International Olympic Committee (IOC)

President of IOC visits Tonga

Bach and his delegation arrived by private jet utilising Tonga's Covid-19 protocols for short-term high-level visits (MIQ Zero).

Tonga's international borders are closed at the moment due to Covid-19.

The IOC President attended a function at the Tonga Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) office which had limited attendees, before meeting the Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni at his office in Nuku'alofa.

IOC president to visit POM

He will participate in various events including a meeting with the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister and Minister for Sport, Peter O’Neill.

This meeting will cover a range of topics including government support for sports. Both leaders will then witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PNG Olympic Committee and the PNG Sports Foundation.

IOC accused of failing clean athletes at Rio 2016

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) says the IOC "lost the anti-doping battle at Rio... before the Games began".

Individual sports federations were left to decide on the involvement of Russian athletes in the Olympics following allegations of state-sponsored doping, while the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) imposed a blanket ban on competitors from the country.

Russia to host 2021 World Biathlon Championships despite IOC request

The 2021 World Biathlon Championships will take place in Tyumen, Russia, going against a request from the International Olympic Committee (IOCTyumen's bid was voted for ahead of those of Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic and Slovenia's Pokljuka at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) congress on Sunday.

The awarding of the event to the Russian city does not comply with a recommendation from the IOC issued in July following the publication of the McLaren Report.

Coates admits concern over Tokyo 2020 payment

However he stressed that there is “no reason” to doubt the reasons given for the controversial transaction.

Coates, who heads up the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Games in four years’ time, reiterated their co-operation with any investigations and claimed results of the probe being conducted by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) could come within a month.