Sam Ramsamy was elected as President of the African Swimming Confederation during the 11th African Championships held in Nairobi (Kenya). Sam Ramsamy was already Vice-President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
Julio César Maglione was re-elected as President of the Uruguayan Olympic Committee at the NOC’s recent general assembly (see also “NOCs” section). Julio César Maglione is also President of FINA.
On 13 September, the Juridical Commission, whose Chairman is Thomas Bach, met in Vidy.
This Friday, it was the turn of the Sport and Law Commission, also chaired by Thomas Bach. The two commissions also held a joint meeting.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
A record 36 nations are taking part in the 2012 European Rowing Championships from 14 to 16 September in Varese (Italy). In all, 448 athletes will be competing in one of the 14 Olympic boat classes. You can follow the Championships on www.worldrowing.com, the official site of the International Rowing Federation (FISA).
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has launched the bid process for the 16th World Gymnaestrada in 2019. The 131 FIG affiliated and associated national federations have been invited to submit their applications by 15 December 2012. The host city will be chosen at the 13th FIG Council meeting in Liverpool (GBR) in May 2013. More details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
Fans, media and an International Handball Federation (IHF) expert group have cast their votes to select the IHF World Coaches of the Year: Ulrik Wilbek and Thorir Hergeirsson. Wilbek, who coaches the Danish national team, won the men’s competition, while Hergeirsson who is Norway’s head coach, won the voting in the category of women’s teams. Full details can be found on www.ihf.info.
In a press release, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) recently announced that the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention will be held in Moscow (Russian Federation) from 29 October to 1 November this year. For the first time, a FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic will be organised alongside the Convention. More details on www.fina.org.
The International Luge Federation (FIL) informs us that one of its three honorary members, Baron Eduard Alexandrowitsch von Falz-Fein, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 14 September in Vaduz (Liechtenstein). During his life, he has been an entrepreneur, journalist, athlete and sports leader. He competed for Liechtenstein in the 1936 Winter Games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the two-man bobsleigh event. He played a major role in getting luge included on the Olympic programme. After serving as FIL Treasurer for 15 years, he became an honorary member in 1978. He was also much involved in the Olympic Movement in Liechtenstein, where he was a driving force behind getting his country to compete in the 1936 Winter Games. A keen cyclist, he was also President of the Liechtenstein Cycling Federation. Read more on www.fil-luge.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Japanese NOC, whose President is IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda, reports that an enthusiastic crowd of almost 500,000 greeted the 71 Japanese Olympic medallists on their return from London. This is the first time that such a parade has been organised, to express the nation’s thanks to its athletes for their performances in London. A number of Olympians have also visited the areas affected by the March 2011 tsunami to meet and encourage the local population. More details on www.joc.or.jp.
The President of the Lithuanian NOC, Arturas Poviliunas, has presented the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy to Jonas Jankauskas, who has chaired the NOC’s Sport and Environment Commission since its creation in 1998. Among other things, Jankauskas helped prepare the European version of the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21. A large number of NOC staff and media representatives attended this ceremony at the NOC headquarters. More details on www.ltok.lt.
From 28 August to 1 September, the Peruvian NOC ran a sports administration course and a regional seminar on sport and the environment, both with the assistance of Olympic Solidarity. Around one hundred leaders and school children took part in this programme, under the leadership of NOC President José Quiñones González and the Chairman of the Regional Council of the Peruvian Sports Institute, Miguel Emilio Gómez Zambrano. The topics covered included the Olympic Movement, environmental management, activities and elite athlete development. More details on www.coperu.org.
Last week, the General Assembly of the Uruguayan NOC included various elections. All the active sports federations affiliated to the NOC elected the President, Vice-President, Secretary General and members of the Executive Committee, the Finance Commission and the Disciplinary Tribunal for the 2013-2016 period. IOC member Julio César Maglione was thus re-elected as NOC President, while, Washington Beltran and Jorge Rosales were elected as Secretary General and First Vice-President respectively. More details on www.cou.org.uy.
On 9 September, at the Olympic Stadium in London, the flame of the XIV Paralympic Games was extinguished. Some 4,200 athletes from 164 countries took part in these Games. During the Closing Ceremony, the Paralympic flag was handed over to the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, whose city will host the next Paralympic Games four years from now. More details on www.rio2016.com and www.paralympic.org.
Also on the eve of the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the names of the six elected members of the IPC Athletes' Council for the next four years. The four newly elected athletes are sitting volleyball player Elvira Stinnissen of the Netherlands, track athlete Arnaud Assoumani of France, archer Gizem Girismen from Turkey, and 7-a-side footballer Jon McCullough of the USA. Swimmer Teresa Perales of Spain and wheelchair fencer Yu Chui Yee of Hong Kong, China, were re-elected. The IPC Athletes' Council is made up of nine athletes: the above six plus three winter sports athletes, who include Chairman Bob Balk.
On 10 September, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2013 at its Executive Committee meeting in London. The new list will be published on 1 October and come into force on 1 January 2013. Read the press release on www.wada-ama.org.