In Lausanne this week, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the debates of the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 1 July, followed by the Extraordinary IOC Session on 3 and 4 July.
The EB agenda included the drawing of lots to determine the order of the presentations of the six candidates hoping to succeed President Rogge, and the approval of the nine new candidatures for IOC membership, which will be submitted to the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in September. The nine proposed candidates are: Octavian Morariu of Romania, Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski of the Philippines, Alexander Zhukov of Russia, Paul Kibii Tergat of Kenya, Lawrence Probst III of the United States, Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Camiel Eurlings of the Netherlands and Stefan Holm of Sweden.
The EB also approved the election of four athletes to the Athletes’ Commission. They had been chosen by their peers during the 2012 Games in London and were sworn in as IOC members at the Extraordinary IOC Session on 3 July. The four are Danka Bartekova of Slovakia (shooting), James Tomkins of Australia (rowing), Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe (aquatics) and Tony Estanguet of France (canoe-kayak).
The EB members also discussed the extension of the IOC headquarters in Vidy and the Olympic programme for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro..
The day after the EB meeting, an information briefing was held for the IOC members concerning the Candidate Cities that are hoping to host the 2020 Olympic Games: Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain) (drawn in that order).
On 4 July, it was the turn of the three Candidate Cities for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires (Argentina), Glasgow (Great Britain) and Medellín (Colombia) (in alphabetical order) to make their presentations, before the IOC members elected Buenos Aires as the host city of the 3rd edition of the summer YOG.
The six candidates for the IOC presidency – Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Thomas Bach, Ching-Kuo Wu, Denis Oswald and Sergey Bubka (drawn in that order) – then presented their programmes to all the IOC members.
On 3 July, the city of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud paid tribute to the IOC President. With the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer, in attendance, President Rogge received several awards in recognition of his services and dedication to the Olympic Movement. He was also presented with the keys to the city for his loyalty to Lausanne and Switzerland.
This week in Vidy, President Rogge met Vuk Jeremić, President of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and a number of IOC members who were attending Olympic meetings.
The IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, chaired by Lambis V. Nikolaou, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin by placing a spray of flowers on his grave in Lausanne (photo), at the invitation of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and in the presence of the mayor of Lausanne.
On 1 July, the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Awards were presented to six women for their contributions to the development of women’s participation in sport and sports administration. Qatari Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana, a pioneer for women’s and girls’ sports rights in her country, received the World Trophy. The five continental trophies were awarded to Djènè Saran Camara (Guinea) for Africa, Marlene Bjornsrud (USA) for America, Boossaba Yodbangtoey (Thailand) for Asia, Ona Baboniene (Lithuania) for Europe and Catherine Alice Wong (Fiji) for Oceania. The winners were selected by the IOC Women and Sport Commission, chaired by Anita L. DeFrantz, from 49 nominees proposed by NOCs, Continental Associations and IFs. The Commission also met the following day.
This week also saw meetings in Lausanne for the Juridical Commission, chaired by Thomas Bach, the Marketing Commission, chaired by Gerhard Heiberg, the Audit Committee and Finance Commission, chaired by Richard Carrión, and the Entourage Commission, chaired by Sergey Bubka.
Held in Singapore from 27 to 29 June, the6th International Athletes’ Forum concluded with the adoption of a series of recommendations for the Olympic Movement in a number of areas affecting athletes. The participating athletes, representing the IOC, IFs, Continental Associations, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Paralympic Committee, called for improved communication between each other, more efficient use of social media to engage athletes and an enriched Games-time experience.
The IOC has awarded the broadcast rights in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 to Dentsu Inc.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that its World Youth Championships, to be held in Donetsk (Ukraine) from 10 to 14 July, are on course to beat the record for the number of participants in this event. A total of 1,532 young athletes (840 boys and 713 girls) will take part, representing 165 IAAF national member federations. Press release at www.iaaf.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC and the German car drivers’ association (ADAC) are urging their 28 million and 18 million respective members to carry out physical activity and adopt a healthy lifestyle on the 12,800km of motorways in Germany. The “Fit into your vacation” campaign will take place at hundreds of motorway service stations during the summer. Triple Olympic biathlon champion Kati Wilhelm demonstrated some of the exercises at the Ministry of Food and Consumer Protection. Info at www.dosb.de
Under the agreement signed between the NOC of Argentina and ‘Entre Ríos’ province, 270 physical education students attended an Olympism course in the city of Paraná on 28 and 29 June. For the past three years, the NOC has been training teachers, providing teaching materials and resources aimed at promoting the values of excellence, friendship and respect in schools. Info at www.coarg.org.ar
The Austrian NOC has nominated 55 young athletes (20 girls, 35 boys) aged between 13 and 17, to compete in the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Utrecht (Netherlands) from 14 to 19 July. A traditional kick-off event in Abtenau/Salzburg was recently attended by 48 of these young athletes. The agenda included the official outfitting, a photo shoot, lectures and workshops on nutrition, motivation and general information on the EYOF as well as a discussion with champions such as Ludwig Paischer, Olympic silver medallist and spokesperson of the NOC’s athletes’ commission, and Olympic champion Christoph Sieber. Info at www.olympia.at
The Anti-Doping Committee of the Bahraini NOC, in collaboration with the Public Security Sports Federation, organised a scientific symposium under the slogan "Common Sports Injuries and Banned Doping". More than 80 people representing the Interior Ministry attended. The guide on sports doping published by the NOC was distributed to all the participants.
Athletes in Costa Rica celebrated Olympic Day in an original and educational way in Vázquez de Coronado. Wearing costumes of the era, Roy Lee Gatjens (karate), David Jiménez (boxing) and Alía Cardinale (triathlon) represented personalities from Ancient Greece in front of 60 future physical education teachers and the President of the NOC of Costa Rica, Henry Núñez. Other athletes who took part in the event included Gloriana Bermúdez, who taught the participants how to use a bow, Gerald Drummod, who offered advice on training athletes, Dirley Yepes, who demonstrated fencing skills, and Susan Piedra, who skated with the pupils. Info at www.concrc.org
The NOC of Hong Kong, China recently announced the ten participants in the Panasonic Sports Scholarship Programme for the 2013-2014 period. Their scholarships will help them to prepare better and strive for good results at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Republic of Korea). They will receive financial support for their training, a specialist coaching service and scientific assistance. Info at www.hkolympic.org
Children from 70 schools in Lima participated in the traditional drawing and painting competition organised by the Peruvian NOC in the Olympic park of San Borja. This 23rd edition also marked Olympic Day. An Olympic flame was lit and doves were released as a sign of peace. More than 700 children aged between 6 and 16 were in attendance. The winners will receive their prizes at the Olympic Day Run on 14 July. Info at www.coperu.org
The Portuguese NOC has just officially created nine advisory committees at a ceremony organised at its headquarters in Lisbon, attended in particular by the NOC President, José Manuel Constantino, the Secretary of State for Sports and Youth, Emídio Guerreiro, and IOC honorary member Fernando F. Lima Bello. These committees will focus on the fields of law, medicine, coaching, culture, economy and taxation, sport for all, women, environment and physical education. The committee members include personalities from all walks of life, such as famous visual artist Joana Vasconcelos. Info at www.comiteolimpicoportugal.pt
The Ukrainian NOC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian NOC, which will remain in force for four years. The agreement is designed to strengthen sports relations and the sharing of experiences in the Olympic Movement. Info at www.noc-ukr.org
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio2016TM) informs us that the construction of the three sports halls at the Barra Olympic Park began on 1 July, as scheduled. These venues will stage basketball, taekwondo, judo (Olympic and Paralympic), wrestling, wheelchair basketball, boccia, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby. Along with the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, the velodrome and the tennis centre, the three halls will become part of the Olympic Training Centre, the first of its kind in Brazil, which will serve as a lasting legacy for top-level athletes in the host country. Info at www.rio2016.com
The Council of SportAccord has just appointed Vlad Marinescu as Director General of the organisation. Vlad Marinescu was previously Director of the Presidential Office of the International Judo Federation (IJF). Info at www.sportaccord.com