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AOC President John Coates in Sydney after returning from Buenos Aires where he was elected IOC Vice President.

RIO 2016: The AOC President and IOC Vice President, John Coates, has described Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics as “the worst I have experienced” and “worse than Athens” (2004).

IOC President Thomas Bach and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agree historic deal to use sport to better the world.

IOC: President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed a historic agreement at the UN Headquarters in New York aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two organisations at the highest level.

IOC: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged the Saudi government to push forward with moves to lift a ban on sports in girls' state schools.

IOC Vice-President and Tokyo 2020 coordination commission Chairman John Coates in Tokyo on 4 April 2014 for the first round of meetings with the local organising committee.

IOC: The International Olympic Committee's co-ordination commission, led by Australia's John Coates, has concluded its first talks with organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Keynote speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

OLYMPIC: The UN General Assembly has declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Created at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee and officially announced at the United Nations headquarters last August, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes the role of sport as a tool at the service of society and a universal tool for peace.

AOC President and incoming IOC Vice President John Coates at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2013.

AOC: The President of the Australian Olympic Committee and IOC Vice President, John Coates, will head-up two key Commissions on the IOC.

The Maria Lenak Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro in October 2013. This venue will host Water Polo and Diving for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

RIO 2016: The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today wrapped up its sixth visit to the Brazilian host city (19-21 March) with a clear message to the organisers that every second counts.

A general view of the Mountains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor athletes village on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Krakow (Poland), Oslo (Norway), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Lviv (Ukraine) and Beijing (China) have all submitted bid files to the IOC for 2022.

IOC President Thomas Bach with YOG Ambassadors Yuna Kim, the South Korean figure skater, and Chad le Clos, the South African swimming sensation and athletes Adam Lamhamedi of Morocco, Australian Greta Small and Katie Summerhayes from Great Britain.

YOUTH OLYMPICS: During the final hours of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, IOC President Thomas Bach already had one eye on the next event on the Olympic horizon: the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Some of the highlights of 2013.

OLYMPIC: In years squashed between a Summer and Winter Olympics, you get a wonderful blend of inspiration. From the slopes of Austria to the Australian shores, you don't have to look far to see Australian athletes striving for excellence. Relive the #ASPIREtoSochi #ASPIREtoNanjing #RoadtoRio magic of 2013!