On 4 and 5 December, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the IOC Executive Board’s (EB) final meeting of the year in Lausanne.
The EB took a number of decisions, including the suspension of the Indian NOC for failing to comply with the Olympic Charter and its own statutes, among other things. The EB also lifted the suspension of the NOC of Kuwait following guarantees of its autonomy. Decisions were also taken concerning the ticket sale model and doping offences committed by four medallists at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The organising committees of the forthcoming editions of the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018) and Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing 2014 and Lillehammer 2016) informed the EB of the state of progress of their preparations.
It was also announced that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would be awarded the Olympic Order in gold.
Prior to the EB meeting, President Rogge attended the joint meeting between the EB and the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), chaired by IOC member Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
A full report on the EB meeting can be found at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
President Rogge met several IOC members in Lausanne this week.
The IOC President’s Trophy was awarded to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of United Arab Emirates Nation, for outstanding merit in the development of sport, notably her dedication to the advancement of women in sport.
After the EB meeting, President Rogge travelled to Rome (Italy) to attend the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), during which he was presented with a trophy by the EOC President and IOC EB member, Patrick Hickey.
Denis Oswald was honoured by the Law Faculty of the University of Neuchâtel on the occasion of his retirement from the post of professor. Holder of the chair in sports law and director of the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES), he gave a farewell lecture on “The Olympic Games and the law”.
The Finance Commission met this week, with Richard L. Carrión in the chair.
On 5 December, the IOC joined the international community to celebrate International Volunteer Day. Volunteerism is the very foundation and one of the core values of the Olympic Movement. As President Rogge declared, “Like the athletes, all volunteers who serve the Olympic Movement are also ‘champions’ in their own right at community, neighbourhood and family levels.” See www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) announced that the Challenge Stadium in Perth (Australia) would host the first World Youth Water Polo Championships from 1 to 9 December. The competition would involve 34 teams (15 women’s and 19 men’s) from 24 countries.
Meanwhile, a record 160 countries will take part in the 11th World Championships (25m) to be held in Istanbul (Turkey) from 12 to 16 December. More than 800 swimmers are expected to compete. Prior to these championships, Istanbul will also be the venue of the 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress, with the main theme “Enhancing performance: the healthy aquatic athlete”. Details at www.fina.org
Around 100 medical experts participated in the 4th Annual Conference of the Medical Commission of the International Rugby Board (IRB), which was held recently in Dublin (Ireland). During the conference, which focused on the improvement of athlete welfare, the IRB launched a programme of medical education courses. The IRB also recently confirmed that the next two editions of the Junior World Championships will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and Italy in 2015. More information at www.irb.com
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched Tennis Xpress, a new programme aimed at adults as part of its global campaign Tennis Play and Stay. Find out more about the campaign at www.tennisplayandstay.com
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has published two special editions of its VolleyWorld magazine, devoted entirely to volleyball and beach volleyball at the London Olympic Games. These retrospective issues look back at the success of the summer’s two Olympic tournaments in London. They can be downloaded at www.fivb.org
The new version of the Anti-Doping Rules of the International Ski Federation (FIS), valid from 1 January 2013, is available at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
We recently learned that the President of the Belgian NOC, Pierre-Olivier Beckers, welcomed his Serbian counterpart, Vlade Divac, in mid-November. They discussed possible collaboration between their two NOCs. Information at www.olympic.be
The Bahrain NOC honoured its female employees on Bahrain Women’s Day at a ceremony attended by NOC chief executive Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and general secretary Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa. This year, Women’s Day was linked to the world of sport under the theme “Women. Sport. Determination. Achievement. Aspirations”. The NOC chief executive reaffirmed the NOC’s continued support of Bahraini women and vowed to strengthen women’s sport.
The Canadian NOC recently announced unprecedented funding of around $100 million for high-performance sport, games preparation, national sports federation development and support for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games team. This funding will be part of the 2013-2016 high-performance plan for athletes, coaches and national federations over the next four years. It includes direct funding by the NOC and the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Information at www.olympic.ca
Last week, the President of the Colombian NOC, Baltazar Medina, inaugurated a new Olympic chair at San Buenaventura University in Medellin. He was then awarded the honorary title of specialist in physical education, recreation and children’s sport at the Cooperative University of Colombia. Finally, the NOC President was named sports leader of the year.
On 1 December, the NOC and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Sport organised a forum on women in sport, which looked at topics including gender equality and women’s participation in sport. Information at www.coc.org.co
The result of collaboration between the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), the American NOC (USOC) and Olympic Solidarity, the Americas Best Practices Symposium on National Olympic Committee Management and Sport Performance was held in Miami (Florida) at the end of November. The event was attended by more than 80 delegates from 41 American NOCs, the PASO executive committee, and USOC and Olympic Solidarity leaders. The symposium provided a forum for the NOCs to share best practices in key functional areas that are essential to the success of an NOC. The PASO executive committee also held a meeting that included discussion of the London Olympic Games, NOC and athlete support programmes implemented through Pan American Olympic Solidarity, preparations for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and the election of the host city for the 2019 editions. More information at www.teamusa.org
A host of celebrities from the world of sport and show business gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to celebrate the success of British Olympians at the London Games and support the future of the British team at the British Olympic Ball. The event was attended by over 70 Olympic medallists, including Victoria Pendleton, Greg Rutherford, Jade Jones, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Anthony Joshua and Gemma Gibbons. The new President of the British Olympic Association, Sebastian Coe, also attended the event, during which he gave a speech. More information at www.olympics.org.uk
The President of the Irish NOC, Patrick Hickey, has presented Fingal County Council with the 2012 IOC Trophy for “Sport and Sustainable Development”. The trophy was presented to Lord Mayor Cian O’Callaghan and County Manager David O’Connor. Fingal County Council is the local authority for the region in which the NOC offices are located and both bodies work closely on various sporting initiatives. At the ceremony, Patrick Hickey stressed that the Council had worked hard to encourage citizens of all ages to participate in sport and had given fantastic support to the visit of the London 2012 Olympic torch to the NOC headquarters. Full story at www.olympicsport.ie
The President of the NOC of Sao Tomé and Principe, João Manuel da Costa Alegre Afonso, has been elected as 2nd Vice-President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF).
The Czech President, Václav Klaus, has awarded state honours to two people from the world of sport: the double Olympic javelin champion, Barbora Špotáková (photo) and the legendary football goalkeeper and 1976 European Championship winner, Ivo Viktor. Both were honoured for their services to sport at a ceremony held at Prague Castle.
Meanwhile, the Czech NOC has elected Jiří Kejval as its new President, replacing Milan Jirasek, who had held the post for 16 years. As the outgoing Vice-President for Finance and Marketing, Kejval was elected unanimously by the NOC General Assembly in Prague. A former international rower, Kejval is also Chairman of the Czech Rowing Association. Secretary General Petr Hrubec was re-elected in his post. Information at www.olympic.cz
As part of Olympic Solidarity’s programme of technical courses, a course for weightlifting coaches was recently organised by the Uruguayan NOC and the Uruguayan Weightlifting Federation. Ecuadorian coach Carlos Mora Campos, who coaches the national team and is currently technical advisor at the High-Level Olympic Centre of the Ecuadorian NOC, led the course, in which 18 Uruguayan coaches took part. Information at www.cou.org.uv
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016™) has held its first official meeting with the NOCs. Organised by the NOC Services department, the meeting took place from 2 to 4 December. The objective of Rio 2016™ was to give the NOCs an overview of the 2016 Games, and to offer visits to the Olympic venues and the Olympic Village. Press release at www.rio2016.com
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) has unveiled its official mascot, “NANJINGLELE”. The mascot was presented at a grand ceremony held at the Nanjing Olympic Centre, one of the main competition venues for the upcoming Games, by Chinese Olympic champions Sun Yang, Huang Xu and Wu Jingyu, official dignitaries and a group of young people who are working as advisors for NYOGOC. Information at www.nanjing2014.org and www.olympic.org .
To mark the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) launched a short online film "London 2012 - Best Games Ever", featuring the highlights of this summer's Paralympic Games and celebrating the performances of Paralympic athletes. Meanwhile, according to figures published by the IPC, the London Paralympic Games were watched by a cumulated TV audience of 3.8 billion, the same figure as for Beijing 2008. The Games were broadcast in more than 115 countries and territories, a new record. More information at www.paralympic.org