Declarations, agreements, etc.
???? European Union recognises the role of sport

During the European Union's June summit in Amsterdam, a declaration was adopted which officially recognises the social significance of sport. The declaration, which will be introduced in the revised version of the Maastricht Treaty, reads: The Conference emphasizes the social significance of sport, in particular its role in forging identity and brining people together. The Conference therefore calls on the bodies of the European Union to listen to sports associations when important questions affecting sport are at issue. In the connection, special consideration should be given to the particular characteristics of amateur sport.

Hong Kong to retain Olympic independence

Following Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China this summer, the International Olympic Committee President, Juan Antonio Samarach, finalised an agreement which maintains - with some alterations - Hong Kong's independence as a National Olympic Committee. The "Agreement between the International Olympic Committee and the Amateur Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong" reads:

It is the common aim to enable the people of Hong Kong to continue taking part in the Olympic Games and generally in sports competitions everywhere as a separate and independent entity. It is agreed therefore that the ASF & OC will retain its recognition as a National Olympic Committee and will function according to the Olympic Charter.

The necessary adaptations include:

  • The Country China will be added to the Region Hong Kong in the designation of the Olympic Committee.
  • Hong Kong teams will fly the SAR flag at all times.
  • The Chinese national anthem will be played on official occasions (flag-raising and victory ceremonies).
  • The initial HKG will be maintained.
  • The NOC's new emblem will feature the flower, Bauhinia, with the Olympic Rings, Chinese characters, and the names Hong Kong and China included.

AIPS seeks support for clean sport

The International Sports Press Association, which represents more than 30,000 journalists from 130 member countries, declared its wish for a sport environment free from doping, violence, fanaticism and racism. In July, on Sports Journalists Day, the AIPS asked all International Sports Federations, their officials, organisers and referees, "to perform their duties objectively and precisely respecting millions of sport loving people around the world."