On 12 and 13 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the first Executive Board (EB) meeting of the year in Lausanne. During the two-day meeting, the EB took a number of decisions. For example, it agreed on the 25 sports that it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
The EB also announced the shortlisting of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Glasgow (Great Britain) and Medellín (Colombia) as Candidate Cities to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2018.
In another decision, the EB adopted a set of stringent rules concerning the prohibition of betting linked to the next Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and any form of betting-related cheating affecting the results of Olympic competitions.
The EB also took decisions in two disciplinary cases and examined a number of case files concerning NOCs, particularly those of India and Pakistan. Other items on the agenda included reports by the IOC commissions and administration, and progress reports on preparations for the next editions of the Games, i.e. Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and PyeongChang 2018.
Finally, the EB heard a report from Sponsorship Intelligence, which conducted a global study on the perception of the Olympic brand after the London 2012 Games. The report concluded that the Olympic rings remain one of the world’s most widely recognised symbols.
All the EB’s decisions can be consulted on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
The day after the EB meeting, President Rogge met the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), Alisher Usmanov, and his advisers, Nikolay Krylov and Maxim Paramonov. He also attended a meeting with the Lausanne municipal authority.
The Sport and Law Commission met on 11 February with Thomas Bach in the chair.
On 13 February, the TV Rights and New Media Commission held a follow-up meeting to the meeting held on 30 November, with President Rogge in the chair.
The registration deadline for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All is 22 February 2013. Reserve your place now by registering on the conference website, www.sportforall2013.org. The conference will be held in Lima (Peru) from 24 to 27 April 2013. It is being organised jointly by the IOC, through its Sport for All Commission, and the Peruvian NOC, in cooperation with SportAccord.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced the death of its Council member Neville McCook, on 11 February in Kingston (Jamaica). Aged 73, McCook had been an IAAF Council member since 1999, President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association from 1984 to 1996 and President of NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association) since 2007. He was also Secretary General of the Jamaican NOC and a board member of the Jamaica Special Olympics. Press release at www.iaaf.org
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) now publishes a quarterly magazine in five languages. For the first time, therefore, ESCRIME XXI will be published in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. More info at www.fie.ch
The photo of Samantha Murray, silver medallist at the 2012 Games, has been selected by the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) as the 2012 photo of the year, with 51% of the fans’ votes. The photo was taken by Paul Roberts during the fencing competition. Paul Roberts also won the second prize with a photo of Egyptian Amro El Geziry breaking the Olympic swimming record. More info at www.pentathlon.org
Olympic bronze medallist Mariana Avitia has been named Athlete of the Year 2012. The 19-year old Mexican was selected by the archery community via a poll held on the Facebook page of the World Archery Federation (WA). Mariana competed in her first Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 as the youngest athlete in the Mexican delegation (aged 14) and finished 8th. Meanwhile, on 16 January, the IF organised a webinar on how to use social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) for archery organisations, athletes and coaches. The presentation attracted around 40 participants. More info at www.archery.org
Some 85 children from 49 countries are currently participating in an International Youth Camp in Schladming (Austria) as part of the Alpine World Ski Championships being held from 4 to 17 February by the International Ski Federation (FIS). During the two weeks of the championships, the children will be able to watch events such as the men’s downhill and super G, the women’s slalom and super combined, and to try different forms of skiing, including telemarking (cross-country skiing) and mono-skiing. More info at www.fis-ski.com
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In Berlin, the NOC of Germany presented its “Stars of Sport” to 18 German sports clubs in recognition of their special contribution to society. The trophies were presented by the German President, Joachim Gauck, and the NOC President and IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach. The winning club, Eintracht Hannover, was rewarded for a project designed to help prevent and cure depression and “burn out” by practicing sports in an integrated group. Created nine years ago, these trophies are awarded to clubs that rely heavily on volunteers. More info at www.dosb.de
The sports training and development section of the NOC of Bahrain organised the second course for general secretaries and executive managers, which was attended by 30 officials. The subjects covered included setting up strategies, marketing and communication mechanisms. The same section of the NOC also hosted a workshop entitled “Means of hospitalisation and resumption of activities and the benefits of sleep”. Several national coaches took part.
The NOC of Colombia informs us that 24 referee instructors participated in the first national course organised by the Colombian Volleyball Federation at the high-level centre in Bogotá. Training was provided by Guillermo Paredes, president of the South American Refereeing Association, who is considered a leading expert on the rules of volleyball. The course is aimed at creating a core group which, in turn, will train 100 referees throughout the country and, thanks to their knowledge, raise the level of refereeing in Colombian volleyball. More info at www.coc.org.co
With the Sochi Games one year away, the British Olympic Association has announced the appointment of Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams as the first official Team GB 2014 Ambassador. In Vancouver in 2010, Williams won not only Great Britain’s only medal of the Games, but also the country’s first individual Olympic winter gold medal in 30 years, and she was the first British woman in 58 years to become an Olympic Winter Games champion. As ambassador, she will aim to motivate and inspire athletes and team members who will be part of Team GB at the Sochi Games in 2014. More info at www.olympics.org.uk
Mongolian Olympic medallists will receive a lifetime monthly grant under a presidential decree issued by the head of state, Ts. Elbegdorj. A ceremony held at the Government Palace was attended by the Chief of the Presidential Office, P. Tsagaan, the Minister of Sport, Ts. Oyungerel, the President of the NOC of Mongolia, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, and other dignitaries. Since 1964, Mongolia has won 24 medals in wrestling, boxing, judo and shooting. The fund will also benefit 25 other medal winners at Olympic sport world championships. Info at www.olympic.mn
In San Juan at the beginning of February, IOC member Richard Carrión and the President of the NOC of Puerto Rico, Sara Rosario, unveiled the copper petal from the Olympic cauldron in London, sent by the Organising Committee of the 2012 Games (LOCOG) in honour of Puerto Rico’s participation in the Games. 2012 Olympic medallists Javier Culson (bronze, 400m hurdles) and Jaime Espinal (silver, 84kg freestyle wrestling) were presented with Olympic medallist pins at the ceremony, which was also attended by Ramón Orta, Secretary of the Sports and Recreation Department of Puerto Rico. Richard Carrión also presented Sara Rosario with a letter from the IOC President, congratulating her on her election in December as the first female president of the NOC of Puerto Rico. Info at www.copur.pr
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 7 February, a year before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, tickets went on sale in Russia. Russian residents are able to buy tickets exclusively on the official Sochi 2014 website: www.sochi2014.com, while fans in other countries and territories can purchase them from their local NOC or authorised ticket reseller (ATR). A full list of ATRs and their contact details is available on the Sochi 2014 ticketing website, where fans can find out more about the ticket sales process in their territory.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the UK television rights for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to Channel 4. The deal covers multi-platform broadcast rights within the United Kingdom. Press release at www.paralympic.org.