From 3 to 6 June, IOC President Jacques Rogge was at the United Nations headquarters in New York (USA) for the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Development and Peace under the theme of "Creating a Common Vision" (see also the "Commissions" section).
During the Forum, President Rogge also presented the Olympic Order to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in recognition of the UN Secretary-General's strong personal commitment to use sport as a tool for social change, a concept brought to life through various joint IOC-UN projects at community level. This ceremony was followed by the opening of a permanent exhibition on sport at the UN headquarters. Read the press release here.
While in New York, the President attended the meeting of the Board of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) and a dinner organised by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) whose President is Lawrence F. Probst III, and during which he was presented with a trophy.
The International Relations Commission, which is chaired by Mario Pescante, met in New York on 4 June.
The 3rd International on Sport for Development and Peace was held at the UN headquarters in New York on 5 and 6 June. Jointly organised by the IOC and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), with the support of the USOC, the Forum was aimed at assessing the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion and looked at how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields. At the end of the Forum, the participants adopted a declaration, which will serve as a roadmap for the work to be done in this area during the next two years.
Six candidates will be seeking election as IOC President during the 125th IOC Session on 10 September 2013 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The six IOC members – Thomas Bach, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Denis Oswald and Ching-Kuo Wu – had officially announced their candidatures by the deadline of midnight on 6 June. The candidates will be setting out their manifestoes in an in camera presentation to the IOC members gathered in Lausanne for the Extraordinary IOC Session on 3 and 4 July 2013.
On 6 June, the IOC opened the bidding processes for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 and the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2020. The host city election for the Winter Games in 2022 will be held during the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, on 31 July 2015. For its part, the host city for the 3rd Winter YOG will be chosen in May or June 2015. Full details here.
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) held part of its centenary celebrations during the SportAccord Convention in St Petersburg (Russian Federation) last week. On behalf of the FIE, its President, Alisher Usmanov, hosted the joint dinner of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), whose President is Francesco Ricci Bitti, and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). Info on www.fie.ch
On 28 May in St Petersburg, during the SportAccord Convention, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) signed the Brighton Declaration, the charter established in 1994 by the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG). The Declaration was signed by the FIG President and Secretary General, Bruno Grandi and André F. Gueisbuhler, and by IWG Co-Chair Raija Mattila. In June 2014, the IWG will be holding its 6th Conference in Helsinki (Finland). More details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
As part of its development programme, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) held a clinic for 36 intermediate-level coaches in Panama City (Panama) from 12 to 18 May. In June, courses for coaches, referees and officials in the five FINA disciplines will be held in Accra (Ghana), Orlando (USA) and San Jose (Costa Rica). More details on www.fina.org.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club was presented with the International Tennis Federation (ITF)'s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, at the 2013 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 4 June in Paris (France), held as part of the ITF Centenary celebrations. The other recipients for their performances in 2012 were singles champions Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Serena Williams (USA); doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (Italy); junior champions Filip Peliwo (Canada) and Taylor Townsend (USA); and wheelchair champions Stephane Houdet (France) and Esther Vergeer (Netherlands). More details on www.itftennis.com.
National Olympic Committees
The Algerian NOC informs us that the Olympic 1500m champion at the 2012 Games in London, Taoufik Makhloufi, has received the IOC gold pin in recognition of his efforts and his contribution to promoting sport in Algeria. He was presented with the pin by the Health Minister, in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sport, Mohamed Tahmi, and NOC President Mustapha Berraf, alongside sports federation presidents and earlier Olympic medallists such as Mohamed Yamani, the first Algerian athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, in Tokyo in 1964. More details on www.comiteolympiquealgerien.com.
On 4 and 5 June, the Colombian NOC commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin. This tribute began with the laying of a wreath in front of the bust of Coubertin at the NOC headquarters, by NOC President Baltazar Medina, accompanied by Conrado Durántez, President of the Spanish Olympic Academy and the Pan-Iberian Association of Olympic Academies; IOC honorary member Fidel Mendoza Carrasquilla; and Manuel José Bonett Locarno, President of the Colombian Olympic Academy. More than 180 people also took part in a round table on Coubertin. The programme also included visits to the three universities in Bogota with a chair in Olympism. More infos on www.coc.org.co
A workshop on the court of arbitration and sports mediation was held in May at the headquarters of the NOC of the Dominican Republic, whose President is Luis Mejía. Organised with the support of Olympic Solidarity, the workshop was aimed mainly at members of national sports federations. The court of arbitration, designed by the Supreme Court, was created two years ago, but has not yet started functioning. Details on www.colimdo.org.
The celebration of Olympic Day 2013 organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Olympic Museum of Thessalonica and the Municipality of Pallini was a great success, with more than 2,000 children taking part. Held from 20 to 26 May, the activities on offer included badminton, fencing and cycling. Details on www.hoc.gr.
In addition, on 30 May the Hellenic Olympic Committee organised the flame-lighting ceremony for the 12th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), taking place from 14 to 19 July 2013 in Utrecht (Netherlands), at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. NOC President Spyros Capralos then passed the torch to the EYOF Organising Committee Chairwoman, Rinda den Besten.
On 31 May, on the occasion of International Children's Day, the Lithuanian NOC honoured the winners of its art competitions. Over 400 photos were submitted in the "Olympic photo" category, and 14 finalists were selected. In the "Olympic picture" and "Sport and me" categories, there were more than 3,000 entries for each category, and 31 winners (15 and 16) were chosen. The prizes and diplomas were presented by NOC President Daina Gudzineviciute, Secretary General Valentinas Paketuras and modern pentathlon silver medallist at the 2008 Games Edvinas Krungolcas. Read the story on www.ltok.lt.
At a special ceremony, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, President of the Mongolian NOC and Honorary President of the Mongolian Olympic Academy, congratulated the two Mongolian representatives attending the 53rd Session of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) for Young Participants from 11 to 25 June in Olympia (Greece). They are D. Nyamkhuu, judo gold medallist at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and flagbearer of the Mongolian team at the 2004 Games in Athens, and Kazan 2012 World University Shooting Championships team gold medallist Ya Zaya.
The Peruvian NOC has informed us that the Peruvian Olympic Academy organised a seminar on sports nutrition in San Luis at the end of May. The various topics covered included diets for physical and sports activity and anthropometric assessment. Details on www.coperu.org.
Organising Committees for the Olympic Games
Panasonic has signed an agreement with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee to become the Official Supplier in the "home appliances" category for next year's Olympic Winter Games. The agreement was signed by Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko, Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Takumi Kajisha and Shigeo Suzuki, the General Director of Panasonic Russia Ltd. Read the story here.
At the end of May, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee launched the Spanish and French versions of the official website of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. These join the websites in Portuguese and English launched on 31 December 2010. Several pages of the site are now available in French and Spanish.
In addition, Worldwide Olympic Partner GE will help light up the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by installing a state-of-the-art lighting system at the city's redeveloped Maracanã Stadium. This iconic venue, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the football finals for the 2016 Games, was originally built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, but has been completely renovated ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup, also being held in Brazil. Read the full report here.
The General Assembly of SportAccord in St Petersburg last month elected International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer as its new President, succeeding Hein Verbruggen. Details on www.sportaccord.com.