On 26 September, IOC President Thomas Bach was in Essen (Germany) to attend a ceremony to pay tribute to IOC honorary member Berthold Beitz, who died in July.
Today, 27 September, President Bach has been in Athens, where he met the President of the Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias, in the company of IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou and the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos.
On 29 September, he will be at Olympia (Greece) for the ceremony to light the Olympic flame, which will mark the start of the Torch Relay for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
This week in Vidy, President Bach has met IOC member Denis Oswald.
On 25 September, IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and his wife attended an audience with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, during which the IOC Honorary President was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown.
This week, the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2014 Winter Games has been in Sochi for its 10th and final visit. During the three-day visit, the members, led by Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy, have reviewed the coastal cluster venues and the mountain venues, and attended several meetings with the Games organisers. The subjects discussed included athlete and NOC services, sports and the IFs, the Paralympic Games, the Look of the Games, technology and media services.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) has informed us that, during the 14th Athletics World Championships this year in Moscow (Russian Federation
), 1,900 blood samples were taken between 4 and 18 August, in connection with the Athlete Biological Passport programme. This programme was conducted in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA
) and the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, with the support of the Russian Ministry of Sports, the local organising committee and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The IAAF also organised an Athlete Outreach education and prevention programme at the main athletes’ hotel during the Championships. Details on www.iaaf.org
The International Weightlifting Federation
(IWF) informs us that the Asian Junior and Senior Cup & Interclub Weightlifting
Championships were held successfully in Pyongyang (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
). Organised under the supervision of the IWF and the Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF), the participants included a 22-athlete delegation from the Republic of Korea
, the first time that South Korean athletes have attended an international sports event in DPR Korea. This shows the power of sport, in this case weightlifting, in transcending political differences and bringing nations and athletes together. The IWF also organised an Anti-Doping and Events Management Seminar attended by 90 sports representatives from the DPR Korea. Details on www.iwf.net
Eight days after being included on the Olympic programme for the Games in 2020
and 2024, the International Wrestling Federation
(FILA) held its World Championships in Budapest (Hungary
) from 16 to 22 September. A record 24 countries broadcast the Championships, which were held under the new rules introduced to make the sport more attractive. Many other countries also followed the competitions thanks to the streamed coverage that FILA offered free of charge to websites around the world. More than 400 media representatives were accredited to cover the championships. In addition, seven athletes were elected by their peers to the newly created FILA Athletes’ Commission. These athletes will now choose which of them will represent the Commission on the FILA Bureau. Details on www.fila-wrestling.com
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
After São Paulo, it is Rio de Janeiro’s turn to host the “Olympic Games: Sports, Culture and Art” exhibition. Created by the Brazilian NOC
, the exhibition features almost 300 items recounting the history of the modern Olympic Games. A number of athletes were present at the opening on 12 September in the National History Museum, which will be hosting the exhibition until 1 December. NOC President and IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman
was also present. As well as items from the collections of The Olympic Museum
in Lausanne, there are also objects belonging to the NOC and Brazilian athletes, such as the kimono worn by London 2012
gold medal-winning judoka Sarah Menezes. Visitors can carry the London torch with a picture of Tower Bridge in the background; have their photo taken with Mischa, the mascot for the 1980 Games in Moscow
; and watch videos from the IOC’s collection. Details on www.cob.org.br
The Spanish NOC headquarters recently hosted the ceremony to announce the latest athletes selected to receive a grant from the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM) by the UCAM Rector, José Luis Mendoza, and NOC President Alejandro Blanco. Thirteen athletes (athletics, swimming, beach volleyball, canoeing, taekwondo and badminton) were present. Details on www.coe.es.
The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) has scheduled the 30th seminar for Secretaries-General of African NOCs from 12 to 13 October in Kigali (Rwanda). The main theme of the meeting will be “Ensuring an effective and efficient administration”, and the participants will be looking at how to harmonise administrative practices and resolve issues, as well as making recommendations for NOC management over the next four years.
On 24 September, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio will receive an unprecedented 116 combined hours of coverage in the USA, thanks to a partnership between NBC Olympics and the US Olympic Committee to acquire the US media rights for these two editions of the Games. Details on www.paralympic.org.
This year, the International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Ceremonies will be held from 13 to 19 October in the Belgian cities of Blankenberge, Brussels and Ghent. To mark the occasion, the CSIT is producing an official publication, the “Festschrift Book”, which will be unveiled during the celebrations in Brussels. Featuring numerous photos, the publication tells the story of the CSIT. Details on www.csit.tv.