IOC News

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.

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

The Chairman of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2008 Games, Hein Verbruggen, said today Beijing “proved to be the right choice”.

A labratory technician works at the Doping Control Laboratory of the Biochemical Institute at the University for Sports on August 19, 2008 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Patrik Stollarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Coaches and officials who are involved in doping could be jailed under new IOC rules targeting what they call the “athletes’ entourage”.

IOC President Jacques Rogge speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the 121st IOC Session at the Copenhagen Opera House on October 1, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has vowed to continue to fight to stamp out drug cheats at the Olympic Games. He’s told the IOC members in Copenhagen “fighting against doping remains our absolute priority”.

Martin Sorrell's Keynote speech on the Digital Revolution during the 2009 Olympic Congress in Copenhagen.

The Olympic Movement has been told it must embrace the digital revolution or risk losing touch with the younger generation.Martin Sorrell the Chairman of advertising and communications giant WWP warned young people would switch off the Olympics if the sports were not promoted the right way.

The general view of the Conference Centre in Copenhagen for the IOC Congress.

The Olympic Congress in Copenhagen has explored ways of working better with Governments while maintaining total freedom.