On 4 October, King Albert II of Belgium received the Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Royal Palace in Brussels. IOC President Jacques Rogge and IOC member and Belgian NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers were also present at this reception.
Craig Reedie has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Konkuk University in Seoul (Korea), in the presence of Korean NOC President Yong Sung Park, World Badminton Federation (WBF) President Yeong-Jung Kang and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chung-won Choe. During his Korean trip, Craig Reedie gave a lecture on the Olympic spirit to students of Gyeonggi Foreign High School.
On an official trip to Zambia, the Princess Royal visited the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka. Those welcoming her included her IOC colleague, Patrick S. Chamunda, and the Centre’s Director, Clement Chileshe. More info at www.oydc.org.zm and www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Denis Oswald represented the IOC President at the 2012 edition of the “Lausanne Summit”, organised in the Olympic capital by the World Union of Olympic Cities (UMVO), the theme being the social legacy of the Olympic Games.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Rowing Federation (FISA)’s web site has a new section on the environment. The main feature is the “Clean Water Video”, produced jointly by FISA and the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF). Links to articles on clean water and the practice of rowing as well as environmental tips for rowers and boathouses are also offered. Info at www.worldrowing.com.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that the 2012 Youth World Championships will be held in Erevan (Armenia) from 25 November to 8 December. In addition, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Great Britain) will be the first to include women’s boxing on the sports programme. The decision was taken on 28 September at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Kampala (Uganda), a few weeks after women’s boxing made its Olympic debut at the London Games. Press release at www.aiba.org.
Some 15 coaches representing three national aerobic gymnastics federations (Cameroon, Congo and Libya) took part in the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)’s 21st (Level 1) Academy. This academy was organised at the High Level Institute for Physical Education & Sport in Brazzaville (Congo). To date, over 2,000 coaches have taken part in this FIG programme. Full info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Barbara-Ann Scott, the only Canadian Olympic gold medallist in women’s figure skating, died on 30 September aged 84. Born in Ottawa, she was just 20 when she won the European, world and Olympic titles in the space of six weeks. It was in St Moritz in 1948 that she became Olympic champion. Barbara-Ann Scott took part in the Torch Relays for the Calgary 1988 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. Info at www.olympic.ca.
The Colombian NOC, whose President is Baltazar Medina, recently hosted a delegation from the British government who had come to learn about the results and experience of the NOC and the Colombian Paralympic Committee at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, a session of the Olympic Academy addressed the themes of the Chair of Olympic Studies at San Buenaventura University in Medellin and the London 2012 debriefing, which will be held on 18 October. More info at www.coc.org.co.
The 14th Medicine and Elite Sport Days were held on 28 and 29 September at the Spanish NOC headquarters in Madrid. NOC Vice-President Rodrigo de Mesa and the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Camilo José Cela University, Miguel Ángel Perez, opened these Days, which were devoted mainly to the theme of sudden death. Practical workshops were organised for the doctors and physiotherapists attending. More into at www.coe.es.
Organised in Colorado Springs (USA), the 2012 US Olympic & Paralympic Assembly, an annual gathering of various member organisations of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), was organised recently with the theme “One Team - Together Stronger”. Over 300 people took part, representing national federations, Olympians and Paralympians, the Athletes Advisory Council, the Paralympic Advisory Committee, USOC board members and staff and the government. At the Assembly, the USOC recognised its top sportspeople and teams of the year, including Allyson Felix (athletics), Jessica Long (Paralympic swimming), Raymond Martin (Paralympic athletics), Michael Phelps (swimming), the women’s rowing eight and the wheelchair tennis mixed doubles. Info at www.teamusa.org.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Olympic silver medallist Ricardo Prado (swimming, Los Angeles 1984) has become President of the Sports Advisory Committee of the Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016). The announcement was made at a meeting attended by 12 of the 17 members of the Committee, which is made up of athletes, coaches and experts from the Olympic and Paralympic movements. The Committee aims to provide guidance to the Rio 2016 Sports Department. More info at www.rio2016.com.
On 1 October, the winner was announced of the competition to design the golf course club house for the 2016 Games to be built in Barra da Tijuca. The winner was architect Pedro Évora, grandson of Affonso Évora, point guard of the Brazilian basketball team who won silver at the London 1948 Games. The announcement was made at the Brazilian Institute of Architects, Rio de Janeiro department, in the presence of Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Chief Executive Leonardo Gryner. Some 82 teams of architects and landscape architects from across Brazil entered the competition. Info and photos at www.rio2016.com.
The 2013 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, approved on 10 September by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Executive Committee, is now available. Click on www.wada-ama.org to see this list and a Q&A document on the main changes.
The 30th International Sports Movies and TV Federation World FICTS Challenge will take place from 6 to 11 November in Beijing (People’s Republic of China). In this worldwide final of the sports movies and TV championships, all the winning videos of the 14 festivals organised on the five continents will be in the running. More info at www.ficts.com.