IOC; 23 June 1894-2019: 125th anniversary of the IOC’s establishment by Pierre de Coubertin

The first Olympic congress was held in 1894 in Paris. During this congress, the revival of the Olympic Games began and the IOC was established.

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Bulletin du Comité International des Jeux Olympique
1re Année — N° 1
1 Juillet 1894

Source: Olympic World Library



125th anniversary of the IOC

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125th anniversary of the IOC, which was founded on 23 June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin.

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IOC; IOC EB Meeting June 2019



Headlines IOC Executive Board Meeting, 19-20 June, Lausanne


IOC Executive Board approves qualification pathway for athletes in boxing on the road to Tokyo 2020
Following the recommendations made on 22 May 2019 by the IOC EB to keep the boxing tournament on the Tokyo 2020 sports programme while suspending the recognition of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), the IOC EB added further proposals to ensure the delivery of the qualification events and the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020. They will immediately come into force if the IOC Session approves the IOC EB recommendations of 22 May 2019.

Read more: Press release


IOC Executive Board meeting concludes ahead of landmark events
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today finished its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, looking forward to a series of historic events and exciting days of work and celebration in the city.

Read more: Press release


Organising Committees present progress to IOC Executive Board
During its second day of meetings, the IOC Executive Board (EB) listened to reports about the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Beijing and Paris.

Read more: Press release


IOC announces list of Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders aiming to be part of IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the list of Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders who are aiming to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020. They are competing in eight sports. This announcement comes on World Refugee Day, which is celebrated every year on 20 June.

Read more: Press release



Press Briefing with IOC Spokesperson Mark Adams (19 June)
Press Conference with IOC President Thomas Bach (20 June)

IOC; IOC EB Meeting May 2019

Lausanne| Switzerland | 22 May 2019 IOC President Thomas Bach holds the EXECUTIVE BOARD Meeting in Lausanne Photography by Greg Martin/IOC


Headlines IOC Executive Board Meeting, 22 May, Lausanne


IOC Executive Board meets to prepare for the Session in June
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) met today in Lausanne, Switzerland, to prepare for the IOC Session scheduled from 24 to 26 June, in the same city.

Read more: Press release


IOC EB recommends boxing keep its place on the Tokyo 2020 sports programme and suspension of recognition of AIBA
Boxing is set to maintain its place on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but the recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be suspended. This recommendation was put forward today by the IOC Executive Board (EB) to the IOC Session from 24 to 26 June 2019 in Lausanne.

Read more: Press release


Future Olympic Games elections to be more flexible
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today approved major changes to the principles governing the future election of Games hosts.

Read more: Press release


IOC Executive Board proposes 10 new Members for election to the IOC Session
The proposal to elect 10 new IOC Members was submitted today by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the IOC Session that will meet in June in Lausanne. The vote is due to be held on 26 June 2019.

Read more: Press release

IOC; 134th Session – Schedule of Events

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time Event
8.45 a.m. – 6 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Thursday 20 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Saturday 22 June 2019

Time Event
10 a.m. Olympic Capital Run
5 – 8 p.m. Golden Rings Awards Ceremony


Sunday 23 June 2019

Time Event
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Inauguration of Olympic House
5.20 – 6.10 p.m. Bilateral Meeting: Stockholm–Åre 2026
6.20 – 7.10 p.m. Bilateral Meeting: Milan–Cortina 2026


Monday 24 June 2019

Time Event
8.45 – 9 a.m. Opening Remarks of 2026 Briefing
9.00 – 9.30 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Technical presentation
9.30 – 10.15 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Q&A
10.45 – 11.15 a.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Technical presentation
11.15 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Q&A
1.50 – 2 p.m. Session: Opening Remarks
2 – 2.30 p.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Final presentation
2.45 – 3.15 p.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Final presentation
3.15 – 3.40 p.m. Presentation by the Evaluation Commission, including Q&A
4 – 4.30 p.m. Vote to elect the Host City 2026
6 p.m. TBC Announcement of Host City 2026
6.30 p.m. Signing of Host City Contract followed by joint IOC – Host City 2026 press Conference


Tuesday 25 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 134th IOC Session


Tuesday 26 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. 134th IOC Session


Source: The International Olympic Committee. All times are local and subject to change.

IOC; IOC EB Meeting March 2019

Lausanne | Switzerland, IOC Executive Board in Lausanne Palace, 2019


Summary IOC Executive Board Meeting, 26-28 March, Lausanne


Day 1

  • The IOC Executive Board has lifted the status of conditional inclusion of weightlifting on the programme of Paris 2024.
  •  The IOC EB recognised the resignation of IOC Member Tsunekazu Takeda from Japan.
  • An additional EB meeting on 22 May in Lausanne.

Read more: IOC press release


Day 2

  • The IOC EB accepts Paris 2024 proposal for four new sports (breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing). This proposal will now be put forward to the IOC session in June in Lausanne.
  • The IOC EB approved an increased revenue distribution from PyeongChang 2018 to NOCs and IFs.
  • Preparations for Tokyo 2020 are on time and on budget.
  • Sports programme for the Olympic Winter Games 2026; The IOC EB agreed on the proposal of the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission to have no changes to the programme for Beijing 2022 and to put forward the same seven sports to the upcoming IOC Session.

Read more: IOC press release 1 and IOC press release 2


Day 3

  • The IOC EB was in favour of hosting the IOC Session in 2021 in Athens, Greece, and has asked the administration to prepare a feasibility study for the next Executive Board meeting.
  • The IOC EB decided to continue with the Olympism in Action Forum. It tasked the IOC administration with looking into the option of holding the Forum, starting in 2023, at the same time in Lausanne every four years, if possible in combination with another IOC event.

Read more: IOC press release

Publication: Mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues (IUCN)

Wherever a new sports venue is built, or the refurbishment of an existing venue is undertaken, it is likely that biodiversity will be affected by that development, although the significance of impacts on biodiversity – both negative and positive – will vary enormously from sport to sport and location to location. Sports organisations, public authorities and financial institutions as well as those involved in the actual construction and decommissioning of venues all have a role to play in managing the range of impacts that sport venues may have on biodiversity. This includes implementing different measures that can be taken to mitigate any negative impacts and adopting approaches that contribute to biodiversity conservation. Moreover, with careful planning and design, new sports venues and the expansion of existing sites or temporary facilities can, in some cases, even contribute to an overall gain of biodiversity. This report offers in-depth guidance on how to integrate biodiversity considerations in the development of a new venue or a temporary facility, including five checklists covering all aspects from the early planning stage and site selection to the decommissioning.

Imprint: Gland, Switzerland : IUCN, 2019
Physical Description: xii, 80p. : ill.
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-2-8317-1954-2


You can download this publication here.

Olympic Art Competitions: Winners in Architecture and Town Planning

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam 1928. Design by Jan Wils. Photo: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie on Flickr. (CC BY 4.0)


From 1928 to 1948, art competitions were part of the Olympic Games. In this post an overview of all winners in the categories Architecture and Town Planning.


Olympics Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Stockholm 1912 Eugène-Edouard Monod and Alphonse Laverrière (SUI)
Building plan of a modern stadium
Antwerp 1920 Holger Sinding-Larsen (NOR)
Project for a gymnastics school
Paris 1924 Alfréd Hajós and Dezső Lauber (HUN)
Plan for a stadium
Julien Médecin (MON)
Stadium for Monte Carlo
Amsterdam 1928 Jan Wils (NED)
Olympic Stadium at Amsterdam
Ejnar Mindedal Rasmussen (DEN)
Swimming pool at Ollerup
Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
Los Angeles 1932 Gustave Saacké, Pierre Montenot, Pierre Bailly (FRA)
Design for a “Cirque pour Toros”
 John Russell Pope (USA)
Design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, New Haven, Conn.
Richard Konwiarz (GER)
Design for a “Schlesierkampfbahn” in the Sport Park of Breslau
Berlin 1936 Hermann Kutschera (AUT)
Skiing Stadium
Werner March (GER)
Reich Sport Field
Hermann Stiegholzer and Herbert Kastinger (AUT)
Sporting Centre in Vienna
London 1948 Adolf Hoch (AUT)
“Skisprungschanze auf dem Kobenzl”
Alfred Rinesch (AUT)
“Watersports Centre in Carinthia”
 Nils Olsson (SWE)
“Baths and Sporting Hall for Gothenburg”


Town Planning

Olympics Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Amsterdam 1928 Alfred Hensel (GER)
Stadium at Nuremberg
 Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
Max Laeuger (GER)
Municipal Park at Hamburg
Los Angeles 1932 John Hughes (GBR)
Design for a Sports and Recreation Centre with Stadium, for the City of Liverpool
Jens Klemmensen (DEN)
Design for a Stadium and Public Park
André Verbeke (BEL)
Design for a “Marathon Park”
Berlin 1936 Werner March and Walter March (GER)
Reich Sport Field
Charles Downing Lay (USA)
Marine Park, Brooklyn
Theo Nußbaum (GER)
Municipal Planning and Sporting Centre in Cologne
London 1948 Yrjö Lindegren (FIN)
“The Centre of Athletics in Varkaus, Finland”
Werner Schindler and Edy Knupfer (SUI)
“Swiss Federal Sports and Gymnastics Training Centre”
Ilmari Niemeläinen (FIN)
“The Athletic Centre in Kemi, Finland”


Source: Art competitions at the Summer Olympics, Wikipedia (last visited Mar. 6, 2019).