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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.

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.


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