On December 6th 2013, the Olympic Committee of Aruba held its General Assembly to fill one vacancy on its Executive Board. On this occasion, a new member was elected, finalizing the composition of the Aruban Executive Board. A total of 9 seats are now filled by dedicated and enthusiastic people who will have the responsibility to lead the NOC into the future.
During the next 4 years, this Executive Board will have the duty to serve the values of the Olympic Movement, with no less than 6 women, each one chosen for her capabilities and experiences.
The World Anti-doping Agency published the 2014 List of Prohibited Substance and Methods that takes effect on January 1st. This List was approved by the Executive Committee of WADA in September 2013 and will be enforceable during the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi from 7th until 23rd of February.
On 9 December 2013, the 62nd meeting of the ANOC Executive Council was held in Lausanne. During the meeting, the ANOC Executive Council discussed the ratification of nine new Commissions and Working Groups designed to add fresh impetus to the process of reform and modernisation. The establishment of the Commissions and Working Groups was officially announced on 11 December 2013. President Bach visited the ANOC Executive Council meeting on 9 December 2013.
The ANOC Executive Council also agreed the following critical dates and milestones for 2014.
ANOC Executive Council Meetings
31 March - Kuwait
7 July - Lausanne
5 November - Bangkok
End of March: ANOC debriefing of Sochi Olympic Winter Games
On 10 December 2013, the Executive Council of ANOC met with the IOC Executive Board for a joint-meeting. The participants of the meeting observed a minute's silence to pay respect to Nelson Mandela. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah personally wrote to each NOC following the meeting, asking them to fly their flags at half-staff on Sunday 15 December 2013, to mark a day of remembrance for Mandela.
Following the meeting, President Bach chaired the first IOC Executive Board meeting since his election in September 2013. The IOC Executive Board discussed a number of topics including the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Olympic Summer Games in Rio and the latest situation with the Indian NOC.
After the meeting ANOC Executive Council, members were invited to attend the exchange of the keys ceremony held in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. During the ceremony IOC President Thomas Bach officially received the keys to the IOC from Honorary President Jacques Rogge.
The ceremony was followed by the official inauguration of the newly renovated Olympic Museum which opens to the public on 21 December 2013.
Gerardo Werthein visited the NOC of Hati and the Olympic Youth Development Centre (which is part of the IOC's Sport for Hope programme) in Port-au-Prince following a request from President Bach.
The Japanese NOC and the NOC of Panama announced a bilateral partnership which aims to encourage the exchange of information on the Olympic Movement, develop best-practice exchanges between athletes and coaches, strengthen the relationships between national federations and reinforce anti-doping efforts and cooperation in the marketing and sponsor sectors.
The president of the Mongolian NOC, Dagmund Zagdsuren, was joined by IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan and other dignitaries at the inauguration of the Pierre de Coubertin Olympic hall at the middle school in Ulan Bator.
As part of the launch of the sporting values education programme set up by the NOC of Peru, the National Committee for Development, Life Without Drugs and the El Comercio newspaper, the NOC has been educating pupils, teachers and parents on the positive impact sport and the Olympic spirit can have on individuals and society.
The Swedish NOC formed a group of former Swedish Olympians in celebration of last year's 100 year anniversary of the Olympic Games in Stockholm. Last week the group invited several former Olympians to become ambassadors in their respective sports. The ambassadors will aim to increase participation in sport amongst children and young people and increase their connection to the Olympic family.