod and outgoing Councillors of State Philippe Leuba and Pascal Broulis. The discussions focused on various topics of mutual interest and the strong ties between the IOC and the city of Lausanne.

Before taking part in the Olympic Day festivities, the President started the Olympic Capital Run organised by the City of Lausanne. The Run from Olympic House to The Olympic Museum attracted over 1,000 participants. 

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The IOC President met French artist and hip-hop dancer Alexis “Bust” Stephens, who created a fresco entitled #BougezPourLaPaix for Olympic Day. This is now on show at The Olympic Museum.  Young influencers who are serving as ambassadors for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 also took part in Olympic Day 2022.

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Also, on Olympic Day, Olympic artist Rolf Lukaschewski and Olympic writer George Hirthler were presented with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal. The medals were presented by President Bach, in the presence of IOC Vice-Presidents Ser Miang Ng and John Coates, IOC Member Richard W. Pound, and other guests and IOC staff. The artwork of Rolf Lukaschewski, culminating with the Coubertin “Super Star” portrait, is currently on display in Olympic House. The artwork of Portuguese artist Telmo Guerra served as the backdrop for the ceremony. George Hirthler is the author of “The Idealist”, a historical novel that tells the unforgettable story of Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic dreamer and visionary. Read the full news release here.

President Bach discussed a number of Olympic topics with the Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

Addressing the participants at the European Evening of Sport held on 21 June in Brussels, Belgium, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Our mission is to make the world a better place through sport. This Olympic mission is not a political mission. This Olympic mission is a humanitarian mission. In these extremely difficult times, we all need this mission to promote peace and solidarity more than ever. Our response to the war in Ukraine is only the most recent illustration of this.” In his keynote speech, President Bach addressed the multiple existential crises that Europe is facing simultaneously, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the global pandemic and the climate crisis. He underlined the role of sport in addressing these and the numerous resulting challenges, and extended the hand of the Olympic Movement to the European Union, to work together for a more peaceful, healthy, resilient and sustainable future.

Earlier, the IOC President also held virtual meetings with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, and with the EU Commissioner responsible for sport, Mariya Gabriel. He was accompanied by Spyros Capralos, Andrew Parsons and Sergii Bubka. They discussed the further development of sport in Europe and the reaction of the IOC and the Olympic community to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army. Read the full news release about the European Evening of Sport here.

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On the following day, on 22 June, the evolution of the situation in Ukraine and the IOC’s support for the Ukrainian Olympic community were the main topics discussed by President Bach and the Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sport, Vadym Guttsait. IOC Member and Ukrainian NOC President Sergii Bubka was also present.

Attending the opening of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Aquatics Championships in Budapest (Hungary) last weekend, IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the FINA Extraordinary Congress. Congratulating FINA on its latest reforms with regard to athlete representation, the independence of its doping programme, gender equality and good governance, the IOC President emphasised the continuous need to adapt. 

President Bach said: “What was true when we started with Olympic Agenda 2020 is still true today, when we are implementing Olympic Agenda 2020+5. It means change or be changed. If we do not change in the world of sport, if we do not adapt to the new life, post-pandemic and hopefully soon post-war in Europe – and even more, hopefully post-war all over the world – if we do not take the right decisions now, if we are not pro-active in this respect, then sports and each sport will lose a lot of relevance in society, and this is something we have to take as an encouragement. Like with every crisis, we have to see it as an opportunity.” The IOC President invited FINA to join the Sports for Climate Action Framework, in which 300 sports organisations are already participating.

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Before the opening ceremony, the President was welcomed by the recently elected Hungarian President, Katalin Novák, to the Presidential Palace. The two discussed a range of topics, including the development of sport in schools and at elite level in Hungary. The IOC President was accompanied by the IOC Members in Hungary, Pál Schmitt and Daniel Gyurta, as well as the President of the NOC of Hungary, Zsolt Gyulay.

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President Bach also met with Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, during his three-day stay in Budapest. The IOC President congratulated the Prime Minister on the excellent development of sport in Hungary. The country has been and will be host to many international championships recently and in the years to come. The two leaders also discussed the geopolitical situation.

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The IOC President also met with a number of participating athletes, including Kamila Isaieva and Andrii Govorov from Ukraine, Julimar Ávila Mancia from Honduras and Kinley Lhendup from Bhutan. The two Ukrainian athletes told the President about their journey to Budapest despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, after the Russian army’s invasion of the country, and thanked the IOC for its support. Led by the IOC, the Olympic Movement is helping the athletes in Ukraine with a solidarity fund, to enable them to continue training and participating in international competitions.

While in Budapest, President Bach also met the President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer. The two men spoke about the development of judo and the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024.

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The President also met in Budapest Jenö Kamuti, the President of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP). They discussed the latest CIFP ideas to promote fair play in sport.

A number of IOC Members were present in Budapest during the first weekend of the Championships, including IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, Morinari Watanabe, Spyros Capralos, Mustapha Berraf and Sebastian Coe. Read the full news release about President’s stay in Budapest here.

At Olympic House, the President held meetings with IOC Vice-Presidents Ser Miang Ng and John Coates, and IOC Members Richard W. Pound, Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, Kirsty Coventry and Dagmawit Girmay Berhane. A wide range of Olympic topics, including the next editions of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, were discussed during the meetings.

President Bach had a telephone conversation with Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, during which they discussed the excellent cooperation between the two organisations and the next editions of the Olympic Games. Last April, CBC/Radio-Canada secured the exclusive broadcast rights in Canada for the Olympic Games from 2026 to 2032.

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The IOC President also met Marc Pritchard, the Chief Brand Officer of Worldwide Olympic Partner Procter & Gamble. President Bach gave him a tour of the IOC headquarters. During the visit, Marc Pritchard signed the IOC’s “golden book”. Together, they emphasised the excellent partnership between the two organisations and discussed their further cooperation for the upcoming editions of the Olympic Games.

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During Olympic Day, President Bach welcomed French Olympic historian Jean Durry – founder of the French National Sports Museum and author of several works on Pierre de Coubertin – to Olympic House.  

The President also took part in the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH).  

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On 21 June, the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner Visa announced Olympic speed skater Kai Verbij and the Ukrainian Paralympic team as the winners of The Visa Award for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. To recognise and celebrate The Visa Award winners, Visa has given them the opportunity to choose a charity, each of which will receive a USD 50,000 donation from Visa. Verbij and the Ukrainian Paralympic team have selected UNICEF Netherlands and the National Sports Committee for the Disabled of Ukraine, respectively. In a broader show of support for Ukrainian athletes, Visa has announced it will also donate USD 50,000 to the Olympic solidarity fund for the Ukrainian Olympic community set up by the IOC, and USD 50,000 to the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine. Full news release here.

International federations

Summer IFs

The World Athletics Council has approved several decisions on future qualification systems for championship events and for the future rotation of the World Athletics Relays. These included approving the continuation of the current qualification system structure for the World Athletics Championships and Olympic Games. See all the decisions here.

ICF

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced the appointment of experienced Olympic sports manager Richard Pettit (photo) as Secretary General. Pettit was formerly the ICF Media and Communications Manager, and returns to the Federation after five years working with the IOC to develop and implement Athlete365, portal for Olympians all over the world. More details here. In addition, the ICF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Special Olympics, to strengthen a partnership which began when paddling first appeared at the Special Olympics World Games in 2003. The MoU will ensure that the two parties work to further strengthen and provide opportunities for paddlers around the world with intellectual disabilities. More details here.

The International Association Football Federation (FIFA) published an independent report to coincide with the United Nations International Day for Countering Hate Speech on 18 June. This document highlights the problem of abuse on social media directed at footballers during international tournaments. FIFA will work with FIFPRO – the worldwide representative organisation for professional footballers – to coordinate and implement a plan on how to protect participating teams, players, officials and supporters from abuse on social media during its international tournaments. Educational support and mental health advice are to be provided for players at future FIFA tournaments. Full details here.

FINA

During its Extraordinary Congress held in Budapest during the 19th World Aquatics Championships, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) renewed and extended its partnership with the International Testing Agency (ITA) until the end of 2023. More info here. In addition, the Congress also elected members to the Aquatics Integrity Unit and adopted a new athlete policy on gender inclusion. Full details here.

ITTF

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Foundation has launched a training series in two refugee establishments in Leipzig, Germany. The eight-week training session is the pilot for a potential long-term project aiming to bring fun and physical activities to those seeking safety in a country that they have not yet called home. Full details here.

World Triathlon has announced the signing of Development Grant contracts with the five Continental Confederations for 2022. This represents a comprehensive and extensive plan that will be implemented throughout the world to support the development of athletes, coaches, technical officials, events and event organisers, and to increase the participation of women in the sport at all levels, from grassroots to elite. Detailed info here.

Winter Ifs

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has five new inductees in the World Curling Hall of Fame for 2022. The five are: the remaining three members of Canada’s Team Schmirler — Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit — who join their skip, Sandra Schmirler, after her posthumous induction in 2009; Canada’s three-time world champion, Ian Tetley; and New Zealand’s Peter Becker. Full details here.

National Olympic Committees

Georgian NOC

The Georgian NOC celebrated Olympic Day by organising various activities, including an Olympic Run. Over 4,000 youngsters from the capital, Tbilisi, and various regions of the country took part. In Tbilisi, the Run started at the Olympic Park, with the participation of Ukrainian refugees along with the local population, NOC President Leri Khabelov and other NOC members. In addition, the first session of the Advanced Sports Management Course started on 15 June at the NOC headquarters, with the support of Olympic Solidarity. Participants were welcomed by NOC First Vice-President Elguja  Berishvili and by Olympic champion in shooting Nino Salukvadze, who has competed in nine Games editions. Sports experts covered all the key issues related to the management of Olympic sports organisations. More info at www.geonoc.org.ge.

Liechtenstein Olympic Committee

Stefan Marxer has been re-elected as President of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee (LOC) for an additional term until 2026. A new LOC Board was also elected during the 29th LOC Delegates Assembly a few weeks ago in Ruggell. The delegates also unanimously approved an amendment to the statutes which included the introduction of a grassroots sports committee. In addition, following the change in the statutes, at least 30 per cent of the LOC Board members must be women and at least 30 per cent men in the future. More details here.

Moroccan NOC

To mark Olympic Day, the Moroccan NOC organised a visit to its headquarters for schoolchildren, to promote the Olympic values and talk about the benefits of practising sport. Full details on www.cnom.org.ma.

SOPC

The Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC) celebrated Olympic Day at the Prince Faisal ibn Fahd Olympic Complex. SOPC CEO Abdulaziz Alenazi attended the event, in which SOPC employees also took part.  An Olympic exhibition was held in a shopping centre at the heart of Riyadh, which included cultural and interactive activities to promote the principles and values of the Olympic Movement (move-learn-discover) and encourage all segments of society to engage in sports activities. Visitors to the exhibition were also offered souvenirs. More info at www.olympic.sa.

Organising Committees for the Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) has published its final financial report detailing its revenues and expenditures, which were balanced, and the overall financial results of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The budget was presented at Tokyo 2020’s last-ever Executive Board meeting as a formal entity, with the organisation set to cease operations and enter its final liquidation process at the end of June 2022. These financial results follow reports from the Organising Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission to the IOC Session earlier this year. Full news release here.

Paris 2024

The Carrefour Group has become a premium partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024. Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO of the Carrefour Group, and Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, signed the partnership agreement which, for the first time in the history of the Games, sees a world leader in food distribution involved in the greatest sporting event on the planet. Full news release here.

Recognised organisations

On the occasion of Olympic Day, Mustapha Berraf, an IOC Member and President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), delivered a message in which he underlines that the power of sport must first of all be the power of peace. Read the full text here.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has published the results of the fourth governance review of its member federations. The aim of the project, led by ASOIF’s Governance Task Force (GTF), is to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within the IFs and help drive continuous progress. Full details here.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the findings of a study into the sale of prohibited substances on the dark web. The year-long study was led by the WADA Intelligence and Investigations Confidential Information Unit in collaboration with the Agency’s Science Department, and Professor David Décary-Hétu from the University of Montreal’s School of Criminology in Quebec, Canada. Full news release here. In addition, the WADA has launched  “Sport Values Online,” an interactive, digital module for children engaged in sport on its Anti-Doping Education and Learning platform (ADEL) .It complements the “Sport Values in Every Classroom” toolkit for teachers that was released in October 2019. Full details here.

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