During his visit to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) for the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), IOC President Jacques Rogge met the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara.
President Rogge was awarded the title of Grand Officer of the National Order of Côte d’Ivoire, and was also crowned Nana Abutcha II – King of the Blokauss by a local tribe.
On 14 July, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the 12th Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht (Netherlands) in the presence of the IOC President, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Joseph Hickey and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg. Over 2,000 athletes from 49 European countries are competing in nine sports from 14 to 19 July.
During the ANOCA General Assembly in Abidjan, several IOC members received distinctions from the Côte d’Ivoire. ANOC President Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was made a Commander of the National Order. Nawal El Moutawakel and Lamine Diack, who is also President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), received the title of Officer of the National Order; and Sam Ramsamy was made a Knight of the National Order. Beatrice Allen became Commander of the Order of Sporting Merit of Côte d'Ivoire.
Lassana Palenfo was re-elected as ANOCA President for a further four-year term during the ANOCA General Assembly in Abidjan. He has been ANOCA President since 2005.
Kipchoge Keino also received the rank of Commander of the Order of Sporting Merit of Côte d'Ivoire at the ANOCA Assembly.
The IOC recently launched an online diploma in sports medicine. The two-year, postgraduate course will focus on the health and performance implications of participation in elite sport, but will also consider the role of physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting good health in general. The course is run by the IOC’s Medical Commission and operates under the academic oversight of an International Academic Advisory Board, which will be responsible for all aspects of academic standards.
Under the theme of “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”, the 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment will be held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 30 October to 1 November this year. The main topics to be addressed are: A Collective Vision for Sustainable Development, the new Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), Russian Legacies pre- & post-Sochi 2014, the sustainable development landscape following Rio+20, and showcasing legacies of the Olympic Games and Olympic bids for sustainable development, as well as highlighting the UN system. The Conference is being held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Russian government, the Russian NOC and the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The IAAF has announced that the World Championships taking place in Moscow (Russian Federation) from 10 to 18 August will be broadcast in more than 200 territories around the world. This year also marks 30 years since the first IAAF World Championships were held in Helsinki (Finland), in 1983. Press release on www.iaaf.org.
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has awarded its highest distinction, the Thomas Keller Medal, to Denmark’s most successful athlete ever, Eskild Ebbesen. Ebbesen started his international career in 1992 at the World Championships in Montreal (Canada), and ended it last year at the Games in London with a bronze medal. In all, he competed in five editions of the Games and 12 World Championships, winning five Olympic medals (three gold and two bronze) and nine World Championship medals (six gold and three silver). Details on www.worldrowing.com.
The 2013 edition of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)’s Basketball without Borders (BWB) programme will feature the first ever BWB Europe camp in Portugal, at Almada, from 15 to 18 August. Buenos Aires (Argentina) will host another BWB Americas camp from 25 to 28 July, while Johannesburg (South Africa) will host its 10th BWB Africa camp from 29 August to 1 September. This is a joint development programme with the NBA (National Basketball Association) run by FIBA and NBA players and trainers. Details on www.fiba.com.
Three days before the opening of the 15th World Championships in Barcelona (Spain), the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau held a meeting. On this occasion, topics in the report presented by FINA President and IOC member Julio César Maglione included the FINA calendar; the awarding of the 2015 World Junior Swimming Championships to Singapore and the 2017 edition to Budapest (Hungary); and the replacement of the Netherlands Antilles Swimming Federation by the Curaçao Swimming Federation. Details on www.fina.org.
The 43rd International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championships are taking place from 15 to 19 July in Limassol (Cyprus). A total of 351 young athletes representing 61 countries are competing in eight events. Details on www.sailing.org.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) elected a new Board of Directors for the 2013– 2015 period at its Centenary Annual General Meeting in Paris (France) last week. On the same occasion, several awards for services to the game were presented in the player and coach categories. In addition, retiring ITF Honorary Treasurer David Jude was made an Honorary Life Counsellor, alongside former Board member Lucy Garvin. For his part, former Board member Geoff Pollard was made an ITF Honorary Life Vice President. Details on www.itftennis.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Cayman Islands NOC celebrated its 40th anniversary on 23 June at the same time as Olympic Day. Around 170 people, children and adults, took part in the numerous activities organised by 11 national sports organisations. The programme included walking, cycling, beach volleyball, football, gymnastics, boxing, golf and rugby. Details on www.caymanolympic.org.ky.
The Israeli NOC has begun the medical preparation of its athletes for the 2016 Games in Rio, under the leadership of the NOC’s Medical Commission, which is chaired by cardiovascular surgery expert and former swimming champion Amir Ganiel. The Commission members are expert physicians in various domains working in hospitals in Israel, and some of them are themselves former elite athletes. Under the guidance of Luba Galitskaya, Manager of the Sports Medicine Department at the Wingate Institute, Israeli athletes are provided with medical cover 24 hours a day all year.
The NOC has also informed us that almost 9,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries will be taking part in the 19th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem from 19 to 30 July. There will be four different competitions: Open, Junior (for ages 15–18), Masters (for ages 35 and over) and, for the first time, a competition for athletes with disabilities. Details on www.olympic.one.co.il.
The 25th Olympic Day Run in Lima was a huge success. With the support of partner Samsung Electronics Peru, the Run organised by the Peruvian NOC attracted around 7,000 participants, despite the cold rainy conditions. The Day began with the lighting of the Olympic flame by volleyball player Julissa Zamudio, in the presence of NOC Executive Committee member Antonio Gomez. The Run was broadcast live on television. Details on www.coperu.org.
To celebrate Olympic Day, the Uzbek NOC organised an excursion to the Museum of Olympic Glory in Tashkent. More than a hundred youngsters thus had the chance to learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the development of the Olympic Movement in Uzbekistan and other countries, and the performances of Uzbek athletes. A quiz was also held. The NOC invited eight Olympic medallists spanning the period from the 1964 Games in Tokyo to the 2012 Games in London, to talk about their experiences and emotions, and the importance of sport and the Olympic values in their lives. Details on www.olympic.uz.
To mark Olympic Day, the Dutch NOC held two events. The first was Olympic Lesson Week from 17 to 21 June, during which 67 Olympians talked about the Olympic values and their Olympic experience to 4,453 children from more than 100 primary schools. Then, on 22 and 23 it was the turn of Olympic Day & Night, when around 200 children had the privilege to stay the night on the grass of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam as well as taking part in various activities and listening to Olympians tell their stories. On 23 June, the children got the chance to try rowing, athletics, judo and field hockey, under the guidance of a number of Olympians. Details on www.nocnsf.nl.
The Seychelles NOC celebrated Olympic Day on 22 and 23 June. On the first day, the traditional run was held in Praslin, followed by an athletics event in which three schools took part, then a 28-60 kg category judo competition. The hockey federation also gave children the chance to try out this sport. On 23 June, the festivities programme included football, volleyball, tug-of-war and water sports.