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