IOC News

As part of its initiatives to promote sport as an agent for social change, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) teamed up with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this week to launch an ambitious three-year Sport and Education programme for young people in the Osire refugee settlement in Namibia.

Fireworks during a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Banning fireworks from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games is not a laughing matter- the International Olympic Committee will seriously consider the proposal.

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee speaks during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.

People involved in illegal betting on sport won’t collect their winnings if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has its way.The IOC has a strategic plan to “freeze the funds” of those involved in illegal betting. Under the plan they will monitor irregular money flow on events and matches and if a pattern shows up, the punters will not be paid.

ANOC President Mario Vazquez Rana answers a question during a press conference after the meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly on April 9, 2008 in Beijing, China.

The push for the involvement of more women in sport continues with IOC President Jacques Rogge urging National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Sporting Federations (IFs) to include more women on their executive boards.

Newcastle United fans watch the game during the UEFA Cup Semi-Final, Second Leg match between Olympique De Marseille and Newcastle United at the Stade Velodrome on May 6, 2004 in Marseille, France.

Officials from 205 National Olympic Committees are currently meeting in Mexico. They are staying on the beach in Acapulco surrounded by suntanned and toned bodies but they are concerned about the millions who are overweight and struggling with the worldwide problem of obesity.

Logo for the ANOC Meeting in Acapulco, Mexico - October 2010

Olympic sports need to work closer with Government without losing their independence…. That is the message from the First World Olympic Sport Convention being held in Acapulco, Mexico, and attended by senior Olympic officials and sports ministers from around the globe.

General view over Mariana Bay during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics closing ceremony on day 12 the Youth Olympics at Marina Bay on August 26, 2010 in Singapore.

The International Olympic Committee is thrilled with the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Singapore in August but warns there needs to be a “careful” watch on costs of hosting the event.

Katarina Witt looks on during a news conference on behalf the Munich 2018 bid committee in the Main Press Centre during day four of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

If perseverance counts, South Korea will win the right to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. This is their third bid in eight years and after losing twice they are determined to win this time.

International Ski Federation has “absolute confidence” in Sochi 2014’s Preparations

As Sochi 2014 reaches the midway mark in its preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission paid its fourth visit to the Russian host city from 12 to 14 October. The Commission praised Sochi’s progress and said that, with 1,212 days to go, the Russian organisers remain on track to host great Olympic Winter Games in 2014.

Entertainers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Delhi, India.

If Olympic bids are based on opening ceremonies, India has given itself every chance of hosting the biggest sporting event of all.