On 21 May, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the working meeting that brought together all stakeholders of the Olympic Movement – the IOC, IFs, NOCs and athletes – to discuss the fight against doping in sport, the fight against illegal betting, the sporting calendar, autonomy and good governance.
This week in Vidy, President Rogge has met:
- a delegation from the Tunisian NOC, led by its President, Mehrez Boussayene;
- a delegation from the Italian NOC, led by its President, Giovanni Malagò, and including IOC members Franco Carraro, Mario Pescante and Ottavio Cinquanta, as well as IOC honorary member Manuela Di Centa; and
- IOC members Joseph S. Blatter and Claudia Bokel.
Next week, President Rogge will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg then he will be in St Petersburg (Russian Federation) for the IOC Executive Board meetings held during the SportAccord Convention.
Last weekend, the Coordination Commission for the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2014 in Nanjing concluded its fourth visit to the Chinese city. With 15 months to go until the 2nd Summer YOG, the Commission, chaired by Alexander Popov, said it was particularly pleased to see the level of detailed preparation presented as the organisers look ahead to the operational readiness phase. Read the news here.
This week in Lausanne, the Nominations Commission, chaired by Francisco Elizalde, held a meeting in Lausanne.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Nenad Lalovic has been elected President of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
) at its extraordinary Congress held in Moscow (Russian Federation) on 18 May. Read about the important decisions taken on this occasion here: www.fila-wrestling.com
Adham Sharara was re-elected as President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) at its Annual General Meeting in Paris (France). During the Assembly, the 2016 World Championships were awarded to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and those in 2018 to Halmstad (Sweden). The island of Bonaire has been confirmed as the 218th ITTF member association. More info at www.ittf.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC (DOSB), whose President is IOC member Thomas Bach, has won the German Award for Online Communication in the NGOs sector for its communication initiative around the German Olympic team. At the heart of this initiative was the social hub for team members and a slogan: “Wir für Deutschland” (“We for Germany”) with the Twitter hashtag #WirfuerD. The NOC thus unified Olympic team communications on one site (www.deutsche-olympiamannschaft.de). One day later, the DOSB won another award – the PR Report Award – for the Olympic team welcome ceremony in Hamburg in the Event and Live Communication category. More info at www.dosb.de.
The Bahrain NOC has launched its new strategy for the next Olympic cycle (2013-17) and unveiled its new brand at a ceremony organised at the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation Gym in Isa Town Sports City. The ceremony was held under the auspices of Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, NOC President and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, in the presence of numerous sports personalities and media representatives. The NOC’s slogan was also unveiled: “Inspired to Achieve.
The Brazilian NOC, whose President is IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman has announced the second group of athletes to benefit from its Athlete Support Programme. Eight Olympic and Pan-American medallists have been selected. Led by the Brazilian Olympic Institute, the NOC’s Education Department, this programme will provide support and plan athletes’ development to prepare them for when they stop competing and switch to a new profession. More details at www.cob.org.br.
The Colombian NOC has informed us that, from 20 to 24 May, Medellin hosted 164 journalists who took part in the AIPS America Sports Games. On 21 May at the Institute of Sport and Leisure (INDER), a seminar for sports journalists brought together the best sports journalists on the American continent and Olympic champions Jefferson Pérez (Ecuador) and Alberto Juantorena (Cuba). Full info at www.coc.org.co.
The President of the Mongolian NOC, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, has signed a second partnership agreement for the period 2013-16 with the Executive Director of Goyo Co. Ltd, D. Badamtsetseg. This company will provide ceremony uniforms for the Mongolian team. More info at www.olympic.mn.
At Prague Castle, Czech NOC President Jiri Kejval signed the IOC’s official invitation to take part in the Sochi Winter Games next year. The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, signed the accompanying letter. Dozens of past and present athletes attended the ceremony, including London Games medallists Mirka Knapkova and David Svoboda, who received commemorative badges. Read more at www.olympic.cz.
The Venezuelan NOC recently paid tribute to 11 sports personalities. A ceremony was hosted by Elida Párraga, who was representing the NOC; the Chairman of the NOC’s Ethics and Values Commission, José Fernández Freites; and the Commission members. For information, this Commission’s remit is to pay tribute to people who have written sporting history in the country.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Brasília’s Mané Garrincha National Stadium – one of six venues that will host football matches during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – has been officially reopened. This new 71,000-capacity venue will be used for the FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup, the FIFA 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Games. The inaugural match was held on 18 May in the presence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo. Full article at www.rio2016.com.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
On 19 May, the IOC announced that double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbaeva will be an Official Ambassador for the Nanjing 2014 YOG. These Games will be held from 16 to 28 August, and will have 28 sports on the programme, including golf and rugby sevens, which will make their Olympic debuts before featuring on the programme of the Rio 2016 Games. For more info, click here.
We have just learned that the annual meeting of the Athletes’ Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) was held on 3 and 4 May in Dakar (Senegal). Chaired by Amadou Dia Ba, this meeting focused on two main themes: Revitalising the Athletes’ Commission and the Role of the Athletes’ Commission in improving the performances of African athletes in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The Commission members also met with African sports journalists and interns from the International Athletics Centre in Dakar, and took part in a cross country race with several youngsters.
The 34th European Olympic Committees (EOC) Seminar, organised in collaboration with the San Marino NOC, recently brought together 49 NOC delegations. Their work was carried out under the direction of EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi. EOC President Patrick Joseph Hickey also chaired the Executive Committee meeting. The agenda included the Sochi and Rio Olympic Games, the Nanjing Summer YOG and the Lillehammer Winter YOG, as well as the first edition of the European Games in Baku in 2015. This year, the Seminar was coupled with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Continental Forum. The 2014 Seminar will be organised in Nicosia, at the invitation of the NOC of Cyprus. News and photos at www.eurolympic.org.