On 12 and 13 July, IOC President Jacques Rogge is in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) for the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ACNOA), whose President is IOC honorary member Lassana Palenfo.
During this trip, the President will attend a dinner organised by the Minister for Youth, Sport and Leisure of Côte d’Ivoire, Alain Michel Lobognon. He will also present the Olympic Order to Mustafa Berraf, President of the Algerian NOC.
From Abidjan, President Rogge will go to Utrecht (Netherlands) where, on 14 and 15 July, he will attend the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival, in the presence of, among others, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Joseph Hickey and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg, all three of whom are IOC members.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
From 5 to 12 August in Budapest (Hungary), the Fencing World Championships will see the participation of over 800 fencers. For this occasion, the Hungarian Post has issued 200,025 copies of a special stamp designed by Agnes Berta. During these Championships, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and will present the “FIE 100 Hall of Fame”. An exhibition on the history of fencing and the FIE will also be on the programme. Elections for the FIE Athletes’ Commission will also be held place during these Championships. Info at www.fie.org.
At the 61st Congress of the International Luge Federation (FIL) held in Istanbul (Turkey), the national federation of Serbia was granted full official membership of the FIL, which now has 53 member federations – 50 full and 3 provisional. At its Congress, Walter Plaikner received the FIL Medal of Honour in gold in recognition of his services as Chairman of the Technical Commission. Hartmut Kardaetz, FIL Executive Director for many years, was named an FIL Honorary Member. Info at www.fil-luge.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Organised by the Sports Training and Development Section of the Bahrain NOC, in collaboration with the World Academy of Sport, the second workshop of the Event Management Course recently brought together representatives of sports federations and the NOC. The topics covered included event planning, means of communicating, funding sources and governance.
Alain Mimoun, Olympic marathon champion at the Melbourne Games in 1956, died on 27 June aged 92. Besides this gold medal, he also won three silver medals in the 5000 and 10,000m in 1952 and the 10,000m in 1948, always behind his great rival of the time, Czechoslovakia’s Emil Zatopek. Winning the most medals in French athletics, between 1947 and 1966, Alain Mimoun racked up 29 national titles, 20 French records and 86 national selections. Info at www.franceolympique.com.
A unique exhibition is running from 10 to 26 July at London’s City Hall. This exhibition, entitled “2012 Team GB Glory Moments”, is showing photos of when each Team GB medal was won at the London Games last year. Each photo, taken by Getty, is signed by the medal-winning athlete. Supported by Team GB, the free exhibition is presented by the Mayor’s Fund for London and Lord and Lady Fink. The Fund exists to give young Londoners the skills and opportunities to get a good job and thus plays a full role in the future of London following London 2102’s call to inspire a generation. Info at www.olympics.org.uk.
The Israeli NOC has just created a Sport Commission, chaired by Yael Arad, an Executive Board member and Israel’s first medallist (judo). The Commission’s role is to examine and propose ways to strengthen support to Israeli Olympic athletes, to provide resources, services and facilities to enable them to pursue and achieve excellence in sport, while also furthering their education, vocational skills and other aspects of their personal development, as well as preparing them for life after sport. The other members of the Commission include Rachely Vigdorchik (artistic gymnastics, Beijing 2008), David Blatt (head coach of the Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Basketball team), Eitan Friedlander (world and European champion, sailing, 420 and 470 class), Maya Kale Benzoor (former athlete) and Alon Mandel (swimming, Beijing 2008). Info at www.olympic.one.co.il.
In in the archipelago outside Stockholm, the Swedish NOC recently brought together prospective athletes and team officials for the Sochi 2014 Games, including the Chef de Mission for these Games, Peter Reinebo. For three days, the focus was on Sochi, team spirit and collecting necessary accreditation data. The coaches and officials had a specific programme with training and exchanges of experience on issues such as coaching, mental health, nutrition and the media. Info at www.sok.se.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has already approved approximately half of the torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay. Of the 140,000 candidates who were submitted to Sochi 2014 for approval, nearly 6,000 torchbearers have now been selected, representing all 83 regions of Russia. The Sochi 2014 torchbearers chosen so far include athletes, public figures, teachers, doctors, rescue workers and pensioners, among many others. Those who will have the honour of carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay include the world's first female cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Maria Kiseleva, and Paralympic bronze medallist Aleksey Chuvashev. More info at www.sochi2014.com.
The Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016) and Sebrae (Brazilian Micro and Small Enterprises Support Service) have signed a technical cooperation agreement to develop micro and small enterprises all over Brazil. The aim of the “Sebrae on the podium” project is to qualify potential Rio 2016 suppliers to meet the event’s demands while contributing to boosting Brazilian supply chains in a sustainable way. Info at www.rio2016.com.