On 2 September, IOC President Jacques Rogge arrived in Buenos Aires (Argentina) for the Executive Board (EB) meeting and the 125th IOC Session.
The same day, the IOC President was named an honorary citizen of the Argentinian capital by the Mayor, Mauricio Macri, to whom he presented the Olympic flag in preparation for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires in 2018.
On 4 September, President Rogge chaired the EB’s debates. Items on the agenda included updates on the progress being made in future Olympic Games host cities Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018, as well as reports on the situations of the NOCs of India and Pakistan.
After their meeting, the EB members attended the unveiling of artist Rogelio Polesello’s sculpture “Olympic Energy” in Pierre de Coubertin Square in commemoration of Buenos Aires hosting the 125th IOC Session. The Mayor of Buenos Aires and the President of the Argentinian NOC and IOC member, Gerardo Werthein, were also present.
Today, 6 September, the official opening ceremony of the 125th IOC Session will take place at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’ famous opera house. Next week’s edition will contain details of the three major decisions to be taken, i.e. the election of the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games on 7 September, the composition of the 2020 Olympic programme on 8 September and the election of the new IOC President on 10 September.
More information on the IOC meetings can be found at olympic.org and more photos on Flickr.
During its fifth visit to Rio de Janeiro on 1 and 2 September, the Coordination Commission, chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel, underlined the strong progress being made by Rio 2016 towards delivering a lasting legacy. With less than three years to go before the Games begin, the Organising Committee and its government partners were able to show the Commission that legacy planning and delivery were well underway. Solid progress has also been made in a number of other areas, such as venue modelling, test event preparation, accommodation, sustainability, spectator experience and marketing, to name but a few.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At their Ordinary Congress in Chungju (Republic of Korea), the member federations of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) elected Frenchman Jean-Christophe Rolland as the new FISA President. Rolland will assume the post in July 2014, when he will succeed IOC member Denis Oswald, who was re-elected for a transitional period. Rolland participated in three editions of the Olympic Games, winning bronze in Atlanta and gold in Sydney (coxless pair). He also holds five World Championship medals, including two golds. He chaired FISA’s Athletes Commission from 2002 to 2011 and served on its Executive Committee from 2004 to 2011. The Congress also elected Canadian Tricia Smith as FISA Vice-President. Information at www.worldrowing.com
On 30 August, exactly a year before the start of the men’s World Cup, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) launched the “FIBA Game Center App”. This mobile digital platform offers live scores, results, event schedules, news and other information about FIBA. The men’s World Cup in 2014 will be held in Spain from 30 August to 14 September, with the women’s edition due to take place in Turkey from 18 to 28 September. Meanwhile, during the Lausanne stage of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour last weekend, FIBA officially announced the first ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars to be held in Doha (Qatar) on 12 December 2013. The agreement between FIBA and the Qatar Basketball Federation is valid for three years. Info at www.fiba.com
At the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Kiev (Ukraine), the gymnasts representing their national federations elected in camera Lioubou Charkashyna of Belarus as their discipline’s representative in the Athletes Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). A bronze medallist at the London Games last year and European champion in 2011 in her home city of Minsk, Lioubou Charkashyna will take up her position on 1 January 2014. Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com
Six-time world champion, Frenchman Teddy Riner was elected President of the Athletes Commission of the International Judo Federation (IJF) by his peers during the World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro last week. Olympic champion in 2012, Riner succeeds Japan’s Hirotaka Okada, bronze medallist at the 1992 Games and two-time world champion. Okada had been elected in 2009, when the Commission was created. Info at www.ijf.org
The Algerian Volleyball Federation recently organised a level 1 coaching course in the city of Bejaia under the leadership of International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) instructor André Glaive. It was the first time such a course had been held in the city, which has seen the rise of numerous national players. The course, which contained both theoretical and practical elements, was attended by some 35 participants, including former international players and five women.
The FIVB also reports that 20 teams (four more than last year) took part in the first tournament forming part of the 2013 World Grand Prix, which was held in Sapporo (Japan) from 28 August to 1 September. Meanwhile, the Turkish cities of Izmir and Ankara staged the Men’s Under-21 World Championship from 22 August to 1 September. This competition had also been expanded from 16 to 20 teams. Info at www.fivb.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Bahrain recently extended its partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in relation to the CAC’s National Coaching Certification Programme. The NOC’s general secretary, Abdulrahman Askar, and CAC finance and administration director Marc Schryburt signed the new agreement. Around 200 Bahraini coaches have already graduated from this programme.
From 5 to 7 September, the third International Congress on Sport Sciences and Sports Preparation is being held in Bogotá. Organised by the NOC of Colombia, the National Sports Institute (Coldeportes) and the University of Applied and Environmental Sciences, this Congress brings together around 500 people: medical experts, coaches, athletes, officials, students and representatives of the following NOCs: Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, USA and Venezuela. Various topics are on the agenda, including nutrition, sports career planning, identifying and monitoring new talents, and school sport. Info at www.coc.org.co
The Executive Board of the NOC of Israel unanimously decided to award the 2013 IOC Trophy to the President of Israel, Shimon Peres. President Peres has always acknowledged the power and value of sport as a tool for the promotion of peace, coexistence and solidarity. He has initiated numerous projects aimed at bringing together the different communities living in Israel. He has also often received the Israeli Olympic delegations before their departure for the Games. Info at www.olympic.one.co.il
The NOC of Lithuania has recently created a Women and Sport Commission, which is chaired by Daina Gudzineviciute, the current NOC President. The other Commission members are the winner of the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Award, Ona Baboniene, university lecturers Irena Cikotiene, Nele Zilinskiene and Ramune Zilinskiene, MPs Ausrine Marija Poviloniene and Dalia Teiserskyte, and the general secretaries of the Union of Sports Federations and the Lithuanian Shooting Union, Agne Vanagiene and Vaida Masalskyte. The Commission aims to strengthen the role of women in sport, to support them in their campaigns for senior positions within sports organisations, and to increase the promotion of female athletes in society. Info at www.ltok.lt
The NOC of Peru informs us that more than 100 sports technicians took part in the 2nd sports management and administration seminar, which drew to a close on 29 August in San Luis. The agenda included topics such as the organisation of the Bolivarian Games and sports management. Info at www.coperu.org
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
This week, the IOC launched the competition to design the medals for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing. Entries can be submitted via the website medaldesigncompetition.com by 30 November. An IOC jury featuring the world-renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick and famous names from the world of sport such as Olympic short track speed skating champion Yang Yang and Singapore 2010 YOG 400m hurdles champion Aurélie Chaboudez will select the winner in December 2013.
On 29 August, the first anniversary of the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that the United Kingdom will be involved in all future Paralympic Games torch relays, in recognition of the fact that the town of Stoke Mandeville in the county of Buckinghamshire is the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. The announcement came on the same day that IPC President and IOC member Philip Craven was at Stoke Mandeville hospital to unveil a 5m high sculpture of Agitos, symbol of the Paralympic Movement. Therefore, as part of the torch relay for the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, taking place from 26 February to 7 March 2014, a flame lighting ceremony will be held in Stoke Mandeville on 1 March. Info at www.paralympic.org