AOC News

Cathy Freeman with the Athens 2004 Torch at the Sydney Opera House on 4 June, 2004.

Chinese officials organising the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay have arrived in Canberra to plan the Australian leg in the national capital next year.Led by the Ms Ming Zhang the six-strong delegation will meet with the ACT Chief Minister, John Stanhope, Tuesday along with the Vice- President of the Australian Olympic

UNCLE TOBYS, one of Australia’s most recognised sporting sponsorship icons, today announced its Official Partnership of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team participating at next year’s Beijing Olympic Games.The Australian Olympic Committee President, Mr. John Coates AC, welcomed the announcement.

Marjorie Jackson Nelson during at medal ceremony at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

The retiring South Australian Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson has been awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award given by the International Olympic Committee.

AOC President John Coates

Australia will be a keen participant in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 but not the host.Since the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to endorse the Youth Olympic Games the AOC Executive has considered all of the issues relevant to an Australian bid and resolved not to entertain a bid for this

James Tomkins with his third Olympic gold medal from the pair with Drew Ginn at Athens 2004.

Four new members of the IOC Athletes Commission will be elected at the Beijing Games with Grant Hackett, Andrew Hoy, Natalie Cook and James Tomkins being talked

Australian IOC Member Kevan Gosper at the 2007 AOC AGM.

Australia’s most senior IOC member Kevan Gosper has been re-elected for a further eight years.Gosper was one of 27 members up for re-election at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala today.He is currently Chairman of the IOC Press Comission and playing a key role in the preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Dual Olympian Philippe Rizzo and 2008 Australian Olympic Team Medical Director Dr Peter Baquie.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced a new health initiative today to help ensure our athletes are fighting fit for competition

AOC President John Coates

This week the Australian Tax Office issued a class ruling relating to payments made under the AOC Medal Incentive Funding program.For all athletes it is a very important ruling and particularly for those athletes who are deemed to be not ‘professional’ athletes as they will not be required to pay tax on these payments.

AOC President John Coates

Surfing’s re-entry manoeuvre to the Olympics has gained momentum with the support of AOC president John Coates, who praised its environmental and telegenic appeal and attractiveness to youth.While it may be too soon to see Australian surfboard riders winning gold medals off the Cornish coast when London

Steve Waugh as a torch bearer at Sydney Olympic Park as part of the Athens 2004 Torch Relay.

The Beijing Olympic Torch Relay will visit Australia in April next year, with Chinese officials choosing the nation’s capital, Canberra, as the only Australian city to receive the honour of hosting a leg of the relay.The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is working with the Federal and ACT Governments