On 15 and 16 October, IOC President Thomas Bach was in Monaco for the Sportel symposium. There he met IOC members Prince Albert II and Guy Drut, and also attended the Georges Bertellotti Golden Podiums awards ceremony. (See the Recognised Organisations section.)
This week in Vidy, President Bach has met IOC member and Belgian NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers and IOC honorary member and Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist.
Also this week, the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, accompanied by Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco, paid a visit to the IOC President.
On the day after the announcement of his appointment as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo (see Commissions section), IOC Vice-President John Coates was congratulated in person by the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, Yoshitaka Akimoto, who travelled to the NOC headquarters in Sydney. Info at www.olympics.com.au.
This week, President Bach appointed Vice-President John Coates as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo, and Frank Fredericks as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 in Buenos Aires.
President Bach has also decided that Arne Ljungqvist, Gerhard Heiberg and Hein Verbruggen should continue in their roles as chairmen of the Medical Commission, Marketing Commission and OBS respectively until after the Sochi Games to ensure continuity in the preparations. The terms of the three chairmen should have expired at the end of the IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
Following the decision by Richard Carrión to resign from his various functions at the IOC, the IOC President and he have agreed that – in order to facilitate the transition process – Mr Carrión will continue to lead the negotiations to grant TV rights outside Europe, until the Winter Games in Sochi.
In addition, President Bach has asked Ser Miang Ng to chair the next meeting of the Finance Commission in December.
The IOC has awarded SKY Network Television Ltd the right to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. SKY has acquired the broadcast rights on all media platforms in the territories of New Zealand the Pacific Islands.
The IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has launched the first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme intended for established researchers engaged in Olympic-related research. This programme is part of the new IOC OSC research plan that extends its support to researchers and aims to get the highest level analysis on topics of specific interest to the IOC.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The Board of FIBA Oceania has appointed David Crocker as its next Secretary General, replacing Steve Smith, who will retire on 24 November after the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board meeting in Buenos Aires. David Crocker was CEO of Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) from 2000 to 2006. Since 2006, he has worked on the Australian Sports Commission as Senior Manager in Sports Development then as Director of Sports Performance and Planning since 2011. Info at www.fiba.com.
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has announced the creation of a Grand Prix series for the 2014-15 season. It will comprise nine high-level events, three of which will be held in Europe, three in the Americas, and three in Asia. The first event will be organised in November 2014. The Grand Prix series was created following a reform of the competition calendar, with the aim of covering the whole year with attractive events, the highlight being the World Championships in July/August. Info at www.fie.org.
The International Judo Federation (IJF)’s World Judo Tour recently arrived in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the first time, where the Judo Grand Prix events were taking place. Five judo clinics were organised (photo). IJF President Marius Vizer decided last year to use all IJF competitions as a tool to promote judo at all levels in a host country by organising development and education activities. Almost 800 children took part in these activities in Asia: in the Kazakh cities of Almaty and Chimkent; and Uzbek cities of Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. Info at www.ijf.org.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have announced the extension of their partnership for distributing media rights in Europe until 2017. The agreement includes the FINA World Championships in 2015 and 2017 as well as the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2014 and 2016. The EBU will be the host broadcaster for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan (Russian Federation). Info at www.fina.org.
The website of the Conference of World Modern Pentathlon Coaches, which will be held from 8 to 10 November 2013 in Manchester (Great Britain), has just been launched. Organised by Pentathlon GB and supported by the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), this Conference will bring together some of the best coaches in the world. Info at www.wmpcc.org.
The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) have just signed a Continental Affiliation Agreement. The recently elected ETTU President, Ronald Kramer, and ITTF Vice-President Thomas Weikert signed this agreement at the European Championships in Schwechat (Austria). The ITTF’s annual General Assembly, held in Dortmund (Germany) on 27 March 2012, had approved a resolution declaring that the continental federations should be affiliated to the ITTF according to established criteria proposed by the Development Council, and that the application for affiliation be renewed every four years in the year of the Olympic Games. Info at www.ittf.com.
On 12 October in Qingdao (People’s Republic of China), International Sailing Federation (ISAF) President Carlo Croce welcomed 131 sailors from 24 countries at the opening ceremony of the 2013-2014 World Sailing Cup. Qingdao hosted the sailing events for the Beijing 2008 Games. Info at www.sailing.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 16 October, the Executive Committee of the Colombian NOC met under the chairmanship of Baltazar Medina. The agenda included the participation of the Colombian delegation in the Bolivarian Games from 16 to 30 November in Trujillo (Peru). Info at www.coc.org.co.
Last week, a few days after the elections in early October, the Athletes’ Commission of the Portuguese NOC met at the NOC headquarters in Lisbon, chaired by João Neto, former Olympic judoka and now national coach at the Portuguese Federation. He succeeds Nuno Barreto, a sailing bronze medallist at the 1996 Games. The other Commission members are: Joaquim Videira (fencing), Pedro Fraga (rowing), Mariana Lobato (sailing), Yahima Ramirez (judo), Susana Feitor (athletics), Gonçalo Carvalho (equestrian), Beatriz Gomes (canoe) and Joana Pratas (sailing). Also present at the meeting were NOC President José Manuel Constantino and the Secretary of State for Sport, Emídio Guerreiro. Info at www.comiteolimpicoportugal.por.
Some 15,000 children took part in the 2013 edition of Olympic Day in Sweden. In all, 35 Olympic Days have been organised in 24 different places, thanks to collaboration between the Swedish NOC, local communities and sports clubs. The children, aged 8 to 12, had the opportunity to try different sports close to their homes and at the same time meet inspiring Olympians. About 1,200 local leaders, coaches and volunteers have made the Days possible. Info at www.sok.se.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) re-elected Jin-sun Kim as its President at its 6th General Assembly in Seoul. In his acceptance speech, Kim promised to establish concrete goals under the PyeongChang Games vision of "New Horizons”, explaining that "the newly instated committee will work with experts and scholars alike to ensure that the principles and traditions of the Olympic Movement are reflected in PyeongChang’s operations plan.” Dong Hoo Moon was also re-elected as POCOG Secretary General.
At their 51st General Assembly, held in Toronto (Canada), delegates from the 41 member countries of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) elected Lima (Peru), as the host city of the Pan American and Parapan Games in 2019. Toronto will host the 2015 edition of these Games. Info at www.paso-odepa.org.
Following the recommendations made at its meeting on 11 September in Buenos Aires, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee has outlined WADA’s strategy for the anti-doping laboratory network. In accordance with the Laboratory Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to restrict the number of laboratories to 40, the Executive Committee will maintain its commitment to this number for the next five years. Info at www.wada-ama.org.
At the 24th SPORTEL symposium, the international sport, TV and new media meeting held from 14 to 17 October in Monaco, the Georges Bertellotti Golden Podiums were once again awarded for the best sports images of the year. The IOC Grand Prize was awarded for “Délivrance” by Canal Plus (France). See the list of winners at www.sportelmonaco.com.