The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement and organizes the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, held in summer and winter, every four years.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The current IOC President is the German Thomas Bach, who was elected for an eight-year term on 10 September 2013. This is a page containing DW's recent content on the IOC and Thomas Bach.
The International Olympic Committee has made the protection of human rights a specific reference in its contract with host cities. Leading rights groups, including HRW and Amnesty, have praised the move.
Following re-tests of samples from the Beijing Olympics in 2008, three Chinese athletes have been stripped of their Olympic gold medals by the IOC. The decision casts serious doubt over the country's future in the sport.
After bobsled and skeleton Russia has lost biathlon and speed-skating events as world bodies have applied pressure over state doping. Officials said the acclaimed McLaren Report showed 'severe problems in Russian sport.'