On 5 July in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge hosted Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of the Adecco group. On this occasion, the IOC/Adecco Athlete Career Programme (ACP) agreement was extended for another eight years. This agreement allows athletes from throughout the world to benefit from a broad-ranging assistance service, helping them to change careers smoothly after retiring from sport. Also present for the signature of the agreement were IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi, Adecco Head of Communications Stephan Howeg and Global ACP Director Patrick Glennon. See the news story at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
On the same day, President Rogge met Michel Platini and Gianni Infantino, respectively President and Secretary General of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland).
This weekend, the IOC President will attend the Wimbledon (Great Britain) tennis tournament men’s and women’s finals.
Willi Kaltschmitt Luján has been presented with the Guatemala’s Dinner of Champions Organisation’s trophy. This trophy was awarded to him in recognition of his important contribution to national and international sport through the various functions he has held during his career.
Kipchoge Keino, two-time Olympic champion and multiple world record-holder, has just been inducted into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame, which was specially created to mark the centennial year of the IF. Info at www.iaaf.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
On 28 June, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced that 250 male boxers and 36 female boxers had qualified for the Games in London. This will be the first time that women’s boxing will be on the Olympic programme. The events will take place between 28 July and 12 August at the ExCeL London centre. Info at www.aiba.org.
Last week in Lausanne, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) held a meeting with the cities and national federations interested in hosting the 12th World Swimming Championships (25m pool) in 2016, or the 13th edition of these Championships in 2018. The FINA Bureau will choose the host cities of these events at its meeting on 11 December 2012 in Istanbul (Turkey), held in the framework of the 11th World Championships. Detailed information at www.fina.org.
The names of the 36 male and 36 female athletes who will participate in the modern pentathlon competition at the Games in London have just been announced by the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM). Furthermore, the UIPM has revealed the logo celebrating the 100th anniversary of modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games. See the names of the qualified athletes and the centennial logo at www.pentathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In the latest edition of Olympic Flash, we learn that, at the end of June, at the invitation of the German-speaking community’s Sports Minister, Isabelle Weykmans, a meeting was held between sports ministers André Antoine (for the Walloon-Brussels federation) and Philippe Muyters (for the Flemish community) and the President of the Belgian NOC (COIB), Pierre-Olivier Beckers, in the framework of the collaboration agreement they signed in November 2011, whose objective is to improve coordination between the various sports entities. One of the subjects on the agenda was the Olympic Games in London. Info at www.olympic.be.
The NOC of Cameroon celebrated Olympic Day by organising various events throughout the country. Some 2,000 people participated in the Olympic Day Run in three regions - Garoua in the north, Ngaoundéré in the Adamaoua region and Yaoundé in the central region. In these three regions, various sports activities were on offer, including athletics, football, cycling (with a special race for people with a disability), horse riding and table tennis. Also on the programme were cultural events, a conference on the Cameroon National Games, a special “environment” morning and an Olympic dictation. Info at www.cnosc.com.
The Colombian NOC, whose President is Baltazar Medina, recently presented the athletes who will participate in the Games in London, and announced that world BMX champion Mariana Pajón, would be the flag-bearer at the Games Opening Ceremony. Info at www.coc.org.co.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has provided the full list of the 130 athletes and 56 coaches selected for Team GB’s Olympic Ambition Programme during the Games in London. This programme highlights the athletes’ and coaches’ preparations with a view to competing in the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi and the 2016 Games in Rio. More info at www.olympics.org.uk.
The NOC of Guatemala has organised a ceremony at which 18 athletes from the London Olympic delegation, accompanied by their coaches, swore an oath. Besides the athletes’ family members and friends, this event was also attended by the President of the Congress of the Republic, Gudy Rivera, the members of the NOC Executive Board and Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport María Dolores Molina. On this occasion, the names of the Chef de Mission and the flag-bearer were announced.
Furthermore, at the traditional Olympic dinner held on 21 June by the NOC, trophies were awarded to numerous athletes, in the presence of the Head of State, Otto Fernando Pérez Molina. Detailed info at www.cog.org.gt.
On 30 June, a celebration of Olympic Day took place under the auspices of the Kenyan NOC at the Kenya Rowing and Canoe headquarters in Mombasa. More than 500 participants – schoolchildren, club and organisation members, media representatives, community leaders, etc. – were present. During this celebration, in the framework of the partnership between the NOC and TOP global partner Procter & Gamble, sports packs were distributed to 20 schools. The objective of this partnership is to distribute this type of equipment to more than 200,000 primary school children throughout Kenya before the start of the Olympic Games in London, with the aim of promoting sports activities among young children, as part of the “Nurture Future Olympians” project.
Numerous children took part in an Olympic Day celebration organised recently by the NOC of Rwanda, which now has a Facebook page.
For the 25th consecutive year, the NOC of Chinese Taipei organised an Olympic Day Run, with more than 5,500 participants aged between two and 75. NOC President Thomas Tsai signalled the start of the race. The themes of this Olympic Day were the 90th anniversary of the NOC and the Olympic Games in London. More info at www.tpenoc.net/.
Table tennis player Fabiola Ramos will be the flag-bearer of the Venezuelan delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the Games in London. This announcement was made at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Venezuelan NOC in the presence of NOC President Eduardo Álvarez, Sports Minister Héctor Rodríguez and Chef de Mission for London 2012 Artemio Leonett.
The NOC of Vanuatu has informed us that the Vanuatu Football Federation received the IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy on the occasion of the Olympic Day celebration in Port Vila. With football being the number one sport in Vanuatu, the federation has been developing a programme for children for the last 15 years. This new programme, from which every child in Port Vila can benefit, is now called the “Just Play Programme”, and is financed and sponsored by UEFA, the Australian government and the Oceania Football Confederation. Info at
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
In the framework of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)’s “Get Set” educational programme, numerous schools and colleges throughout the UK celebrated World Sport Day on 25 June (photo above). This day marked the start of national sports week. Thousands of schools and colleges thus took part in various events and activities, learning more about the countries participating in the Games as well as their cultures and customs. A film of this Day has been sent to all the participating schools to congratulate them. The following information underlines the success of this initiative: Schools in every local authority across the UK planned and ran their own celebrations; promotional material was distributed in more than 20,600 schools; 70 schools celebrated at London 2012 live sites; 10,000 young people performed the London 2012 Mascot Dance at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford; and London 2012 Ambassador and Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards and singer Lemar celebrated at Burntwood School for Girls in London. This event was widely covered by the British media. Info at www.london2012.com.
THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM
The IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) one of the world’s biggest centres of written information on the Olympic Movement and Games, has re-opened its doors in the Villa du Centenaire, a prestigious building located next to The Olympic Museum, overlooking the Olympic Park and Lake Geneva. President Rogge recently visited the new OSC facilities. The OSC is the starting point for research, teaching and publications contributing to the dissemination of Olympic knowledge. The OSC’s sections (library, university relations, archives and research and reference service) are ready to host representatives of the Olympic Movement, researchers and students from throughout the world in its premises reserved for reading and studies, while providing access to unique reference sources and collections.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the British Paralympic Association recently announced that the first Paralympic Ball would be held in London on 5 September 2012, during the Paralympic Games. Besides collecting funds, this event will celebrate the Paralympic athletes and their performances, as well as the Paralympic Movement. More info at www.paralympicball.com.
Furthermore, in the framework of the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, the IPC has held a seminar in PyeongChang (Korea), bringing together some 70 delegates, including members of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang (POCOG) and the Korean Paralympic Committee. The Paralympic Winter Games will be held from 9 to 18 March 2018. More info at www.paralympic.org.