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OLYMPIC - IOC29 Jan 2023

IOC expresses deep sorrow over death of Phillip Walter Coles
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD: It is with profound sadness that the IOC has learnt of the death of Phillip Walter Coles, at the age of 91. Mr. Coles represented Australia in canoe sprint at three editions of the Olympic Games - Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, where he captained the team, and Mexico City 1968. He devoted his entire life to the Olympic Movement in Australia and beyond. In 1973, he became a member of the Executive Board of the Australian Olympic Committee, and was one of the Foundation members of the Executive Board of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) in 1981. Upon learning of his death, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Phil Coles was a man who always cared about the athletes in all his different functions. Their interests were always in his mind and in his heart. He was key to getting an Australian Olympic Team to the Olympic Games Moscow 1980 against all requests for a boycott. It made him proud for the rest of his life to have led these athletes into the Olympic Stadium. His love for the Olympic Games was at the centre of his life. Personally, I have lost a wonderful friend with whom I shared so many moments of our Olympic lives. I will never forget this heartwarming friendliness and his sense of humour. My thoughts are with his beloved Patricia and all his family and many friends.” Elected as an IOC Member in 1982, Mr Coles contributed actively to a wide range of IOC commissions, including Radio and Television, Joint Mass Media, Olympic Solidarity, Study and Evaluation for the Preparation of the Winter Olympic Games, Sport for All, New Sources of Financing and Marketing, and the Working Group on the Olympic Programme and the Olympic Programme Commission. He had been an IOC Honorary Member since 2012. As a driving force behind the project to bring the Olympic Games to his native Australia, he served as Vice-President and Director of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 between 1993 and 1999. His dedication to sport and promoting the Olympic values was recognised by a number of distinctions he received over the course of his life. In the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to sport, and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000. He received the Olympic Order for his distinguished contribution to the Olympic Movement in 2012. In the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, a number of items of Coles are kept for exhibitions. He has donated the Australian delegation tracksuit and uniform that he wore at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 as well as two replicas of the canoes with which he competed at the Games. The IOC expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at Olympic House in Lausanne for three days.

OLYMPIC - IOC02 Dec 2022

IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 presented to Myriam
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded its Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 to Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi (France/Australia, canoe) and Malcolm Brown MBE (Great Britain, triathlon) for their outstanding support for and mentoring of Olympic athletes. Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi has been coaching for 25 years, leading her athletes to 12 world titles and four Olympic medals. Myriam helped to bring women’s canoe slalom to the Olympic programme and helped achieve gender equality in her sport. Malcolm Brown has coached athletes to five Olympic medals in triathlon and has dedicated his life to coaching and bettering the lives of others. IOC President Thomas Bach, a gold medallist in fencing at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976, said: “The IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award is a celebration of the incredible dedication and contribution that the recipients have made to the athletes they have coached, both on the field of play and beyond sport. I know from my own experience how important coaches are in an athlete’s career. Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi and Malcolm Brown have left a major mark on their sports and have helped their athletes to become real champions in sport and in life.” Building a new pathway for female athletes and coaches Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi represented France at two Olympic Games in the canoe slalom K1 event – Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 – winning bronze at the latter. Since then, she has gone on to establish a successful coaching career in canoe slalom spanning over 25 years. “I was very surprised first, and very honoured, to have been recognised internationally for my career as a coach,” Fox said. “As a coach, I am passionate about our sport and wanting to help our athletes reach their potential. This award is very special as it acknowledges my contribution in high level sport as a female coach for so many years, but it also puts canoeing and Australia in the international Olympic spotlight.” An instrumental figure in GB triathlon Malcolm Brown has coached athletes to five Olympic medals in triathlon, including Alistair Brownlee, the only athlete to hold two Olympic titles in the triathlon event, as well as fellow Great Britain team-mates and Olympic medallists Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland. A physical education teacher by trade, Malcolm has always showed his passion and dedication to improve athletes’ life. He initially coached in his spare time, mostly on a volunteer basis, and then coached professionally, first in athletics and then in triathlon. "It is a fantastic honour to receive the IOC Lifetime Achievement Coaches Award,” said Malcolm. “My sincere thanks go to the IOC for the Award, to Jonny Brownlee for the nomination, to my family for the many years of unswerving support, to numerous individuals and organisations who facilitated my coaching and finally, to all the athletes who entrusted me with their sporting careers.”  

OLYMPIC - IOC16 Nov 2022

Singapore to host the first Olympic Esports Week in June 2023
Sports News ISLAMABAD: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday confirmed that its inaugural Olympic Esports Week would be held in Singapore between from June 22 to 25 next year 2023. In partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore and the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC), the Olympic Esports Week will showcase the best of virtual sports, hybrid physical and simulated sports, with the four-day festival, including exhibiting the latest technologies, panel discussions, education sessions and show matches. The highlight of the week will be the first in-person live finals of the Olympic Esports Series, a global virtual and simulated sports competition created in collaboration with the International Federations (IFs) which builds on the successes of last year’s Olympic Virtual Series. The 2021 series attracted over 250,000 participants from across 100 countries to take part in competitions in virtual and simulated sports including baseball, motorsport, cycling, rowing and sailing. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The first Olympic Esports Week marks an important milestone in our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement. We believe the exciting new format of our virtual sports competition, with live finals to be staged for the first time, is an opportunity to collaborate further with esports players and to create new opportunities for players and fans alike. It is a perfect opportunity to be partnering with Singapore, which has a history of supporting innovation in the Olympic Movement, hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, so we are looking forward to working together closely.” IOC Vice-President Ng Ser Miang said: “The Singapore NOC shares the Olympic Movement’s ambitions of exploring the development of virtual sports. Singapore has a track record of successfully hosting some of the biggest events in the virtual sports and esports calendar – we are honoured to be collaborating with the IOC to bring this shared vision to life.”
North Carolina Bid Committee hosts FISU Evaluation Committee
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT North Carolina (USA):-The North Carolina Bid Committee (NCBC) for the 2027 World University Games has hosted the FISU Evaluation Committee in conjunction with NCBC’s bid for the 2027 FISU World University Games. “We have been thrilled to host the top leadership at FISU this week on their FISU evaluation site visit as an important part of the bid process for the 2027 FISU World University Games,” said Hill Carrow, Chairman and CEO of NCBC. “The site visit has provided us with the opportunity to showcase North Carolina’s capacity and capabilities for delivering an incredible FISU Games in 2027.” The FISU evaluation site visit also included key United States organizations that are critical partners in the bid, such as the U.S. International University Sports Federation (USIUSF), the US member of FISU, and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. “Our local colleges and universities have been working together on significant initiatives for years,” said Jo Allen, President of Meredith College. “That presents a major advantage for the teamwork among our institutions that will be required to host the 2027 FISU World University Games.” Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, did an official hand-off of North Carolina’s Bid Book for the Games to Leonz Eder, FISU Acting President. “Obviously we want the World University Games right here in North Carolina. The love of sports here in our state is a real passion and the Games will emphasize not only how sports can bring us all together across the world, but the importance of our colleges and universities,” Roy Cooper said. “There are 130 colleges and universities in North Carolina, with 19 of those in the Games Host Region, and we know that this would be a fantastic place to host the Games.” Leonz Eder expressed the great appreciation of the Evaluation Committee for “an excellent and highly productive site visit”. “The North Carolina Bid Committee showed us their outstanding sports competition and training venues and their excellent Games Village sites. University sports belong to the universities and to go back on these North Carolina university campuses with this event is inspiring,” he said. North Carolina’s Bid to host the 2027 World University Games is centered in the Triangle and Greensboro and is competing against the Chungcheong Megacity (Korea). FISU, the International Governing Body for the World University Games is expected to choose the winner of the 2027 World University Games on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The FISU Evaluation Committtee consisted of Leonz Eder, FISU Acting President; Marian Dymalski, FISU Vice President; Eric Saintrond, FISU Secretary General and CEO, and Jing Zhao, Director of FISU Summer Games Department.

OLYMPIC - IOC01 Sep 2022

Coordination Commission visit highlights optimizations
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 are “right on track” that was the message delivered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission this week following a visit to the French capital. Optimisations to Games delivery, meticulous budgetary planning and increasing engagement were highlighted as key to advancing Games preparations. Speaking about the visit, the IOC’s Coordination Commission Chair, Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, said: “It’s very encouraging to see all the great work being done by the team in Paris. We are right on track, and excitement is continuing to grow, not only in France but also among thousands of athletes around the world who are competing to qualify for these Games. Now, having marked two years until the Olympic Games begin in July, we are fully in the operational delivery phase. This means readiness – bringing together years of preparation to ensure these Games will make sport, Paris and France shine in the spirit of Paris 2024’s new slogan, ‘Games wide open’.” Looking ahead, he continued: “Optimisation will remain an important focus for those involved in this project. Guided by the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the New Norm, flexibility, creativity and close collaboration between all stakeholders will be crucial to identifying and implementing efficiencies. This will be key to achieving Paris 2024’s ambition and delivering a new era of Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, added: “I want to thank Pierre-Olivier and the Coordination Commission members for their support, guidance and collaborative approach, which is helping us deliver on our vision of ‘Games wide open’. We are particularly grateful for the IOC’s flexibility in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, which allows us to optimise our project in response to the current economic climate.” He continued: “The encouragement from the Coordination Commission gives us the confidence we need to maintain the same level of ambition – to deliver the most ambitious Games in living memory. Games that are more open to the public, for example through a new venue concept and the Olympic Opening Ceremony being staged in the heart of the city; more engaging, thanks to innovations such as the Terre de Jeux 2024 label and Club Paris 2024, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people commit to the Games; and more socially responsible, by placing an emphasis on legacy and sustainability. With the latest polls showing 80 per cent of public support, we are very glad the French people are as enthusiastic as we are about this unique project.” During the meetings, the Coordination Commission received an insight into the growing sense of anticipation in France, boosted by the launch of Paris 2024’s slogan – “Games wide open”. Increasing interest in Paris 2024’s engagement programmes reflects this excitement. Club Paris 2024 now has over 800,000 members, while Terre de Jeux 2024  includes more than 3,200 community projects, reaching more than 33 million people across the country. While those programmes will make important contributions to Paris 2024’s legacy objectives, the Organising Committee highlighted its ongoing campaign to get school children to undertake 30 minutes of physical activity daily. This is already delivering a legacy for the Games, as shown by the fact that it has become a national policy in France. Since the campaign’s launch two years ago, one third of French schools are already part of the programme.

OLYMPIC - IOC15 Aug 2022

Death of IOC Honorary Member Patrick Chamunda
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-It is with great sorrow that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of IOC Honorary Member Patrick Chamunda, at the age of 77. Chamunda served the Olympic Movement as an IOC member between 2002 and 2015. He was subsequently elected as an IOC Honorary Member as of 2016. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Patrick Chamunda's voice carried weight in African sport and beyond. He was an exemplary promoter of the values and the social responsibility of sport, developing a wide range of initiatives, particularly in his home country of Zambia.  Patrick's advice was always considered and therefore appreciated by me and so many IOC colleagues. For all his commitment, he always remained humble and, even in the time of his serious illness, always maintained his optimism and sense of humour.” Over a period of 28 years, Chamunda held various positions on the Board of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia, initially as Treasurer (1977-1981), then as Vice-President (1981-1992) and President (1992-2005). He was also appointed Chef de Mission for the Zambian delegation at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988. He devoted 12 years to being a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), from 1997 to 2009. During his IOC membership, Chamunda served as a member of the Sport for All Commission (2002-2015), the Finance Commission (2006-2014) and the Audit Committee (2013-2016). In 2012, he was honoured by the Zambian government with the Grand Order of Distinguished Service for his services to sport. In 2015, the IOC awarded him the Olympic Order for his contribution to sport and the Olympic Movement, and especially in recognition of his efforts in establishing the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Patrick Chamunda’s family and friends. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at Olympic House in Lausanne for three days.
Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 starts with bang
Sports Bulletin Report BIRMINGHAM:-The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games began with a bang as a cast of 1,500 wowed 30,000 fans inside Alexander Stadium and a global audience of over a billion. The ceremony, planned by Artistic Director Iqbal Khan, told the story of Birmingham’s embrace of generations of Commonwealth communities and featured a range of artistic displays, including a crowd-pleasing performance from Duran Duran and a 10-metre high bull representing Birmingham’s historic Bullring market. Over 4,500 athletes will play at this year’s Commonwealth Games and squash players from seven countries took centre stage as national flag bearers, with Australia, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand and Wales nominating squash players to the honour. For Commonwealth Games veteran Rachael Grinham of Australia, tonight represented a particularly poignant moment. The 45-year-old, winner of eight Commonwealth Games medals, is the first ever squash player to lead out Australia and the first female athlete to compete in six Games, having played at squash’s Commonwealth Games debut as a 21-year-old in Kuala Lumpur 1998. Speaking ahead of the ceremony, in which Grinham and co-flag bearer Ed Ockenden led over 250 Australian athletes, Grinham referenced the opening ceremony’s focus on inclusivity, saying: “I think it’s an issue that should be important to everyone.” On her record Games appearances, she said: “I’ve never been about keeping score of achievements and things like that. I’ve always just enjoyed playing. I love playing for Australia, that in itself as an experience is amazing to be able to do.” Despite Grinham being the oldest competitor in the Australia team, one squash flagbearer can point to an even greater wealth of experience, with 50-year-old Marlene West – who will be competing in the women’s doubles alongside Jade Pitcairn and in the mixed doubles with Cameron Stafford – led out her Cayman Islands teammates at her sixth Commonwealth Games.

OLYMPIC - IOC19 Jul 2022

Death of IOC Honorary Member Ottavio Cinquanta
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-With great sorrow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of IOC Honorary Member Ottavio Cinquanta, at the age of 83. He was elected as an IOC member in 1996. Two years before, in 1994, he was elected President of the International Skating Union (ISU), a position he held until 2016, when his IOC membership also ended. The same year, the IOC Session elected him as an IOC Honorary Member and the ISU Congress acclaimed him as ISU Honorary President. The IOC Session also recognised Mr Cinquanta’s outstanding services and distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement by awarding him the Olympic Order, its highest distinction. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Ottavio Cinquanta led the ISU with great dedication and deep knowledge about all aspects of all the disciplines of his Federation. This made him a highly respected leader, not only within the ISU but also among all the Winter Sports Federations. To me, he was an always reliable friend, whose advice was always honest. Sometimes, Ottavio was also thinking outside the box, which gave rise to interesting but always amicable discussions.” With 22 years at the helm of the ISU, Mr Cinquanta was the second-longest-serving ISU President, and was responsible for several innovations during his presidency. These included the introduction of short track into the Olympic programme, the creation of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995 and the reform of the figure skating scoring system in 2004. A speed skater in his youth, when he practised ice hockey and athletics too, Mr Cinquanta was also a referee at international competitions, World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. A background in business administration led him to occupy management positions in the finance and chemical industries throughout his professional career. Additionally, he served in various official functions at the Italian Ice Sports Federation and the ISU, in the sections for Short Track and Speed Skating. Within the Italian Federation, he was Chairman of the Technical Committee (1973-1980) and then Vice-President (1984-1988). Upon becoming a member of the ISU in 1975, he also joined its Short Track Technical Committee, which he chaired from 1984 to 1992. In this position, he was instrumental in the development of the discipline and key to its inclusion in the Olympic programme. Short track speed skating featured as a demonstration sport at the Olympic Winter Games Calgary 1988, and was then included in the official programme at Albertville 1992. In 1992, he was elected as Vice-President of the ISU, and became its President two years later. During his IOC membership, Cinquanta served as a member of the IOC Executive Board as the representative of the Winter International Federations (2000-2008), and sat on several IOC Commissions: Olympic Movement (1994-1999); Olympic Solidarity (1994-2001); Coordination for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City (1996-2002); “IOC 2000” (Executive Committee, 1999); Marketing (2002-2022); TV Rights and New Media (2002-2015); “IOC 2000” Reform Follow-up (2002); Coordination for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010 in Vancouver (2003-2010); Coordination for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi (2007-2014); Coordination of the 1st  Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 in Innsbruck (2009-2012); and Coordination of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in PyeongChang (2011-2018). The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Ottavio Cinquanta’s family. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at Olympic House in Lausanne for three days.

OLYMPIC - IOC05 Jul 2022

IOC President visits Ukraine and meets athletes
Sports Bulletin Report KYIV (Ukraine):-International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on the invitation of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine,  visited Kyiv on Sunday. He was accompanied by IOC Member and President of the Ukraine National Olympic Committee Sergii Bubka and the Ukrainian Sports Minister, Vadym Guttsait. He met around 100 athletes from the Ukrainian team at the Olympic Training Centre, and listened to their first-hand accounts of their experiences of training and competing in extremely difficult conditions. President Bach said: “We want to show the solidarity of the Olympic Movement with our friends here in the Ukrainian Olympic Community because we know that you are living very difficult moments, and we want not only to tell you, we want to show you, we want to reassure you that you are never alone with the Olympic Community. We are with you with our hearts, with our thoughts every day, and we want to support you to make your Olympic dreams come true. Earlier, the President visited a badly damaged sports facility in Kyiv. He was able to see the destruction at the Avangard basketball hall, which was hit during a missile attack on the city. Later the President held hour-long talks with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. President Zelensky told the IOC President, “I want to thank you personally for your support for our athletes and the Ukrainian Olympic Community. He also reiterated his strong support for the IOC’s position with regard to the war in Ukraine. President Bach told the Ukrainian President, “I want to thank you for holding such a meeting addressing sport at such a difficult time for your country.  This is further confirmation of your commitment to sport and the Olympic values.  We want to show solidarity in particular with the Ukrainian Olympic Community, and to demonstrate to the athletes and coaches that they are not alone and that we stand by their side. During a media conference, President Zelensky also welcomed the new strengthened initiatives from the International Olympic Committee that the IOC President had announced during the visit, which go beyond coordinating the support for more than 3,000 Ukrainian athletes both at home and abroad. President Bach committed to continuing and even strengthening the IOC’s support for Ukrainian athletes, with a special view to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026, and their respective qualifying events. As a result, the aid fund for athletes will be tripled to USD 7.5 million.  And Sergii Bubka, as the coordinator of this fund, will continue to rally and coordinate the support of the entire Olympic Movement beyond this IOC fund. President Bach also committed to convening in Lausanne, together with the NOC and the Sports Minister of Ukraine, a Ukrainian Sport Recovery Conference of the Olympic Movement.

OLYMPIC - IOC17 Jun 2022

IOC announces Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders aiming for Paris 2024
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released the initial list of 44 athletes who have been awarded Olympic Scholarships for Refugee Athletes to help them train towards the goal of being selected for the  IOC Refugee Olympic Team Paris 2024. The 44 athletes come from 12 countries, are hosted by 16 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) across all five continents, and are competing in 12 sports. Of this initial group, 23 are Olympians who competed as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016 and/or Tokyo 2020, and three are individual athletes who are new to the scholarship programme.   IOC President Thomas Bach said: "We welcome you to the Olympic community and wish you luck in qualification. I know what a difficult period it is to go through to qualify for the Olympic Games, and so we admire how you are meeting the challenge given all the difficulties you have overcome." The scholarships are fully funded by the IOC through its Olympic Solidarity programme dedicated to refugee athletes, and will provide the athletes with the support they need to train and compete in qualification tournaments in the build-up to the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Three of the athletes  – badminton player Aram Mahmoud, weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet, and marathon runner Tesfay Felfele – are benefitting from transition scholarships, as they have become or are in the process of becoming citizens of their host countries. Coming from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela, the Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders are competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling. Their refugee status has been confirmed by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and they are being supported by 16 host NOCs (Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America, and Uruguay).