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What do you think is the future of the Olympic Games? Usain Bolt, triple Olympic gold medallist, wants to know what you think the future of the Olympics will be! In conjunction with the Olympic Congress, which will be held between 3 and 5 October 2009, the IOC is offering two free trips to Copenhagen, Denmark for the best YouTube video reply to this question. The lucky winners will attend the entire Congress. Have your say on youtube. com/ olympiccongress Follow the International Olympic Committee on Twitter! Twitter is a free social networking and blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. By signing up you can access regular updates on what is happening in the Olympic Movement. Follow us on twitter. com/ Olympics The International Olympic Committee ( IOC) Executive Board ( EB) proposed the list of 26 core sports and two additional sports, golf and rugby, to be included in the 2016 Olympic Programme. The proposal will be submitted to the full IOC for a final decision at its Session in Copenhagen in October, where golf and rugby will have the opportunity to present. Seven sports - baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball and squash - were seeking to enter the Olympic programme. The secret ballot vote by the EB followed an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission of the potential added value to the Games from each of the seven sports. " All seven sports made a strong case for inclusion, and the EB carefully evaluated them in a transparent and fair process. In the end, the decision came down to which two would add the most value," said IOC President Jacques Rogge, who elected not to take part in the vote. " Golf and rugby will be a great addition to the Games." The key factors in determining a sport's suitability for the Olympic programme include youth appeal, universality, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and respect for the Olympic values. During the 119th Session in Guatemala in 2007, the IOC approved a simplified voting process for new sport to enter the programme. The IOC members also requested guidance from the EB in the selection of the new sports, and entrusted it to make a proposal based on the work of the Olympic Programme Commission. All seven sports had a chance to make their case to the Olympic Programme Commission in November 2008 and to the IOC EB in June 2009. The EB approved several new events for the 2012 London Olympic Games. All of the new events had been requested by the relevant International Federations as part of the IOC's systematic review of the sports programme. The changes reflect the IOC's desire to continually refresh the Olympic programme and its commitment to increase participation by women. The changes approved by the Executive Board include the following: Women's Boxing: The EB agreed to the introduction of three women's events. The current 11 men's boxing events will be replaced by 10 men's and three women's events, representing an additional two boxing events on the programme. The total number of boxers remains unchanged. The decision was a recognition that women's boxing has made substantial progress in universality and technical quality of the athletes since the EB last considered the discipline in 2005. Canoe Sprint: The EB agreed to the request made by the International Canoe Federation ( ICF) for the replacement of men's C2 500m with women's K1 200m and to replace the remaining three men's 500m sprint events with 200m sprint events. Modern Pentathlon: The EB agreed to the implem-entation of a new combined run- shoot format. Handball: The removal of placement matches in the handball tournament was agreed. Wrestling, Swimming, Cycling: The three Federations ( FILA, FINA, and UCI respectively) submitted requests for new events. The EB informed them that this could happen, especially if the new events increase the participation of women at the Games and on condition that they replace events already on the programme. Additionally, current events can be replaced with new ones only if the total number of athletes is maintained. Tennis - Mixed Doubles: The EB agreed to consider the inclusion of a mixed doubles event pending guarantees from the International Tennis Federation that the top players in the singles rankings would be able to participate. OLYMPIC MANIFESTO ONDISPLAY NEWSPORTS PROPOSEDFOR2016 IOCAPPROVESNEWEVENTSFOR 2012LONDONOLYMPICGAMES The manuscript known as the Olympic Manifesto, drafted by Pierre de Coubertin that outlines his vision for the revival of the Modern Olympic Games, will be on display for visitors during the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen in October. The document was drafted in 1892 as a speech Coubertin was to deliver for the fifth anniversary of the French Athletics Association held at the Sorbonne and refers to " this grandiose and beneficent work: the re- establishment of the Olympic Games". Two years later he founded the International Olympic Committee at the same place and the 14- page manuscript became know as the Olympic Manifesto. The document went missing during the World Wars, and it was the Marquis d'Amat of France, a great fan of the Olympic Movement, who went in search of it in the 1990s. He scoured flea markets around Europe and in the United States before he was guided towards a collector in Switzerland. The full document ( a high quality copy due to the fragile condition of the original manuscript) will be on display, courtesy of the Marquis d'Amat, as part of the exhibition organised by The Olympic Museum of Lausanne to be held at the Copenhagen City Hall from 12 September to 4 October 2009. BelowThe Olympic Manifesto will be on display in Copenhagen during the Congress OLYMPIC REVIEW13 NEWS INBRIEF

Hein Verbruggen Hein Verbruggen was awarded the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Beijing at a ceremony held on 13 July, exactly eight years after Beijing's election as host city of the 2008 Games. This is the high-est distinction awarded by the Beijing Municipal Government to a for-eigner. Hein Verbruggen was Chairman of the IOC Evaluation and Coordination Commissions for the 2008 Games. Pál Schmitt IOC member Pál Schmitt has been elect-ed Vice- President of the European Parliament. Schmitt has been a member of the Parliament since 2004. The 4th International Athletes' Forum once again underlined the role and place of the athlete within the Olympic and sports movement, both nationally and internationally. The Moroccan city of Marrakech was the site for its fourth edition, at the invitation of the Moroccan Olympic Committee, on the initiative of the Olympic champion Hicham El Guerrouj, a member of the IOC and its Athletes' Commission and Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC member and then Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sport. Almost 100 athletes from five continents, representatives of the IFs of Olympic sports and the five Continental Associations of the NOCs attended. After three days of discussions, a series of recommendations were adopted on the three themes of the Forum: relationship between the athletes, clubs, federations and NOCs; health protection in training and competition; and the social and professional life of athletes during and after elite competition. These recommendations will be presented at the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen in October. The Forum is held every two years by the Athletes' Commission, whose Chairman is four- time Olympic silver medallist and world champion, Frank Fredericks. The participants unanimously agreed that all the members of the sports movement - clubs, national and IFs and NOCs - have an important role and responsibilities vis- à- vis the athletes and vice- versa. The athletes thus have a central role to play in raising the profile of sport and recreation across communities and the sports organisations must ensure that all athletes can compete on a level playing field. The Forum also encouraged sports organisations to strengthen their athletes' commissions so that the athletes can make their views heard. With regards to athlete health during training and competition, the Forum called on the IOC to implement educational programmes on health protection and injury- prevention at the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, and to encourage the NOCs and IFs to do the same. Decisions, in particular relating to competition schedules and rule changes, should be taken in consultation with the IFs' respective Athletes' and Medical Commission representatives. On the key issue of the social and professional life of athletes during and after elite competition, the participants agreed to remind the various Olympic Movement constituents of the need to understand the importance of combining education and sport (" dual career"), and to recognise and endorse the importance of life skills. To achieve this, they proposed the introduction of programmes to provide emotional support and management during the transition period and to create partnerships with sponsors to contribute to life projects, and not only sports performance. The IOC, under the auspices of the Women and Sport Commission Chairperson, Anita L. DeFrantz ( right), and in collaboration with the NOC of Guam, recently organised the 4th Continental Seminar on Women and Sport for the countries of Oceania in Guam. On 21 July, the Women and Sport Commission of the Oceania NOCs ( ONOC) met for the first time chaired by newly elected Helen Brownlee. A forum then brought together 30 delegates from the 17 NOCs of Oceania. The agenda included a presentation of the IOC Commission's 2008- 2012 action plan, and Olympic Solidarity and IOC programmes aimed at promoting women in sport. For the first time, young delegates took part in the Seminar, which aims to strengthen the participants' knowledge and competences in management so that they can access positions of responsibility within decision- making and administrative organs of the NOCs and other national sports organisations. ATHLETESATTHE HEARTOFSPORT WOMENANDSPORT SEMINARINGUAM IOC ANDATOS ORIGINEXTEND PARTNERSHIP CULTURAL ANDOLYMPIC EDUCATION INOCEANIA The IOC has extended its partnership with Atos Origin through to 2016, including the XXII Olympic Winter Games ( 2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad ( 2016). Atos Origin has been a key technology provider for the Olympic Movement since becoming the Worldwide Information Technology Partner in 2001. IOC President Jacques Rogge said: " The Olympic Games would not happen without the use of Information Technology. We rely on Atos Origin's world- class expertise and experience, and I am absolutely delighted that the IOC will continue its partnership with Atos Origin for a further four years through to 2016." Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin, said: " We are particularly proud of our long- term partnership with the International Olympic Committee - a relationship based on enduring trust. We will continue to surpass ourselves from one Olympiad to the next, and will commit to deliver high level services as part of our mission for the Olympic Games." The IOC, through its Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, in cooperation with the NOC of Fiji, recently organised a continental seminar on the Olympic Values Education Programme ( OVEP) in Suva. Some 30 participants from 13 NOCs in Oceania learned about the OVEP and its manual " Teaching Olympic Values", and the best way to apply them. This toolkit has been developed in order to help educators, coaches and youth group leaders to teach the educational values of the Olympic Movement. Another topic which sparked a fruitful debate was the issue of young people living in " borderless" insular states and how sport contributes or can contribute to their education and sharing of knowledge. NEWS INBRIEF 14OLYMPIC REVIEW