The Entourage Commission, chaired by Sergey Bubka, met in Vidy on 20 and 21 September.
The 15th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport for All will be held in Lima, Peru, from 24 to 27 April 2013. The Conference is being organised jointly by the IOC, through its Sport for All Commission, chaired by Sam Ramsamy, and the Peruvian NOC, in cooperation with SportAccord. Registration opens in October 2012 on www.sportforall2013.org. Read more at www.olympic.org (News section).
The Women and Sport Commission, chaired by Anita L. DeFrantz, has invited NOCs, IFs and NOC continental associations to put forward candidates for the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Trophy. The ceremony to award the six trophies will take place in Lausanne in July 2013. The candidature files must be submitted to the IOC by 29 November 2012 at the latest.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Ukraine’s two-time Olympic 20km race walking champion and multiple record-holder, Vladimir Golubnichiy, is the latest legendary athlete to join the inaugural 24 members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame, created to mark the IAAF’s centenary. Golubnichiy took part in five editions of the Olympic Games (from 1960 to 1976). He won the gold medal in Rome in 1960 and in Mexico City in 1968, silver in Munich in 1972 and bronze in Tokyo in 1964. Press release at www.iaaf.org.
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced that public nominations are now open for the 2012 World Rowing Awards. The submission deadline is 28 September. The winners will be presented with their awards during the World Rowing Coaches Conference gala dinner on 2 November in Limerick (Ireland). Press release at www.worldrowing.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has awarded the 2014 Duathlon World Championships to the Spanish city of Pontevedra. It will be the second time that such a competition (10km run, 40km bike, and 5km run) has been held in Spain. The city of Gijón organised the 2011 edition. Info at www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Bahrain recently organised a seminar on doping in sport. The President of the Bahrain Anti-Doping Committee, Hussain Al Haddad, recalled the agreements signed by the country with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and underlined the importance of this seminar in shaping the future of Bahrain’s athletes in various disciplines. The participants came from national sports associations and sports clubs, and all received a booklet containing useful information on doping and its various forms, the harmonisation of anti-doping control procedures, etc.
The Colombian NOC, with the support of Coldeportes, Olympic Solidarity, the City Council of Bogotá, and the Universities of Applied Sciences and the Environment and of Cundinamarca will organise the second International Congress on Sports Sciences on 4, 5 and 6 October. The subjects to be addressed include sports medicine, the psychology of exercise, biomechanics, nutrition and sports psychology. Info at www.coc.org.co.
Over 400 athletes from the US Olympic and Paralympic teams were congratulated by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a reception organised on 14 September at the White House in Washington DC. Also present were United States Olympic Committee President Larry Probst and Secretary General Scott Blackmun. Full info at www.teamUSA.org.
On 12 September in Tel Aviv, an official memorial ceremony was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Munich Games in 1972, during which 11 Israeli athletes were killed. Israeli NOC President Zvi Varshaviak gave a speech at this ceremony, which was also attended by Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin, Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and IOC honorary member and director of the Munich Olympic Village Walther Tröger, as well as the victims’ families, Munich Games athletes and other athletes. More info at www.olympic.one.co.il.
The President of Mongolia, Ts. Elbegdorj, has awarded the Order of Merit, the country’s highest distinction, to judoka Sainjargal Nyam-Ochir, bronze medallist at the London Games; Mongolian NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan; the team’s head doctor, Ch. Nasanbat; and to four judo and boxing coaches. This distinction was awarded in recognition of their contribution to the success of the Mongolian Olympic team in London. Also attending the presentation were the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ts. Oyungerel, and NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren. Info at www.olympic.mn.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
This week, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 (Sochi 2014) launched an innovative Olympic stamp bearing a Quick Response (QR) code. Produced in collaboration with the Publishing and Trading Centre “Marka”, the Russian Post Office and worldwide Olympic partner Samsung Electronics, this is the very first stamp with a QR code in the history of Russia and of the Olympic Movement. This stamp bears the official logo of the 2014 Games and a matrix code that links the user to the Sochi 2014 web site, accessible from any mobile device. The Sochi 2014 philately programme kicked off in 2011. Full press release at www.sochi2014.com.