On 13 May at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge received an official visit from their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium. A delegation from the Belgian NOC, including President Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who is also an IOC member, and Secretary General Guido de Bondt, was also present. The programme included a presentation on the Olympic Movement and tours of the IOC headquarters and The Olympic Museum, currently being housed on a boat on Lake Geneva. Read the news here.
On 16 May, President Rogge gave a presentation at the IMD business school in Lausanne on his career as IOC President and on an assessment of the Olympic Games.
This week in Vidy, President Rogge has met:
- Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti;
- Botswana NOC President Negroes Malealea Kgosietsilek;
- a delegation from the NOC of Papua New Guinea;
- International Olympic Truce Foundation Vice-President George Papandreou;
- a delegation from the Chinese city of Xiamen, led by IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu;
- Netherlands NOC President André Bolhuis;
- International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) President Ivo Ferriani;
- IOC member Ung Chang;
- and Indian Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sport, Jitendra Singh.
This weekend, the IOC President will be in Stockholm (Sweden) for the World Ice Hockey Championships. He will also attend a Hall of Fame induction ceremony of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), whose President is IOC member René Fasel.
The Founding Working Group on the fight against irregular and illegal betting concluded its fourth meeting, chaired by the IOC President, on 14 May in Lausanne, with the approval of a set of recommendations aimed at bolstering education on the issue, monitoring, exchange of information and intelligence, and legislation. It called for the establishment of an Olympic Movement monitoring system based on the one in place during the London 2012 Olympic Games that would be made available to the International Federations during major competitions to share information regarding suspicious betting activity. More info here.
On 15 May, the IOC held successive fruitful meetings with a delegation from the Indian Sports Ministry, headed by Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, and representatives from the National Federations of India who are also members of the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA). A representative of the Olympic Council of Asia was also in attendance. The main purpose of the meetings was to explore the possibility for the suspended IOA to hold free, fair, democratic and transparent elections on the basis of a revised IOA constitution and the Olympic Charter with no outside interference, which could pave the way for the IOC to consider lifting its suspension of the IOA. The entire process will be closely monitored and supervised by the IOC, which will issue a roadmap for the suspended IOA and all its members to follow. Press release here.
The IOC has awarded the broadcast rights for Australia to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi to Ten Network Holdings. The group has acquired the broadcast rights to all media platforms in Australia. More info here.
At the 34th annual Sports Emmy Awards of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), NBC Sports won 11 awards, the most of any sports media company for the third straight year. The London Olympic Games received five Emmys, including Outstanding Live Event Turnaround.
As part of the agreement between the FC Barcelona Foundation and the IOC, the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona recently hosted the first Olympafrica FutbolNet Cup educators class. Delegates came from Senegal, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Côte d’Ivoire to participate in this course, which focused on the theory and implementation of the FutbolNet’s methodology. Info here.
As part of its fight against obesity, Worldwide Olympic Partner Coca-Cola has announced four global business commitments to further help people live healthier, happier and more active lifestyles. These commitments will apply in the more than 200 countries in which the company operates. Coca-Cola has also committed to publicly and actively measure the scale and reach of its latest efforts online, at www.comingtogether.com. Find out more at www.coca-colacompany.com.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
World Athletics Day 2013 was held over the weekend of 11 and 12 May. Some 122 Federations chose to take part in this year’s edition. This Day is aimed at youngsters worldwide and has one of the busiest competitions programmes in the athletics calendar. In addition, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced the opening of a new Fans Section on its web site, www.iaaf.org.
A quick note from the International Fencing Federation (FIE), which has reminded us it has two web sites: one devoted to administration (www.fie.ch) and another for the media and news (www.fie.org).
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Council met on 9 and 10 May in Liverpool (Great Britain). Its decisions included electing members of the Disciplinary Commission; awarding the 37th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in 2019 to Azerbaijan; and accepting the provisional admission of the national federations of Afghanistan and the Cayman Islands. Details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
In a press release, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that Swiss watchmaker Tissot will be, for the second consecutive time, Official Timekeeper of the World Table Tennis Championships, which will take place from 13 to 20 May in Paris (France). Info at www.ittf.com.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced the members on its first Athlete Commission and its Competition and Rules Commission. 2002 Olympic champion and WCF Vice-President Bent Ramsfjell will chair the first Commission, while WCF President Kate Caithness and WCF Executive Board member Graham Prouse will chair the second. Press release on www.worldcurling.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At its annual General Assembly in early May, the Australian NOC, whose President is IOC member John Coates, elected three women to its Executive Board: Nicole Livingstone (swimming), Kitty Chiller (modern pentathlon) and Danielle Woodward (canoe/kayak). Helen Brownlee (canoe/kayak) was elected NOC Vice-President - the first woman to hold this post. IOC member Richard Kevan Gosper was also present at this Assembly. Info at www.olympics.com.au.
British double Olympic medallist Andrew Simpson died on 9 May when his yacht capsized in San Francisco Bay (USA). The crew were training to compete in this summer’s America’s Cup. Aged 36, Andrew Simpson was Olympic champion in the Star event in 2008 in Beijing, then a silver medallist with teammate Ian Percy at the London Games last summer.
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) Coordination Commission for the Baku 2015 European Games, whose Chairman is Spyros Capralos, met at the end of April in the Azeri city for a first round of meetings with the organisers. Technical and planning meetings were held with the Organising Committee, led by the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva. The EOC delegation was received by the President of the Republic, Ilham Aliev, who is also President of the NOC. The Games will be held from 12 to 28 June 2015, and the provisional programme comprises 16 sports. Almost 7,000 athletes are expected. Those present included EOC President Patrick Joseph Hickey. Read more here.
Irish Olympic medallists at the London 2012 Games recently received IOC lapel pins from Patrick Hickey, Irish NOC President and IOC member, in the presence of the former Chairman of the Organising Committee for these Games and current British NOC Chairman, Sebastian Coe. This ceremony was held at Dublin’s Mansion House on 7 May, and attendees included the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O’Muiri; the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring; and British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott. At the NOC headquarters, Sebastian Coe unveiled a sculpture commemorating the arrival of the Olympic flame in Dublin almost one year ago. A cooperation agreement was also signed between the Irish and British NOCs. Read more here.
On 8 May, Lithuanian NOC President Daina Gudzineviciute met Jonathan Mannie, Chairman of the Education Committee of Professional Golf Associations of Europe; and Rolandas Dovidaitis, President of the Lithuanian Golf Federation. Their discussions focused mainly on the development of golf in Lithuania and the best examples from around the world. Read the news on www.ltok.lt.
The President of the Mongolian NOC, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, recently received the “Sochi 2014” athlete Olympic scholarships holders. Four cross-country skiing athletes have been benefitting from this Olympic Solidarity programme since 1 January 2013. In addition, the NOC President and Director General of the Hasu Megawatt company, J.Tumen-Ayush, signed a partnership agreement at a ceremony held at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar. IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan, NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaano and others attended this signing.
The Peruvian Olympic Academy recently organised the 9th seminar on physical education and sport at secondary school level. Almost 100 managers, coaches, sports technicians and teachers of physical education took part at the Peruvian NOC headquarters. A seminar will be held from 27 to 30 May on sports nutrition. Find more info at www.coperu.org.
The Executive Committee of the NOC of São Tomé and Principe, whose President is João Manuel Da Costa Alegre, has decided to support national championships in various sports (athletics, handball, basketball, canoeing, tennis, cycling, volleyball, football) in order to boost the practice of sport in the archipelago.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
Twenty-four design students from the local Gjøvik University College have been invited to design the emblem and visual identity of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016. Read the news here.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Todd Nicholson has been elected Chairman of its Athletes’ Council for the next four years. Nicholson, a five-time Paralympian and member of Canada’s gold medal-winning ice sledge hockey team in 2006 (sledge hockey), succeeds USA’s Bob Balk. More details at www.paralympic.org.
The 3rd World Sports Games of the International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) will be held from 2 to 9 June 2013 in Varna (Bulgaria). Some 2,300 participants from 32 nations will compete in 20 different sports. As the CSIT signed the World Anti-Doping Code in 2010, anti-doping measures will, for the first time, be taken at these Games. More info at www.csit.tv/en.