IOC; 134th Session – Schedule of Events

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time Event
9 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


Friday 21 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Saturday 22 June 2019

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


Sunday 23 June 2019

Time Event
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Inauguration of Olympic House


Monday 24 June 2019

Time Event
9 – 9.10 a.m. Opening Remarks of 2026 Briefing
9.10 – 9.40 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Technical presentation
9.40 – 10.25 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Q&A
10.55 – 11.25 a.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Technical presentation
11.25 a.m. – 12.10 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 p.m. 134th IOC Session


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

2026 Bid; Government support for both candidates


Press release by Stockholm Åre 2026;

Swedish government pledges support to Stockholm Åre 2026 Olympic bid

The Swedish government has publicly expressed its support to the Stockholm Åre 2026 Olympic bid, with Sports Minister Amanda Lind confirming that the whole government is ‘united’ behind Sweden’s proposal to host the world’s biggest winter sports event in seven years.

The backing of the bid is a huge boost to the Stockholm Åre 2026 bid, which would see Sweden host its first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – and first Olympic Games since 1912.

The International Olympic Committee is due to make an official selection on 24 June 2019, with Italy’s Milan-Cortina the other candidate city in the running.

“It would be great for Sweden to host an Olympic Games,” said Amanda Lind, Swedish Sports Minister, in an interview with Swedish television station, TV4.

“For the entire sports movement, it would be a huge boost. As Sports Minister, I’m glad that we have been able to give this backing. The government is united behind the decision.”

Stockholm Åre 2026 outlines a flexible and forward-thinking proposal that aims to deliver the most sustainable Olympic Games in history, and Lind added that this approach could send a clear message to the rest of the world.

“If we get the Olympic Games, it would be very positive in the way the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Swedish Paralympic Committee have planned the Olympics. It would be a way for Sweden to show how sports events can take place in the future, and to be able to show that one can do it without expensive new builds – in a sustainable and climate-smart way,” she continued.

Stockholm Åre 2026 CEO Richard Brisius is delighted that the government has placed its support firmly behind the bid – and believes that sending this message further strengthens Sweden’s campaign.

“We are pleased that the Swedish government and our politicians, like us, think that an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026 would be good for Sweden and the Olympic movement,” he said.

“We have already seen huge support from the public, business community and different stakeholders across the country, and it’s fantastic that the Government has now pledged its full support as well.”

“We have been working closely and continuing a dialogue with the Government and other important stakeholders for many months, so for us, this decision is not unexpected.”

He added: “We all know that the only votes that matter will occur on 24 June 2019 by the IOC members in Lausanne. Between now and then, we will continue to work hard and showcase our plan for a truly sustainable Winter Games, not just for 2026, but for every Games beyond that.

“That’s what ‘Made In Sweden’ really means – quality you can count on, and passionate people you can trust to deliver.”


Press release by Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (Italian National Olympic Committee);

Italian Government signs guarantees for bid. Giorgetti delivers letter to the IOC Commission

The Italian Government has signed the guarantees in support of the Milan-Cortina 2026 bid. The announcement came at the start of the afternoon stage of the Seminar related to the visit by the IOC Evaluation Commission, held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. The Undersecretary at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in charge of Sport, Giancarlo Giorgetti, announced the Government’s decision, before delivering the official document signed by the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, to Octavian Morariu, the IOC member overseeing the international delegation. The important document arrived on the second last day of the Evaluation Commission’s tour. The host of the 2026 Winter Olympics will be chosen on 24 June at the IOC Session in Lausanne.


You can read more about the 2026 host city election here.

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.

New IOC headquarters; Opening Date Announced

Photo: Martijn Giebels


Press release by the IOC;

Olympic House to officially open on Olympic Day

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on 23 June during the celebration of Olympic Day. In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC.

The inauguration of Olympic House will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2014 when the IOC decided to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office.

Source: IOC
Full press release: Olympic House to officially open on Olympic Day

IOC; Publication: The Olympic Stadiums of the Summer Games from Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020

The Olympic Studies Centre

This document presents the stadiums for the Olympic Summer Games which have hosted the athletics events and/or the opening and closing ceremonies. Thanks to their size and prestige, these buildings are generally regarded as the core centre of the sports facilities created for the Games. The document contains information on the stadium project itself, together with how it was used or adapted for the Games, its architecture, its particular features and lastly its post-Olympic use.


You can download this document here.