On 30 April in Amsterdam, the Prince of Orange became King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at a ceremony which was attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and IOC President Jacques Rogge.
The 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, held in Lima (Peru) ended on 27 April with a call to the Olympic Movement and the world to “Get Moving”. Hosted by the Miraflores city authorities and the Peruvian Sports Institute, this Conference was organised jointly by the IOC, through its Sport for All Commission, whose Chairman is Sam Ramsamy, and the Peruvian NOC, in collaboration with SportAccord. More than 500 experts from some 90 countries shared their best practices in various activities. All the participants left with the IOC’s guide to managing sports programmes, Get Moving!, which contains practical recommendations and case studies to help and encourage the participants to create new programmes. The next Conference will be held in 2015. Find out more information here.
Panasonic has started to set up its state-of-the-art digital audio/visual (AV) equipment at the Olympic venues in Sochi, in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to be held in this city. Click here for more information.
Atos has announced that the Sochi 2014 technology lab is now fully operational. This laboratory is where the information technology (IT) systems for each sports event will undergo a battery of tests. Read the news story.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that its former Treasurer and Honorary Life Vice-President, Robert Stinson, died in early April. Honorary Assistant Treasurer then Honorary Secretary of the British Amateur Athletic Board (the forerunner of the British Athletic Federation), Stinson joined the IAAF at the start of the 1980s. A member of the IAAF Juridical Working Group, he was elected Treasurer in 1984, a function which he held until his resignation in 2003. Press release at www.iaaf.org.
In the framework of the cadet and junior World Championships, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) has conducted the third Volunteer Manager Programme. Thirteen men and seven women, from 13 different countries, took part in this programme, gaining experience in the organisation of a major fencing championship. Read the story at www.fie.ch.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has just published its official media guide for the World Championships which will take place in Paris (France) from 13 to 20 May 2013. These 52nd Championships will bring together 472 male and 373 female athletes from 129 countries, in the French capital – a record number of athletes for this event. More info at www.ittf.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 27 April, the Bahrain NOC’s Sports Training and Development Section held a seminar entitled “The relationship between the administrator and the coach”. The participants (pictured above) addressed a number of subjects, including the challenges faced by a coach and how to create a positive environment to develop the level of the players.
Furthermore, the NOC has informed us that the Qatari city of Doha will host the second Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Conference on Sport and the Environment from 22 to 24 October this year.
The NOC of Guatemala celebrated the 66th anniversary of its creation at a gala dinner attended by numerous personalities, including the President of the Republic, Otto Pérez Molina; and the Deputy Sports Minister, María Dolores Molina. Several distinctions were presented on this occasion. Recipients of the Order of the NOC of Guatemala (in gold) included President Otto Pérez Molina and Pedro Muadi, President of the Congress of the Republic. Click on www.cor.org.gt for more details.
In the framework of the IOC World Conference on Sport for All, the Peruvian NOC organised a two-kilometre “Walk for All”. Numerous Conference participants joined other walkers. IOC President Jacques Rogge started the walk. A little later in the day, an Olympic sports museum was inaugurated in the national stadium in Lima. Besides President Rogge, other attendees included Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jiménez Mayor; IOC member Iván Dibós; and NOC President José Quiñones González. Full info at www.coperu.org.
At the start of April, the new Executive Committee of the NOC of Portugal was officially presented at a ceremony in Lisbon. The new President, José Manuel Constantino, succeeded Vicente Moura after 17 years at the head of the NOC. The new Secretary General is José Manuel Araújo.
As part of its Olympic values education programme, the NOC of Rwanda has developed a mini Olympic Games project in various schools across the country. This project, undertaken in collaboration with the National Olympic Academy, is taking place in 10 schools between May and July 2013. Its objective is to provide young people with a taste for sport, thanks to a sports competition and activities introducing Olympism. For example, one Rwandan school will be writing to a French Olympic school class about its experience of the mini Olympic Games.
On 27 April in Bratislava (Slovakia), the NOC of Slovakia celebrated its 20th anniversary in the presence of more than 200 guests, including the President of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Gasparovic; IOC honorary member and NOC Honorary President Vladimir Cernusak; and two-time Olympic medallist (shooting) and Chairman of the NOC’s Athletes’ Commission, Jozef Gonci. On this occasion, NOC President Frantisek Chmelar officially signed the IOC’s invitation to participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi. Distinctions and prizes were awarded to various sports personalities, and two books were presented: Our Olympic Beginnings by Maria Mracnova and Slovak Olympic Memorabilia by a team of authors. Info at www.olympic.sk.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, as well as the men’s and women’s football finals, has been officially re-opened after major transformation work. Brazilian football stars Ronaldo and Bebeto played in the first match held in the renovated stadium, in front of a crowd of over 25,000 people, including the construction workers who helped renovate this historic venue; the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral; city Mayor Eduardo Paes; and the President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and 2016 Paralympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.
This week, it was announced that construction work had started on the golf course for the 2016 Games following receipt of all the necessary authorisations. This course is being built at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca – the area hosting the most sports venues for the Games. Once the Games are over, this venue will become the first golf course open to the people of Rio de Janeiro, which will help promote golf in Brazil. Read the press releases at www.olympic.org and www.rio2016.com.
On 3 May, the Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (POCOG) presented its official Olympic emblem to 1,000 guests on the occasion of a gala ceremony which was held simultaneously in PyeongChang and Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. The new emblem is inspired by Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and by Cheon-ji-in, Korea’s traditional humanism. Attending the ceremony were Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2018 Games; Jin-sun Kim, POCOG President; Jin-ryong Yoo, Korean Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism; Moon-soon Choi, Governor of the Province of Gangwon; Jung-haeng Kim, President of the Korean NOC; and Sang-hwa Lee, Olympic speed skating champion. A congratulatory message was also addressed to the Organising Committee on behalf of the President of the Republic of Korea, Geun-hye Park. Find out more detailed information here.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The Cube, the former portal of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) website, has undergone a total transformation. It has been replaced by a new platform which completely reflects the spirit of the YOG. More user-friendly, this new website also allows us to post videos and present the latest news and photo galleries. See the new website here.
As the IOC will be closed on 9 and 10 May 2013, the Olympic Highlights will not be published next week. The next edition will appear on 17 May 2013.