IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel attended the fourth edition of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards to collect the Personality of the Year Award on behalf of IOC President Jacques Rogge. The President won the award for his contribution to the Olympic Movement. Also present was IOC member Sergey Bubka, President of the NOC of Ukraine, which won the award for Team Achievement on Values, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was the special guest speaker at the event. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, presented the awards alongside Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE NOC.
Lambis V. Nikolaou was present at a special event staged by the Hellenic Olympic Committee in Athens to commemorate the national team's performances in the 2012 Olympic Games. Olympic Medalists’ Pins were awarded to Greek athletes who won medals in London. Medalists Ilias Iliadis (judo), Christina Giazitzidou (rowing) and Alexandra Tsiavou (rowing) received the pins.
Carlos Nuzman has attended the Brazilian NOC's annual awards evening. The NOC celebrated its 2012 highlights by honouring its London Olympic Games medalists Sheilla Castro, two-time Olympic Champion with the women’s volleyball team, and Arthur Zanetti, Olympic Champion in men’s artistic gymnastics - rings, as Brazil’s best athletes in 2012.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) has unveiled details of the 2013 World Cup circuit in Rhythmic Gymnastics. The programme includes one category A event (Sofia) and seven category B events. Apart from Tartu, Bucharest and Corbeil-Essonnes (Individuals only), all events include both Individual and Group competitions, with all-around competitions serving as qualifications for the finals. The Rhythmic Gymnastics season will culminate at the 32nd FIG World Championships in Kiev (UKR) from August 28-September 1, featuring a full programme of events. Details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Handball Federation, TV rights partner UFA Sports and streaming specialist Perform will provide live streaming of all matches of the Men’s World Championship in Spain this year. Fans will be able to follow the Men's World Handball Championship throughout the event as the streaming will include live coverage of all matches, daily highlights and the option to watch full matches on demand as from the knock-out stage. Handball.livesport.tv is the official live streaming website for the championship. Full details at www.ihf.info/
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has named its female and male Athletes of The Year in its five aquatic disciplines. After compling votes from 202 National Member Federations,media and aquatic experts, FINA named the winners as follows: Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin (Swimming); Ilya Zakharov and Wu Minxia (Diving); Josip Pavic and Maggie Steffens (Water Polo); Natalia Ishchenko (Synchronised Swimming); and Oussama Mellouli and Eva Risztov (Open Water Swimming). More information is at www.fina.org
La Paz in Bolivia welcomed athletes and coaches for the first ever International Triathlon Union (ITU) and Olympic Solidarity Training Camp and Level I Coaching Course. A total of 35 athletes (from 12 to 19 years of age) and 28 coaches, from six different countries, participated in the nine-day athlete camp and coaching course. The Training Camp and Level I Coaching Course are part of the ITU’s Development programme to assist the development of triathlon in emerging countries in the Americas in 2012. Read more at www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the Minas Tennis Club in south-east Brazil to host the Preparation Camp for Team GB athletes prior to and during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The MOU also includes a commitment to create exchange programmes, and share expertise and knowledge in the areas of sports science and medicine, education and training, and marketing, media and commercial fields. Further details at www.boa.org.
The Mongolian NOC has held its elective congress in Ulaanbaatar. The congress was attended by 108 delegates from national sports federations, Olympic branch councils and Olympic medallists. Demchigjav Zagdsuren was elected President and Dambii Dorligjav was elected as First Vice President. The three Vice Presidents elected are Tsend Damdin, Jambal Khatanbaatar and Enebish Munkh-Ochir. Six members were also voted in. They are Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene, Tserenpil Davaasuren, Luvasan Khaltar, Shagdarjav Magvan, Dulam Sugar and Choijgavaa Zorigtbaatar. Jugder Otgontsagaan was elected as Secretary-General. More details at www.olympic.mn
The Peruvian NOC has announced the opening of registration for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, which will take place in Lima, Peru, from 24 to 27 April 2013. The following three topics will be at the centre of the discussions in Lima: social benefits, sports facilities and public spaces, and partnerships. Hosted by the Miraflores Municipal Government and the Peruvian Institute of Sport, the Conference is being organised jointly by the IOC and the Peruvian Olympic Committee, in collaboration with SportAccord. Details can be found on www.sportforall2013.org and www.olympic.org (“News” section).
The Serbian NOC has announced its athletes, teams and coach of the year at the traditional ceremony commemorating NOC Day. The winning athlete was national water polo team member Andrija Prlainovic. The Team of the Year award went to the Men’s National Water Polo Team and the Women Fed Cup National Tennis Team. Dragan Jovic, who coached Taekwondo athlete Milica Mandic to a gold medal, was Coach of the Year. Full details at http://www.oks.org.rs/
The Ukraine NOC has awarded Olympic pins to those of its athletes who won medals at the London Olympic Games. They were presented at the NOC’s XXVII Assembly by IOC Executive Board Member and NOC of Ukraine President Sergey Bubka, IOC Member Valeriy Borzov and IOC Executive Board Member Ching Kuo-Wu and the Head of the State Service for Youth and Sports of Ukraine Ravil Safiullin. More at www.noc-ukr.org/en/
The Uzbekistan NOC has held its 15th General Assembly in Tashkent. Reports on the NOC's activities for 2009-2012 were received and main tasks for the next Olympic cycle were presented. Elections for senior posts were also held. Mr Mirabror Usmanov was elected as the NOC President and Mr Oybek Kasimov was elected to the position of NOC Secretary General.
Rio 2016 has announced the reopening of the Mineirão Stadium. The stadium was closed for redevelopment for more than two years and is now ready to serve as a football venue for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and for the Olympic Games in 2016 when it will be one of four stadia outside Rio de Janeiro to stage football at the Games. The other three partner cities staging football are Brasília, São Paulo and Salvador.
PyeongChang 2018 has staged a star-studded 'Dream Programme' annual winter sports festival for teenagers from around the world. The 13-day event involves more than 160 children and adolescents from 40 nations, including for the first time East Timor, Uganda, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. The events have taken place at the main Olympic venues at the Alpensia Resort and Gangneung Ice Rink. The Dream Programme is an initiative established in 2004 as part of PyeongChang’s 2010 bid and invites young participants from tropical countries and developing nations that have fewer chances to enjoy winter sports. It has enabled 1,083 youngsters from 50 countries to take part in winter sports disciplines.
Manolo Romero has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Television Academy at the annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The award recognises Romero's role as managing director of Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS). For over four decades, Manolo Romero has gained a respected reputation as an accomplished high-level executive, television innovator and successful programmer. As an Olympics Broadcasting top executive and a technology leader, Manolo has reinforced OBS efforts and determination to deliver the most comprehensive Olympic television coverage.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accredited laboratory in Madrid, Spain from carrying out anti-doping analyses for three months. The suspension took effect from December 21, 2012. During the suspension period, this laboratory will not be permitted to analyse anti-doping samples. The laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. WADA Said that whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, it may suspend the laboratory’s accreditation. WADA will re-evaluate the status of the laboratory at the end of the suspension period. Further details at www.wada-ama.org.