On Saturday 3 November, IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in Amsterdam for the centenary celebrations of the Netherlands NOC. Full info in our next edition.
IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng has been in Seoul (Republic of Korea), where he attended the ceremony to award the Seoul Peace Prize to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mario Pescante has received the Medal of Gratitude from the President of the Albanian Republic in recognition of his contribution to developing the Olympic Movement in Albania and his support for the NOC’s activities. NOC President Ela Tase presented him with this Medal. The ceremony was held on 26 October in Tirana in the presence of the Sports Minister, the Italian Ambassador in Albania and members of the NOC’s Executive Board.
Patrick Chamunda was awarded the Order of Distinguished Service (First Division) by the President of the Republic of Zambia, Michael Sata, at a ceremony organised at the presidential residence on Zambian Independence Day (18 October). This award was presented to him in recognition of his contribution to the development of sport in Zambia and particularly his involvement in building the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Richard Kevan Gosper, René Fasel, Ung Chang and Patrick Baumann attended the 75th anniversary of Renmin University in China, invited by its President, Chen Yulu. The visit programme included a seminar on the People’s Olympic Games, speeches on the Games for the students, a sports cultural festival and the awarding of the title honorary professor to each of the IOC members.
The first visit of the Coordination Commission for the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) concluded on 26 October in Lillehammer (Norway). Chaired by IOC member and Olympic ice hockey champion Angela Ruggiero, the Commission members were impressed by the rapid progress made by the Organising Committee (LYOGOC) since Lillehammer was elected in December 2011. They also visited the venues that will host the seven sports on the Winter YOG programme. Read more at www.olympic.org (News section).
The 6th IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) Forum will be held from 8 to 11 November in Lake Placid (USA), which hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980. This year’s edition should bring together over 90 athletes from 35 countries and ACP country managers from Adecco and their counterparts, as well as IOC Athletes’ Commission members involved in the ACP. More info shortly.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At its 79th Congress in Cancun (Mexico), the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) re-elected Bruno Grandi as President for the next four years, a position he has held since 1996. New federations have joined the FIG: Angola, Benin, Bahrain, Cambodia and Turkmenistan. The FIG now has 134 federations, of which 131 are affiliated and 3 are associated. In addition, the FIG Order was awarded for the first time, to Hidenori Futagi, President of the Japanese Gymnastics Association and a FIG Foundation member. This distinction honours the many humanitarian efforts organised and financed by Futagi in the world of sport, particularly in gymnastics. Full info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
A press release from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that the national federations of China, Japan and Korea (cities to be confirmed) have expressed their intention to bid to host the 18th World Championships in 2019, and potentially those in 2021. The FINA Bureau will choose the host country of these championships during the 15th World Championships in Barcelona (Spain), taking place from 19 July to 4 August 2013. More info at www.fina.org.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will hold its annual Conference from 1 to 11 November in Dun Laoghaire (Ireland). On the agenda are the elections of the President (the current President, Göran Petersson, is not standing), vice-presidents and members of the ISAF Council. More info shortly on www.sailing.org.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) recently held its first annual Congress in the Scottish town of Turnberry. Over 100 federation delegates attended. On the agenda were – among other things – issues regarding the IF’s governance and constitution, as well as the suspension of the Bulgarian and Armenian federations for non-payment of subscription fees. In addition, the Congress awarded the 2014 Junior World Championships to Flims, Switzerland. The 2nd Congress will be held from 26 August to 2 September 2013 (location to be decided). Info at www.worldcurling.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
To mark the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence, the Albanian NOC, in cooperation with the Municipality of Orikum, organised various sports and cultural activities with the theme “Sport and the Olympic Values” on 24 October. Almost 900 youngsters and guests took part in the many games and cultural activities, promoting the national values expressed through sport and the Olympic values. Info at www.nocalbania.org.al.
The Argentinean NOC has informed us that the 30th Session of the Argentinean Olympic Academy (AOA) was held from 22 to 27 October. The Academy’s 30th anniversary was commemorated in the presence of over 170 former participants. Talks were given by AOA Honorary President Conrado Durantez Corral, International Olympic Academy (IOA) Doyen Konstantinos Georgiadis, and AOA President Mario Moccia. More info at www.coarg.org.ar.
The Bahrain NOC has informed us that its Anti-Doping Committee Chairman, Hussain Al Haddad, recently attended the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Regional Education Symposium in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China). The development and implementation of anti-doping education programmes was top of the agenda at this two-day meeting, which saw approximately 50 representatives from 24 countries taking part, and which was officially opened by WADA President John Fahey.
Henry Núñez Nájera has been re-elected as President of the Costa Rican NOC for the next four years. Some 34 sports federations and associations took part in the vote to elect the NOC’s Executive Board for 2012-2016. Silvia González is the NOC’s Secretary General, while Gabriela Traña (an active marathon runner) is the athletes’ representative on the Board.
French Olympic medallist Émile Allais has died aged 100. Considered as the father of French skiing, he was the first world champion and Olympic medallist in French skiing history, thanks to his World Championship silver medal from Mürren in 1935 (downhill and combined) and bronze medal in the combined event at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games in 1936. After an illustrious sports career, he then worked on developing skiing in France and abroad, taking on in turn the roles of resort builder, ski instructor, equipment inventor, mountain climber, coach, ski patrol member, first-aid worker and free rider. He coached the Canadian and US teams for the St Moritz Winter Games in 1948 and Oslo in 1952 respectively. Press release at www.franceolympique.com.
The Lithuanian NOC recently held its elective General Assembly. After 24 years heading the NOC, Arturas Poviliunas decided not to stand again for the presidency. Olympic shooting champion in Sydney Daina Gudzineviciute was elected NOC President for the next four years. More info at www.ltok.lt.
At its 46th General Assembly, the Virgin Islands NOC elected its Executive Committee for the next four years. Hans Lawaetz, the NOC’s President for the past 16 years, did not stand, nor did Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr, the Treasurer for 36 years. The new NOC President is Angel L. Morales, who was Secretary General for 16 years and is being replaced in that role by Lyn Reid. All 23 NOC member sports federations attended this Assembly. More info at www.virginislandsolympics.com.
WADA has produced a series of 15-second video clips to promote its “Say NO! To Doping” awareness campaign. Available in English and French, these videos will be broadcast at WADA events and during WADA presentations up to and including during the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) in November 2013. The WADA campaign has been embraced by over 40 anti-doping organisations for their awareness and education programmes. Read the press release at www.wada-ama.org.