From 24 to 26 July, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Cali (Colombia), where the ninth edition of the World Games is being held until 4 August (see also “Recognised Organisations”).
During this trip, President Rogge met IOC member Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne and the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), Ron Froehlich. The IOC President was also presented with the Grand Collar of the Colombian Olympic Order by NOC President Baltazar Medina.
Nawal El Moutawakel, Toni Khoury and Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz attended the Union of Arab NOCs (UANOC) General Asembly, which took place recently in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At its meeting in Jeju (Republic of Korea), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded the 2015 World Championships to the city of Doha (Qatar) and the IF Congress to the city of Jeju. This Congress will take place from 8 to 15 November 2014. Furthermore, the Maltese Boxing Federation was accepted as a provisional AIBA member. Info at www.aiba.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us of the death of Japanese Olympic champion Nobuyuki Aihara on 16 July at the age of 79. Aihara was a member of the artistic gymnastics team which won the gold medal at the Rome Games in 1960. He also won the title in the floor event at these same Games. Aihara had already been Olympic team runner-up in the floor in Melbourne in 1956 and world champion in 1962 in the same categories.
Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The cities of Gwangju (Republic of Korea) and Budapest (Hungary) will host the World Swimming Championships in 2019 and 2012 respectively. This decision was taken by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau at its meeting in Barcelona (Spain). The preceding editions will take place in Kazan (Russian Federation), in 2015, and in Guadalajara (Mexico), in 2017. Budapest will also host the Junior World Championships in 2017. Furthermore, alongside the 15th World Championships, which are currently being held in Barcelona, FINA is organising four technical congresses (diving, open-water, water polo and synchronised swimming). These Championships will bring together some 2,300 athletes representing a record number of national federations (181). Info at www.fina.org.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that the city of Otocec (Slovenia) will host the World Cadet Challenge from 26 October to 3 November 2013. This team competition is for under-15s, and four boys and four girls from each continent, the ITTF Hopes Team and a team from the host country will participate. Before the competition, a three-day training camp organised by the ITTF will bring together the young players. Info at www.ittf.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Germany has just presented a scientific study on the situation of the 91,000 sports clubs in the country. According to this study, which was undertaken by Christoph Breuer from the Cologne Sports University, 8.75 million people work as volunteers within these clubs, which include 27.8 million members. Some 750,000 of these volunteers are members of a sports club committee.
On 8 July, the Palestinian NOC organised Olympic Day with the theme “Sport and State”. Various sporting and Olympic activities were offered to the children and athletes of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the International Association of Association Football (FIFA), Joseph Blatter; NOC President Jibril Al Rjoub; and the presidents of several national sports federations. A huge sports march in Ramallah brought together thousands of people. The event was broadcast live on television and radio.
Organised by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the 12th edition of the summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) ended on 19 July in Utrecht (Netherlands). Some 3,000 young people aged 14 to 18 from 49 European countries took part. A ceremony brought together 49 young athletes representing all the participating teams, several NOC presidents and local and international sports personalities to pay tribute to the IOC President. EOC President Patrick Joseph Hickey and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi presented President Rogge with a painting by Byelorussian artist Olga Volha Piashko, entitled ‘L’hymne’ (‘The Anthem’). The city of Tbilisi (Georgia) will host the EYOF in 2015. Info at www.eurolympic.org.
From 25 July to 4 August, the 9th World Games are taking place, for the first time in South America. The Colombian city of Cali is hosting this event, which is organised by the International World Games Association. Some 4,500 athletes and officials representing 101 countries are participating in competitions in 31 sports. The next edition will be held in 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland). Info at www.theworldgames.org.