PRESIDENT
IOC President Thomas Bach attended the yearly Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, host town of the Games of the Olympiad in 1992, where he added a keynote speech (complete text right here) at the sector’s largest cellular era enterprise honest. Addressing an audience of two,000 industry leaders and experts, the IOC President outlined his imaginative and prescient of how digital generation will transform the way that human beings experience the Olympic Games. “People today are connecting with the Olympic Games in greater ways than ever before, they’re doing so digitally, and they’re doing so on cellular,” stated President Bach. “This isn’t always a venture to triumph over. This is a large opportunity to reach even new human beings with the values of recreation and the magic of the Olympic Games.” In his deal with, President Bach highlighted numerous methods in which the IOC is already shaping the virtual future of the Olympic Games, way to the era of a number of its Worldwide TOP Partners, including Alibaba, Intel, OMEGA and Samsung. In this regard, he emphasized the upward push of 5G generation as preserving notable possibility for the Olympic Games of the future. He additionally stated that the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 marked the first time ever that 5G technology had been used at an international event.

While at the Congress, President Bach visited Worldwide TOP Partners Intel’s and Samsung’s showcasing. With Intel’s these days appointed CEO Bob Swan and Sandra Rivera, SVP and GM of the Network Platforms Group, he had the hazard to enjoy Intel’s 5G era and discuss plans for the imminent Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The IOC lately extended its longstanding partnership with Samsung through to 2028, and on the Samsung exhibit, DongJin Koh, President, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication Business, and Younghee Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics, established to the IOC President first hand a number of the corporation’s ultra-modern cell generation innovations.
A meeting was held with Mats Granryd, GSMA Director General; John Hoffmann, GSMA CEO and Director; and Therese Jamaa, GSMA General Manager. GSMA is the proprietor and organizer of the Mobile World Congress.

Throughout the visit to Barcelona, the President was followed by way of IOC Vice-President Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Members Marisol Casado and José Perurena, and Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco. Read the full information launch here.

Before the Congress, President Bach took part in a non-public roundtable dialogue led through King Felipe VI of Spain on the subject of wise connectivity, wherein the opportunities that 5G and other technology provide the sports motion as well as their effect on society, politics and the economy, have been discussed.

While in Barcelona, the President met Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), with whom he mentioned the close partnership between the IOC and the UN, particularly with regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the position of recreation as a “critical enabler” to recognize the SDGs.

He also met Patrick Adiba, Group Executive Vice President of Human Resources – Olympics & Major Events from Worldwide TOP Partner Atos.

At the Mobile World Congress, the IOC President additionally met Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon and previous President of the Swedish NOC.

In Lausanne, President Bach welcomed a delegation from the NOC of the Central African Republic led via its President, Gilles Gilbert Gresenguet. The situation of recreation inside the united states, the Olympic Solidarity programmes and the athletes’ arrangements for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 had been mentioned.

The IOC President met the President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President, Riccardo Fraccari, followed using WBC Treasurer Angelo Vicini. Their discussions targeted especially on the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

Narinder Batra, President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH), visited the IOC headquarters. Meeting the IOC President in his ability as FIH President, he addressed the arrangements for the hockey competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020; while in his role as IOA President, the scenario of sport in India changed into mentioned, along with recent issues concerning website hosting global sports activities in the USA.

The IOC President met Matlohang Moiloa-Ramoqopo, President of the NOC of Lesotho, during her go to to the IOC headquarters. They discussed the state of affairs of recreation within us of a and different topics of mutual interest.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
SUMMER IFS
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that Kristina Panasenko of Kyrgyzstan turned into the primary-ever athlete to join the latest FINA-accredited Development Centre in Kazan (Russian Federation), the city that hosted the 16th FINA World Championships in 2015. Panasenko, sixteen, who specializes in breaststroke, is a member of the Kyrgyz national swimming team and participated within the FINA World Championships in Budapest (Hungary) in July 2017 as well as the Asian Championships in 2016 in Tokyo (Japan). In addition to the strict education schedule, the younger capabilities at the Centre can be provided cultural and educational sports consisting of language instructions and very own brand control courses. Sports activities and out of doors sports entire comprehensive care aid.
World Rugby has underscored its persisted participant welfare dedication with the appointment of Éanna Falvey (image). He will be a part of on 1 March in the newly created function of Deputy Chief Medical Officer, earlier than taking up the position of Chief Medical Officer from incumbent Martin Raftery in January 2020. Dr. Falvey has been running with elite athletes for greater than 15 years, masking a vast variety of sports along with soccer and boxing, and has been an essential member of World Rugby’s Medical Commission Conference and Concussion Working Group. More information right here.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has opened the bidding strategies for the 2020 Paratriathlon World Series, the 2020 Winter World Championships and World Cups and the 2022 World Multisports Championships. Cities interested by website hosting those activities can locate the bid guidelines and bid submission closing dates here. Full news release right here.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

On the occasion of 150 days to go to the XV European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), the NOC of Azerbaijan released the “Olympic Culture and Education Programme” (OCEP), inside the presence of many personalities consisting of NOC Vice-President Chingiz Huseynzade, Education Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov and representatives from 10 NOCs of Europe and Asia. The OCEP is organized as part of the EYOF taking place in Baku next July. The programme is likewise supported by way of Olympic Solidarity, the NOC of Azerbaijan, the Baku 2019 EYOF Organising Committee and the Ministry of Education, together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The foremost goal of the programme is to promote the way of life and game, and the Olympic Movement, among younger people in the member countries of the European Olympic Committees. More information at www.Noc-aze.Org.
The Bahrain Olympic Academy, beneath the umbrella of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), discussed feasible kinds of cooperation with a journeying delegation from Northumbria University inside the UK. Academy Director Nabeel Taha, joined through Olympic Solidarity Manager Maryam Mardana and Training and Development Executive Coordinator Mahmood Yateem and schooling and improvement expert Ahmed Hafed, had a fruitful assembly with Katy Storie, International Development Manager at Northumbria University, and Zahra Munther. The University has successful revel in linking educational achievement to recreation, further to organizing a chain of sports programmes that help to enhance students’ abilities in both carrying and medical and educational factors. More information at www.Boc.Bh.

Brazil will be sending a task headed exclusively using women to the South American Beach Games Rosario 2019, to be held from 14 to 23 March. The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) will send a group of nine sports activities professionals (picture above) to coordinate the delegation of 62 athletes who may be entering the competitions in 9 sports disciplines. Mariana Vieira de Mello, COB Planning and Sports, Performance Manager, will be acting as Chef de Mission. More data right here. Also, as the pre-Olympic season starts, the COB Olympic Laboratory is working at full potential. One of the legacies of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Laboratory has been in complete operation since 2017. Last yr, 2,256 assessment actions were provided to 325 athletes from 16 extraordinary confederations. The COB’s aim is that, by the time of Tokyo 2020, services will have been furnished to all the Brazilian Olympic confederations. More information here.

The first module of the Olympic sports activities management superior path (GOLD), organized through the Academic Department of the Colombian NOC, become held in the auditorium of the University of the Andean Region on 22 and 23 February. Sixteen of the forty-nine individuals gave their displays as a part of bankruptcy 1, Managing an Olympic Sports Organisation.

On 26 February, the Spanish NOC (COE) held its monthly Executive Committee assembly with King Juan Carlos I inside the chair. COE President Alejandro Blanco thanked the King for his presence at the Spanish Olympic headquarters. For his part, the King turned into keen to learn about the work finished through the COE and congratulated Alejandro Blanco for his achievements in the course of “14 years at the leading edge of Spanish Olympism”.
The Moroccan NOC has simply knowledgeable us that, at the Moulay Rachid National Sports Centre, the Royal Moroccan Rowing Federation closing year organized a schooling session for 27 country full coaches, below the aegis of Olympic Solidarity. For the Federation, this session meets the goals of its 2016-2021 assignment, for which the motto is “educate to win.” The Federation is hence seeking to educate rowing technical managers to promote the increase of the game and prepare the human assets needed to use the new boats as a way to be purchased with the intention to broaden the national sports shape
The Venezuelan NOC has launched a path in sports administration, an initiative that’s a part of the Olympic Solidarity programme. This initiative comes after 5 NOC contributors (Staff Coordinator Carina Vásquez, Technical Director Magdampi Marín, Olympic Solidarity Coordinator Félix Correa, Train the Trainers Director Zuleika Seikas and the Director General of Physical Education in the Education Ministry, Esteban Álvarez) took component in a similar direction in Bogotá (Colombia), and determined to share their information by using establishing the equal direction in Venezuela. The path members consist of participants of country full sports federations, the Organising Committees of the Bolivarian Games Miranda 2021 and Playa de Vargas 2019, and physical schooling teachers.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
TOKYO 2020
On 28 February, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) introduced that smoking will no longer be authorized at any of the Olympic or Paralympic venues for the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The ban will increase to heated tobacco products and different vaping gadgets. From 1 April 2020, a modification to Japan’s Health Promotion Law, as well as Tokyo’s new policies to reduce the occurrence of passive smoking, could be entirely enacted. Based on the improvement of the regulation and rules and steerage from the IOC, Tokyo 2020 has determined to undertake a stricter non-smoking policy to shield the fitness and protection of athletes, spectators and officers and will ban smoking in indoor venues, out of doors venues and in venues’ secure perimeters operated by way of Tokyo 2020 – a comparable policy to that enacted for the duration of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC)’s EU Office has introduced that, at the start of February, the second segment of the POINTS project was launched, with the start of educational seminars for the Single Points of Contact for Integrity (SPOCs) nominated with the aid of companion firms. For this first meeting, 18 members from 11 organizations met at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat in Lyon (France), to work on the subject of competition manipulation in game. The purpose of this seminar become to provide members with strong information with regards to opposition manipulation which will empower them when handling hard situations of their roles as SPOCs. Led through the IOC Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sports Unit, the seminar contained several periods overlaying an extensive range of elements inclusive of regulations and rules, the sports activities having a bet surrounding and cognizance-raising and schooling on the subject.

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