On Sunday 12 August, IOC President Jacques Rogge declared closed the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, which were “Happy and Glorious” Games. President Rogge will return to London on 29 August on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, which will run until 9 September.
On 13 August, the IOC announced that it had disqualified Belarusian athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk (athletics, shot put), withdrawn her gold medal and disqualified her from the London Games. Read the story at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Chief Executive of the NOC of Bahrain, Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, has received Maryam Yusuf Jamal, the bronze medallist in the 1,500m at the London Games. This is Bahrain’s first medal at the Games, in which it first participated in Los Angeles in 1984. The NOC Chief Executive also presented Maryam with a trophy awarded by the President of the NOC and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport, Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Also present on this occasion were the NOC Chief Executive of Sports Affairs, Noaman bin Rashid Al Hassan; the Director of the Bahraini delegation in London, Saud Al Ghunaim; the team administrator, Ali Al Sheroogi; and Maryam’s coach, Tareq Sabt.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The hundred volunteers from the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games present at the London Games have ended their work and have been congratulated as part of the thousands of volunteers who contributed to making London 2012 great Games. For the volunteers, these Games provided the opportunity to gain important experience in many areas, from competition services to transport centre operations. They will transfer this knowledge to their colleagues from the 26 volunteer training centres for Sochi 2014, as well as to sports higher education institutes throughout the country, ensuring this knowledge is applied at the 2014 Games. Read the story at www.sochi2014.com.
On 13 August, the Olympic flag arrived in Brazil, accompanied by the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; the Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes; and the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral. They were welcomed by four “Generation 2016” athletes. More info at www.rio2016.com.
On 11 August, the Brazil Central Bank (Banco Central do Brasil) issued two coins commemorating the handover of the Olympic flag to Brazil at a ceremony promoted by Rio 2016 held at Casa Brasil in London. More info at www.rio2016.com.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the names of the nine commentators who will cover more than 780 hours of live sport on www.paralympic.org during the Paralympic Games in London.
During these Games, the IPC website will also have five channels broadcasting live sport every day (four in English and one in Spanish).
Through the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s policy of Standing Committee composition and rotation, positions on its committees become vacant every year. WADA is launching an appeal for new nominations or reappointments for positions becoming vacant in 2013 within the following committees: Athlete, Education, Finance & Administration, and Health, Medical & Research. Detailed information at
On 13 August, after the London Games, the International Timekeepers’ Federation (FIC) held its Quadrennial Congress. The delegates present, representing 32 affiliated organisations, unanimously approved the report by FIC President Michele Bonante on the Federation’s activities. The General Assembly decided that the next Congress would be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Info at www.ficinternational.org.