From 1 to 4 August, IOC President Jacques Rogge is in Barcelona (Spain) for the 15th World Championships organised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
Julio Cesar Maglione has been re-elected as President of FINA for a new four-year term (see also “Summer IFs”).
Berthold Beitz passed away on 30 July at the age of 99. An IOC member from 1972 to 1988 then an honorary member, he was an IOC Vice-President from 1984 to 1988, and sat on various IOC Commissions. In 1989, he became an Honorary Chairman of the Olympic Museum Foundation. He was also a Member of the Board of the West German NOC and of the Board of Directors of the Organising Committee for the 1972 Games in Munich.
Registration for the 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment is now open. With the theme “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”, this Conference will be held in Sochi (Russia) from 30 October to 1 November 2013, ahead of the Olympic Winter Games. At the opening ceremony, the winners of the 3rd IOC Sport and Environment Award will be announced. The event is being organised in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Russian Government, the Russian NOC and the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Games. Visit the Conference site at http://wcse2013.ru.
The IOC has awarded the Olympic broadcast rights for seven countries in South Asia to STAR India for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi; the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing. STAR India acquired the rights to all media platforms.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the 1st World Athletics Forum will be held on 7 August, the first day of the 49th IAAF Congress in Moscow (Russia). Chaired by IAAF President Lamine Diack, the aim of this Forum is to create an environment for lively and open debate about the future of athletics. Info on www.iaaf.org.
In a recent press release, the International Judo Federation (IJF) informed us of the participation of over 200 young judokas from 30 countries in a camp led by Swiss Olympic bronze medallist Sergei Aschwanden. Organised in Fiesch (Switzerland), this “Sergei Judo Camp” benefited from the expertise of several great champions. The programme included training sessions and discovery of Swiss culture. Info at www.ijf.org
Meeting in Barcelona, the FINA Congress brought together delegates from 170 national federations (a new record). The Congress elected a new Bureau for 2013-2017 and made changes to the Constitution Rules, approving in particular the creation of a FINA Ethics Panel. Info at www.fina.org.
The latest edition of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)’s “Development and Education” magazine is now available online. This fourth edition covers the efforts made to advance the promotion of table tennis worldwide during the 2009-12 Olympic cycle. Info at www.ittf.com
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has just announced the formation of its “SafeSport” Working Group. The group is charged with making a recommendation to the USOC regarding models for sports organisations to use for the investigation, adjudication and sanctioning of prohibited conduct. The group, chaired by Malia Arrington, USOC Director of SafeSport, includes IOC member Angela Ruggiero. In early 2012, the USOC launched SafeSport, a welfare training programme aimed at improving the safety of athletes. Info at www.teamusa.org.
The Kenyan NOC has awarded the 2013 IOC Sport and Environment Trophy jointly to the Kenya Rowing and Canoe Association and the Tudor Watersports Marina based in Mombasa. Their project is the rehabilitation and regeneration of Public Forest Park and Mangrove Forest in Tudor Creek, through tree-planting, integrating underprivileged people from nearby slums in rowing and canoeing, and developing a national and regional training centre.
With almost 100 participants, the Peruvian Olympic Academy organised a “First Aid in Sport” seminar, which was held from 22 to 25 July in the La Videna Albergue Olímpico auditorium. The topics addressed included CPR in sport, injury in sport, and traumatic brain injuries. The Academy’s next seminar will focus on sports management and administration, from 22 to 25 August. Info on the Peruvian NOC’s site: www.coperu.org.
The Slovak NOC recently organised two activities in the High Tatras, aimed at two totally different groups of people. The first activity was for women aged 50 and over. Some 50 women took part in “Steps to the Health”, the NOC’s new project, launched in Bratislava in February. In July, 15 women participated in the camp organised in the mountains. Olympic medallist and new IOC member Danka Bartekova backed the project from the outset. The programme included aerobics, tai chi, yoga, Nordic walking and other exercises. As for the International Olympic Youth Camp, it brought together 25 youngsters aged 10 to 13 from four countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary). Several Olympians and high-level athletes were able to join the youngsters. These two activities were supported by – among others – Olympic Solidarity and the Slovak Ministry for Education. Info at www.olympic.sk
We have just learned that the Sudan NOC has concluded for the first time a sponsorship agreement with a Sudanese leading international telecommunications company, Sudatel Group – Sudani, which thus becomes the NOC’s official telecoms partner for the next four years (2013-16). The signing ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in the presence of government officials, ministers, sports leaders and many media.
The Venezuelan NOC recently held its General Assembly. All the affiliated national federations were represented. The agenda included the electoral process of sports federations, the NOC’s treasury report, and the report by Olympic and Pan-American Solidarity.
At the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), the partnership between ANOCA and the Nigerian NOC was made official on 13 July. A cooperation agreement was signed by ANOCA President Lassana Palenfo and Nigerian NOC President Sani Ndanusa. The objectives include promoting Olympism and Olympic education on the Nigerian territory through projects and activities initiated by the NOC and supported by ANOCA, promoting Sport for All initiatives, and promoting the development of athletes and coaches. This agreement is in force from 13 July 2013 to 31 December 2016. Info at www.africaolympic.org
From 3 to 5 March 2014, the city of Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) will host SPORTEL Asia, the sports media industry convention. The next SPORTEL Monaco will be held from 14 to 17 October 2013 in the Principality of Monaco. Info at www.sportelmonaco.com