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From 16. until 18. November IOC President Thomas Bach was in Tokyo for his first visit since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his visit, President Bach was accompanied by the IOC Vice-President and Chair of the Coordinating Commission, John Coates, and the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yasuhiro Yamashita. Also present were IOC member Morinari Watanabe, who is also President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG); IOC honorary member Chiharu Igaya; and Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and Toshiro Muto, CEO.
IOC President Thomas Bach had on Monday the 16th. November, his first meeting with the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo. The two heads of state and government met in the official residence of the Prime Minister, the Kantei, only nine months before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. During the meeting, both heads of state and government announced their determination to hold safe Olympics for the next year. Prime Minister Suga assured President Bach: « Our determination is to have successful and safe games in Tokyo next summer to prove that humanity has defeated the virus. « President Bach added: » We share the Prime Minister’s strong commitment that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place next year. We firmly believe that safe Olympics will be a symbol of solidarity and unity. He continued, « We have a number of measures against the COVID virus and, together with our Japanese friends and partners, we will ensure that these games are a light at the end of the dark tunnel we are in. ». «
The IOC president later met the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike. She told him: « We are determined to work with the IOC to host safe Olympic Games. Not only will we achieve cost reductions, but we will also leave behind a new model for future generations of organizing the Games. «
Before President Bach attended the project review at the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee headquarters, he was at the Japanese Olympic Museum, where he awarded former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the Olympic Medal in Gold. President Bach praised the former Prime Minister for his commitment to the Olympic movement. « With your unwavering belief in the power of sport, it is no exaggeration to say that you have made a special friendship with the Olympic community. «
On Tuesday the 17th. , the IOC President’s visit to Tokyo began with a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was also in the Japanese capital. The Prime Minister and IOC President discussed and agreed on the important role of sport both during the coronavirus crisis and in recovery from the crisis. They also discussed the unifying mission of the IOC and the Olympic Games and agreed on the need for political neutrality for the IOC and the Games. Prime Minister Morrison reiterated the Australian Government’s full support for Queensland’s candidacy for the 2032 Olympics.
After the meeting, President Bach made his way to the impressive Olympic village on the water. President Bach has already named Tokyo the best-prepared Olympic city. He met three-time Olympic and Japanese triathlon champion Ueda Ai, Paralympic badminton player Satomi Sarina, and Chida Kenta, a fencer and the vice chairman of the Athletes’ Commission of the Japanese Olympic Committee, and the group could see one of the apartments where the athletes will play Stay during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Later the three athletes accompanied the IOC president into the dining room. The next stop was the magnificent Olympic Stadium, where the President had the opportunity to run on the running track. The stadium was designed by Kengo Kuma, who was also on the jury for the construction of the Olympic House in Lausanne.
President Bach ended the day with a rendezvous with the Olympic Flame at the Japanese Olympic Museum. He was joined by a number of athletes from Japan and several Olympic scholars from around the world. Ono Shohei, a judoka, and Kimura Keiichi, a Paralympic swimmer, both Japanese, were accompanied by scholarship holder Elvismar Rodríguez from Venezuela, also judoka, and Carlos Yulo, an artistic gymnast from the Philippines. Full press release here.
During his time in Tokyo, President Bach met Akio Toyoda, President of the world’s top partner Toyota Motor Corporation. Masaaki Tsuya, chairman of the world’s top partner Bridgestone; Kazuhiro Tsuga, CEO of the world’s top partner Panasonic Corporation; Naomi Kawase, the director of the 2020 Tokyo Official Film; and the German ambassador to Japan, Ina Lepel.
Meetings with Kyodo News and the Japanese Consortium, as well as a dinner hosted by Tokyo 2020 President Mori, were also on the President’s agenda. He also met the Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Seiko Hashimoto, and the Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Koichi Hagiuda.
The important role sport can play in helping the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the call by world governments to include sport in their post-COVID-19 recovery plans was emphasized by President Bach in his keynote address on video at a high-level conference of the European Commission entitled « The sport sector’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis: the way forward ». After an opening speech by Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, in which she spoke about how sport can also contribute to the economic development and social inclusion of Europe, President Bach emphasized the positive effects sport can have on them can have main areas. IOC member Marisol Casado also took part in the discussions and spoke about the direct support the IOC has offered to organizations, IFs and athletes within the crisis-hit Olympic movement. Full press release here.
In a video message to the conference of the National Olympic Committees of the G20, which was held practically in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Bach said, « As countries around the world begin the long road to recovery from the pandemic, this one The conference also sends another important message: the world of sport is ready to help rebuild the world after the coronavirus. « The conference was titled » The Olympic Movement During and After the Coronavirus Pandemic « . . (See also under « NOCs »).
IOC member Narinder Dhruv Batra, who is also President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH), was honored with the Capital Foundation’s 2020 National Award at the Capital Foundation’s 2020 annual virtual & Awards on 15. November. Batra has been recognized for his unparalleled and selfless contribution to sports over four decades. Info here.
For the first time since February 2020, IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordinating Commission Chairman John Coates returned to Japan with the IOC President for the Joint IOC, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Tokyo 2020 Project Review. The meetings that took place between 16. and 18. November, confirmed the unreserved commitment of all partners to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games for a world after the corona next year. All parties agreed on the importance of clear and timely communication over the coming months with a project to develop a series of playbooks that were outlined during the sessions. These are drawn up by the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 and serve as guidelines for each stakeholder group. They contain important information about the actions that are being taken and what they mean for the gaming experience. A key element in these playbooks is details on COVID-19 countermeasures. Full press release here.
The Organizing Committee of IOC, IPC and Beijing 2022 completed a virtual joint project review to discuss achievements, future milestones and COVID-19 countermeasures. The meetings took place on Jan.. and 20. November in the presence of the chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022, Juan Antonio Samaranch. One of the most important steps in these meetings was the agreement of all game delivery partners to form a COVID-19 countermeasures working group. As for the contest venues, Beijing 2022 reported that they are all on track to be completed by the end of this year. The importance of regular communication was also highlighted during the project review. In addition, the adapted sports testing program was discussed following the recent joint decision by Beijing 2022, the International Winter Olympic Federations, the IOC and the IPC. In this regard, good cooperation was recognized as this step is fully in line with the spirit of the 2020 Olympic Agenda and its new norm. Full press release here.
The IOC and Airbnb were awarded a prestigious sports industry award one year after the start of their large global Olympic partnership. The Deal of the Year Award recognizes the innovative nature of the partnership, which has already launched hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic online experiences on the Airbnb platform, as well as a five-day virtual festival in July that helped bring the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games with fans around the world following Tokyo 2020 postponement due to COVID-19 pandemic. Full press release here.
During his meeting on Nov.. On November 17th, the Steering Committee of the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) approved its governance guidelines, which set out the principles and procedures of the partnership. In accordance with the guidelines, the Government of Canada has been appointed as the new chairman and the IOC has been appointed vice chairman for a two-year term. In addition, a number of organizations and institutions were confirmed as members of the Presidium. The Steering Committee was also briefed on the activities of the four IPACS Task Forces, which have continued to meet virtually to carry out their 2020 work plan. and it was right on the roadmap for the next two years. Read more here.
The IOC Olympic Studies Center (OSC) has published the 2021/2022 edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Program. The main objective of this program is to promote advanced research from the humanities or social sciences point of view by established researchers on topics set annually by the IOC. For the new edition, a total of 16 priority research areas have been identified that deal with the most important areas of activity of the IOC. The full list of topics and other details can be found here. The Advanced Olympic Research Grant Program is one of the two research programs of the OSC, the main mission of which is to facilitate research and foster dialogue between the IOC and the academic community. Discover the OSC collections in the Olympic World Library (OWL), the OSC library catalog devoted exclusively to Olympic knowledge.
The International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have released the ninth edition of the International Basketball Migration Report, a seasonal insight into migration trends and tendencies in sport around the world. This edition shows a record number of transfers with a total of 8. 900 transfers for the 2019-2020 season, on which 7. 371 players were involved. Complete information here.
Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact on football, the International Association Football Federation’s Office has made a number of decisions related to FIFA competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 and the youth tournaments for women planned for 2020. Read the decisions here.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has completed the preparation of the certification program for artistic swimming coaches, which is intended to offer progressive learning opportunities to all those interested in this area. The program consists of an online part (theory) and face-to-face events and is divided into three levels.
This program was developed in collaboration with the Institute for Swimming (GBR), the FINA Artistic Swimming Coaches Committee and the Spanish, Canadian, US and South African associations. This course and a number of other certification programs are regularly updated by water professionals and are all available on the FINA learning platform. More information at www. fina. org.
World Archery announced that on Jan.. and 22. November 2020 more than 2. 800 archers from 79 countries have registered for the first online stage of the Indoor Archery World Series. The next stages will take place on 19. and 20. December 2020, on 16. and 17. January 2021 and on 13. and 14. February 2021. The final round will take place on 27. and 28. February 2021. Complete information here.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced the launch of an Adaptive Surf Instructor Certification program that will create a global standard, guidelines, and best practices for teaching adaptive surfers. The program will officially be launched via a virtual delivery from Jan.. until 11. Started December 2020 and is available to people who already have experience teaching adaptive surfing and participating in an adaptive surfing or surfing therapy program. More details here.
On 20. On November 11th, on the occasion of the start of the United Through Sports (UTS) virtual youth festival 2020, which coincided with the United Nations World Children’s Day, Riccardo Fraccari, President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), underlined in a message the importance and responsibility of the global Baseball softball community for improving young people’s access to the sport while promoting the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect. Read the full news here.
At a meeting on Jan.. November in Algiers, the members of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Algerian NOC unanimously approved the financial and activity reports for 2019 and elected two new members to the Executive Committee. They also approved the action plan and budget projection for 2020 and officially accepted the Algerian Triathlon Federation as a member of the NOC assembly. 54 of the 89 members of the assembly attended the meeting. More details here.
The 25 members of the Athletes Commission of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for the Paris 2024 cycle have been elected. The election broke electoral records with a total of 374 athletes taking part in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and / or PyeongChang 2018. This participation corresponds to 66 percent of the total number of eligible athletes. The number is more than double what it was in 2016, when 170 athletes voted (just over 27 percent of the total). . All the details here. In addition, the COB is launching an official streaming channel, the Brazilian Olympic Channel, which is scheduled for December. In cooperation with TV NSports, the COB offers the Brazilian Olympic Confederations the live broadcast of at least one annual event on their calendar free of charge, as well as the opportunity to acquire international competition rights. In addition, the channel offers special reports and videos about the sports and their athletes. All the details here.
The third edition of the International Forum for Gender Equality and Diversity took place from 11. until 13. November successfully took place. Almost 20. 000 people watched the event from afar. The forum was organized by the Equality and Diversity in Sport Commission of the Colombian NOC with the support of Panam Sports, Olympic Solidarity and the NOC’s Academic Department. The aim of the forum, entitled “Let’s Talk About Our Reality” (Hablemos de nuestra realidad), was to show the realities of gender equality and diversity in sport from different perspectives. More information here.
The Israeli Olympic Committee has launched a strategic plan and gender standardization as a compass for promoting gender equality. In the introductory message of the plan, Igal Carmi, President of the Olympic Committee of Israel, and Gilad Lustig, its CEO, wrote: “The Olympic Committee of Israel has endorsed IOC President Thomas Bach’s call to reduce and reduce gender gaps in sport To strive for gender equality through engagement and responsibility by influencing and setting role models for sports organizations in Israel. Indeed, between 2018 and 2020, the Israel Olympic Committee implemented 10 of the IOC’s 25 recommendations on various projects and plans and a budget allocation for their implementation. Click here to view the Strategic Plan 2020-2024 in English. Information at www. olympicsil. co. il.
On 12. November the Moroccan NOC participated in the coordination meeting of the Regional Academy of Education and Training. A few days earlier, the NOC’s operations team had met to assess the support provided by the associations and the monitoring of the Moroccan athletes preparing for the Olympic Games. In addition, as part of the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NOC organized. November a new test session for all employees. More information at www. cnom. org. ma.
The São Tomé and Príncipe NOC has worked closely with the country’s National Surfing Federation and Surfing Academy to give girls between the ages of 6 and 18 the opportunity to practice this sport. The main goal of the project is to bring disadvantaged girls closer to sport so that they can spend their free time and become more autonomous. The NOC takes care of both transportation to take them to training and internet access to facilitate contact with parents, and also covers the cost of coaches. The project, called SOMA (Surfers Proud of Africa’s Women), aims to use surfing to promote self-esteem and resilience in girls and to help them leave their comfort zones. More information at www. comiteolimpicostp. com.
The President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chaired the conference of the National Olympic Committees of the G20 countries, which was organized in partnership with the Saudi G20 Secretariat and was found practical on 17th. November in Riyadh. The conference was titled « The Olympic Movement During and After the Coronavirus Pandemic » and is part of the program of international conferences to be held this year on the fringes of the Saudi presidency of the G20. Participants discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the Olympic and sporting sectors on a global scale following the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted the important role the Olympic movement is playing in helping the international community stand out socially Pandemic recover. economically and from a health point of view. Among the participants was the IOC President; IOC member Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud; Member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Olympic Committee Momii Keiko; IOC member and President of the Italian National Olympic Committee Giovanni Malagò; IOC EB Member and Acting President of the Association of National Olympic Committees Robin Mitchell; Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; and the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Bańka. The conference was attended by representatives of all the NOCs of the G20 countries as well as representatives of the countries invited to participate in the G20 summit, namely the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Spain, Rwanda, Singapore, Switzerland and Vietnam. Also present were representatives of the WHO, the IFs and the continental associations.
On 17. November a virtual meeting of the Standing Committee and the Executive Committee of the Spanish NOC took place, chaired by Alejandro Blanco. The 26 members present discussed the various activities of the NOC, the status of the Association of Olympic Sports (ADO) program and the meetings of the national associations, and agreed to the award of 359 NOC scholarships. The distribution of 110. 000 COVID-19 tests to sports associations was also on the agenda. More details here.
The Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) has launched the « TOC Academy », a new digital platform that supports athletes, national teams, coaches and technical staff in areas such as performance, nutrition, injury prevention, dealing with stress, social Media and communication. The content not only helps increase performance on the field, but is also intended to help athletes develop their careers off the field. Existing content is regularly updated from the table of contents, and new modules are added throughout the year. More details here.
On 17. On November 17th, the US-based & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced details of the new pilot program of the Team USA Athlete Marketing Platform (AMP), a unique digital marketplace that expands the sponsorship and marketing opportunities of athletes. Developed in collaboration with the Athletes Advisory Board and the National Governing Bodies Council, AMP is an opt-in program that connects Team USA sponsors and licensees directly with athletes and provides Team USA athletes with additional revenue and marketing opportunities. Read more about the program here and read the reaction of Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer here.
On 13. and 14. November a virtual seminar on technical rules in boxing for referees and judges from 21 countries took place in Venezuela. The aim was to keep the participants informed about the technical rules of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). . The seminar was organized with the support of the Venezuelan NOC, the AIBA and the Venezuelan Boxing Association. Detailed information here.
The Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, the IFs of the Olympic Winter Games, the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have jointly decided to develop an adapted sports testing program in preparation for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The adjusted program will replace the organization of a number of international test events originally planned for the first quarter of 2021. The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in many parts of the world means that travel restrictions are currently in place and the travel situation is likely to remain complex in the coming months, when the Beijing testing events were scheduled for 2022. It was necessary to immediately make a joint decision about a bespoke program that was tailored to the needs of each individual IF. Full press release here.
By signing an agreement with the Agefiph Association, the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 has reaffirmed its commitment to the inclusion of people with disabilities in employment. The agreement was drawn up under the auspices of Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, and aims to improve the work of the Organizing Committee in removing obstacles to the recruitment of people with disabilities. The agreement will help promote inclusion through four priority areas: procurement and recruitment; Retain and support jobs over four years; Awareness and training for employees and managers; and post-game support as part of a long-term policy. Full press release on www. paris2024. org.
As part of both organizations’ efforts to change the lives of people with disabilities, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and The Valuable 500 have signed a collaboration agreement to work together on mutually beneficial initiatives. Under the agreement, IPC and The Valuable 500 will work together to run a global communications campaign around the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in collaboration with several other organizations. The two parties will work together at major events and explore common interests in strategy, policy, development and advancement of people with disabilities. Complete information here.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released its December live webinar schedule for athletes and anti-doping organizations. With these last two stakeholder webinars, WADA held 51 in 2020 – the majority focused on preparing stakeholders for the World Anti-Doping Code 2021 and the international standards to be released on Jan.. Enter into force on January 1st, 2021. Information and dates here. In addition, WADA has announced membership of the five WADA Standing Committees for 2021, as determined by the Agency’s Executive Committee at its meeting on Nov.. November 2020 was approved. All the details here.
The International Federation for Sports Cinema and Television (FICTS), chaired by Franco Ascani, organized from 7. until 11. November an online live streaming of the 38th. Edition of the international FICTS festival & TV Milan for sports films. The event included 140 films and 17. 787 sports-themed audiovisual features, scoring 467 in total. 663 views. The festival opened with a video message from the IOC President. The president praised the organizers for running the festival despite the difficulties caused by the current pandemic. Taking Refuge, produced by the Olympic Channel through Niccolò Campriani’s project to assist three refugees in their efforts to qualify for Tokyo 2020, received the Bruno Beneck Critics’ Award while The Olympic Dreams in a rural elementary school produced by Beijing 2022 was awarded the « Guirlande d’Honneur ». More details here.
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