IOC News

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!

IOC/ YOG: Maybe it’s about flexibility. Maybe it’s about youth. Whatever the logic, the International Olympic Committee has added more wheels to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games program.

Analyst Arian Nemani splits urine samples in the anti-doping laboratory which will test athlete’s samples from the London 2012 Games on January 19, 2012 in Harlow, England. The facility, which will be provided by GSK and operated by King’s College London, will test over 6250 samples throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over 150 anti-doping scientists will work in the laboratory, which measures the size of seven tennis courts, 24 hours a day.

DOPING: The IOC is putting up $US20 million ($A22.5 million) to fight doping and match-fixing - considered the two biggest threats to the credibility of the Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach officially received the keys to the IOC from Honorary President Jacques Rogge during a handover ceremony in the newly renovated Olympic Museum in Lausanne on 10 December, 2013.

IOC: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach officially received the keys to the IOC from Honorary President Jacques Rogge today during a handover ceremony in the newly renovated Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Nelson Mandela of South Africa pays a visit to the Athletes Village prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia.

The Olympic Movement has paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela with IOC President Thomas Bach describing him as a “hero of humanity”.

Pope Francis being presented with the Olympic Order in gold from IOC President Thomas Bach at the Vatican. The Pope talked of sports' ability to build bridges with members of the Olympic Family in Rome. 23 November 2013.

A Pope known for his love of sport welcomed the IOC President and other Olympic leaders from Europe to the Vatican. Following is a transcript of the address Pope Francis delivered Saturday in which he warns that sport must not lose sight of human values.

Tokyo's IOC Orientation

18 November 2013
A computer generated projection of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium.

TOKYO 2020: Two months after Tokyo winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, reality is beginning to set in for the Japanese capital.

Adam Malysz of Poland takes 2nd place during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) on January 3, 2011 in Innsbruck, Austria.

IOC/ WINTER: There has been a significant increase in the number of cities bidding to host the Olympic Winter Games – with twice as many joining the contest for 2022 compared to four years earlier.

IRB Head of Rugby World Cup Kit McConnell speaks to the media during the Rugby World Cup 2015 press conference at Canary Wharf on September 18, 2013 in London, England.

IOC: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today appointed Kit McConnell as its new Sports Director.

The entrance to the doping control area at the finish of stage eight of the 2013 Tour de France, on July 6, 2013 in Castres, France.

DOPING: Drawing hard lessons from the Lance Armstrong scandal, global anti-doping authorities are set to move into a new era with tougher sanctions, smarter testing and a different leader.