IOC News

Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission Gerhard Heiberg has received a resounding vote of confidence from the IOC members with his re-election to the Executive Board.Heiberg polled more than 50% of the votes against a star-studded field including Juan Antonio Samaranch (junior), Mustapha Larfaoui and Anita Defrantz.

IOC President Jacques Rogge in Guatemala for the IOC Session in July 2007.

The International Olympic Committee wants more women members. The IOC President Jacques Rogge is not satisfied and would like a gender balance amongst the members.“I am doing my best but have a way to go to get more women on board," he said.

IOC President Jacques Rogge in Guatemala for the IOC Session in July 2007.

Some would argue the costs are going through the roof but already six cities have thrown up their hands to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.They are Tokyo, Chicago, Madrid, Rio, Doha and Baku.IOC President Jacques Rogge would not be surprised if more cities entered the bidding race before the official deadline in September.

Khalen Young winning the 2007 Australian Championships. BMX will makes its Olympic debut at the Beijing Games in 2008.

The IOC has adopted more flexible rules to add new Olympic sports giving renewed hope to sports on the waiting list including Rugby, Golf, Karate, Squash and Roller Sports.The IOC session in Guatemala introduced a revolutionary system of 25 core sports with three “floating” sports at the Olympics from 2020.

Byron Davis and Vicki Parnov of Australia ignite the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at the Sydney Entertainment Centre January 17, 2007.

The first world Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be held in 2010 after a unanimous vote of support from the International Olympic Committee members in Guatemala today.The IOC Session heard the project will “promote peace and eliminate violence amongst the youth of the world”.

IOC President Jacques Rogge in Guatemala for the IOC Session in July 2007.

The IOC’s zero tolerance approach to doping continues with a pledge today to increase the number of drug tests at next year’s Beijing Olympics.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct 4500 doping tests in conjunction with the Chinese Organising Committee BOCOG.

Guatemala 2007, 119th IOC Session.

The three cities bidding to host the 2014 Winter Olympics have made their final presentations to the IOC members in Guatemala. Pyeongchang, Sochi and Salzburg will know their fate later today when the IOC members select the successful candidate.Russia is vying to host their first ever Winter Olympic Games at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Guatemala 2007, 119th IOC Session.

Support is growing within the Olympic movement to allow athletes to write internet diaries or blogs. The issue will be discussed at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala this week, if it gets the go ahead athletes will be blogging in Beijing.A committee set up by the IOC Press Commission Chairman, Kevan Gosper, has recommended blogging be permitted.

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, has declared the Olympic movement must move with the times to overcome a global obesity problem.Speaking at the opening of the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala. Rogge said, “for our Movement to remain relevant into the next

A London bus getting the city behind the 2012 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched the bid process for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016.