On 10 June in Brussels (Belgium), IOC President Jacques Rogge met Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, in the framework of the “structured dialogue” of the Commission with the sports movement. Their discussions addressed, among other things, the implementation of the current European Union Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014) and the priorities of the future Work Plan. President Rogge was accompanied by IOC members Claudia Bokel and Patrick Joseph Hickey, who is also the President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC). Read the news story here.
On 13 June, also in Brussels, the IOC President made a speech at the 100th anniversary celebration of Sportspress.be, the Belgian professional sports journalists’ association.
Back in Lausanne, on 14 June, he held discussions with the new President of the Israeli NOC, Igal Carmi, accompanied by IOC member Alex Gilady.
On 15 and 16 June, President Rogge will attend the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), whose President is Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
On 12 June, Lambis V. Nikolaou represented the IOC President at the opening ceremony of the 53rd International Olympic Academy session for young participants in Athens (Greece).
At the end of May, Lydia Nsekera was elected to the Executive Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), at the IF’s Congress in Mauritius. She has thus become the first woman to be elected to the FIFA Executive Committee, for a four-year term of office. Press release here.
The Coordination Commission for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, whose Chairwoman is Angela Ruggiero, held its second meeting in Lillehammer from 12 to 14 June. The Commission was impressed by the progress achieved by the Organising Committee (LYOCOG).More details here.
This week, the IOC launched a call for tenders for the sale of broadcasting and exploitation rights throughout the Asian territory for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio in 2016 and the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. Additional offers will be studied for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018 and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 (whose host city has not yet been selected). Press release here.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
One day after his success in the European Championships in Krakow (Poland), the now two-time European canoe-kayak slalom European champion and bronze medallist at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2012, the Czech Republic’s Jiri Prskavec returned to Prague (Czech Republic). The reason for his return was to join a team of volunteers cleaning up the areas surrounding the slalom course for the next World Championships, which will take place from 11 to 15 September in the Czech capital. The course found itself under water after the flooding in the region. Read the news story published by the International Canoeing Federation (ICF) on www.canoeicf.com
During its meeting on 31 May in Geneva (Switzerland), the Executive Committee of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) decided to propose to the FIE Congress a new rule in the FIE statutes concerning the FIE athletes’ commission, stipulating that the Chairperson Elect of this commission will become a member of the FIE Executive Committee, with voting rights. The FIE Congress will be held on 29 November 2013 in Paris (France). Info at www.fie.ch.
Furthermore, in last week’s edition of the Olympic Highlights, the person on the right of the photo was not FIE President Alisher Usmanov, but Secretary General Frédéric Pietruszka.
World Archery (WA) recently launched a new website. This website includes live coverage of events, videos, social networks, world rankings and many other functions that you can discover by clicking on www.archery.org.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has chosen the US city of Chicago to host the 27th edition of the World Triathlon Grand Final in 2015. In preparation for organising this important event, Chicago will also stage a world series event in 2014. Info at www.triathlon.org.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) Council met on 10 June in Cavtat-Dubrovnik (Croatia). On the agenda were reports by the organising committees of the World Championships and the next Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, the World Cup calendar and the FIS development programme. More info at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In the framework of the campaign for the upcoming parliament elections, the NOC of Germany (DOSB) organised an election hearing bringing together the chairpersons of the top five parties. They thus presented their plans and answered the questions asked by the DOSB representatives on the role of sport in society, sport and the environment, sport and education, and elite sport financing. More info at www.dosb.de.
At the Belgian NOC (COIB)’s recent General Assembly, several awards were presented. Legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx was the first to receive the COIB Order of Merit from COIB President and IOC member Pierre-Olivier Beckers. Merckx took part in the Tokyo Games in 1964, was coach of the Belgian team for the 1996 Atlanta Games, and, since 1992, has been a member of the COIB Board of Directors. Furthermore, the Olympic pin was awarded to Lionel Cox, shooting silver medallist at the London Games. The other Olympic medallists, Charline Van Snick and Evi Van Acker, will receive their pin soon. Finally, the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy was presented to the Ethias Trophy tennis tournament for its efforts in decreasing waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing accessibility and promoting responsible sport. Full information at www.olympic.be.
At the end of May, the Lithuanian Rowing Federation and the Lithuanian NOC organised their first technical course for rowing coaches in 2013, which brought together a total of 39 participants. An expert from the International Rowing Federation (FISA), Giovanni Postiglione, shared his experience in the areas of rowing technique, theory and practical applications of training and evaluation. Info at www.ltok.lt.
The Grand Finale of the 11th edition of the school sports competition, “Mission Olympic” recently brought together more than 6,000 schoolchildren in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium. Created by the Dutch NOC and worldwide TOP partner Coca-Cola, in collaboration with KVLO, an organisation representing physical education teachers, this competition is open to 12- to 19-year-olds. For the 2013 edition, more than 150,000 young people from 315 schools across the country competed in 18 disciplines throughout the whole school year. The Grand Finale was attended by London Olympic champion and “Mission Olympic” ambassador Epke Zonderland.
On 9 June in Belgrade, more than 3,500 people participated in the 19th Olympic Day organised by the NOC of Serbia. As well as races for children and families, the Day was also the occasion to present the athletes who will compete in the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey). The European shotput champion, Asmir Kolasinac, read a message from the IOC President. The Serbian Olympic team mascot, Lucky (a wild falcon) was also present to take part in sports demonstrations with the athletes. Info at Infos sur www.oks.org.rs.
ORGANISING COMMITTES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (Sochi 2014) has revealed the cauldron for the celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay, which will start on 7 October in Moscow. The lighting of the cauldron will be the highlight of each day of festivities, which will take place throughout Russia during the 65,000-km Relay, the longest in Olympic history. The caudron was created by a reputed team of Russian designers. It mirrors the design and style of the Olympic torch. Information at www.olympic.org and www.sochi2014.com.
Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung – the official Wireless Communications Equipment provider of the Olympic Games – has launched a new promotional campaign as part of its preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. As part of its “Everyone’s Olympic Games” campaign strategy, Samsung plans to implement several initiatives to help make Sochi 2014 the most innovative and socially accessible Olympic Winter Games ever. One of the key initiatives will be an athlete ambassador programme, which will bring together many promising international athletes and establish a personal link with sports fans. Read the story here.
Raffaele Chiulli, President of the International Powerboating Federation (UIM), was elected as President of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) at this Association’s General Assembly, held in St Petersburg (Russian Federation). He will also be a member of the SportAccord Council. Info at www.arisf.org.
The President of the International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS), Franco Ascani, was elected as the President of the European Sport for All Union (UESpT) at a meeting of the International Sport for All (FISpT) Management Board in Athens (Greece) last week. Information at www.ficts.com.