This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge has met:
- Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (IHF); and Kelly Fairweather, IHF Secretary General;
- Lassana Palenfo, IOC honorary member;
- Margaret Talbot, President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE); and its Director General, Detlef Dumon;
- Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and IOC member; and Essar Gabriel, IAAF Secretary General;
- Risto Nieminen, President of the NOC of Finland; and Peter Tallberg, IOC member;
- Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA); and Dionyssis Gangas, IOA Director;
- Rachid Hanifi, President of the NOC of Algeria;
- Negroes Malealea Kgosietsile, President of the NOC of Botswana;
- Marius Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), accompanied by Jean-Luc Rouge and Robert van de Walle, IJF Secretary General and Ambassador respectively; and
- Fanny Palli Petralia, member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation.
Jean-Claude Killy has donated a torch from the Grenoble 1968 Olympic Winter Games to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. This torch was the only one missing from The Olympic Museum’s collection. Present at the handover were President Rogge, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper and Olympic Museum Director Francis Gabet.
From 24 to 27 March, the IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by Craig Reedie visited Istanbul (Turkey), a Candidate City for the Olympic Games in 2020.
The IOC recently awarded América Móvil the broadcasting rights to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. América Móvil has acquired the rights for all media platforms in Latin America. Press release at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that, in the framework of its “Dream Building” programme, a dinner will be held on 17 May during the World Championships in Paris (France). Officially launched last year, the objectives of this social responsibility programme include allowing people in developing countries to have access to sport; using table tennis as a means to teach peace and other values; and developing the practice of table tennis among people with disabilities. Details at www.ittfdream.com.
The President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and IOC member, Olegario Vázquez Raña, has presented the ISSF medal of honour to Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú, in recognition of his support of this sport. This ceremony took place during a stage of the World Cup (shotgun) in Acapulco (Mexico). Info at www.issf-sports.org.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced that the third edition of World Snow Day will take place on 19 January 2014. The second edition, which was held on 20 January 2013, brought together 435 events organised in 39 countries. Info at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Bahamas NOC has just informed us that the IOC Sport and Sustainable Development Trophy has been awarded to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). The Trophy was handed over to Jeff Houston by NOC President Wellington Miller and Secretary General Romell K. Knowles. BTC is an important partner of sporting and cultural activities in the Bahamas. Info at www.bahamasolympiccommittee.org.
From 31 March to 4 April, the Bahrain NOC’s Sports Training and Development Section is organising the second level 2 course for secretaries general and executive managers. Organised in cooperation with the World Academy of Sports, this course is part of the National Federation Managers Programme and addresses, among other things, sports associations’ strategies, long-term planning and activities and operations.
On 21 March, the Italian NOC announced the death of Pietro Mennea, aged 60, Olympic 200m champion at the Moscow Games in 1980. Mennea was the world record-holder over this distance for 17 years and was also a four-time European champion, two-time bronze medallist at the Games (200m in 1972 in Munich and 4x400m in 1980 in Moscow), and silver medallist (4x100m) and bronze medallist (200m) at the first World Athletics Championships in 1983 in Helsinki (Finland). Info at www.coni.it.
The NOC of Singapore has informed us that the second edition of the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival. (SYOF), held from 16 to 23 March, brought together some 1,230 young athletes competing in six sports - basketball 3x3, badminton, indoor football, taekwondo, sailing and shooting. More than 800 students and guests attended the opening ceremony, including guest of honour Ser Miang Ng, President of the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) and IOC Vice-President. Organised by the SOF, this festival is a platform for under-18s to show their sporting talent. The first edition took place in 2011 as a legacy of the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010. Info at www.sof.sg and www.singaporeolympics.com
The NOC of Chinese Taipei has announced the death of its former Secretary General, Ming-Hsin Tang, on 17 March in Los Angeles (USA). Born in 1928, Tang was a great sports administrator and an Olympic education pioneer, publishing numerous works on the Olympic Movement and Olympic history. He launched the first session of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Academy in 1978. During the 40 years he spent at the NOC, he was Director, Deputy Secretary General, Secretary General and then Commission President. Ming-Hsin Tang received the Olympic Order in 1993. Info at www.tpenoc.net.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has indicated that Welsh city Swansea (Great Britain) will host the IPC European Athletics Championships in 2014. Almost 600 athletes from 40 countries will compete there from 18 to 23 August. As for the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships, they will take place from 17 to 26 July in Suhl (Germany) with some 300 athletes taking part. Info at www.paralympic.org.
The International Sports Movies and TV (FICTS)’s programme, "The FICTS for young people", has been launched in Milan (Italy). This programme is part of a project that includes Sport for All initiatives, with the objective of attracting young people to the practice of sport and teaching them values such as respecting rules and team spirit. The programme offers sport and education activities in five areas: sport, culture, education, nutrition and health. More info at www.ficts.com.