On 17 December in Brussels, IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the ceremony to award the National Sporting Merit Trophy to Evi Van Acker, a sailing medallist in the European and World Championships and at the Olympic Games.
The following day in Lausanne, he greeted the Olympic Programme Commission and met several IOC members.
Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne has received the Colombian Olympic Order, with the rank of Grand Chain, in recognition of his long sports career and support for the Colombian Olympic Movement. He is also the Director of the Colombian Sports Institute, Coldeportes, and a former NOC President. He was presented with the Order at the Colombian Sports Gala (see also under the “NOCs” section).
Honorary member Maurice Herzog has died at the age of 93. He became an IOC member in 1970 and served as IOC Head of Protocol from 1975 to 1978 as well as on several commissions. He was made an honorary member in 1995. Maurice Herzog led an expedition to the Himalayan summit of Annapurna in 1950, where he and his compatriot Louis Lachenal became the first men to conquer a peak higher than 8,000 metres. He also served as French Secretary of State for Youth and Sport from 1958 to 1965. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
On 19 December, the Olympic Programme Commission met in Lausanne with Franco Carraro in the chair.
The IOC has launched the registration process for the third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, which will take place from 5 to 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York (USA). Organised jointly by the IOC, the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), with the support of the US Olympic Committee, this biennial event aims to assess the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion. The theme of this third Forum is “Creating a Common Vision”. More details on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) re-elected Alisher Usmanov as President for a further four-year term at its recent Electoral Congress in Moscow (Russian Federation). The Congress also chose Sofia (Bulgaria) to host the 2014 FIE Senior World Championships. The 2013 Junior and Cadet World Championships were awarded to Poreč (Croatia), while Varna (Bulgaria) will host the 2013 Veterans World Championships. The federations of Jamaica, Madagascar, Mauritius and Rwanda were accepted as FIE-member federations, bringing the total to 147. More details on www.fie.ch.
From 4 to 9 December in Bratislava (Slovakia), the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) organised a Men's Artistic Gymnastics International Judges' Course, which brought together 108 judges from 58 national federations. A women’s gymnastics course was then held from 14 to 18 December. Meanwhile, Chile hosted its first Level 1 Academy for Rhythmic Gymnastics at the beginning of December. Nineteen coaches from four South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Venezuela) attended the academy, which was held in the Chilean capital, Santiago. Details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced the signing in Moscow of a cooperation agreement to organise the 2014 individual and team World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk (Russian Federation). IJF President Marius Vizer, Russian Judo Federation Vice-President and European Judo Union President Sergey Soloveychik and the Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, Mikhail Yurevich, signed the agreement. More details on www.ijf.org.
The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has announced the latest addition to its events calendar, with the Mixed Relay World Cup Series, which will make its debut in 2013. This event, with a man and a woman from the same country, made its appearance on the senior circuit at the 2010 World Championships after its successful premier at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and has been a regular fixture at all World Championships since then. Details on www.pentathlon.org.
The Ivorian Rugby Federation, in partnership with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Peace and Sport organisation, has launched a major new initiative to educate and sustainably reintegrate 200 young people left on the margins of society after the recent conflict in Côte d’Ivoire. The project, entitled “Come play Rugby, it's life”, underscores the collaborative commitment of all parties to use the powerful values of sport as a vehicle for social cohesion. With the Judo, Cycling and Wrestling International Federations running similar projects, there is a collective approach from the sports community for positive change in the country. More than 200 young girls and boys aged 10-18 from disadvantaged areas in Daloa, in the centre-west of the country, will benefit from the three-year programme. More details on www.irb.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) recently held a level 1 coaching course in Peru. Organised by the Peruvian NOC and the national triathlon federation, the course attracted 28 future coaches. Olympic Solidarity also provided support and assistance for this six-day course, which is part of the ITU’s development programme for the American continent. Another course will be held in Bolivia.
The African Triathlon Union (ATU) has selected a new President. Ahmed Nasser takes over from Liesbeth Stoltz, who has been named ATU Honorary President. Read more on www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Bahrain’s National Coaching Programme, supervised and managed by the Sports Training and Development Section at the Bahrain Olympic Committee, has received significant support from the National Coaching Certification Programme (NCCP) in Canada. Profile details of 100 qualified sports coaches from levels three and four, with specialties in various disciplines, will be posted on the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) website www.coach.ca. Launched in 1998, this programme is the result of a sports agreement between the two countries.
On 18 December, Bogota hosted the “Best of Us” (Lo Mejor de Nosotros) gala dinner, organised by the Colombian NOC. More than 300 people, including many of the Colombian athletes who took part in the Games in London were present, alongside NOC members, national federation representatives, commercial partners and journalists. Athletes, promising youngsters, coaches, sports federations, referees and judges were all honoured on this occasion. The Olympic participants’ pins were presented to the eight athletes who won medals in London by NOC President Baltazar Medina, IOC member Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne and IOC honorary member Fidel Mendoza Carrasquilla. Full details on www.coc.org.co.
The President of the NOC of Djibouti, IOC member Aicha Ali Garad, presented the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy to the National Police Director, Abdillahi Abdi, in recognition of the efforts by the police to offer the best possible sports conditions to both organisers (national sports bodies) and athletes of all levels. The ceremony was held at the Prime Minister’s Office, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Dileita Mohamed Dileita, and the Minister of Justice, Ali Farah Assoweh.
The Spanish NOC, the RTVE network and the Higher Council for Sport, the founder members of the Olympic Sports Association (ADO), have signed the ADO-RÍO 2016 agreement. This is the next stage of the programme which, since the 1992 Games in Barcelona, has promoted high-level sports development in Spain and boosted the country’s results at the various editions of the Olympic Games. More details on www.coe.es.
The Italian NOC (CONI) informs us that, on 17 December, 49 Italian Olympic and Paralympic medallists were granted a private audience at the Vatican by Pope Benoit XVI. The group was led by CONI President Giovanni Petrucci, and Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General and Chef de Mission of the Italian team at the Games in London. Also present were the CONI Vice-Presidents, the IOC members in Italy, and federation and executive members. On this occasion, Raffaele Pagnozzi presented the Pope with an Olympic torch and a personalised Games outfit. The CONI headquarters has hosted the presentation of the second part of the “White Book on Italian Sport, Sport-Italia 2020”, which describes the progress of reforms and the strategies proposed by Italian sport for Sport for All and elite sport between now and 2020. Part three will be unveiled in January 2013. Details on www.coni.it.
The 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy has been awarded to the Olympic Council of Malaysia Building or Wisma OCM. The development and management of Wisma OCM is an excellent model of sport and sustainable development, which is possible only through careful and clear strategies, planning, implementation and management. NOC President and IOC member Tunku Imran presented the Trophy to NOC Deputy President Datuk A. Sani Karim at the NOC’s 20th annual dinner. More details on www.olympic.org.my.
The Mongolian NOC has received a new minibus donated by the IOC and Mercedes-Benz. The handover ceremony was held in the presence of NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan. This is the second minibus that the NOC has received since 1999. Read all about it on www.olympic.mn.
The Panamanian NOC successfully held an elective general assembly on 16 December. The IOC formally took note of the results of this assembly and congratulated Camilo Amado on his election as the new NOC President, together with the other office-bearers elected on this occasion. The election was held by secret ballot, in the presence of IOC observers. This assembly was the culmination of a process led by the IOC in close cooperation with the IFs concerned and the government authorities, in order to clarify the composition of the NOC and to bring together the legitimate representatives of the Olympic Movement in Panama under the umbrella of the NOC in accordance with the Olympic Charter. Read the press release on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
For five days, Iquitos, the capital of Peru’s biggest region, hosted courses on sports administration and sport and the environment. These courses were organised by the Peruvian NOC with the support of Olympic Solidarity. The first brought together leaders of indigenous communities, female leaders in the region, educationalists, physical education teachers, coaches and sports technicians. The second was attended by almost 100 students chosen by their tutors, with a view to promoting the environmental awareness that exists within sport in their own places of study or activities. Details on www.coperu.org.
The Uruguayan NOC has held a sports administration course in Montevideo. With the support of Olympic Solidarity, the course was a great success, attracting 34 sports leaders, members of the executive bodies of the national federations affiliated to the NOC, for whom it was a useful opportunity to update and expand their sports administration and management knowledge. Details on www.cou.org.uv.
The Executive Committee of the Venezuelan NOC, whose President is Eduardo Álvarez Camacho, has announced the death of Jesús Eduardo Lizarraga, an active member of the NOC, who had served on the NOC’s ethics and values commission and the honorary council of the sports journalists association. He had been President of the national cycling federation, Secretary General of the National Sports Institute and press chief for several editions of the national games.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has held an end-of-year project review with Sochi 2014. Led by IPC Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez, the Project Review covered a range of topics including transport, accommodation, ticketing, venues, the village and communications. Russia’s first-ever Paralympic Winter Games will be held from 7 to 16 March 2014.
London has been announced as the host city of the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships. The Championships will be held in July 2017 at the Olympic Stadium, just a month before the same venue plays host to the IAAF World Athletics Championships. Details on www.paralympic.org.
Because of the end-of-year holidays, the next issue of the Olympic Highlights will be published on 11 January 2013. We wish all our readers a very happy new year.