IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the inauguration of the Juan Antonio Samaranch Memorial in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, on 21 April, the third anniversary of the late IOC President’s death.
Conceived, founded and designed by Ching-Kuo Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and an IOC Executive Board member, this museum is the world's most ambitious project created specifically to commemorate the memory and legacy of the late Marquis of Samaranch.
While in Tianjin, President Rogge met with the Mayor of Tianjin, Huang Xingguo; Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee member Sun Chunlan; Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China Guo Jinlong; and Vice Premier of the State Council Liu Yandong.
From 22 to 27 April, President Rogge is in Lima, Peru, for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, where he delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. The three themes of the Conference are: Social Benefits; Sports Facilities and Public Spaces; and Partnerships.
During his stay, the IOC President is taking part in several events, including the opening of an Olympic museum. He also received the Medal of Honour of the Parliament as well as the keys to the city of Miraflores. Find out more at: www.olympic.org. A report about the Conference will be published in next week’s Olympic Highlights.
IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel recently attended a conference in Abu Dhabi organised by the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Foundation. During the conference, El Moutawakel presented Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the United Arab Emirates Nation, with the IOC President’s trophy for outstanding merit in the development of sport, notably her dedication to the advancement of women in sport. On 22 April, El Moutawakel was among 11 winners of the Sheikha Fatima Award for Women Athletes in the category ‘“Excellent Woman Sporting Administrator.”
While in the United Arab Emirates, Nawal El Moutawakel also attended the first Peace and Sport Middle East Forum in Dubai, a conference born out of a partnership between the Dubai Sports Council and the Peace and Sport Organisation.
The IOC Sport for All grants were awarded on 24 April in Lima to three outstanding programmes engaged in promoting Sport for All and disseminating the health and social benefits of sport in general. The winners were:
• Social benefits: Escuela Socio Deportiva “Martin Luther King” – Prevention and social reintegration in the neighbourhoods of Lima, Peru
• Sports facilities and public spaces: Spaces for sports site – Gansbaii, South Africa
• Partnerships: The Fight for Peace Global Alumni Programme - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The IOC held a fruitful meeting on 24 April in Lausanne with senior representatives from the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), the Libyan Sports Ministry and the Libyan NOC. The main purpose of this meeting was to agree on a reasonable timeframe and process for free and democratic elections within the Olympic Movement in Libya leading to the Libyan NOC elections. For more info go to: www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
General Secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Essar Gabriel visited Rio de Janeiro this week to receive updates from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and its government partners on the city’s preparations. Gabriel was pleased with the progress achieved by Rio so far and the plans for the track and field competitions. See info at www.iaaf.org.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced on 23 April that it would hold the 2014 3x3 World Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation, FIBA announced on Tuesday. The tournament will be held over the course of five days in June 2014. The tournament was first held in Athens, Greece, in 2012. Press release on www.fiba.com.
International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) President Klaus Schormann gave a lecture on the Olympic Movement to students at Chengdu University in China on 18 April. Shormann was in Chengdu for the UIPM World Cup #3. For more information please visit: www.pentathlon.org/.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the German Sports Badge this year. The badge was introduced in 1913 and has been awarded more than 33 million times since. Of the 2 million people who took the test in 2012, some 843,000 people passed. To celebrate the anniversary, the DOSB is taking the badge on a tour throughout the country. For more information: www.dosb.de
Last week’s information about the Austrian Olympic Committee contained an incorrect link. The correct link is: www.olympia.at/.
The Belgian Olympic Committee has just published the first edition of “Sochi News”. This electronic news letter provides the latest news on the next Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, as well as facts and figures on these Games, the various Olympic venues and the competitions. More info at www.olympic.be.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) opened an exhibition in São Paulo called the Olympic Games: Sports, Culture and Art on 15 April. The opening was attended by COB President and IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman; Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo; President of FIESP/SESI Paulo Skaf; Bradesco President Luiz Carlos Trabuco; and other sports authorities, businessmen, athletes and Olympic medallists. More info at www.cob.org.br.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) hosted an inspirational event – “An Evening with Team USA” – that engaged more than 450 members of the Atlanta community with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements on 18 April. The event helped raise awareness of the crucial role generous American citizens play in funding US athletes, not only for training, but also sending them to the Games to compete on the world’s biggest stage. For a recap of the event, click here.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee and the National Olympic Academy of Greece, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs of Greece, held a celebration of the revival of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 at the Athens Panathenaic Stadium on 12 April. The first edition of the modern Olympic Games took place at the same stadium. Some 40,000 pupils from around Greece were in attendance to witness re-enactments of the competition from the 1896 Games and to learn about the history of the Olympic Movement. For more information: www.hoc.gr/.
To mark the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, the 25th anniversary of the Guatemalan Olympic Academy and the 66th anniversary of the Guatemalan NOC, Olympic streets have been inaugurated adjacent to the NOC’s headquarters. These streets now bear the names of Baron Pierre de Coubertin Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes, first IOC member in Guatemala (1948-1952), and Roberto Barrios Peña, who became the first President of the NOC in 1947. Read more at www.cog.org.gt.
Sivanthi Adityan, former President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), died at the age of 76 on 19 April. A former Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Adityan was awarded the OCA merit certificate during the last Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Present and former presidents and secretaries general of the Estonian (ENOC), Latvian (LOC) and Lithuanian (LNOC) National Olympic Committees met on 19 and 20 April in Joniskis, Lithuania, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (see photo). The MoU was signed by ENOC Vice-President Toomas Tonise, LOC President Aldonis Vrublevskis and LNOC President Daina Gudzineviciute, and is aimed at enhancing relationships and cooperation in the development of the Olympic Movement and the encouragement of respective National Sports Federations to foster cooperation across all areas of sport, including human resources, infrastructure, and the organisation of sports events. For more info, visit www.ltok.lt.
For the second consecutive year, the Antorcha Olímpica and Colibrí de Plata awards were recently presented at a ceremony organised by the Peruvian NOC and the Peruvian Institute of Sport at the National Stadium in Lima. Attending this ceremony were many of the participants of the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, including Sam Ramsamy, Chairman of the IOC Sport for All Commission, as well as presidents of national sports federations, partner companies and athletes. María Delfina Cuglievan Wiese, water skiing gold medallist at the first Bolivarian Beach Games, received the two awards, thus becoming the Best Athlete of the Year for 2012. In her absence, her parents collected the awards, presented by the Minister of Education, Patricia Salas, and the Presidents of the NOC and the Institute of Sport, José Quiñones González and Francisco Boza respectively. Sam Ramsamy presented an award to Natalia Cuglievan Wiese, who is also a water skier. More info at www.coperu.org.
The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Côte d’Ivoire recently organised a major roundtable on Africa’s preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The meeting was held on 10 and 11 April in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and was attended by several African experts on the Olympic Movement. For more information: http://www.africaolympic.org/.
The European Olympic Committees’ Women and Equality in Sport Commission met at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Italy to discuss gender equality in sport and society. The meeting featured discussions on the objectives of the Commission and on means to help women from all European countries be more active in sport as athletes and take leadership roles within NOCs and other sports organisations. For more info: www.eurolympic.org/.