During its meeting in Moscow last week, the IOC Executive Board (EB) met the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for their traditional biennial gathering on the eve of the World Athletics Championships, running this year from 10 to 18 August in the Russian capital. The two organisations praised the success of last year’s Olympic Games in London, discussed the good progress made in preparations for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing (China) and assessed joint projects such as the construction of athletic tracks in developing countries. For more information please consult www.olympic.org.
The EB also nominated Sir Craig Reedie as the Olympic Movement’s official candidate to become the next President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA's presidency – a volunteer position currently held by John Fahey from Australia – alternates between the Olympic Movement and governments, with the Agency’s funding being shared equally between the two sides. Reedie has been an IOC member since 1994 and is currently an IOC Vice-President. He also serves on WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board. Sir Craig Reedie will be up for election by the WADA Foundation Board in mid-November in Johannesburg.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The Athletes’ Commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) welcomed six new members on Tuesday following a vote by their peers at the 2013 Fencing World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. A record 724 athletes voted in the elections, which featured 19 candidates. Elected to the Commission were: Yuki Ota (JPN, men’s foil, 313 votes); Mariel Zagunis (USA, women’s sabre, 278); Valentina Vezzali (ITA, women’s foil, 260); Aron Szilagyi (HUN, men’s sabre, 231); Ana Maria Branza (ROU, women’s epee, 163); and Nikolay Kovalev (RUS, men’s sabre, 154). The FIE also announced the launch of its Athletes Career Programme 2014, which is designed to help prepare fencers for their professional life after finishing their sports careers. Further details can be found on the FIE website: www.fie.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Argentina has signed an agreement with Tucumán National University (UNT) to create the country’s first Olympic Studies Centre. The contract was signed by Gerardo Werthein and Mario Moccia for the NOC, and by Juan Cerisola for the UTN. This centre will be based in the physical education faculty, and its objective is to develop an educational programme to disseminate Olympic values and education through research work.
The NOC of Peru, in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, is organising, from 22 to 29 August, a level 1 technical course for canoe/kayak coaches in the Club de Regatas Unión in La Punta. The course leader will be Alessandra María Pinto Pereira (Brazil), eight-time national canoe/kayak champion between 1987 and 2004, who has a PhD from the University of Murcia’s medical faculty and great knowledge of sports sciences. The course will include theoretical and practical sessions, and at the end of it, an Olympic Solidarity diploma will be awarded to the participants who pass an evaluative exam. More information at www.coperu.org.
16 August was the one-year-to-go mark to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and the city of Nanjing celebrated with an unveiling of an OMEGA countdown clock as the days clicked over from 366 to 365. An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a performance by local young people and silk aerial performers plus an appearance by the official mascot, NANJINGLELE. The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from 16 to 28 August. The sports programme will feature 28 sports, including golf and rugby sevens, as well as unique disciplines such as 3-on-3 basketball and 5-a-side hockey, as well as mixed gender and mixed NOC events.
The IOC has announced that it has reached an agreement with Dentsu Inc. for the Olympic broadcast rights in 17 countries across Asia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi; the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio De Janeiro and the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (2014) in Nanjing. Dentsu has acquired exclusive gatekeeper broadcaster rights (all languages; all media platforms) for the three editions of the Games in Afghanistan; Brunei; Cambodia; Chinese Taipei; East Timor; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Iran; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand and Vietnam.