AOC News Feed Official website of the Australian Olympic Committee and Australian Olympic Teams; with vision, latest news, images, every Australian Olympic result and historical vignettes. Road to Rio IGNITE Some 21 months out from the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, the Australian Olympic Committee has launched Road to Rio: IGNITE. The AOC program - effectively a workshop for Rio rookies and capped Olympians aiming for Brazil- focuses on 120 years of Australian Olympic tradition and the responsibility th Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:27:00 GMT Positive Signs for Rio AOC: There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Rome to lead Italy bid for 2024 Olympics 2024: Rome will spearhead an Italian bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday vowing a strong campaign to win the event. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Rio mascots named RIO 2016: Vinicius will be the name of the Rio Olympic Games mascot following a three-week on-line vote. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:53:00 GMT Aussies into Champions Trophy Semi Final HOCKEY: The Kookaburras remain in contention to win a sixth successive Champions Trophy title this weekend after sealing their place in Saturday’s semi finals with a 4-2 win over Argentina in a must-win quarter final. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:25:00 GMT Robinson and Wellings take Australian 10,000m titles at Zatopek:10 ATHLETICS: Brett Robinson (ACT) and Eloise Wellings (NSW) have taken out the Australian men’s and women’s 10,000m national championships respectively at the Zatopek:10 athletics meet at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium this evening. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:34:00 GMT From Agenda 2020 to 2024 AGENDA 2020: With the inclusion of new sports and a changed bidding process, speculation mounts as to which city will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:33:00 GMT Australian coach wins IOC Women In Sport Award CYCLING: Australian coach, Sian Mulholland, has been awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport award for the Oceania region. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:20:00 GMT Softball and Baseball all set for Olympic recall TOKYO: Softball and baseball are the big winners from the 40 reforms announced by the International Olympic Committee in Monaco. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:20:00 GMT IOC members embrace change AGENDA 2020: Each of the 40 recommendations for reform, including an overhaul of the Olympic bidding process driven by John Coates, has been approved at the IOC Session. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:10:00 GMT Olympic television channel gets the green light AGENDA2020: The International Olympic Committee has plunged into the television business in a big way... investing $750m on a new Olympic channel to be seen throughout the world, 365 days a year. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:36:00 GMT Olympic movement told it is time to change AGENDA 2020: The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has unveiled his vision for the future telling IOC members now is the time to change. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 20:20:00 GMT Olympic television channel becomes reality: Agenda 2020 The new Olympic television channel is the International Olympic Committee's new baby and it needs to crawl before it can walk. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:42:00 GMT Australia to play Argentina for Champions Trophy HOCKEY: Australia will play for the Champions Trophy against the host nation Argentina at 09:00 AEDT on Monday morning. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:23:00 GMT Accept late night swimming finals and move on - Coates SWIMMING: The President of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates says it’s time to “accept late night swimming finals in Rio and let’s get on with the job”. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 21:06:00 GMT Greatest show on earth gets set for change Members of the IOC are gathering in Monaco to vote on a bold new plan for the future called Olympic Agenda 2020. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 12:34:00 GMT Lawrence and IGNITE gives To a boost after surgery RIO 2016: Kenneth To has had a bad run lately with illness and injury. His recovery from back surgery was boosted by the Rio IGNITE session and time with Laurie Lawrence. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:04:00 GMT Perfect opening day for men at Dubai Sevens RUGBY: The Australian Men's Sevens side will play Scotland in the Cup Quarter-Finals on Saturday after winning all three pool games on Day One. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:33:00 GMT Last gasp NZL try snatches gold from Aussie women RUGBY: The Australian Women's Sevens team has fallen agonisingly short of the Dubai Sevens title after New Zealand won the Cup Final in the last minute. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:20:00 GMT Seebohm adds silver and bronze to Australia’s medal tally Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm has continued her stunning World Short Course Championships adding two more medals to her haul on the third night of competition Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:04:00 GMT Meares returns to site of London gold CYCLING: Anna Meares is returning to the London velodrome where she won Olympic gold two years ago as the sprint queen continues preparing for the Rio Games. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:05:00 GMT Swimming Fed Approves Mixed Gender Synchronised Swimming, Diving SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING, DIVING: Mixed gender synchronised swimming is clear for its Olympic debut. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:58:00 GMT Aussies stay on top of pool HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos remain top of Pool B at the women’s Champions Trophy after a 1-1 draw with hosts and defending champions Argentina in Mendoza. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:16:00 GMT Australia to compete at Asian Indoor Games Australia and New Zealand will send athletes to the next Asian Indoor Games in 2017, following an accord with the Olympic Council of Asia. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:15:00 GMT Two sailing gold at World Cup in Abu Dhabi Laser and Men’s 470 World No.1 crews Tom Burton and Mat Belcher with Will Ryan have become the first ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:15:00 GMT Rio 2016 in legal win over Olympic golf course GOLF: A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:57:00 GMT Vale Phillip Hughes AOC: On behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee family we express our deepest condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:24:00 GMT Stanton and Dalton set for Dubai debut RUGBY SEVENS: Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh is set to hand World Rugby Sevens World Series debuts to two players after naming an extended 13-strong party for the season opener in Dubai next week. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:51:00 GMT Page to lead first Pacific Games Team 2015 PACIFIC GAMES: Australian Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page has been named Chef de Mission of the 2015 Australian Pacific Games Team. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:46:00 GMT Rio 2016 mascots unveiled, public to vote on names The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been unveiled. Inspired by Brazil’s fauna and flora and targeted primarily at children, the public are now voting on what to call these mascots. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:11:00 GMT