This weekend, the 8th IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture will take place in Amsterdam, Netherland. Items on the agenda include a study of the value of sport in civil society, the impact of the Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad and the socio-economic benefits of sport and quality physical education.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Debriefing of the London 2012 Games took place in Rio de Janeiro this week, featuring a week-long transfer of knowledge between organisers of the Games of the XXX Olympiad and future host cities. Representatives from the IOC and the London 2012 Organising Committee shared their best practices and experiences from this summer’s Games with over 500 participants from Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, and the 2020 Candidate Cities: Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid. The Debriefing included plenary sessions, breakout sessions and one-on-one meetings allowing future Games organisers to maximise their discussions with London 2012 and the IOC and strengthen the learning process. Participants took away a number of key points from the Debriefing, in particular on the importance of vision development and implementation, product and experience, and delivering the Games.
The third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development will take place on 5 and 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, USA. Jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), with the support of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), this biennial event aims to assess the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) celebrated its centenary this week with a series of events in Barcelona, Spain, including the annual World Athletics Gala, set to be attended by more than 120 star athletes representing some of the sport’s greatest moments. IOC President Jacques Rogge is to be represented at the gala by IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutakwakel. Other events included the inauguration of the IAAF Hall of Fame and an IAAF Council meeting chaired by Federation President Lamine Diack.
Developed by AIBA, the International Amateur Boxing Association, the World Series of Boxing has unveiled www.worldseriesboxing.org, a new website launched to coincide with the start of season three of its professional boxing contest. The season will see a record number of 41 London Olympians - including 10 medallists (two gold, four silver and four bronze) - taking part, with 20 pro boxers also joining in the action. The website will feature the most up-to-date and in-depth reports throughout the season. The competition, which started on 15 November, will also feature on Russian-language social media platform VK - check out www.vk.com/wsb.boxing.
The International Basketball Association (FIBA) has unveiled a new format and calendar for men's competitions from 2017. At its second Central Board meeting this year, FIBA agreed on a proposal it will make to the IOC to improve the Olympic basketball programme.
The International Handball Federation (IHF) has announced that tickets for the 2013 Men's World Championships have gone on sale. The event, which will take place in Spain from 11 to 27 January, will see the 24 best teams in the world compete in five separate host cities around the country. The Royal Spanish Handball Federation has created packages for fans including tickets for the matches in Granollers/Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza, and the President’s Cup in Guadalajara. All can be purchased at www.handballspain2013.com.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has entered into an agreement with StarGames to launch World Tennis Day to help promote tennis participation around the world. The inaugural World Tennis Day will be held on 4 March as part of the 2013 ITF centenary activities and will feature a series of high-profile exhibition events, including the well-established BNP Paribas Showdown in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Full details are on the ITF website: www.itf.org.
Shiny Fang of the People's Republic of China has been appointed Secretary General of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM). Mrs Fang, who has been UIPM Assistant for International Affairs since 2008, working closely with UIPM President Klaus Schormann, has replaced Joël Bouzou, who served as Secretary General from 1997 to 2012. Mrs Fang takes up her position immediately and will be relocating from China to the UIPM office in Monaco. Furthermore, Ivar Sisniega (MEX) was appointed by the Executive Board as the UIPM's 1st Vice-President and Vyacheslav Aminov (RUS) became the Vice-President for Business Affairs. More details at http://www.pentathlon.org.
The seventh edition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, one of the IF’s key events, will take place in Tultitlan, Mexico, from 30 November to 2 December. Teams from the world's Top 12 - including Brazil, Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and USA - will be on track for medals in Mexico, which is hosting the competition for the first time, but has a solid tradition in synchronised swimming. There are four events on the programme: the synchro highlight routine, thematic duet, thematic team and combination. All event reports will be published on www.fina.org.
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) held a Gender Equity Workshop at its Congress in St Petersburg, Russia, last week. Cecilia Farias, President of the Pan American Canoe Federation (COPAC) and Workshop Leader, outlined progress towards gender equity in canoeing. Newly re-elected ICF President and IOC member José Perurena López reiterated the ICF’s commitment to achieving gender equity. Further information at www.canoeicf.org.
Sri Lanka has become the 49th International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Academy host after staging a Level 1 Academy for Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Colombo. This was the first time Sri Lanka had hosted a FIG Academy, and 31 coaches attended from seven Asian countries – India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. More information can be found at www.fig.org.
Windsurfing will remain on the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)'s General Assembly voted to reintroduce RS:X windsurfing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The vote means that kiteboard racing will not, after all, make its Olympic debut in 2016. The ISAF Council had voted in May to replace windsurfing with kiteboard racing. Full details of all the decisions made at the ISAF meeting in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, will be published at www.sailing.org/meetings.
With less than 100 days to go until the start of the International Skiing Federation (FIS) Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, detailed spectator information is available on the event. Cross-country skiers and ski jumpers from more than 50 different countries will gather at the foot of the majestic Dolomite mountains, where the Nordic skiing highlight will be taking place for the third time since 1991. A 50,000-capacity crowd is expected to watch the cross-country events, with a further 25,000 likely to attend the ski jumping. The official website is www.fiemme2013.com.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has published its 2012/13 media guide. The document is available for download and will be regularly updated on the ISU website. An online media accreditation system is now in place for anyone wishing to apply for accreditations to attend an ISU Championships. Full details at www.isu.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Albanian NOC is expanding the range of technical courses it runs for coaches as part of a strategy to improve participation in the Olympic Games and YOG. The NOC recently ran three technical courses for coaches, in wrestling, judo and taekwondo. The courses are funded by Olympic Solidarity. A further course for coaches in boxing is expected to run in December. More information can be found on the NOC website www.nocalbania.org.al.
The Australian Olympic Committee has appointed two-time Olympic champion Susie O'Neill to lead its team to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China, in 2014. This appointment as Chef de Mission marks O’Neill’s second foray into the non-competitive side of the Olympic Movement, after being elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission in 2000.
The Uruguayan Olympic Committee has organised a specialist training course for coaches with the Uruguayan Shooting Federation. The course was run by Kosmatko Piotr (Poland), Olympian and multiple national champion.
The NOC of Germany has awarded the IOC Trophy for Sport and Sustainable Development to the German Alpine Association (DAV). The Trophy was handed over at the recent DAV General Assembly by Michael Vesper, Director General of the NOC. The DAV is the fifth largest of the NOC’s 98 member associations and federations, with 940,000 members in 355 sections. The association organises sports such as climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking and fitness.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 has seen the first full week of training by international luge athletes at its luge track. The International Training Week of the International Luge Federation (FIL) used the venue for its top athletes to experience the new Olympic facility, which opens officially during the Viessmann Luge World Cup in February 2013.
LOCOG Chair Lord Coe has symbolically passed the baton for the Olympic Games to the President of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee and IOC member, Carlos Arthur Nuzman. The event took place at the start of the official IOC London 2012 Debriefing in Rio de Janeiro, part of the IOC’S knowledge transfer programme held after each edition of the Olympic Games.
On Friday 16 November, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) opened nominations for the IPC Scientific Award, which will presented at next May's VISTA Conference in Bonn, Germany. The award is presented to one academic researcher in recognition of his or her contribution to research in the field of sports for people with an impairment. The deadline for nominations is 1 February 2013. More information at www.vista2013.com.
The World Anti-Doping Agency's Foundation Board was presented with the second draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code at a meeting in Montreal, Canada. In accordance with the ongoing Code Review Plan, the Foundation Board discussed the revised draft Code and acknowledged changes which had been reviewed by WADA’s Executive Committee. The present draft strengthens sanctions for serious violations, increasing from two years to four the penalties, for example, for the use of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, masking agents, trafficking and prohibited methods. Consequently, Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter, also known as the Osaka Rule, has not been included in the draft version of the Code. More details can be found at www.wada.org.
The film “The War On Doping” won the prize for best documentary in the Sports and Society category at the International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS) World Sports Film Festival 2012 in Beijing, China, this week. Described as a must-see documentary for anyone interested in sports, society, business and the human mind, the documentary explores the subject of doping in detail, and features interviews with Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, IOC Member and Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, as he tracks sports cheats around the world. Producer Bjorn Bertoft received the award from Andrew P. Luwandaggo, President of FICTS Uganda.