This week in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge met Jean-Paul Philippot, President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and Ingrid Deltenre, EBU Director General; Bruno Grandi and André Gueisbuhler, respectively President and Secretary General of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG); Mike Fennell, President of the Jamaican Olympic Committee; and IOC members Lambis V. Nikolaou and Ching-Kuo Wu.
In the framework of the fourth edition of the IOC “Art and Sport” competition, an international jury, chaired by Lambis V. Nikolaou, Chairman of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, met on 11 June in Lausanne and selected the winners in two categories, graphic works and sculptures. The six prize-winning works plus the five diploma winners in each category will be on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London during the 2012 Games. The remaining works will continue to be exhibited at the House of International Sport in Lausanne until 3 September 2012. The prize-giving ceremony will take place during the IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, which will be held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) from 25 to 27 November 2012.
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INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Cuban two-time Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Juantorena is currently President of the Cuban Athletics Federation and an IAAF Council member. Press release at www.iaaf.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation has informed us that a level 1 Academy for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics has been held for the first time in the Dominican Republic, in the capital, Santo Domingo. Thirty-eight coaches from 13 Spanish-speaking South and Central American countries took part in this Academy. Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
On 11 June, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) communicated the list of the 50 swimmers (25 men and 25 women) who will compete in the 10km marathon event at the Games in London this summer. Detailed list at www.fina.org.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that Graham Henry, the coach of the 2011 Rugby World Cup champions, New Zealand, has joined the IRB Rugby Committee. He was named “Coach of the Year” five times, between 2004 and 2011. Info at www.irb.com.
On the occasion of National Environment Day, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) launched its Environmental Ambassadors project and the new logo of its Environment Commission. Details at www.fim-live.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 5 June, the Colombian NOC, whose President is Baltazar Medina, and a group of athletes qualified for the 2012 Games received the national flag from the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, at a ceremony held in the Palacio de Nariño. On the same day, some 30 athletes planted trees at the NOC headquarters, to mark World Environment Day. Furthermore, the Chamber of Representatives awarded the awarded the Simón Bolivar Order of Democracy to the athletes in the Olympic delegation for London 2012. Detailed info at www.coc.org.co.
We have learnt that the NOC of Gabon organised a regional seminar on sports medicine in mid-May in Libreville. Under the aegis of Olympic Solidarity, this seminar was attended by doctors from the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, as well as some 40 doctors and physiotherapists from Gabon. Among the subjects addressed were the history and evolution of sports medicine in Africa, the psychological preparation of the athlete, the athlete’s nutritional balance and fatigue fractures.
The President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has awarded a commemorative silver tray to the Petres, a Swedish family who helped marathon runner Shiso Kanaguri at the Stockholm Games in 1912. A ceremony brought them all together on 9 June at the Satellite Arena in Solletuna (Sweden). Kanaguri had given up the race because of the heat. The Petre family looked after him until he got his strength back. Several days later, Kanaguri returned to Japan without informing the race officials and was thus considered as a missing person by the Swedish authorities for 50 years. Kanaguri took part in the Antwerp Games in 1920 and the Paris Games in 1924. This story has been passed from generation to generation of the Swedish family. Press release on www.joc.or.jp.
Marking the start of Olympic Day celebrations, the traditional drawing and painting competition organised by the Peruvian NOC was again successful this year, with almost 1,000 schoolchildren taking part in San Borja Olympic Park. Organised in collaboration with Olympic global partner Samsung, this 22nd edition had a “Sport and Olympism” theme and was inaugurated in the presence of NOC President José Quiñones González. More info at www.coperu.org.
The NOC of Slovakia has awarded the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy to Zapadoslovenska energetika (ZSE), Inc., which has been a partner of the NOC and the Olympic team since 2005. The Trophy was presented to ZSE, Inc. CEO Konrad Kreuzer by NOC President Frantisek Chmelar and Secretary General Jozef Liba. More info at www.olympic.sk.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 5 June, on the occasion of World Environment Day, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov announced that, as from next July, smoking in public would be authorised only in specific areas. These zones will be found in parks and gardens near to cafes and restaurants. This new initiative follows the decision taken in April to make Sochi 2014 “Tobacco-free Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
We have just learnt that a consultative meeting between the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), whose President is IOC honorary member Lassana Palenfo, and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC) was held on 14 May in Abuja (Nigeria). The agenda included discussions on the position of the African Olympic Movement on the All Africa Games, the organisation of the ANOCA Games and the qualification of African athletes for the Games in London. Info at www.africaolympic.org.