IOC News

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.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederick will be one of six candidates up for election to the IOC in Copenhagen on Friday.

Frank Fredricks, multiple Olympic athletics medallist and IOC Athletes' Commission Chair

The Olympic Congress opened in Copenhagen today with calls to provide better health and welfare for athletes particularly after their sporting careers end.

U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by first lady Michelle Obama before he makes a presentation in support of Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After three for the four bid cities have presented: The Obamas produced an inspired double act on peace and lighting up lives for Chicago, Tokyo promised a green Games that would be the example for the world's major cities, and Rio assured the IOC of a safe and financially secure Games that would inspire the whole continent.

US President Barack Obama addresses IOC members during the Chicago 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In a major shock the raging hot favourite Chicago has failed to get past the first round of voting to pick the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, Rio 2016 bid President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, center, and Brazilian soccer great Pele, right, celebrate with their delegation after it was announced that Rio de Janeiro has won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at the Bella Center on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American city to host the Olympics after winning an historic vote to stage the 2016 Games at the IOC session in Copenhagen.