It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces the passing of former IOC President Count Jacques Rogge. He was 79 years old. 

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The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has moved its General Assembly in October from Seoul to Athens.

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INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH HIGHLIGHTED THE IOC’S INTENT TO ACHIEVE ITS PEACE MISSION THROUGH SOLIDARITY AND WITHIN THE REMIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES DURING HIS OPENING STATEMENT TODAY TO THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S PANEL DISCUSSION.

Read more: THE UNIFYING POWER OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES TO BRING THE WORLD TOGETHER IN PEACEFUL COMPETITION

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) is planning on holding an in-person General Assembly in Seoul later this year, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Olympic Games have expanded from 241 to more than 10,000 competitors since the original reestablishment in Athens with the 1896 Games. Dozens of additions and changes have been made in the Olympic program since 1896, with almost 100 events being added since 1980 alone. Although enthusiasts of many activities hope to see their avocations become Olympic sports, only a few receive one of the coveted slots in the Olympic program.

Read more: How Are Sports Chosen for the Olympics?