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Coates Statement on Rio preparations

Coates Statement on Rio preparations

30 April 2014

IOC Vice-President John Coates underlines his belief that the Rio Organising Committee and the people of Brazil can indeed deliver excellent Games in 2016.

Olympics will be ready: Rio organisers

Olympics will be ready: Rio organisers

30 April 2014

GAMES: Rio Olympics organisers have countered scathing criticism from Australia's IOC vice-president John Coates with an assurance they'll deliver an excellent 2016 Games on time.

Rio 'worse than Athens' - Coates

Rio 'worse than Athens' - Coates

29 April 2014

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 and UN Secretariat agree to historic deal

IOC and UN Secretariat agree to historic deal

29 April 2014

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 welcomes end to Saudi sports ban

IOC welcomes end to Saudi sports ban

14 April 2014

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 surveys Tokyo 2020 Olympic plans

IOC surveys Tokyo 2020 Olympic plans

5 April 2014

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.

The world celebrates first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The world celebrates first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

4 April 2014

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.

Australians appointed to key IOC posts

Australians appointed to key IOC posts

2 April 2014

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

IOC tells Rio 2016 that there is not a moment to lose

IOC tells Rio 2016 that there is not a moment to lose

24 March 2014

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.

Five cities bid for 2022 Winter Games

Five cities bid for 2022 Winter Games

17 March 2014

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

Aussies march into Port Moresby

2015 Pacific Games

Did you know?

Synchronised Swimming began as a sport for men in the 1800s. It became an Olympic sport in 1984 but it is only open to women.