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Pere Miró will remain deputy director general for relations with the Olympic Movement ©Getty Images

News - Olympic Games

James Macleod will replace Pere Miró as head of National Olympic Committee (NOC) relations and Olympic Solidarity at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the start of next year, it was announced today.

Miró had held the positions for 26 years but will cede control of the departments to Macleod on January 1.

The Spaniard will now focus "exclusively" on his position as deputy director general for relations with the Olympic Movement.

The social development through sport unit, of which the main initiative is the Olympic Refuge Foundation, will also be handed over to the NOC relations department under Macleod.

The move suggests Miró, who joined the IOC in the aftermath of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, is being gradually phased out as he heads towards retirement.

IOC director general Christophe De Kepper informed Presidents and secretaries general of the Association of National Olympic Committees, Continental Associations and NOCs of the changes to the administration in a letter today.

In the letter, seen by insidethegames, De Kepper claimed the reshuffle was made "in order to help our organisation evolve and so as to better prepare for the challenges facing the Olympic Movement".

The changes are significant as Miró has been heavily involved in the crises in Kuwait and Russia, while he was also tasked with heading up a department which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to NOCs across the world.

The Kuwait Olympic Committee remains suspended for Government interference and conflicts regarding the country's law.

The Russian Olympic Committee was briefly suspended following the nation's doping scandal before the body was swiftly reinstated just three days after the conclusion of this year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Miró has also overseen the IOC's response to cases of political discrimination in sport, where athletes are either prevented from competing or participating under their own flags because the host country refuses to recognise their nation.

Macleod has been associate director for relations within the Olympic Movement under the Spaniard since 2017.

The British official worked for Olympic Solidarity as head of athlete programmes before he became head of NOC relations at London 2012.

He then went on to work as director of athlete services and operations for the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee.

"I am sure that you will join me in wishing Mr Miró and Mr Macleod the best in their future endeavours in these crucial areas for the IOC, the NOCs and International Federations," De Kepper wrote.

Miró told insidethegames he was "happy for the needed evolution" within the IOC and wished Macleod success in the role.

"I will try to continue to be useful to the Olympic Movement, assisting the IOC leadership and putting at its service all my experience," he said.

"However these 26 years I still feel very young and have plenty of motivation."


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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