IOC News

IOC honorary life president Juan Antonio Samaranch addresses IOC members.

Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch is in "very serious" condition in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Barcelona. The 89-year-old Spaniard was admitted Sunday after experiencing heart trouble and soon after went into shock, Quiron Hospital chief of internal medicine Rafael Esteban said Tuesday at a news conference. He says Samaranch is sedated and on a respirator.

The 30 YOG Young Ambassadors attend a workshop in Singapore on 23 March 2010.

With fewer than 150 days to go until the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the IOC launched its Young Ambassador Programme in Singapore today.

Anna Meares of Australia on her way to winning the Women's 500m TT on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome on October 31, 2009 in Manchester, England.

The 2012 London Olympics will host a mixed doubles tennis event for the first time as well as more women's cycling, the International Olympic Committee announced on Thursday. But the changes, made in a bid to increase the prominence of women's sport, will spell the end of the individual cycling track pursuit races at the Olympics.

Marion Jones of the USA competes in the relay final for the women's 4x400m event at the Olympic Stadium during the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia on September 30, 2000. Team USA won the gold medal.

The IOC has decided not to re-allocate the women's 100m gold medal at the Sydney Games in 2000, which was stripped from drug cheat Marion Jones two years ago. In line with IOC practice, controversial Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished second behind Jones in Sydney, would have been expected to receive the gold medal.

Best of Us Challenge - Steve Hooker

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the first winner of its global digital initiative "The Best of Us Challenge".

President of the IOC Jacques Rogge looks on during a press conference on June 16, 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today been granted observer status by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Marion Jones of the USA competes in the relay final for the women's 4x400m event at the Olympic Stadium during the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia on September 30, 2000. Team USA won the gold medal.

The US athletes who ran the relay with Marion Jones at the Sydney Olympics must wait until December before they learn if they can keep their medals.The IOC Session in Copenhagen has been told the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has postponed their decision and will not issue its ruling until December 18. They had hoped for a decision this month.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark are pictured before greeting guests at the opening Ceremony of the 121st IOC Session at the Copenhagen Opera House on October 1, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik was today elected a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Suzann Pettersen of Sweden waves to the crowd on the 18th hole during the second round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge at Blackhawk Country Club on September 25, 2009 in Danville, California.

Tiger Woods is not in Copenhagen but two glamorous players will woo the IOC members ahead of Friday’s vote to include golf and rugby 7’s in the 2016 Olympics. Michelle Wie from the USA and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen will spearhead golf’s push to rejoin the Olympic movement.

Lord Sebastian Coe Chairman of London 2012

Organisers of the London Olympics say they have ridden out the recession and are on budget and ahead of schedule to stage the Games in 2012.