On 6 October in Leysin (Switzerland), IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the ceremony to present the French Legion of Honour, with the rank of Knight, to IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. IOC member Jean-Claude Killy handed over the decoration in the presence of numerous personalities, including IOC members René Fasel and Guy Drut.
This week in Vidy, President Rogge has received:
Carlos Arthur Nuzman has been re-elected as President of the Brazilian NOC, a position he has held since 1995. He is also President of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With less than 500 days to go before the opening of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the IOC Coordination Commission for these Games was in Sochi from 9 to 11 October. Led by its Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, the Commission heard reports from the Organising Committee, visited a number of mountain venues and worked with its Russian counterparts. Read the story on www.olympic.org (“News” section) and www.sochi2014.com.
For the second time in a row, the International Judo Federation (IJF) is organising World Judo Day all over the world. This year, the main theme is “Judo for All”. World Judo Day is held on 28 October, the birthday of the father of judo, Jigoro Kano. More details on www.ijf.org.
The International Wrestling Federation (FILA) has announced that Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida has just won her ninth world title in Strathcona County (Canada), to add to her four cadets and juniors titles from 1998 to 2001. These, in addition to her three Olympic titles (in 2004, 2008 and 2012), make Saori Yoshida the most titled wrestler in history. Read the press release on www.fila-wrestling.com.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA)’s second World Diving Coaches Conference will be held from 8 to 10 November in Tlalnepantla (Mexico). Organised in cooperation with the Mexican Swimming Federation, the Conference is intended to serve as a meeting point after the 2012 Games in London, give coaches the chance to talk about their experiences and look at the sport's global development and evolution. Full details on www.fina.org.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has awarded the 2013 Winter Triathlon World Championships to Cogne (Italy), where they will take place from 22 to 24 February. These will be the first of seven ITU Multisport World Championships in 2013 in seven different countries across varied distances and disciplines. More details on www.triathlon.org.
As part of the International Ski Federation (FIS)’s “Bring Children to the Snow” campaign, the latest edition of the FIS Newsflash includes a new section with information on the “FIS SnowKidz” and “World Snow Day” projects. In addition, the 10th FIS Youth & Children’s Seminar took place on 3 October, with more than 80 delegates from national ski associations attending. Details on www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Australian NOC’s Athletes’ Commission has two new sports represented among its members. Cyclists Anna Meares and Stuart O’Grady, and pole vaulter Steve Hooker joined diver Loudy Wiggins, gymnast Lauren Mitchell, canoeist/kayaker Ken Wallace and rower Kim Crow in being sworn in at a ceremony held at the NOC headquarters in Sydney. They joined rower James Tomkins, freestyle skier Jenny Owens and cross-country skier Paul Murray, who were re-elected by the members of the Australian Olympic team in London. Kim Crow, who won a bronze medal in London, was elected as Chair of the Commission, with Paul Murray as Vice-Chair. Full details on www.olympics.com.au.
A few days before their royal reception (see last week’s “Highlights”), Belgium’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes were received by Sports Ministers Philippe Muyters and André Antoine. After being thanked by the Ministers for their commitment and participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, each athlete left with a photo of themselves in action. Belgian NOC Secretary General Guido De Bondt attended the ceremony. Details on www.olympic.be.
From 4 to 6 October, Bogota hosted the second edition of the International Sports Science Congress. Organised by the Colombian NOC and Coldeportes, the Congress brought together around 500 people to talk about subjects such as sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and sports psychology. The NOC has also informed us of the death of its former First Vice-President, León Londoño Tamayo, at the age of 83. Tamayo was also President of the national football federation when Colombia qualified for the World Cup in 1990 and 1994. More details on www.coc.org.co.
The Hong Kong, China NOC has paid tribute to the Olympic team which represented it in London. On the IOC’s behalf, NOC President and IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok presented a medallist lapel pin to Sarah Lee Wai Sze, whose bronze in the keirin was the NOC’s first cycling medal. Commemorative medals were also presented to the members of the Olympic team at the Games in London. As well as the athletes, the ceremony was attended by other NOC representatives and around 200 students from local schools. More details on www.hkolympic.org.
Thanks to the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, the Uruguayan NOC, whose President is IOC member Julio César Maglione, was able to give weightlifting coach Gonzalo Remiro a grant to take part in the month-long International Coaching Enrichment Certification Programme (ICECP). This was held at the US Olympic Committee’s Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs (USA). The Uruguayan Weightlifting Federation President, Julio Lezama, was also present on this occasion. Details on www.cou.org.uy.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
With one year to go until the Olympic flame arrives in Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Organising Committee has unveiled the route of the Olympic Torch Relay, which will be the longest in Olympic Winter Games history. Over the course of the 123-day relay, the flame will travel more than 65,000km by foot, car, train, and plane, as well as on a troika – a traditional Russian sleigh – with approximately 14,000 torchbearers expected to carry it. The relay will visit more than 2,900 towns and settlements across all 83 Russian regions – from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok – and will come within an hour of 90 per cent of the country’s population, meaning that around 130 million people will be able to join in the celebrations. Details and pictures on www.sochi2014.com and www.olympic.org (“News” section).
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is to donate all the furniture and equipment used in the workrooms and lounges of Casa Brasil during this year’s Games in London. The 420 items (including sofas, chairs, tables, computers, laptops, TVs and printers) will be given to the charity “London Citizens” (www.londoncitizens.org.uk). The City Safe Youth Games project, promoted by the charity, was one of the initiatives inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values and ideals selected to receive the INSPIRE mark of the London Games Organising Committee. Full details on www.rio2016.com.
For his part, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, has been re-elected for a second four-year term of office, i.e. until the Games in 2016.