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IOC reaches agreement for 2010 & 2012 broadcast rights in the Caribbean

September 30th, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the broadcast rights for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games to SportsMax’s parent company, International Media Content Ltd. (IMC) in the Caribbean, it was announced today.


IMC has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone, in the following territories: Anguilla, Antigua-Barbuda, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Vincent and Grenadines, Surinam, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Speaking about the partnership, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “The IOC wants to ensure that as many people as possible around the world are able to enjoy the Olympic Games. We are very happy to be partnering with IMC to make this a reality in the Caribbean.”


Commenting on the deal, IOC Executive Board member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: “The IOC has agreed a comprehensive package with IMC that will not only ensure broad coverage of the Olympic Games in the Caribbean across all broadcast platforms, but also the promotion of Olympic sports and Olympic values beyond the 16 days of competition. We also look forward to working with IMC to making daily highlights of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games available in the region.”


Speaking about the agreement, Patrick Rousseau, Chairman of IMC, said: “It is with great pride that we add these IOC properties to the inventory of Caribbean rights that IMC currently holds. The Olympic Games is at the pinnacle of sports properties worldwide and the Summer Games in particular has seen tremendous performances from our Caribbean athletes.” He continued, “We are ecstatic about the acquisition of these rights which will allow us to increase the coverage of the Olympic Games utilising a combination of our regional free-to-air broadcast partners in each territory, as well as our SportsMax channel that broadcasts into 22 markets in the region.”


For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department:
Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:, or visit our web site at

   Tanya Lee, Regional Marketing Manager, SportsMax Limited Tel:(876) 757-6361 (Tel), (876) 901-8133 (Fax),


A marathon for peace in Kinshasa

September 29th, 2009
“The IOC is convinced, more than ever before, that in this third millennium, sport does have a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world as it appeals to the community in general and to young people in particular. Sport can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society. This is because we all know that sport is, in essence, the only language understood by everyone. Sports activities promote interaction, tolerance and the spirit of fair play. And we all know that if our youngsters learn through sport to respect each other, they will be well equipped for their role in contributing to a better society”. This was the message from the IOC President Jacques Rogge, to the organisers and participants at an event held on 26 September in Kinshasa by the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) and the Congolese Olympic Committee, on the occasion of the celebration of International Peace Day. This year, this Day was placed under the message from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “We must disarm! We must have peace.”


Run for peace
This is the second time that the IOC has been associated with such a programme in this country. Just like the 2006 Peace Games, this new sporting event will be the opportunity for the various communities of your country not only to enjoy recreation and peace, but also to develop trust and confidence between the parties. On the programme, a marathon, in which around 300 runners took part, including some 30 Blue Berets, MONUC civil personnel and members of the Congolese National Police and Army. The main objective of this marathon was to show the way followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo towards peace: a refound peace that will start the departure of the MONUC and therefore the management of crises by the Congolese, with the help of the UNCT (United Nations Country Team). All along the route, which led the runners from the station to the cycling stadium in Kinshasa, signs and banners recalled the various steps towards peace and the necessity of disarming, each time with a reference to the following stage. Culture was also present, with musical events and shows by artists, young people’s associations and women’s groups on the theme of peace.
Events throughout the country
Besides this marathon, MONUC set up various activities throughout the country. From north to south, and from east to west, conferences and discussions, official ceremonies, prizegivings, and walks for peace brought together local authorities, leaders of various communities, young people’s associations and representatives of MONUC. Objective: to encourage dialogue towards peace and give a future to young Congolese people today and tomorrow.
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Keeping in touch

September 28th, 2009
“The relationship between the athletes, the clubs, federations and the National Olympic Committees (NOC)” is one of the 15 sub-themes that will be discussed and debated at the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen between 3 and 5 October 2009. Maria Colon from Cuba is a true role model in this regard, however she is the exception rather than the rule. Maria is, first of all, an Olympic champion. She beat all her opponents in the javelin competition at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.


“Without the NOC, the trainer and coaches, I would have never achieved such a performance”, she says. And now she wants to give something back.  Maria coaches a group of young athletes at her former sports club. Together with the national track and field federation, she works on specific training programmes, so that the youngsters can achieve their goals, while having fun. “The fun factor is key”, she underlines. What’s more, she also supports the National Olympic Committee in its daily work, and has deployed political initiatives to give sport more weight in society. The Copenhagen debate aims to provide new ideas on how to trigger athletes’ interest in keeping in touch with clubs, federations and NOCs.





IOC Announces Video Contest Winners

September 28th, 2009
A “live” report from the 2024 Olympic Games and a heartfelt tribute to the positive power of sport proved to be the winning combination in the International Olympic Committee’s video contest for the Olympic Congress.


Vanessa Lee of Canada and Lee Kang-Eun of South Korea submitted their separate videos in response to a series of video challenges from Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and other Olympians that were posted on the IOC’s web site in August.


“I want to know what you think the future of the Olympics is going to be. Seriously,” Bolt said. French archer Berangere Schuh, British BMX champion Shanaze Reade, Jamaican hurdler Melaine Walker, British boxer James Degale and British runner Dame Kelly Holmes also called for submissions.


More than 200 people responded before the contest closed on 22 September, and more than 20,000 from around the world have visited the Olympic Congress site on YouTube. The IOC announced the winners today and will reward them with free trips to the Olympic Congress, which will take place in Copenhagen from 3 to 5 October.


Vanessa Lee, an archer who hopes to compete in the 2012 Games, presented her vision of the future in video that features an interview with her at “the 2024 Games in Sierra Leone.” Lee, 20, poses as a competitor and tells the viewing audience that it is her fourth Olympic Games.


“It’s great seeing so many athletes from developing countries really step up their game. They’re really the ones to beat these days,” she tells her interviewer, a friend who poses as a sports journalist.


Lee Kang-Eun used her video to offer her prediction that the Olympic Games would help make the dream of global harmony become a reality by 2024. Although from Seoul, she is currently studying sports marketing in Rennes, France, in pursuit of her dream of becoming an IOC member.


“I think the word ‘harmony’ is the best word to describe the future of the Olympic Games,” she says on her video. Lee, also 20, tells the video audience that the Games and Olympic athletes set an example that fosters both political and social harmony.


“The Movement sends the message that if you try your best, if you have a dream and you go for it — never give up — you can really achieve that dream,” she says.



The messages from Bolt and the other Olympians, as well other video submissions from the public, are here.  


Although the video contest is over, the IOC is encouraging video submissions from anyone who would like to share their opinion. Videos can be uploaded at



Sochi 2014: Big Cats Return to the Caucasus

September 26th, 2009
On Saturday 19 September 2009, the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Jean-Claude Killy, and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli attended the release of two male Caucasian or Persian leopards into spacious pens in the Sochi National Park. Released into the pen by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the leopards, which were imported from Turkmenistan, will form part of an initial group of five leopards that will be used to try and reintroduce the species into this region of Russia following their disappearance from the area in the 1920s due to excessive hunting.


Following its Development
Speaking following the release, Killy said: “This will be a great environmental legacy from the Sochi Games. Prime Minster Putin and I were delighted to see these beautiful animals arrive at the reintroduction centre, as it is a project that we have both been following very closely since its inception nearly two years ago. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and the local government authorities know how much we at the IOC want organisers to treat the environment with respect when they are organising the Games, and this is an encouraging sign from our Russian friends.”


Environmental Legacy
The reinsertion project, which is part of Sochi 2014’s environmental legacy and follows up on its commitment to not only protect but also enhance the unique environment in the Krasnodar region, will see the leopards live in a special centre for breeding and rehabilitation in the Sochi National Park, with their offspring being released into the wild in the Caucus nature reserve. Female leopards will arrive in due course, and experts believe that it will take 10 to 15 years to create a nucleus of the leopard population in the area. The areas where the leopards will be released in the future were all carefully chosen to resemble, as closely as possible, their habitat in Turkmenistan. The programme is being supported by WWF-Russia, private companies and a number of Russian government agencies.


Sochi 2014
Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. Sochi won the vote against the cities of Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) in the second round of voting. The Russian city edged out PyeongChang by 51 votes to 47, with Salzburg having been eliminated in round one. The Sochi Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports currently on the Olympic programme and will run from 7 to 23 February 2014.



IOC and Omega Extend Partnership to 2020

September 25th, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an extension to its current partnership with Omega through to 2020, including the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016), the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020).
The announcement, made at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, means Omega will continue as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, bringing its relationship with the Olympic Movement to a total of 29 Olympic Games.
IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed Omega’s commitment to the Olympic Movement: “Omega’s devotion to the development of sports timekeeping, its commitment to athletes and its dedication to the Olympic Movement are a source of enormous confidence for the IOC and the organisers of the Olympic Games.”
Gerhard Heiberg, Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission, said, “Omega’s accuracy, technological competence and years of experience have contributed to the success of the modern Olympic Games. Omega works in close collaboration with our other technology partners to provide integrated technology support to the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games.”
Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega, said “Omega is proud to continue its long-standing association with the IOC and the world’s premium sporting event. Since 1932 the Olympic Games have provided us with a unique platform to convey our message of precision, quality and innovation in a prestigious and fitting environment.”
For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department:
Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email: , or visit our website at
To contact Omega: OMEGA International Press Office, Rue Stämpfli 96, 2504 Bienne, Switzerland Tel. +41 32 343 9211, Fax +41 32 343 9715, E-mail: – Internet:
The host city of the 2016 Olympic Games will be announced at the 121st IOC Session, to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2009.
Worldwide Partners currently confirmed for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 are: Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa.
Atos Origin, Panasonic and Samsung have extended their partnerships until 2016.
Coca-Cola and Omega have extended their partnerships until 2020.


Ban Ki-moon to make keynote address at the opening of the Olympic Congress

September 25th, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very pleased to announce the presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at the XIII Olympic Congress, which will open on 3 October 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr Ban Ki-moon will open the IOC Congress with a keynote address to the Olympic family.
For IOC President Jacques Rogge, the presence of Mr Ban in Copenhagen strengthens the partnership between the two organisations. “It’s a strong commitment to the recognition of the increasingly important role of sport in the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals. In the global community of the 21st century, the Olympic Movement is more accountable to the whole of society than ever before, and it must be sure of its place in all regions of the world. This is why the participation of the United Nations in its Congress, placed under the main theme of ‘the Olympic Movement in Society’, is invaluable.”
The Congress will be held under the theme of “the Olympic Movement in Society”. Participants will discuss the current status of the Olympic Movement and projections into the future around five main themes: Theme 1 “The Athletes”, Theme 2 “The Olympic Games”, Theme 3 “The Structure of the Olympic Movement”, Theme 4 “Olympism and Youth” and Theme 5 “The Digital Revolution”.


For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:, or visit our website at


Youngsters striving for goals

September 24th, 2009
What have young rowers in the United Kingdom, a tennis player in Russia, weightlifters in China and football players in Argentina got in common? They all want to achieve their dreams and become champions. Their combined ongoing efforts to reach their goals are linked to one of the key questions that will be discussed in October 2009 at the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen: Is competitive sport still appealing?
The views of the different youngsters vary. “For me, it is already a great satisfaction and success when I manage to carry out a new technical element properly”, says the young rower in Hensley. The young Russian tennis player is categorical: “I want to become number one in the world”. The Argentinean boys all dream about playing in the first division. In China, weightlifting has benefitted from the success and all the medals Chinese athletes have won. “We can see a real passion for this sport and many young boys and girls have decided to take it up … and for some, strive to become Olympic champions,” says a coach in a Beijing gym.
The discussions and debates in Copenhagen will certainly dig deeper into the issue, and analyse it from different perspectives. Other leisure activities and so-called fun sports will be examined, and their impact on young people and Olympic sports analysed. For youngsters who are already champions in their chosen sports, the appeal is obvious.



Rogge – Medvedev meeting in Bern

September 22nd, 2009
Today in Bern (Switzerland), IOC President Jacques Rogge met with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, who is currently staying in Switzerland. Naturally, their discussions focused on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and Russia’s sporting policy in view of their success. Mr Medvedev wished President Rogge every success for the Olympic Congress that will take place in about 10 days’ time in Copenhagen (Denmark). President Rogge invited President Medvedev to Lausanne during one of his future trips to Switzerland.
The IOC delegation also comprised Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Sochi Games, and IOC member Vitaly Smirnov. For his part, the Russian President was accompanied by Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister for the Olympic Games and Regional Development; Vitaly Mutko, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Youth; Leonid Tyagachev, President of the Russian NOC; and Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014.


"Let’s go!"

September 22nd, 2009
“Parat. Let’s go”, says Daniel Meuli in a mix of Swiss German and English, as she coaches young elite snowboarders at a training camp in Davos, Switzerland. This is one of her jobs. “I also needed some intellectual stuff ”, she says. This intellectual stuff is provided at the Research Institute in Davos, where Daniela sorts out lifestyle plans for athletes. Daniela, snowboard gold medal winner at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, did quite a lot of soul-searching before she knew what she wanted to do after her sporting career.
Like 3,000 other athletes, she was helped in this process by a joint Adecco – IOC athlete career programme. Over six months, she was assisted in defining her goals and objectives and the skills she needed to gain in order to get a real job. “I think all athletes should think much earlier about life after their elite career”, Daniela underlines.
This point of view is also shared by Frank Fredericks, the charismatic former 200-metre runner, Olympian and Chairman of the IOC’s Athletes Commission. “We have a problem”, he says, “once the athletes stop competing, what then?” Fredericks also stresses that such a programme needs to help cross the bridge between rich and poor countries, as athletes in poorer countries have absolutely no social system to rely on. The XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen in October 2009 will offer the opportunity to search for new initiatives and ideas in this field. The topic is discussed under one of the 15 sub-themes: “The social and professional life of athletes during and after elite competition”.