Archive for July, 2015

Test events: triathlon stars to battle for Olympic places on tough Copacabana course

July 31st, 2015

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Lausanne named Winter Youth Olympic Games host for 2020

July 31st, 2015

Lausanne, home to the IOC headquarters since 1915 and known as the Olympic Capital, was chosen over Brasov, Romania, during a vote at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, with 71 votes to Brasov’s 10.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, approved last December, the Evaluation Commission for the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 focused its assessment of the two Candidate Cities for the first time on the key opportunities and risks associated with both bids and a focus on the athletes’ experience. The Commission, chaired by IOC Member in China Yang Yang, noted that both Lausanne and Brasov were capable of organising the Games. Lausanne was praised in particular for its good use of existing, temporary and demountable venues, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability reforms.

Lausanne 2020 organisers have proposed 10 to 19 January 2020 as the dates for the Games. Over 1,000 athletes ranging in age from 15 to 18 are expected to compete at the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020. Both YOG Candidate Cities were informed that a review of sports, disciplines and events will take place after the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games, due to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, in February 2016, and that the overall list of events would be completed approximately three years ahead of the Youth Olympic Games 2020.

President Bach will establish a Coordination Commission to assist Lausanne 2020 throughout its preparation period.


The Youth Olympic Games are about competing, learning and sharing. They are a celebration of sport, youth, diversity and the Olympic values. They also exemplify the fundamental principle of Olympism to blend sport with culture and education. At the heart of the learn-and-share approach, a set of unique activities endeavours to equip the young athletes with sport and life skills; propose an innovative and powerful introduction to Olympism; and inspire participants to become ambassadors of the Olympic values.

The 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. The 2nd edition is scheduled to take place from 12 to 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Test events: Copacabana to host Olympic triathlon qualifier and paratriathlon competition

July 30th, 2015

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues to leave sporting, educational and social legacy to city

July 29th, 2015

Nine countries confirmed for boccia tournament at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

July 29th, 2015

From Nanjing to Toronto: YOG stars on the rise

July 28th, 2015

Of these 19 athletes, 13 of them won at least one medal, and, in total, 23 medals were won by Nanjing 2014 medallists in Toronto, further demonstrating that the Youth Olympics is a great preparation for top-level competitions such as the Pan American Games.

From among all these impressive results, three stories stand out in particular. The first is rhythmic gymnast Laura Zeng from the USA. In Nanjing, she won a bronze medal in the individual all-around competition. Almost one year later in Toronto, her performance was simply astounding: she won all the events she participated in, managing a perfect five-for-five! She took home the gold in individual all around, followed by victories in all four of the rhythmic gymnastics single events (hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon), adding in total five gold medals to team USA’s impressive haul. At just 15, she has a bright future in the sport, with her sights next set on Rio 2016.

Laura Zeng – ©Getty Images

Next up is Philippe Gagné. The 17-year-old diver from Montreal was able to win three medals in front of the home crowd,. taking bronze in the men’s 3m springboard, and two silvers in the synchronised diving – the 3m springboard and the 10m platform. This obviously pleased the Canadian fans, delighted to watch these amazing performances.

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Finally there is 19-year-old Brazilian table tennis player Hugo Calderano, who created quite a storm.. He first won an impressive gold in the team competition, where his Brazilian team did not lose a single match in the tournament. In the singles event, he was able to win every single match and in doing so achieved the greatest result of his young career: gold medal of the tournament. As the icing on the cake, this singles event win qualified him for Rio 2016, where he will be able to represent his country in front of the home crowd. Nice work, Hugo!

Hugo Calderano – ©ITTF

A huge congratulations goes to all the Nanjing 2014 athletes who took part in the Pan American Games. It is great to see those young women and men giving their best and following their dreams. Here is the full list of these athletes.

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Buenos Aires 2018 launches official emblem

July 23rd, 2015

To reflect the diversity of Buenos Aires, the emblem is inspired by the city’s vibrant colours, eclectic culture, iconic architecture and the many neighbourhoods that make up the Argentinian capital.

This short video gives a taste of the famous landmarks and style of the city that went into the creation of the design; from the Space Tower in the heart of the Youth Olympic Village to the iconic Floralis Generica sculpture, this emblem gives a small glimpse of the many facets of Buenos Aires.

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Test events: Rio mayor presents plans for triathlon and equestrian competitions

July 16th, 2015

Aruba, Germany and Spain earn places in Olympic debut of Nacra 17 at Rio 2016 Games

July 14th, 2015

Test events: ‘Brazil will be hard to beat at home,’ says USA volleyball captain David Lee

July 14th, 2015