This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge has been in Nanjing (People’s Republic of China), the host city of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for these Games, Alexander Popov, and IOC members Zaiqing Yu, Yang Yang and Lingwei Li, President Rogge met staff from the Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC), volunteers and junior consultants. He also visited the Youth Olympic Village. Read the story on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
From Nanjing, President Rogge travelled to Seoul (Republic of Korea) for the signing of the Marketing Plan Agreement (MPA) for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, where he then went to visit several Olympic venues and meet members of the Organising Committee (POCOG). He was accompanied by PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission Chairwoman Gunilla Lindberg and Korean NOC President Yong-Sung Park. More details on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Upon returning to Seoul, President Rogge was received by the outgoing Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, to whom he presented the Olympic Order in gold. He then met the new President, Park Geun-hye, who will take up office at the end of February.
President Rogge was awarded the European Olympic Committees (EOC) special trophy at the recent EOC Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne. EOC President and IOC member Patrick Hickey presented the trophy, in recognition of the 12 years the IOC President served as EOC President.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has renamed its Study Centre as the “Equipment and Venue Centre”. The Centre was originally created to help equip and increase the number of sports facilities throughout the world as well as encourage the construction of basic amenities and the refurbishment of older ones, in addition to producing publications and advising on materials and equipment. Read the press release on www.fiba.com.
The President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Alisher Usmanov, has announced the creation of a Specialised Endowment Fund to Support Veterans Fencing. As of February 2014, the Fund’s revenue will be used to finance various projects to provide veteran fencers with material support and develop veteran fencing generally, as well as a new athlete career programme. More details on www.fie.ch.
From 14 to 22 January, the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, hosted the first Level 1 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Academy for Rhythmic Gymnastics of 2013. The academy brought together 16 coaches from two federations, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria. Around 25 academies are expected to be held in 2013. Find out more on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The Bureau of the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) will meet in Phuket (Thailand) on 16 and 17 February. The main points at this first meeting since the Games in London will be choosing the venues for forthcoming Championships and updating various wrestling rules. More details on www.fila-wrestling.com.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has just launched digital editions of its 2013 Davis Cup and Fed Cup media guides. Both of these guides will be updated after each round of the competitions. The digital editions replace the printed versions of the media guides. Details on www.itftennis.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has chosen Edmonton to host the 26th edition of the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series Grand Final. This is the fourth time that Canada has hosted the Grand Final, and Edmonton was the host city in 2001. The event will also name world champions in the junior and U23 categories, as well as Paratriathlon, which will debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. More details on www.triathlon.org.
The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)’s Mountain Protection Commission has unveiled a new website through which it will highlight tourism activities that promote conservation of mountain ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods for local people. Find out more on www.theuiaa.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At its Athlete of the Year Award Gala in Baden-Baden, the German NOC presented its London medallists with their Olympic pins. NOC President and IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach presented the pins to more than 30 athletes, including the rowing eight and field hockey Olympic champions, as well as double Olympic champion Michael Jung (eventing). For their part, Olympic discus champion Robert Harting and two-time Olympic biathlon champion Magdalena Neuner were named Athletes of the Year 2012. More than 700 guests attended the gala. Read more on www.dosb.de.
The NOC of Bahrain informs us that the second edition of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Beach Games, scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia this year, has been postponed at the request of the Saudi NOC. The GCC Executive Office members have therefore decided to reschedule this regional competition for 2014 and invite candidatures from other NOCs interested in holding the event.
At its first meeting of 2013, the Executive Board of the Mongolian NOC discussed a range of issues including the strategic plan for the next four years and the NOC commissions (of which there are currently eight). The Board also appointed the chefs de mission for various regional games and for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where NOC First Vice-President D. Dorligjav will lead the Mongolian delegation. Find out more on www.olympic.mn.
Swimmer Oussama Mellouli has been named Tunisian Athlete of the Year for 2012. He was picked in the first-ever sports referendum held by Tunisian press agency TAP. Mellouli won two medals at the Games in London, a gold in the 10km open water swimming and a bronze in the 1,500m freestyle.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has held a briefing with the 15 companies selected during phase one of the Games mascots creation process. Those attending were given an overview of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, as well as the essence of the Games emblems and the role of the mascots. Find out more on www.rio2016.com.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Canadian city of Montreal will host the IPC Swimming World Championships in August this year. Almost 650 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete between 11 and 17 August at Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex. More details on www.paralympic.org.