On Saturday 3 November, IOC member the Prince of Orange and IOC President Jacques Rogge were in Pappendal as part of the Dutch NOC’s centenary celebrations, after a visit to the NOC’s sports centre and a meeting with Dutch medallists. The IOC President was presented with the very first “Anton Geesink” Trophy (named after the IOC member and Olympic judo champion who died in August 2010) at a ceremony held in the presence, among others, of Mrs Geesink and her son, Anton Geesink Jr, the Prince of Orange and Dutch Judo Federation President Jos Hell.
On 5 November, the IOC President gave a speech on Olympic diplomacy at an “Olympism and Diplomacy” symposium organised by the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
This week in Vidy, he has met IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie, IOC member Franco Carraro and the President of the World Olympians Association (WOA) and Vice-President of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), Joël Bouzou.
IOC honorary member Shun-ichiro Okano has been awarded the title of “Person of Cultural Merit” by the Japanese government. This distinction recognises individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement and development of Japanese culture in the fields of academia, the arts, science and sport.
On 5 November, the Press Commission, chaired by Richard Kevan Gosper, met in Sochi, host city of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014.
On 9 November, the Olympic Solidarity Commission, chaired by Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, met in Macao on the occasion of the 31st General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and a meeting of the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
This week, the IOC announced the disqualification of Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev from the men’s 74kg freestyle event at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, in which he had placed third. Immediately after competing in this event on 10 August 2012, Soslan Tigiev provided a urine sample which tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. Read the full decision on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Several international sports experts representing the IOC, FIFA and other IFs met in Zurich (Switzerland) on 1 and 2 November for the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. The purpose of these two days at the FIFA headquarters was to discuss and reach a consensus on how best to prevent concussion in sport. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has just launched a new web site at: www.iaaf.org. New features include a standalone results section, a more visual athletes section and a new disciplines section.
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced the winners of the 2012 World Rowing Awards. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London played a big part in this year’s results. The Olympic gold medal-winning South African lightweight men’s four was chosen as the 2012 World Rowing Male Crew of the Year. New Zealand’s Dick Tonks was named 2012 World Rowing Coach of the Year; and Great Britain's women's double sculls crew won the 2012 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year award. For his part, China's Huang Cheng was picked as the 2012 World Rowing Adaptive Crew of the Year. Lastly, Great Britain's Diana "Di" Ellis, Chair of British Rowing, was chosen for the World Rowing Distinguished Service to International Rowing category. More details at www.worldrowing.com.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced the appointment of Karim Bouzidi as the new World Series of Boxing (WSB) Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for all WSB operations as well as managing the staff at the AIBA headquarters in Lausanne. More details on www.aiba.org.
The first Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic, organised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in Moscow (Russian Federation), was attended by over 200 coaches from 100 countries. The programme included topics such as coaching, practical training cycles, personal experiences, motivation tips for swimmers, advice on the balance between training and life outside the pool and the relationship between coaches and their athletes. Moscow also hosted the second FINA World Aquatics Convention from 29 October to 2 November, while the FINA Bureau met and took a number of decisions, which can be found on www.fina.org.
At the end of its 25th Congress, held in Auckland (New Zealand), the International Triathlon Union (ITU) announced the election of eight athlete representatives to its Athlete Committee. Double Olympians Jessica Harrison (France) and Kris Gemmell (New Zealand) were re-elected for another consecutive two-year term. Five other athletes were also elected: Ai Ueda (Japan), Steve Sexton (USA) and Gregor Bucholz (Germany), as well as paratriathletes Claire Cunningham (Great Britain) and Santos Caballero Gonzalez (Spain). To ensure equal gender representation, an additional two women will also be appointed.
The ITU has also announced that the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships will be held in Zittau (Germany); while in 2015, the Duathlon World Championships will be held in Adelaide (Australia) and the ITU Long Distance Triathlon will be held in Motala (Sweden). Full details on www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The first graduates from the National Federation Managers Programme’s General Secretaries and Executive Managers Course have had their formal graduation ceremony. This level 1 course was organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC)’s Sports Training and Development Section, in cooperation with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS). The BOC and the WAoS have signed an agreement to provide sports and event management education for the BOC and the region, through the creation of the BOC Academy, a newly created division inside the BOC. A level 2 course will be held from 11 to 22 November.
On 3 November at the Monteriá Stadium, the 19th National Sports Games were opened in the presence of the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón; the Director of Coldeportes and IOC member, Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne; and the President of the Colombian NOC, Baltazar Medina. Athletes from every province of Colombia will be taking part in these Games until 17 November. A group of methodology experts specialising in sport will be following the high-level athletes during the next Olympic cycle, with a view to the 2016 Games in Rio. Details on www.coc.org.co.
We have learnt that, for the first time, in 2018 the Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in Guatemala, in Quetzaltenango. This decision was taken by the General Assembly of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (ODECABE) at Georgetown (Cayman Islands). Quetzaltenango will thus host the 23rd edition of these Games. Details on www.cog.org.gt and www.odecabe.org.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 5 November, the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games launched the call for proposals to select the mascot for the Olympic Games and another for the Paralympic Games. The mascots chosen will be announced in the second half of 2014. Details on www.rio2016.com.
The International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) has informed us that, from 2 to 9 June 2013, it will be holding the 3rd World Amateur Sport Games in Varna (Bulgaria). The programme will include competitions in 20 summer sports, together with a special “Sport for All and the Elderly” component. More details on www.csit.tv and www.wsg2013.com.