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New Zealand honorary IOC member Sir Tay Wilson dies aged 89

International Olympic Committee (IOC) honorary member Sir Tay Wilson of New Zealand has died at the age of 89, it has been announced.

Sir Tay passed away on Sunday (October 26) after a lifetime serving New Zealand sport as an administrator.

In 1980, he served as Chef de Mission to the small group of New Zealand athletes that took part in the Moscow Olympic Games.

Sir Tay led canoeists Ian Ferguson, Alan Thompson and Geoff Walker, and modern pentathlete Brian Newth, at the Games which were officially boycotted by the New Zealand Government over the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

The team competed under the Olympic rings and fern emblem rather than the New Zealand flag.


He also had interests in swimming, hockey, golf and badminton which contributed to his election as an IOC member in 1988, serving on the New Sources of Financing Commission and the Finance Commission up until 2006, when he became an honorary member.

He was also awarded New Zealand's Olympic Order in 2006 and was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games the following year before being knighted in 2009.

Up until his death, Sir Tay served as the President of the New Zealand Pierre de Coubertin Committee.

He also held a number of other international roles, including as secretary general of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) from 1989 to 1993, while also holding positions on the Finance Committees of ONOC and the Commonwealth Games Federation, as well as the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

He was also a member of the ANOC Executive Committee for two spells from 1989 to 1993 and 1996 to 2000.


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Wu Re-Elected as President of AIBA
JEJU, South Korea — Nov 14, 2014, 3:56 AM ET

Ching-Kuo Wu has been re-elected as president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a third consecutive term.

Dr. Wu was elected unopposed at the AIBA Congress in Jeju, South Korea on Friday.

He told delegates that "with the confidence and trust you have given me, I can carry out the promises I made to you. And you know that I always keep my promises."

Dr. Wu said one of the key priorities of his new term will be a continued expansion of the World Series of Boxing competition and the new AIBA Pro-Boxing competition as the organization pivots from overseeing amateur boxing to incorporating professionals into the Olympic Games and World Championships.



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Death of Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig DBE, IOC Honorary Member in Great Britain

It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig DBE, aged 96, last Saturday.

Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig was an IOC member from 1982 until 1994, and one of the first female members of the IOC. She was a member of the IOC Medical Commission (1983-1993) and became an IOC honorary member in 1994. She also held several positions within the British Olympic Association and the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), of which she was made a member of honour in 1999. In recognition of her lifelong commitment to sport, she was awarded the Olympic Order at the Centennial Olympic Congress in 1994 in Paris.



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Blatter set to be forced to step down as IOC member in 2016 when reaches 80

Sepp Blatter will have to give up his position as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of 2016 even if, as expected, his retains his position as President of FIFA next year.

Blatter, appointed an IOC member in 1999 shortly after becoming head of football's world governing body, will be forced to step when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 80.

It follows the publication yesterday of Agenda 2020 which did not recommend an automatic extension in the age limit for those members beyond the age of 70.

A proposal to allow the heads of International Federations to continue as IOC members even after the age of 80 while they completed their terms had been discussed but not put forward.

Blatter had become an IOC before the 70-year limit was enacted, making him eligible to serve until 80.

But, earlier this year, at the IOC Session in Sochi, Blatter had claimed imposing age limits on sports administrators is an "act of discrimination".

Blatter claimed FIFA had conducted its own study and found age limits were discriminatory.

He says members instead could be voted out democratically if change in membership is needed.

Blatter, currently under fire for alleged corruption linked to the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, is planning to stand for a fifth term as FIFA President next year.

The 70-year limit was brought in as one of the IOC reforms enacted in 1999 after the Salt Lake City bid scandal.

An IOC spokesman confirmed to insidethegames that a proposal in Agenda 2020, launched in Lausanne by IOC President Thomas Bach, would allow the organisation's ruling Executive Board to offer a one-time extension of a member's term of office for a maximum of four years applied only to those beyond the current age limit of 70.

The extension is to be applied in a maximum of five cases at a given time.

Another key recommendation in Agenda 2020 regarding IOC membership is a more targeted recruitment process.

The Nominations Commission should take a more proactive role in identifying the right candidate to fill vacancies "in order to beset fulfil the mission of the IOC".

This includes seeking candidates with particular skills-set, including expertise in medicine, sociology, culture, politics, business, legal and management, as well as sport.

Geographic balance, as well as a maximum number of representatives from the same country, is set to be adopted, as well as gender balance.


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President Olegario Vazquez Raña re-elected by the ISSF General Assembly in Munich

The ISSF General Assembly re-elected President Olegario Vazquez Raña (MEX) for another four-year term, this morning. Mr. Vazquez Raña received 165 votes, beating the sole other candidate Sheik Salman Al Sabah (KUW), who collected 128 votes.

Olegario Vazquez Raña – a four-time Olympian and a rifle shooting record-setter – enters his ninth consecutive Presidential term since his first election in 1980.



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The Vazquez Raña are one of the most powerful and influencial families in Mexico, so i'm not surprised. Mario, one of the oldest members, has been leading the PASO since the mid 70's and he seems to want to keep ruling until he kicks the bucket, much like Grondona in Argentina.

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He Zhenliang, China's 'Mr. Olympics,' dies at 85

BEIJING (AP) -- He Zhenliang, a former International Olympic Committee vice president who was instrumental in Beijing winning the 2008 Summer Olympics, has died. He was 85.

He died at a hospital in Beijing of an unspecified illness on Sunday, according to the state-run Xinhua news service.

Known by the nickname ''Mr. Olympics'' in China, He was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1981 and became vice president in 1989, remaining in the position for four years.

He was perhaps best known for his role in helping Beijing land the 2008 Olympics after the city unsuccessfully bid for the games eight years earlier. He was part of the presentation team at the IOC session in Moscow in 2001 where Beijing was awarded the games and served on the organizing committee's executive board.

''Mr. He was a man of culture and art,'' said IOC President Thomas Bach. ''He was a true advocate of the social values of sport and of our movement. ... He also helped our movement better understand his country, its people and outstanding culture. The Olympic movement has lost one of its most fervent ambassadors.''

Wei Jizhong, former secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee, told the China Daily newspaper that He wept after Beijing lost the vote for the 2000 Olympics to Sydney.

''He said he felt he had let his country and people down, while in fact he'd done what he could to the utmost (to help Beijing as a bid committee member),'' Wei said. ''His promotion for Beijing during the first bid and his valuable suggestions the second time played a big part in the success of 2008.''

Beijing is one of two finalists for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and if it wins, it would become the first city to host both the summer and winter games.



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Influential IOC member Vazquez-Rana dies at 82

(Reuters) - Former senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Mario Vazquez-Rana, one of the most influential powerbrokers in world sport for decades, has died at the age of 82, officials said.

A Mexican businessman and media owner, who was a member of the powerful IOC executive board, he was also head of the Pan-American Sports Organization (PASO) and the world's Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) from 1979-2012.

"Mario Vazquez Rana dedicated a great part of his life to Olympic sport," said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.

"He served over decades with great commitment as President of PASO, even until his last moments. He had outstanding merit within the Olympic Movement and we will always remember him as a great Olympic leader.

"The Olympic flag at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne will be flown at half mast in his honor."

While extremely powerful under former IOC Presidents Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge, Vazquez-Rana, whose brother Olegario is an IOC member, saw his powers wane in recent years.

Vazquez-Rana, who also briefly owned the UPI news agency, resigned from all his IOC posts in 2012 following a bitter public power struggle with Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahah Al-Sabah and Ireland's Patrick Hickey.


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Why not have one IOC member per country/territory? This way, every country/territory has a say (however small) in the major decisions of the IOC.

The Charter allows for only 115 members. It's like the Electoral College; it's not a perfect system -- but you have to accept it for what it is. Remember except for the President. NO ONE else is paid.

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Senegal National Olympic and Sports Committee (SNOSC) President Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye is to be proposed as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), insidethegames has been told.

He will be one of two new members put forward at next month's IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, along with United World Wrestling President, Nenad Lalovic, who insidethegames revealed on Friday (June 5) would be proposed

Ndiaye, who has led the SNOSC since 2006, was last week made a member of the IOC's Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission, formerly known as the body representing international relations.

He will also become the first Senegalese IOC member since International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack graduated to honorary member status last year having reached the age-limit of 80.

The pair were put forward for IOC membership by the Nominations Commission, which is headed by Britain's Princess Royal.

But, because they will not be confirmed as members until the Session in Kuala Lumpur, neither Ndiaye nor Lalovic will be eligible to vote in decisions to be made in the Malaysian capital, including the bidding contest for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics and the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Other appointments were also made today, Adams added, but only to extend the terms of existing members rather than any other new additions.

insidethegames has been told that a trio having their terms extended are Switzerland's International Basketball Federation secretary general Patrick Baumann, National Sports Committee of Indonesia President Rita Subowo and Spain's International Canoe Federation head, José Perurena.


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After the mess of FIFA....

Remember, the 2018 and 2022 votes were decided only by the narrow 22-member Executive Board. It's only the upcoming vote for 2026...whenever that will be...wherein the voting body has been expanded to include all the member-nations in good standing.

The UN has to be that way because they are "running" the world. So, given the constraints it faces, the UN does a competent job. What's your alternative?

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Blatter gives up IOC membership as FIFA exit nears

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on Monday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of soccer's governing body, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Blatter would ordinarily have been re-elected for another eight-year term as a procedural matter at the ongoing IOC Session in Malaysia, along with more than a dozen other members, but would be required to stand down when he left FIFA at the end of February.

The 79-year-old Swiss was re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president in Zurich on May 29 but announced he would lay down his mandate just four days later in the wake of the worst crisis in the soccer authority's history.



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Senegal Olympic Committee President Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye and United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic were elected as new Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today, the last day of the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.

In a presentation by the Chair of the IOC Members Election Commission, HRH the Princess Royal, it was reported that the Commission is working on a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC Members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. The Members Election Commission will meet in November 2015 to finalise the new procedure.

To address the falling number of representatives from Summer International Federations and from Africa, however, the Commission proposed the election of Ndiaye (SEN) and Lalovic (SRB).

Fourteen Members were re-elected en bloc: HSH Prince Albert II (MON); Syed Shahid Ali (PAK); Valeriy Borzov (UKR); Ottavio Cinquanta (ITA); Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR); René Fasel (SUI); Patrick Hickey (IRL); Willi Kaltschmitt Luján (GUA); Gunilla Lindberg (SWE); HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (LUX); Irena Szewinska (POL); Ching-Kuo Wu (TPE); Patrick Baumann (SUI); and Rita Subowo (INA).

Gunilla Lindberg was also re-elected as a Member of the IOC Executive Board.

The Session extended the age limit of José Perurena (ESP) for four years, for as long as he remains President of the International World Games Association. The decision was in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, which also calls for a strengthening of cooperation with other sports organisations and other event organisers in particular.

Honorary Members

Six long-standing IOC Members whose mandates come to end this year were elected as IOC Honorary Members: Patrick S. Chamunda (ZAM); James L. Easton (USA); Julio César Maglione (URU); Lambis V. Nikolaou (GRE); Olegario Vázquez Raña (MEX); and Vitaly Smirnov (RUS).

Speaking about IOC Doyen Smirnov, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “All of us in the Olympic Movement have been privileged to witness his strong dedication and commitment to our values. For over 40 years within the IOC, he has never failed in his tasks as an IOC Member and Doyen. He is a great Olympic leader. His contribution to our Movement cannot be overestimated.”

Five of the six Honorary Members were awarded the Olympic Order (Olegario Vázquez Raña had previously received the Olympic Order in 1986). Olympic Orders were also awarded posthumously to Peter Tallberg (FIN) and Reynaldo González López (CUB), who passed away this year while active IOC Members.

The 129th IOC Session is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro on 2 to 4 and 21 August 2016.


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Yelena Isinbayeva to stand for election to IOC Athletes' Commission

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is to stand for election to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission at Rio 2016, where she hopes to win a third gold medal before retiring from the sport, she has announced.



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Outstanding number of candidates for IOC Athletes’ Commission elections in Rio


The IOC Executive Board (EB) this morning approved the candidatures of 24 athletes for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections, which will be held during the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 next August.

Candidates come from all continents and are representing 14 different sports with an equal number of men and women. This great outcome owes much to the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms which have put a greater focus on athletes and the central role they have to play within the IOC and the Olympic Movement.

Four seats on the Commission will become available in 2016, with current members Claudia Bokel, Dae Sung Moon, Alexander Popov and Yumilka Ruiz Luaces finishing their terms of office next summer. All athletes participating in Rio de Janeiro 2016 will be eligible to vote. After approval by the IOC Session, the four elected athletes will become IOC members for an eight-year term of office.

List of candidates (in alphabetical order) can be found here.



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Maglione and Vázquez Raña among six departing IOC members as number shrinks to 92

Uruguay's Julio Maglione and Mexico's Olegario Vázquez Raña are among six members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have been removed from the official IOC members list after passing age limits in 2015, along with Russia's senior member Vitaly Smirnov, Greece's Lambis V. Nikolaou, Lebanon's Tony Khoury and Zambia's Patrick Chamunda.

Interestingly, this leaves 73-year-old Richard Pound as the senior member, with the Canadian first elected in 1978 and now the only survivor from the 1970s.

Although the IOC's Agenda 2020 reform process raises the possibility for serving International Federation heads to be granted an extension to their membership while they remain in their role, neither Maglione nor Vázquez Raña - the respective heads of the International Swimming Federation and the International Shooting Sport Federation - were eligible for this as they had passed the maximum age limit of 80.

Both become IOC honorary members, along with Smirnov, who first became a member in 1971, Nikolaou and Chamunda, the only one of the six to have exceeded the lower age limit of 70 introduced for members added after 1999.

Khoury is not listed as an IOC honorary member.

The changes mean there are currently only 92 serving members, well below the upper limit of 115, with no member for influential Olympic host nations including Greece and Mexico.

An unspecified number of new recruits will be added at this summer's IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, in what is expected to be the first large batch of new members introduced since Thomas Bach assumed the Presidency in September 2013.

Two others - Hong Kong's Timothy Fok and Cameroon's interim FIFA President Issa Hayatou - will exceed age limits in 2016, while five others will end their terms on the IOC Athletes' Commission.

These include Germany's chair and IOC Executive Board member Claudia Bokel, as well as South Korea's Dae Sung Moon, Cuba's Yumilka Luaces, Russia's Alexander Popov and New Zealand's Barbara Kendall.

Four new candidates will be elected during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The changes mean Pound, who still has seven years until he reaches the age limit, will now be expected to make closing remarks at IOC Sessions.

This is an honour traditionally bestowed upon the most senior member.

A two-time former vice-president in the 1980s and 1990s, Pound has twice failed to be elected to the IOC Executive Board in recent years, and has instead played an influential role from the backbenches, chairing the World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Commission which sent shock-waves around the Olympic Movement after confirming reports of systemic and state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics in November.


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