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NOVEMBER 2016, NO 34


The Olympic Channel is live!

Launched on 21 August following the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony, this ground-breaking digital platform is the place where fans can experience the power of sport and the Olympic Movement all year round.

With the goal of providing a new way to engage young people, fans and new audiences, the Olympic Channel offers additional exposure for Olympic sports and athletes outside the Games themselves. The free platform will present original programming, live sports events, news and highlights from across the globe, while providing a destination to learn more about sports, explore new ones and to be inspired through sport. Fans can also follow and share content on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

IOC President Thomas Bach commented: “The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic Movement and a result of Olympic Agenda 2020. It is the start of an exciting, new journey for athletes, fans and new generations to connect with sport and the Olympic values every day of the year.

Curious? Check out olympicchannel.com to watch a preview, and download the app from Google Play or the App Store!

We look forward to reading the first academic research on the Channel’s role within the Olympic Movement and its impact in the way people experience the Olympic values and the Games.

New OVEP toolkit

The new version of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) resource toolkit is now available online. It is aimed at teachers and instructors, coaches and sports clubs, governments and educational authorities, members of the Olympic family and even parents at home who want to put into action the core values of Olympism.

The Toolkit contains the four following key resources:  

1. The Fundamentals of Olympic Values Education Manual: The official core resource for the programme and the primary knowledge base for the delivery of the OVEP.

2. Delivering OVEP: A Practical Guide: It will assist you in delivering the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme.

3. OVEP Activity Sheets: Each Activity Sheet is a printable guide to a set of hands-on learning exercises that take the Olympic themes, symbols and traditions, and provide students/learners (from the primary years to the upper years of secondary school) with ways to experience this material through creative and thought-provoking activities.

4. The Resource Library and inspiring videos: A rich selection of background information, inspirational materials such as videos and examples of grassroots programmes that complement the Programme activities.

All the resources are packed with ideas, stories and activities that can teach values and inspire young people. Also don’t miss the “Zoom in on Olympic Education” on the Olympic World Library.

Discover the new Integrity e-learning course for athletes

The platform, devoted to preventing the manipulation of competitions, was used for the first time at the Rio 2016 Games. Available in 10 languages, this online course takes about 10 minutes and teaches athletes the role they can play in protecting themselves and in preserving the integrity of their sport and competitions. It uses real examples from the Olympic Games.

The content covers the four recommendations of the Play Fair Code of conduct: Be True, Be Safe, Be Careful, Be Open.

It was first tested before the Rio Games by the athletes of the International Hockey Federation. LEARN MORE

The Olympic Winter Games will engage for sustainability

Following the successful implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is putting into place six high-level recommendations aimed at Olympic Winter Games candidates and host cities, which will give them more flexibility to design Games that advance their sustainability and legacy goals.

The recommendations address the following aspects: venue concept, candidature process, Games organisation, positioning of the Olympic Winter Games, and benefits and legacy.

The 26-member Olympic Winter Games Strategic Review Working Group, with input from a wide range of other Winter Games stakeholders, worked on developing these changes. They presented the recommendations to the IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, just before the start of the Games.

Full implementation is expected by the start of the 2026 Games candidature process. LEARN MORE

Read the Olympic Programme Commission report on Tokyo 2020’s proposal for new sports

Following the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) have new opportunities to propose additional events in new sports to be added for their edition of the Olympic Games. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is the first to have the chance to exercise this opportunity. It submitted a proposal in September 2015 to the IOC for 18 events in 5 sports to be added to the programme of the next edition of the Summer Games in Tokyo. 

At the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

This report gives a detailed overview of Tokyo’s proposal for the five sports to be added to the programme, the locations where they could be hosted as well as feedback and reports from different stakeholders and Olympic Programme Commission members.

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