On 20 March, IOC President Jacques Rogge presented a trophy to Maurizio Tecardi, a long-standing member of the Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission, at the Commission meeting in Lausanne.
Again in Lausanne, President Rogge met the President of the World Karate Federation (WKF), Antonio Espinos Ortueta.
Ching-kuo Wu has been decorated with the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Star of the Order “Dostyk” in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement. The presentation was made by the Kazakh Prime Minister, Serik Akhmetov, on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Richard L. Carrión has been elected as a Director (class A) of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for a three-year term.
On 14 March, former Belgian NOC President François Narmon died at the age of 80. He served as NOC President from 1998 to 2004, and was made an IOC member by the Session in Salt Lake City in 2002, a position he held until 2004. Later that year in Athens, he was awarded the Olympic Order in recognition of his important contribution to the development of sport and the Olympic Movement both nationally and internationally. Details on www.olympic.be.
On 20 March, the Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission held a meeting chaired by Gerhard Heiberg.
From 18 to 21 March, the Evaluation Commission, chaired by Craig Reedie, was in Madrid, one of the cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
On the occasion of World Water Day (WWD) on 22 March and the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the IOC launched the 3rd edition of its Sport and Environment Awards, which were created in 2009 by the Sport and Environment Commission. The 2013 Awards will be presented during the 10th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will take place in Sochi (Russian Federation) on 30 October and 1 November this year. Details on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
A new Sport Sustainability E-Learning programme has just been launched. The programme has been developed by the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) with the IOC and SportAccord as Principal Supporting Partners. The programme consists of four modules covering the key aspects of sustainability for sports events, namely; the business case for sustainability, the ISO 20121 Management System, Reporting and Impact Assessment. More details on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
FISA, the World Rowing Federation, has launched a new media rights model in the United States to enable viewers to watch live video race streaming free of charge on the World Rowing website along with free access to its extensive video library. More details on www.worldrowing.com.
The Executive Board of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has awarded the 2013 Biathle and Triathle World Championships to Egypt. The competitions will take place in the city of Hurghada on 5 and 6 October. Details on www.pentathlon.org.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed Japanese table tennis manufacturer San-Ei as the official table provider for the table tennis event at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Details on www.ittf.com.
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), has celebrated on 21 March, American Walter Walsh, the oldest living Olympian, having reached 105 years and 321 days. He competed in the 50m free pistol event at the 1948 Games in London. No other Olympian has ever lived as long. See release on www.issf-sports.org
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the schedule for the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon season. The calendar will cover at least nine cities on five continents, and includes a series of international and continental races. This year, each Continental Championship race will also host a Paratriathlon Continental Championship event, with Oceania having recently hosted the first competition of its kind in Wellington. Details on www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITEES
A total of 20 participants attended a Level Two National Coaching Programme course organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC)’s Sports Training and Development Section. This 12-day course was part of the Section’s annual plan aimed at developing the level of national coaches and improving their technical abilities.
At the first meeting of the new Italian NOC Executive Board, President Giovanni Malagò assigned various tasks to the members. First Vice-President Franco Chimenti will be responsible for professional sport, with Second Vice-President Giorgio Scarso looking after Olympic preparation. For his part, IOC member Mario Pescante has been asked to lead a feasibility study for a sports museum. Details on www.coni.it.
The Lithuanian NOC has informed us of the death of Janis Grinbergas at the age of 87. An honorary member of the International Handball Federation (IHF) and a former international referee, he was also Honorary Secretary General of the NOC. Janis Grinbergas received the Olympic Order in 2001. Details on www.ltok.lt.
On 16 March at the Olympic Centre in Warsaw, the President of the Polish NOC, Andrzej Krasnicki and his German NOC counterpart and IOC Vice-President, Thomas Bach, signed an MoU between the two NOCs. This document extends the validity of the cooperation agreement already signed in 2008; and focuses on the fight against doping, exchanges of athletes between national federations and exchanges of information. Attending the signing ceremony were IOC member Irena Szewinska; Member of Parliament and former Olympic snowboarder Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak; the Polish Minister for Sports and Tourism, Joanna Mucha; and Polish NOC Secretary General Adam Krzesiński. Details on www.olimpijski.pl.
On 11 March in Bratislava, the Slovak NOC and the Slovak Olympic Academy organised an international conference on the life and work of Pierre de Coubertin, with the title of “Olympism in practice”. Held to mark the 150th anniversary of Coubertin’s birth and the NOC’s 20th anniversary, the conference attracted over 150 participants, who were welcomed by NOC President Frantisek Chmelar. The guests included the President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, Norbert Müller; Coubertin’s great-grand nephew, Yvan de Navacelle de Coubertin; and the Deputy Chairman of the Czech Olympic Committee for Olympism, Frantisek Kolar. Details on www.olympic.sk.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016) has announced that construction is continuing on the new home of the Doping Control and Technological Development Support Laboratory (LABDOP/LADETEC) in Rio de Janeiro, which will house the Official Doping Control Laboratory for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The new home of Brazil’s first laboratory to be accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which will be responsible for performing around 7,000 tests during the Games in 2016, is due to be completed during the first half of 2014. Find out more on www.olympic.org (“News” section) and www.rio2016.com.
On 11 March in Gaborone (Botswana), the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), represented by its President and IOC honorary member Lassana Palenfo, and the government of Botswana, represented by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Shaw Kgathi, signed an agreement to officially award the right to host the 2nd edition of the African Youth Games to the city of Gaborone. These Games are a four-yearly event created by ANOCA for participants under 18, and also serve as a qualifying event for the Summer Youth Olympic Games. The first edition was held from 13 to 18 July 2010 in Rabat (Morocco). Details on www.africaolympic.org.
The second edition of SPORTEL Rio, the market for the global media sports industry, ended on 13 March. A total of 541 registered participants attended, representing 290 companies from 42 countries. This year, the themes were “Second Screen: The Big Game”, “TV Anywhere” and “The Brazilian TV Market”. The next SPORTEL Monaco will be held from 14 to 17 October this year in the Principality of Monaco. Details on www.sportelmonaco.com.