On Friday 26 October in San Francisco (USA), IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel will be inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame.
As President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 (Rio 2016™), Carlos Arthur Nuzman has been awarded the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Aeronautical Merit by the Brazilian Air Force. This award was presented to him in recognition of his eminent service to his country.
Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr has just been re-elected as Vice-President of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), on the occasion of the IF’s 64th Congress in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Also see the “Summer IFs” section.
At the IF’s 25th Congress in Auckland (New Zealand), Marisol Casado was re-elected as President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) for a new four-year term of office. Also see the “Summer IFs” section.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
During a visit to Beijing (People’s Republic of China), the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), IOC member Lamine Diack, signed an agreement with the Head of Sport of the China Central Television (CCTV) group, Jiang Heping. This six-year agreement (2014-2019) includes the next three editions of the World Championships, which will take place in Beijing in 2015, in London in 2017, and in 2019 (city yet to be elected). Info at www.iaaf.org.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and ESPN announced this week the signature of a multi-platform (television, internet and mobile) agreement concerning the rights to more than 400 matches in six tournaments, from 2013 to 2015. This agreement covers the 2013 and 2015 continental championships (America and Europe), the 2014 World Cup and the Women’s World Championships in 2014. Info at www.fiba.com.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) had received, by the deadline of 15 October, the candidatures of the following cities/national federations to host the World Championships (25m) in 2016 and possibly in 2018: Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China), Windsor/Detroit (Canada/USA) and United Arab Emirates (city to be confirmed). The vote by the FINA Bureau will take place on 11 December 2012 in Istanbul (Turkey). More info at www.fina.org.
At its 64th Congress, held in Buenos Aires, the UIPM elected its Executive Board for the next four years. Klaus Schormann was thus re-elected as IF President for a sixth consecutive term of office. Joël Bouzou was elected as Vice-President after having resigned as Secretary General, a function he had held for the last 15 years. Full information at www.pentathlon.org.
At its meeting in Auckland, the 25th Congress of the ITU re-elected both Marisol Casado as IF President and Loreen Barnett as Secretary General for the next four years. The ITU is still the only Olympic IF with two women in its highest positions. A total of 109 national federations were represented at this Congress. More info at www.triathlon.org.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has received the Hannu Koskivuori award from the Finnish Ski Association in honour of its outstanding achievements. Finnish Ski Association President and FIS Council member Matti Saundberg presented this award to FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis at the Association’s General Assembly. Info at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The first conference of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on sport and the environment was recently organised by the Bahraini NOC in Manama. Among the themes addressed during the three conference days were environmental administrative practices within sports facilities; the relationship between sport and the environment and the role of sports organisations in protecting the environment; and the role of programmes and activities of the GCC Organising Committees in achieving development sustainability. The next conference will be held in Qatar. Furthermore, the NOC Sports Training and Development Department has organised a seminar on how to become an effective sports administrator within national clubs and sports associations. Issues addressed included communication, financial management, human resources, marketing and events management.
The NOC of Uzbekistan, in cooperation with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Organising Committee for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in 2014, has organised several very successful sporting and educational events linked to the 17th Asian Games. A workshop was thus held for 45 young people to allow them to familiarise themselves with journalism;, learn how to prepare and present information and understand how to conduct interviews. A quiz attracted 70 youngsters, who shared their knowledge of the history of the Asian Games, the OCA, etc. Finally, a fun run brought together some 500 participants aged 11 to 17 in Alisher Navoi national park, split into seven categories. Info at www.olympic.uz.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 23 October, the Russian Federation celebrated the 500-day countdown to the start of Russia’s first Paralympic Games, which will kick off on 7 March 2014. On this occasion, the Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Sochi 2014), in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), launched an accessibility map (www.kartadostupnosti.ru), a unique interactive project. Using this website, volunteers and web users will build a full list of venues and infrastructure accessible to people with disabilities throughout the Russian territory. During this day, several activities also took place in Sochi, in particular the opening of the Equal Opportunities Parks and a musical show, “Klass Mira” [the class of peace]. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic education programme has also been launched, and will feature lessons on the Paralympic Movement throughout the country. Detailed info at www.sochi2014.com.
We have just learnt that the 29th seminar for African NOC Secretaries General was organised on 20 and 21 September in Mauritius by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). The opening ceremony was attended by the Mauritian Minister of Youth and Sport, Devanand Ritoo, ANOCA President and IOC member Lassana Palenfo, and representatives of Olympic Solidarity. As part of the seminar, a visit was organised to the Olympafrica Centre, at the Ram Ruhee OlympAfrica House, which was named after the Mauritian IOC member who died in October 2008. More info at www.africaolympic.org.