Olympic Highlights

24 Feb 2015
IOC News



In the framework of the “Olympic Games: Behind the Screen” exhibition at the Olympic Museum, IOC President Thomas Bach stressed the importance of film and broadcasting to promote the Olympic Games and the Olympic values around the world. As the IOC President put it, “Increasingly, images are the shared international language of today. This is even more the case with the younger generation. It is those young people that we have to reach if the Olympic Movement and our values are to prosper. If we are to connect with a new generation of spectators, a new generation of potential athletes, if we are to get the couch potatoes off the couch, we must make these images work for all of us.” President Bach also praised IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge for his foresight in beginning such an important project of digitisation and archiving of tens of thousands of hours of videos and hundreds of thousands of photographs. In addition, 40 official Olympic Films have been restored and are now available in their original format and language. These assets will form a central pillar of the broadcasting on the Olympic Channel, one of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. (See also the “Olympic Museum” section.)

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The President has met IOC Member Camiel Eurlings, with whom he discussed various subjects linked to the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

José Perurena, IOC Member and President of the International Canoeing Federation (ICF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA), discussed preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the IOC President and the close cooperation between the IOC and the World Games Association in the follow-up of the respective recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020.


The IOC President received the International Fencing Federation (FIE) President, Alisher Usmanov, to discuss various topics of common interest including the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 concerning the Olympic Channel.

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The Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), Donald Fehr, accompanied by IOC Member and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President Rene Fasel, visited the IOC President. The subjects they discussed included the preparations for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the participation of NHL players.

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The IOC President has met the President of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC), Riccardo Fraccari, accompanied by IOC Member Reynaldo González López and IOC Honorary Member Melitón Sánchez Rivas, to discuss the Olympic programme in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its recommendations.

The IOC President and Honorary President were welcomed by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke in Vevey at the Nestlé headquarters. The subjects discussed included the good relations between the IOC and Nestlé and research in the field of nutrition and physical activity.

President Bach’s diary this week also included a meeting of Executive Committee of the Olympic Museum Foundation, which the IOC Honorary President also attended.

The IOC President attended the diploma award ceremony organised by the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) at The Olympic Museum. Speaking on this occasion, he reminded the future sports managers that “the world of sport has entered a new era. The sports industry is more complex and global than ever before. This means that, more than ever, it needs the expertise of talented, well trained and determined individuals. You are obtaining your diplomas at a time when the world needs the positive power of sport.”

From 23 February to 1 March, President Bach will be in Rio de Janeiro, where he will be chairing the IOC Executive Board meeting. Details in the next edition of the Olympic Highlights.


© IOC / Arnaud Meylan

On 16 and 17 February, the Olympic Museum Foundation presented the IOC’s audiovisual patrimony, which bears witness to a century of culture and sport. This was an opportunity to celebrate the success of the IOC’s audiovisual patrimony restoration and digitisation programme, on which the IOC has worked for the last 10 years, but also to open a new exhibition “Olympic Games: Behind the Screen” which tells the story of Olympic broadcasting on radio and television, as well as looking at how the Games will be experienced in the future. This event was attended by the IOC President and several leading figures from the audiovisual world: Kevin Brownlow, film-maker and winner of an Academy Honorary Award; Daryl Goodrich and Caroline Rowland, who directed the official film of the 2012 Games in London; Sergei Miroshnichenko, who directed the official film of the 2014 Games in Sochi; Jan Müller, President of the International Television Archives Federation (FIAT); Jim Owens, Scientific Commissioner of the exhibition and Dean of the School of Communication Arts at Asbury University in Wilmore, USA; and OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos. The master of ceremonies was Olympic champion and BBC presenter Jonathan Edwards. Readers will remember that, in 2014, The Olympic Museum won the Grand Prize of the International Council of Museums’ International Committee for Audiovisual and New Technologies of Image and Sound (AVICOM) in recognition of the integration and innovative use of audiovisual archives and multimedia technologies in its permanent exhibitions.




The International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced the death of Dutch double Olympic champion Wim Ruska on 14 February, at the age of 74. In Munich in 1972, he won gold in both the heavyweight and open classes. World champion twice and European champion on seven occasions, he is considered as the Netherlands’ second greatest ever judoka after Anton Geesink. After his competition career, he became a coach. Nicknamed “Tarzan of the tatami”, he was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame in Rio in 2013. Details on www.ijf.org.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has officially recognised the Kosovo Swimming Federation, which has become the 208th FINA Member. The decision was made after the recent approval of affiliation by the FINA Bureau. Details on www.fina.org.

The President of the International Table Tennis Federation (IITF), Thomas Weikert, has announced that he is stepping down as President of the German Table Tennis Association on 10 March this year, after 10 years in this role. Weikert officially became ITTF President on 1 September 2014. Details on www.ittf.com.


As part of its efforts to promote women’s participation in the sport, the Spanish Basque Pelota Federation, through its Women and Sport Commission, and in collaboration with the International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV), has created various activities to promote entrepreneurial skills and personal motivation. In this connection, an exhibition on the female pioneers of Basque pelota, entitled “Habilidades emprendedoras y personales de las Mujeres Pelotaris, pioneras del deporte”, will be held from 26 to 28 February at the seat of the Higher Council of Sport in Madrid. Details on www.fipv.net.


Mustapha Berraf (left.) and Alejandro Blanco © Algerian NOC

Responding to an invitation from the President of the Algerian NOC (COA), Mustapha Berraf, his Spanish NOC (COE) counterpart, Alejandro Blanco, undertook a working visit to Algiers from 9 to 11 February. On this occasion, a cooperation and exchange agreement was signed by both parties. At the COA headquarters, national sports federation presidents talked to the COE President about cooperation allowing athletes from the two countries to prepare jointly for major international competitions, and about training and exchanges between coaches and experts. The programme also included a meeting with Algerian Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi, and a visit to the new elite athlete training centre in Souidania-Alger. Details on www.coalgerie.com and www.coe.es.

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The Canadian NOC informs us that Dylan Armstrong (pictured left) has received his bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, which he was awarded following the disqualification of Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus for a positive doping control. The IOC had announced the reallocation of the medal to Armstrong in August 2014. The ceremony was held in Kamloops, British Columbia, Armstrong’s home town, in the presence of his family and numerous members of the public, including NOC President Marcel Aubut. He was presented with the medal by Hayley Wickenheiser, an IOC member and Olympic ice hockey champion. This also makes Dylan Armstrong the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in a throwing event since the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Details on www.olympic.ca.

Selfie by Andreas Wellinger with the three winners. © DOSB/Picture Alliance, Torsten Silz

The German NOC (DOSB) has awarded the title of Elite Sports Pupil of 2014 to Andreas Wellinger, Olympic ski jump champion in Sochi. In a poll, he beat diver Tina Punzel and triathlete Laura Lindemann. Andreas Wellinger received the award from DOSB Vice-President Ole Bischof, Olympic judo champion in 2008 and silver medallist in 2012. A total of 43 elite sports pupils who attend one of the 43 elite sports schools of the country were nominated for the nationwide award. This year, three prizes were awarded for the first time, because of the large number of highly talented young athletes. Details on www.dosb.de.

(From left to right) Paulo Cesar Villar, Danilo Caro, Sandra Sepúlveda, Jorge Hugo Giraldo and  Andres Jimenez. © Colombian NOC

Former 110m hurdler Paulo Cesar Villar has been appointed to represent the athletes on the Executive Committee of the Colombian NOC. The NOC Athletes’ Commission ratified this nomination at its 16 February meeting at the NOC headquarters. Villar was supported by his Commission colleagues, footballer Sandra Sepúlveda, shooter Danilo Caro, gymnast Jorge Hugo Giraldo and BMX rider Andres Jimenez, who were all elected last November at the Central America and Caribbean Games in Veracruz. Their term of office runs until the end of 2016. Details on www.coc.org.co.

Alejandro Blanco (right) and Pere Robert. © Spanish NOC

On 17 February, Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco presented the NOC’s Olympic insignia to water polo legend Pere Robert. Robert captained the national team at three editions of the Olympic Games, and played for the national team more than 300 times. After his sports career, he remained with the Spanish swimming federation as men’s team delegate at several Olympic Games and world and European championships, then as Vice-President for Sport, a function he still holds today. Details on www.coe.es.

© Jordanian NOC

The Jordanian NOC celebrated World Radio Day on 13 February by officially launching a partnership with two radio stations, Radio Hala and Bliss 104.3FM (pictured above). This partnership will help spread sports news across the country and provide a platform for the NOC’s “Living Sport” communications plan, which encourages sports participation throughout Jordan. The stations will air weekly sports shows featuring all of the latest sports news in Jordan, regular competitions and exclusive live interviews with athletes. Details on www.joc.jo.

© Ukrainian NOC

The Presidents of the Polish and Ukrainian NOCs, Andrzej Kraśnicki (right of photo) and Sergey Bubka (left of photo), recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation during a ceremony held at Olympic House, the Ukrainian NOC headquarters in Kiev. Also attending were the Ambassador of Poland in Ukraine, Henryk Litwin; Poland’s NOC Secretary General Adam Krzesiński; Poland’s NOC Director of Olympic Logistics and International Relations Marzenna Koszewska; as well as the Ukrainian NOC Vice-Presidents and Executive Board members. The agreement covers coaching and sports exchanges, the organisation of training camps, and participation by athletes from the two countries in competitions in both Ukraine and Poland. The exchange of experience and innovations in sports medicine, sports science, doping prevention and sports venue management are also included in the agreement. More details at www.noc-ukr.org and www.olimpijski.pl.

© Venezuelan NOC

The Venezuelan NOC successfully organised the first of its days devoted to environmental protection and recycling, a project created by its Sport and Environment Commission. Clean-ups were undertaken at various points on the Venezuelan coast, and at some of them the NOC was represented, including by its President, Eduardo Alvarez Camacho. Numerous Olympic athletes also took part in this awareness-raising campaign, including Yulimar Rojas (high jump), Bárbara Moya and Daniel Flores (windsurfing). This campaign is part of the Olympic Solidarity and Pan-American Olympic Solidarity projects. Sports activities were also organised for the inhabitants of the communities concerned.


TOKYO 2020

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Tokyo 2020) has announced the signing of three new Gold Partners for its marketing programme. Canon Inc. becomes the official Still Cameras and Desktop Reprographic Hardware supplier; with NEC Corporation for the Specialist Public Safety Equipment and Software and Network Equipment categories; with Fujitsu Limited for the Data Centre Hardware category. Details on www.tokyo2020.com.


SportAccord has announced a new partnership with the international Work In Sports Exhibition (WISE). The second edition of WISE will be held on 6 and 7 May 2015 in Lausanne, and will feature an active showcase of the soon-to-be-launched SportAccord Academy. Also on this occasion, SportAccord will unveil its first massive online open course (MOOC), free of charge to participants. The MOOC will offer the chance to gain greater insight into the workings of the sports federations and their activities. Details on www.sportaccord.com.

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