Olympic Highlights

22 Nov 2016



Speaking in Doha (Qatar) at the XXI General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), IOC President Thomas Bach emphasised the “remarkable success” of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, which more than half the world’s population had watched. There had been record numbers of TV and digital broadcast hours, up 75% compared to the figures for the Olympic Games London 2012. President Bach also outlined that “the Games are an anchor of stability in many different respects, an anchor of stability with a commitment to our values, an anchor of stability in our relevance and an anchor of stability also with regard to financial and commercial methods.” Regarding the allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia, particularly in connection with the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, he said “If only part of the allegations are true, this would be an unprecedented attack on the Olympic Games and Olympic competitions.” He referred to the two IOC Commissions – known as the Canivet and Oswald commissions – responsible for investigating these allegations of systematic doping and sample manipulation. “These Commissions will also allow the Russian perspective to be heard, which has not been the case so far,” he said. President Bach also outlined how the Olympic Movement proposes to reform the WADA anti-doping system with far-reaching proposals.  The aim, he said, was to make the system “independent from sports organisations and national interests”. He also told the audience: “we are willing to make the investment if we have to”.

The 205 NOCs attending the ANOC General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in which ANOC praised the great success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the IOC’s decision to increase its support to the NOCs through the Olympic Solidarity fund. The ANOC resolution also reiterates its support for the IOC decision to allow the participation of clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as well as proposals from the Olympic Summit for reform of the entire anti-doping system. The resolution also calls for independent testing and sanctioning authorities; a separation of power with regard to sanctioning, meaning sanctions to be imposed independently from WADA; and the joint appointment of a neutral WADA President. (See also the “Recognised Organisations” section.)

IOC / Greg Martin

The President visited the Aspire Academy in Doha, which welcomes and trains athletes from around the world. He praised the “great commitment to sport and a great commitment to the future of youth by Qatar”.

Later on, the President visited the Emir of Qatar, Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, with whom he talked about the important role of sport in Qatar, particularly in education, in universities, giving the example of the National Day of Sport. The great success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and in particular the Refugee Olympic Team, was also discussed. They talked about future assistance programmes for refugees. ANOC President and IOC Member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was also present.

The President took part in a meeting between the Organising Committees of the next three editions of the Olympic Games, which will all be in Asia. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen cooperation between the three Committees, with a view to optimising preparations for these Games. The representatives of PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, accompanied by the Presidents of the Korean, Japanese and Chinese NOCs, also took part in the discussions, which focused on mobilisation efforts, welcome, and sharing experience and expertise. The Chairs of the Coordination Commissions for the Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020, Gunilla Lindberg and John Coates, were also present.

During his stay, the President met IOC Members Craig Reedie and Sam Ramsamy, as well as the President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti.

Several meetings with NOC presidents were also on the President’s agenda: Chile, El Salvador, Greece, Poland, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic and Somalia. During these meetings, he congratulated the NOCs on their athletes’ performances at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and their work to develop sport in their respective countries.


In Doha, IOC Vice President Uğur Erdener visited the Aspire Zone Foundation and its member organisations – Aspire Academy, Aspire Logitics and Aspetar – where he was briefed about the services provided to athletes and community members.


During the presentation of the 2016 ANOC Awards in Doha, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazilian NOC and Rio 2016 Organising Committee President, received the ANOC Award for the Success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.


Chinese journalist Gao Dianmin, a member of the IOC Press Committee (formerly the Press Commission), died on 11 November in PyeongChang (Republic of Korea), where he was attending a meeting in the framework of the world press briefing ahead of the Olympic Winter Games in 2018. During the meeting, Gao Dianmin was to have received an IOC trophy in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the Olympic Movement. He joined the Xinhua agency in 1977 and covered every edition of the Games of the Olympiad from 1984 to 2016. He also took part in the torch relays for the Games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio.

IOC / Christophe Moratal

A few weeks ago, the Medical and Scientific Commission organised the second IOC sports medicine diploma award ceremony (photo above). Commission Chair Uğur Erdener welcomed 27 of the 52 students from 13 countries who had obtained their diplomas, including four who earned a merit. Recognising the importance of medical staff to the health and performance of athletes, the Commission launched this postgraduate programme in 2013. A total of 61 other students from 16 countries have signed up for the first part of this two-year programme, which started in October 2016. And 62 students successfully concluded the first part and were offered a place for the second part starting in October 2016.



A report on the screening of the Games in Rio as part of a project at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya has just been published by the humanitarian organisation, FilmAid. Thanks to the partnership with the IOC, through Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International and Globecast, a satellite dish and two locations were identified in the camp where giant screens were set up before the start of the Games. This gave the people in Kakuma the chance to follow the Games live, and witness the participation of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team (photo above). Half of the members of this team came from the camp, which is home to 200,000 people. Read the news here and download the report here.

To help elite athletes tackle the ‘what’s next’ question, the IOC has launched an exclusive course - ‘Athlete Career Transition - Preparing for Future Success’ - on its Athlete Learning Gateway. Produced in partnership with the IOC Athlete Career Programme, this is the 20th course to be released on the free online education service – the IOC Athlete Learning Gateway - which launched last year and is aimed at Olympians, elite athletes and their coaches. Read the news here.

To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015. As part of this process, the IOC announced that 16 athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Read the news here.


IOC / Philippe Woods

On 14 November, the Olympic Museum’s collections were boosted by the donation of a new object, the prototype for the cauldron used at the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998, by its designer, Kiyoyuki Kikutake (pictured with his creation). The prototype, one-third of the size of the actual cauldron, features a mesh of different-coloured branches. The top was inclined to give the spectators in the stadium a better view of the flame. Today, the original cauldron is at the entrance to the Minami Nagano Sports Park. It is also interesting to know that Kiyoyuki Kikutake’s brother, Kiyonori, produced the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games in Nagano.

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Narinder Batra (photo) was elected President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). He succeeds Leandro Negre, who was made Honorary President. In addition, during the Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference, also held in Dubai, it was announced that, next year, the FIH will introduce a new Code of Ethics and updated anti-corruption regulations, to comply with the IOC’s new requirements in this area. The new Code foresees the creation of an FIH Ethics Panel, whose members will be selected from a pool of independent experts. Read the story here.


The International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced that the Israel Judo Association (IJA) has taken part in the Athena project, which is aimed at promoting women’s sport. On 8 November, more than 500 girls from the Arab and Jewish communities got the chance to meet their idols, Rio 2016 Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi (Kosovo), Rio 2016 bronze medallist Yarden Gerbi (Israel) and Athens 2004 Olympic champion Yvonne Bönisch (Germany) (photo above). The IJA and the IJF also organised a “judo for peace” event bringing the different communities together. Read the story here.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has unveiled the programmes for the World Aquatics Conventions 2016 and the Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic, which will be held at the same time, from 3 to 5 December 2016 in Windsor (Canada). The impressive line-up of speakers, including Michael Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, who will take part in this fourth edition of the Clinic has also been announced. In addition, the FINA World Sports Medicine Congress will take place on 3 and 4 December. More details on the events, the programme and the speakers here. Read the story here.

World Rugby has announced the details of its revised strategic plan, which is designed to support and sustain continued rugby participation and popularity growth, while protecting the sport's integrity, up to and beyond 2020. The updated plan sets out to exceed targets of the original 2009-20 strategic plan, which has so far delivered record participation, popularity and commercial growth. The new strategy is also designed to strengthen the game for all, while protecting and promoting rugby's character-building values. Publication follows extensive consultation with the global rugby community, including all member unions and regional associations. In addition, the 2017 and 2018 editions of the World Rugby Awards will be held in Monaco. Read the story here.

World Sailing

Kim Andersen (fifth from right in the photo) was elected President of World Sailing at the IF’s General Assembly at the 2016 Annual Conference held in Barcelona. Seven vice-presidents, two of them women, were also elected on this occasion. Also at the Conference, the World Sailing President’s Development Award was presented to the Secretary General of the Mozambique Sailing Federation, Helio Da Rosa, in recognition of his work and commitment to developing this sport in his own country and in Africa. Read the story on www.sailing.org


A technical delegates seminar for alpine skiing took place recently in Barcelona (Spain). The seminar brought together 150 delegates from Spain, Andorra, France and Italy to receive updates about rule changes, including the new starting order in downhill, and compare practical experiences from past seasons. The seminar was rounded out by a lecture by the French Air Force about safety and decision-making processes in aviation which can be transferred to comparable situations in alpine skiing. Read the story here on the website of the International Ski Federation (FIS).


German NOC

At the end of October, the German NOC organised a ceremony in honour of the medallists from the Olympic Games Rio 2016. They also used this opportunity to present them the Olympic participant pin. The Chef de Mission of the German Olympic delegation in Rio, Michael Vesper, presented the pins (photo above). More info at www.dosb.de.

NOC of El Salvador

The NOC of El Salvador took part in the Generation Now Festival by offering five sports: rowing, hockey, six-pin bowling, rugby and archery (photo above). The respective national sports federations organised demonstrations and mini-competitions for the young participants. The NOC also informs us that, every Friday since August, a sports management course is being run by the El Salvador Olympic Academy. A total of 130 volunteer coaches from the NGO Compassion International have taken part. Find out more on www.teamesa.org.

Gambia NOC

As part of its strategic development plan to develop capacity for member associations, The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and The Gambia Table Tennis Association (GTTA), through funding from Olympic Solidarity, recently conducted a level 1 course for table tennis coaches. The course brought together 20 participants in Kololi from 20 to 30 October (photo above). The course was held in two stages: a Coach Education Course and a training camp for the country’s most promising young players.

Six athletes have been appointed onto the British Olympic Association (BOA)’s Athletes’ Commission. In total, over 800 eligible Olympians and potential Olympians voted in the election, with 18 athletes standing for the six positions. Composed of 14 members, the Commission is chaired by Ben Hawes and includes IOC Athletes’ Commission representative Adam Pengilly. Read the news here.

Venezuelan NOC

As part of the Olympic Festival organised by the Venezuelan NOC, more than 400 children took part in an IAAF-backed run outside the NOC headquarters. The children could also try out various other disciplines such as pole vault, javelin and hurdling (photo above). More than 100 children visited the NOC headquarters and received a certificate as part of the “Olympism goes to school” programme, one of the NOC’s social programmes.


TOKYO 2020

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced that, as part of its commitment to stage sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, it is planning to use metals collected from discarded or obsolete electronic devices in the production of the medals that will be awarded to athletes at the Games. This initiative, approved by the Tokyo 2020 Board of Directors, is in line with recommendation 4 of Olympic Agenda 2020. Partner companies in the venture will be selected by the spring of 2017, after which a process for sourcing the metals will be established. Read the news here on www.tokyo2020.org.



The XXI General Assembly of ANOC, whose President is IOC Member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, came to an end this week in Doha, with the world’s 205 NOCs approving a number of resolutions which reiterated ANOC’s commitment to working in cooperation with the IOC and the entire Olympic family to build towards a brighter future for the Olympic Movement. The General Assembly applauded Rio 2016 for the way it showcased sport’s power to unite the world; however, it agreed that, while the Olympic Movement could look ahead with much confidence, reforms needed to be made. During the Assembly, the 2016 ANOC Awards have been presented to honour the best sporting achievements from the Olympic Games Rio 2016 (photo above). The ANOC Award for Inspiring Hope through Sport went to the Refugee Olympic Team, and was presented to the team’s Chef de Mission, Tegla Loroupe. Breakthrough NOC awards were also presented to the NOCs which won their first ever Olympic medal or first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio. Furthermore, Prague (Czech Republic) and Tokyo (Japan) have been confirmed as hosts of the next two editions of the ANOC General Assembly in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Find out more on www.anocolympic.org.

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