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Third version of Tokyo 2020 Playbooks published

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) began publishing the third and final editions of the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks today.

These comprehensive guidelines, which are a key part of the overall countermeasures being put in place for the Games, provide extensive details for each key stakeholder group to help them complete their preparations for travelling to and arriving in Japan, their time at the Games, and their departure from Tokyo.

International Olympic Committee v. Brenton Rickard

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Lausanne, 9 November 2020, The Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD) held a hearing in the arbitration procedure between the International Olympic Committee and the Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard today, by video-link.

Statement by IOC President Thomas Bach on Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's election

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I congratulate Suga Yoshihide on becoming Prime Minister of Japan. I wish him all the very best, for him personally and for the Japanese people. At the same time, I would like to thank Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide very much for the commitment he has already expressed for safe and successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, next year.

IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate

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As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and wellbeing, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the establishment of the “International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate”. The course leading to certification is set to commence in September 2021. This is a first of its kind because there is currently no certificate or minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport on an international level.

Statement by IOC President Thomas Bach on Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s resignation

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First of all, I would like to wish him all the very best in his fight against this disease with all the strength we know him to have. At the same time, I would like to thank Prime Minister Abe for his great leadership in getting the Olympic Games back to Japan after the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, and in overseeing and supporting the overall preparation of these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Safer sport day to reinforce the utmost importance of athlete safeguarding

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This Saturday, 8 August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) joins the celebrations for Safer Sport Day, championed by the International Safeguards for Children in Sport Initiative, a coalition of more than 60 organisations working together to make sport safer, in which the IOC is represented on the advisory board.

IOC and UNODC enhance partnership to tackle crime in and through sport

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Tackling crime in and through sport, protecting the credibility of sport and enhancing the strategic partnership between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) were the key issues discussed by IOC President Thomas Bach and UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly , who met virtually on Tuesday 21 July 2020.

IOC President Thomas Bach warns Italy over new sports law

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has warned the Italian sports minister that the Italian Olympic team could be suspended for the Tokyo Olympics if a draft sports law is passed that would decrease the role of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

IOC statement on the execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran

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The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news. The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. In letters, Thomas Bach, the IOC President, had made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

IF gender equality webinar series opens with sessions on governance and electoral processes

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Since 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Federations (IFs) have participated in an annual forum with a view to closing the gender gap on and off the field of play. With the 5th IF Gender Equality Forum cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of six online sessions opened yesterday, with the first two intended to increase female representation in governing bodies and improve women’s representation in decision-making positions.

IOC sanctions one athlete for failing anti-doping tests at London 2012

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The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the international olympic committee (ioc), as outlined in olympic agenda 2020, the ioc’s strategic roadmap for the future of the olympic movement. The ioc has been conducting additional analyses on the samples collected from the olympic games london 2012. This programme, which uses the latest scientific analysis methods, aims to test samples for all the substances prohibited in 2012.

IOC and JOC discuss measures to eradicate harassment and abuse in Japanese sport

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IOC President Thomas Bach and the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and IOC Member, Yamashita Yasuhiro, held a telephone conference last week to address measures to eradicate harassment and abuse in Japanese sport. Both Presidents stressed the determination of their organisations to fight against any form of abuse.

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