IOC News

Merged photo of Australia's silver-medal-winning men's baseball team from 2004 and the women's softball bronze medallists from Beijing 2008.

BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL: The International baseball and softball federations have signed an agreement for their joint bid to get back into the Olympics, and are proposing a shortened tournament they hope will attract major league baseball players.

A volunteer stands in front of the construction site of the Olympic stadium 'Fisht' on February 10, 2012 in Sochi, Russia. The 'Fisht' will host the opening and the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The stadium with a capacity of 40,000 spectators is expected to be completed in May 2013 and will host football matches including the 2018 FIFA World Cup following the Games.

SOCHI 2014: The eighth visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission to Sochi concluded with Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy praising the local organisers of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games for the notable progress they have made in preparations, just weeks before the start of a key test season.

People attend the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games emblem unveiling ceremony at Xuanwu Gate square on May 19, 2011 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. The second Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing in 2014.

The IOC Coordination Commission for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games concluded its third visit to the Chinese city, with the Commission members praising the strong progress made across all areas of the organisation with just under two years to go to the second edition of the summer Games.

(L-R) Minister for Sport Senator The Hon Mark Arbib, Jason Glanville (NCIE), Olympian Kyle Vander-Kuyp, Olympian Samantha Riley and AOC President John Coates at the presentation of the 'Sport and Social Responsibility'.

Every year since 1985, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a trophy with a different theme, reflecting current trends. The 2011 trophy is for "Sport and Social Responsibility" and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) nominated the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) to receive this prestigious award.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Thursday that the rule banning athletes suspended for doping for six months or more from competing at the Olympics was "invalid and unenforceable".

Doping centre in China

Anti-doping officials say scientists have endorsed a new test for human growth hormone that can detect use of the drug going back as far as 21 days and could be implemented in time for next year's London Olympics.

IOC President Jacques Rogge (2L) and Rio de Janeiro bid leader Carlos Nuzman were all smiles when Rio won the vote to stage the 2016 Olympic Games on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Six cities have officially lodged bids to host the 2020 Olympic Games - Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo, according to the International Olympic Committee on Friday.

New Zealand's Barbara Kendall celebrates her bronze medal in the final race of the Womens Mistral boardsailing at Sydney Harbour in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Sunday. The medal is Kendall's third in the last three Olympics.

Champion New Zealand sailboarder, Barbara Kendall, has become a member of the International Olympic Committee.

School children are joined by (from left to right) Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, former gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Lord Sebastian Coe, former track and field athlete Carl Lewis, Swimmer Rebecca Adlington and Sports Minister Hugh Robertson as they attend a photocall to officially launch the sale of tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games on March 15, 2011 in London.

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, has dismissed suggestions London is being “greedy” and charging too much for the best tickets to next year’s Olympic Games.

Women in Sport Awards Ceremony

Nine sports including soccer, cycling and rugby have been named and shamed for not including women on their executive boards.