On 27 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge gave a speech on Olympism at the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Nawal El Moutawakel
has been voted Sport Business Personality of the Year by Sport360, a sports daily based in the United Arab Emirates. She will receive her award at a ceremony in Dubai on 27 March.
Thomas Bach, Patrick Joseph Hickey and Claudia Bokel attended the 3rd European Evening of Sport organised by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Office in Brussels (Belgium) on 27 February. The topics on the programme included European Union funding for sport beyond 2014 and match-fixing.
The composition of the IOC commissions for 2013 can be found on www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Swatch group member company Tissot have extended their global partnership for the 2013-2016 period. This new agreement grants Tissot extended marketing rights, including the status of “Official Watch” and “Official Timekeeper” of FIBA and the right to present the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Five awards of each FIBA competition. Read the press release on www.fiba.com.
At its recent meeting in Lausanne, the Executive Committee of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) confirmed the qualification system for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing (China) and for the SportAccord World Combat Games this year in St Petersburg (Russian Federation). At the 2nd Summer YOG in Nanjing, 78 fencers aged 15-17 will be competing in six individual events. The main qualification tournament will be the Cadet World Championships in April 2014. Details on www.fie.ch.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced the retirement of legendary Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato as a member of the FIG Men's Artistic Technical Committee after 20 years of service. Before moving into sports administration, Sawao Kato won 12 Olympic medals, eight of them gold, at three editions of the Games (Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976). Read more on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
Chaired by its President, IOC member Julio César Maglione, the International Swimming Federation (FINA)’s Bureau met on 22 and 23 February in Barcelona (Spain). The numerous decisions taken included the affiliation of Timor-Leste as FINA’s 203rd member federation and the adoption of a Code of Ethics and establishment of an Ethics Panel within the FINA structure. Read the full list of decisions on www.fina.org.
In addition, the first seminar of 2013 for swimming officials on the American continent brought together 42 participants on 16 and 17 February in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships will be returning to Italy, with the Italian Tennis Federation hosting the 2013 Championships in the Adriatic resort of Cervia in Ravenna from 31 July until 4 August. This will be the fifth edition of these Championships. More details on www.itftennis.com.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) has informed us that the 2013 edition of the World Junior Curling Championships is taking place from 28 February to 10 March in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, which will be hosting the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Ten men’s and 10 women’s teams are taking part in this competition, which will be followed by the Junior World Wheelchair Championships. Both championships will be an opportunity to test the facilities ahead of the Games in 2014. More details on www.worldcurling.org.
The International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating Media Guide 2012/13 has been updated and is now available for download from the ISU website, www.isu.org.
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has appointed Franco Uncini as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer and circuit inspector. Franco Uncini takes over from Claude Danis. Details on www.fim-live.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
More than 50 coaches attended a seminar on sport and exercise psychology focusing on mental stimulation and control by coaches, organised by the Training and Development section of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC). The seminar was aimed chiefly at national coaches working in sports clubs and associations.
A physiotherapy seminar has also been organised by the Sports Medicine Centre, under the umbrella of the BOC. Sixteen people, representing the Sports Medicine Centre, Salmaniya Medical Complex and the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital took part.
Last week, the Brazilian NOC, through its education department, the Brazilian Olympic Institute, held the second module of the Brazilian Coach Academy. For four days at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro, 106 athletics, artistic gymnastics and swimming professionals looked at various aspects of the training and qualification of sports professionals. The experts present included Rosicleia Campos (pictured above), Olympic champion at the 2012 Games in London and coach of the Brazilian women’s wrestling team, who talked about her career as both athlete and coach. The aim of the Academy is to train 432 coaches in 14 sports between now and 2018. More details on www.cob.org.br.
On 20 February, a press conference was held in Bogotá (Colombia) to launch the official mascot of the 9th World Games, which Cali will be hosting from 25 July to 4 August this year. The mascot is Bichofué, a bird native to Colombia. Those present included Colombian NOC President Baltazar Medina, the Director of Coldeportes and IOC member Andres Botero Phillipsbourne and Cali Mayor Rodrigo Guerrero. Athletes from over 100 countries will be competing in the Games. Details on www.coc.org.co.
The Polish NOC informs us that it has awarded the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy to the Polish Association of Sport and Recreational Infrastructure Development, IAKS Polska. The Trophy was presented at the traditional Polish Olympic Family New Year Gala, in the presence of members of the NOC Executive Committee, Olympians, Olympic medallists from the 2012 Games and numerous guests, including the IAKS President, Stephan Holthoff-Pfortner. IOC member Irena Szewińska presented the Trophy to Zbigniew Klonowski, the President of IAKS Polska. More details on www.olimpijski.pl.
More than 100 people attended the Educational Forum on Doping in Sport, which the Venezuelan NOC held recently. The topics covered were playing fair in sport, nutrition and ergogenic aids as an alternative to doping in sport, prohibited substances and methods and the fight against doping, today and in the future. Find out more on http://www.cov.net.ve/cov.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES SOCHI 2014
Rights-holding broadcasters for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games have gathered in Sochi for the second World Broadcasters Meeting, which is being held from 25 February to 2 March. More than 200 representatives of international broadcasters have travelled to the Russian host city to view the broadcast facilities that will be available to them during next year’s Winter Games, such as the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). Representatives of the IOC, OBS and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee are also attending the meeting. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section) and www.sochi2014.com.