New Year’s Message 2017 – Olympic News

As this Olympic Year 2016 comes to a close, we see that foe is one of a few things with a appetite to combine all people in an increasingly frail world. Sport is an anchor of fortitude for so many people, regardless of background, nationality or belief. For me, this is a underlying reason that explains a success of a Olympic Games Rio 2016. Like no other eventuality in 2016, it brought a whole ubiquitous village together in celebration, with athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees as good as a first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. It was a singular impulse of togetherness and oneness for all humankind. We saw new records, good emotions, fair-play and sportsmanship. The appearance of a Refugee Olympic Team sent a clever vigilance of wish to a millions of refugees in a world. The world’s best athletes set a absolute instance that it is probable to rivet in pacific competition. For all these reasons, a Olympic Games Rio 2016 will be remembered as a noble Games in a Marvellous City.

This singular appetite of foe to combine all of amiability is one of a many critical things that a Olympic Games can give us in a uneasy times.






This singular appetite of foe to combine all of amiability is one of a many critical things that a Olympic Games can give us in a uneasy times. In a universe where distrust and doubt are on a rise, foe is a source of fun and impulse for so many people, giving us wish that a common amiability is stronger than a army that wish to order us.

Half a world’s race tuned into Games coverage, creation Rio 2016 a most-consumed Olympic Games in history, when one takes into comment promote and amicable media. The blast of amicable media platforms in new years meant that some-more people than ever followed these Olympic Games around amicable media, with 7.2 billion views of central video content. An ubiquitous consult has found that these Olympic Games are strongly compared with certain attributes such as “excellence”, “friendship” and “respect”, among many others.

With this tellurian prominence comes shortcoming for a universe of sport. Because of a unifying appetite of sport, there are high hopes and even aloft expectations for sports organisations from a ubiquitous open – and righteously so. The purpose of foe in multitude is some-more applicable currently than ever before. Consequently, sports organisations everywhere, need to transparent a trust that people have placed in sport.

Outside of Rio 2016, we saw a flourishing aptitude of foe in multitude in a series of opposite areas during this landmark Olympic year. It began with a really successful Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, where a suggestion and appetite of a subsequent era of immature athletes set a tinge for a rest of a year. There was unanimous support for a Refugee Olympic Team from a UN Secretary-General, a UN General Assembly and from many heads of state and government. In a serve countenance of a tighten team-work between a IOC and a UN, a fortitude with accord from all a Member States validated a UN’s approval of a liberty of a IOC and a purpose of foe as an critical enabler of tolerable development. The initial tellurian discussion on faith and foe hold during a Vatican during a beginning of Pope Francis brought together a UN Secretary-General and a IOC with faith leaders to plead a graduation of common values. The launch of a Olympic Channel gave a sports transformation a digital height to widespread a messages and values to immature people everywhere. Making a sorcery of a Olympic Games accessible 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, we already have some-more than 382 million video views of Olympic Channel calm opposite all of a amicable media pages.

The launch of a Olympic Channel gave a sports transformation a digital height to widespread a messages and values to immature people everywhere.






So as 2016 comes to an end, we have many reasons to applaud a successful Olympic Year. At a same time, there are no reasons to be complacent.

In sport, a success of currently means 0 for tomorrow. As an athlete, we schooled that your opening will eventually be judged by how we arise to a occasion. The success of currently usually gives we a strength to residence a hurdles of tomorrow.

This is a same proceed that a Olympic Movement will take to tackle a hurdles that distortion brazen in 2017. There are many hurdles on a agenda, so we can't means to mount still. We need to arise to a arise in a New Year. 

The many evident plea is a intolerable commentary of a new McLaren news on doping and strategy in Russia that have caused repairs to a credit and firmness of sport. Two IOC commissions have been set adult to coordinate a response. They will honour a due routine and give all sides a satisfactory possibility to be heard. Following this, a IOC will take all suitable measures and sanctions.

There are many hurdles on a agenda, so we can't means to mount still. We need to arise to a arise in a New Year.






We will continue and extend a work of Professor McLaren. Since his charge did not embody a full re-analysis of all samples, we will re-examine all 254 urine samples collected from Russian athletes during a Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.  We will do a same with all a Russian athletes’ samples from a Olympic Games London 2012.  It is usually satisfactory for a credit of a Olympic Games and for assent of mind of a athletes that we take these additional measures. 

The latest developments underscore a obligatory need for a strengthened, centralised anti-doping complement underneath a care of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that is eccentric of sports organisations and governments alike. This is because a IOC will continue to call for a some-more efficient, some-more pure and some-more strong anti-doping system, as unanimously upheld by all stakeholders during a many new Olympic Summit.

Another priority on a bulletin is a credentials for a Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, that will be a initial of 3 uninterrupted Olympic Games to be hold in Asia. The many exam events in PyeongChang this winter will be an critical miracle on a highway to what will be well-developed Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

The doing of Olympic Agenda 2020 stays an ongoing priority, with some-more than 90 per cent of a approaching deliverables finished or ongoing. The IOC has already implemented all good governance measures that were called for underneath Olympic Agenda 2020 and we design other foe organisations to follow this lead. Another vital step towards a realization of Olympic Agenda 2020 will come in 2017 during a Olympism in Action Forum in Lima, Peru, where a purpose of foe in multitude will be addressed underneath a pivotal themes of credibility, sustainability and youth.

The IOC has already implemented all good governance measures that were called for underneath Olympic Agenda 2020 and we design other foe organisations to follow this lead.






Even yet Tokyo was comparison as Host City for a Olympic Games 2020 before a adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, it is one of a initial organisers to advantage from a new concentration on flexibility, feasibility and sustainability. Following these beliefs has already helped Tokyo 2020 to realize poignant altogether savings, that we will continue to pursue with a internal partners. In fact, a bill of a Organising Committee is secretly funded, that means 0 cost to a open purse.

With a glorious candidatures of Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris, we can already contend with certainty that a universe can demeanour brazen to superb Olympic Games 2024, whichever city is comparison as host. All 3 cities submitted projects entirely in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 of how a Olympic Games can best fit into a long-term prophesy for a tolerable growth of their cities. It is also transparent that but a new coherence underneath Olympic Agenda 2020, there would be no Candidates Cities during all for a Olympic Games 2024.

On a some-more long-term perspective, we need to recognize that a stream candidature routine produces too many losers. Therefore, we need to investigate ways to remodel a candidature routine over 2024, to safeguard that a best horde city is comparison for a Olympic Games while minimising a losers.

Following a successful launch of a Olympic Channel, a concentration contingency now distortion on flourishing a assembly and a reach. In 2017, efforts will combine on building localised versions of a Olympic Channel, charity region- and language-specific calm on linear and digital platforms. A poignant miracle in this routine was only recently announced with a new linear Olympic Channel in a US, set to launch during a second half of 2017.

The success of a Olympic Games Rio 2016 has shown us what it is probable when a universe comes together in assent and oneness as it did during a Olympic Games. So it is with this resolutely in mind that we demeanour towards 2017 with a renewed clarity of purpose.






The success of a Olympic Games Rio 2016 has shown us what it is probable when a universe comes together in assent and oneness as it did during a Olympic Games. So it is with this resolutely in mind that we demeanour towards 2017 with a renewed clarity of purpose.

Wishing everybody a really happy and moneyed New Year,

Thomas Bach
IOC President

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