On 2 November in Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach met IOC Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel and Craig Reedie; Executive Board member Claudia Bokel; IOC members Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Lawrence F. Probst III; the President of SportAccord and the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer; and the Secretary General of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Franz Schreiber.
The following day at the IOC headquarters, the second Olympic Movement Coordination meeting brought together senior representatives of the Movement’s key stakeholders, at the invitation of President Bach. This meeting was part of the open dialogue that the IOC is seeking to reinforce with its main stakeholders on subjects of interest concerning the Olympic Movement. The themes addressed included the fight against doping, the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting, the sporting calendar and autonomy and good governance within the Olympic Movement.
On 4 November, IOC President Thomas Bach participated in the meeting of the Olympic Museum Foundation Executive Committee, which was also attended by Honorary President Jacques Rogge.
On the same day, he hosted IOC members Ugur Erdener, Marisol Casado and José Perurena, as well as the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), Ron Froehlich, before making a speech at the opening of the annual IF Forum, organised by SportAccord in Lausanne.
Upon his arrival in New York (USA) on 5 November, President Bach, accompanied by IOC member Alex Gilady, met Mark Lazarus, the Chairman of NBC Sports Group, and Steve Burke, Executive Vice-President of Comcast and CEO of NBC Universal.
On 6 November, President Bach spoke, in New York (USA), at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which adopted a resolution urging all member states to observe a truce as from February next, during the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. During his speech, President Bach explained how he thought the areas of sport and politics could work together to build a more peaceful, better world. On this occasion, the President was accompanied by EB member Anita L. DeFrantz; and IOC members Mario Pescante, who is also the IOC’s permanent observer to the United Nations, and Angela Ruggiero. He also met IOC member the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who was present in New York, as well as the President of the United Nations General Assembly, John Ashe.
The resolution, entitled “Sport for Peace and Development: Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal”, was formally submitted to the General Assembly on behalf of the Olympic Movement and the Russian Federation by Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee.
Last weekend, President Bach received a Chinese delegation led by NOC President Liu Peng.
Sergey Bubka was awarded an award honouring his exceptional individual contribution to sports development in Ukraine, at a ceremony marking the end of the 2013 International Sports Event Management Conference, which was held in London (Great Britain). This award was presented to him by his IOC EB colleague, Craig Reedie.
On 6 November, Willi Kaltschmitt Luján represented the IOC at the opening ceremony of the seventh edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum. This Forum is organised by the Peace and Sport organisation, whose patron is Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Prince Tunku Imran participated in the 57th Congress of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), which was held in Macao (People’s Republic of China). On 1 November, he spoke about the legal aspects of the Olympic Games candidature procedure.
A delegation from the Athlete Career programme (ACP), created by the IOC, is currently visiting six NOCs in southern Africa to hold workshops with local athletes. The aim is to provide them with a range of job skills that can be applied during and after their sports careers. The outreach sessions are taking place from 2 to 9 November in countries that currently do not have an ACP in place. They are being led by members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, members of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Athletes’ Commission, and country managers from ACP partner the Adecco Group.
On 6 November, the IOC invited all the NOCs, IFs and continental associations to propose a candidate for the 2014 IOC “Women and Sport” Trophies. Since 2000, six “Women and Sport” Trophies have been awarded annually by the IOC (one for each continent and one world trophy). The candidature proposals must be received by 29 November 2013.
With 100 days to go until the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s unveiled its sponsorship plans for the Games. As part of its commitment to children’s well-being, McDonald’s is once again launching its Champions of Play initiative, aimed at children from the host nation, Russia, and from several other countries, including Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Games first-hand in Sochi. As part of its legacy to the city of Sochi, McDonald’s has also announced that it will donate a new children’s playground, which is designed to meet the needs of children of all abilities, enabling them to play, grow and be active together.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has once again teamed up with the International Basketball Federation FIBA to produce the second International Basketball Migration Report (IBMR), which provides an insight into the migratory trends of the sport. Combining FIBA's knowledge and data on international transfers with the expertise of the CIES Observatory, the report focuses on the international migration of players in the 2012-2013 season. Info at www.fiba.com and www.cies.ch.
The “Judo Educational Journey Through China” has been launched in the city of Qingdao by the International Judo Federation (IJF), in cooperation with the Chinese Judo Association and with the support of Olympic Solidarity and the Chinese National Olympic Committee. The aim of this programme is to familiarise children and young people with the practice of judo and to share its values with them. In 2013 and 2014, this programme will be held in 10 cities, stopping in Nanjing before the start of the Youth Olympic Games next August. Info at www.ijf.org.
Organised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in St Petersburg (Russian Federation), the FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar brought together 161 judges and coaches from 55 countries, for three days at the start of November. One of the seminar's main objectives was to review and explain the new rules in this discipline. FINA President and IOC member Julio C. Maglione was present at the opening of the seminar. Info at www.fina.org.
Over 900 coaches are attending the 18th ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference, which is being held from 5 to 9 November in Cancun (Mexico). Organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), this Conference is the showpiece of the ITF’s Coach Education Programme. This year’s theme is “The long-term development of a high-performance player”. Info at www.itftennis.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At the 50th anniversary celebration of the NOC of Algeria, the IOC 2013 Trophy “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life” was awarded to Djamel Si Mohamed, in recognition of his important contribution to the development of physical education and sport in Algeria and internationally. An athlete and coach, then a sports leader since the 1970s, he has been greatly involved in education through sport. The trophy was presented to him by Mohamed Mebarki, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Info at www.comiteolympiquealgerien.com.
Last Thursday in Bogota, the 2013 meeting of the national sports organisations was opened by the NOC of Colombia, whose President is Baltazar Medina. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the NOC’s member federations. Agenda items included the national tax reform and its impact on sports organisations, the formulation of projects and strategic planning. Info at www.coc.org.co.
On 14 November, the Spanish NOC and the San Antonio de Murcia Catholic University (UCAM) will bring together the 17 best athletes in the history of the Spanish Olympic Movement, who have won 39 Olympic medals between them. This event will be held as part of the 3rd UCAM Congress on Olympism and the NOC’s 4th technical days. Info at www.coe.es.
On 29 October in Times Square in New York, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and 56 Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls celebrated the 100-day countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The event attracted 218,000 fans and 328 journalists, and showcased jumping demonstrations on a ski and snowboard ramp, freestyle skiers, a street luge ramp, and an ice rink featuring curling, figure skating, ice hockey and speed-skating. The athletes also signed autographs, and more than 4,000 tweets were posted on #RoadtoSochi. Other athletes appeared on NBC’s TODAY show. Finally, the Opening Ceremony uniforms for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were presented. Info at www.teamusa.org.
The NOC of Georgia has informed us that, on 30 October, IOC member and European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Hickey, and Chairman of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) Commission Guido de Bondt paid an official visit to Tbilisi. They met Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili as well as Youth and Sports Minister Levan Khipiani, and visited the venues of the EYOF which will be held in Tbilisi in 2015, accompanied by NOC President Leri Khabelov and Secretary General Emzar Zenaishvili. At the end of this one-day visit, a press conference was held at the NOC headquarters. Info at www.geonoc.org.ge.
The NOC of Japan, whose President is IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda, held its 50th Olympic Day Festa in Shiroyama, Tohoku region. Hundreds of children walked for two kilometres alongside Olympic athletes. The event is one of a series being delivered as part of the IOC/Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) support programme, “Tsubasa”. These events have been launched to support children in the regions affected by the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.In addition, the JOC is operating an ambitious five-year project, entitled The Sports Kokoro Project, sending Olympians and Paralympians to these areas to share their passion for sport and Olympism with children. Info at www.joc.or.jp.
The NOC of Peru has informed us that the Peruvian Olympic Academy’s training seminar programme’s penultimate activity of the year was a seminar on sports gymnastics, organised in close cooperation with the national federation. From 28 to 31 October, some 90 technicians and PE teachers representing various sports and educational organisations addressed themes such as training for very young children, the development of motor skills, and artistic gymnastics applied to school gymnastics. A seminar on teaching methodology in swimming will be held from 25 to 28 November. Info at www.coperu.org.
The Czech NOC plans to bring the Olympic Games in Sochi to Prague, thanks to an Olympic Park which will be built on the city’s Letna plain. It will include an ice skating rink, curling track, cross-country skiing circuit and an ice hockey rink. Fans will also be able to watch interactive live broadcasts from Sochi at more than 100 sites. “Olympic Park Sochi” will be the first major event in the long-term Czech Olympic Committee project, Česko sportuje (A Sporting Nation), the aim of which is to promote a healthy lifestyle. Info at www.olympic.cz.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 5 and 6 November, 29 representatives from 13 NOCs took part in the third NOC Open Day organised in Rio by the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 (Rio2016TM). The programme included visits to Olympic venues, such as Sambódromo, the Reserva Marapendi golf course, the Olympic Village, Olympic Park and Maracanã Stadium, as well as a visit to the Rio2016 headquarters, where several presentations were made. The aim of these Open Days is to help the NOCs in their preparations for the Games in 2016. Info at www.rio2016.com.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The foundation stone of Lillehammer’s Youth Olympic Village (YOV), which will house over 1,000 young winter sports athletes during the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2016, was laid by a group of students from the Norwegian College of Elite Sport last week. At the ceremony, which was held during the students’ roller skiing exercise, the young athletes buried sports equipment and school books from the local college and university to symbolise the union of education and sport – two key pillars of these Lillehammer YOG. Construction work on this Village is scheduled to end in July 2015.
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and SportAccord signed a partnership agreement after the welcome ceremony of the 2013 IF Forum on 4 November in Lausanne. The presidents of the two organisations, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for ANOC and Marius L. Vizer for SportAccord, signed this agreement, which aims at connecting IFs and NOCs in order to develop a global sports movement under the leadership of the IOC and in compliance with the Olympic Charter. Info at www.sportaccord.com.
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) EOC Baku 2015 Coordination Commission paid a second visit to the Azeri capital on 28 and 29 October. EOC President Patrick Hickey, Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, CoCom Chair Spyros Capralos and their team of experts heard a report by the Organising Committee presented by CEO Azad Rahimov, who is also Minister for Sport, and COO Jim Scherr on the state of preparations vis-à-vis the sports programme, venues, village, security, transport and communications. Info at www.eurolympic.org.
On 3 November, a celebration was held to mark 200 days to go before the start of the second edition of the African Youth Games, which will be held in Gaborone (Botswana) from 22 to 31 May 2014. Several events took place in the capital, such as a meeting at the SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng, which brought together the young people of the village, the Gaborone 2014 Organising Committee team and sponsors. A sports and cultural event created by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), these Games are aimed at children aged 14 to 18. Info at www.africaolympic.org.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced an agreement with the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Organising Committee for the delivery of the third edition of the IPC Academy Excellence Programme. The partnership will see the IPC Academy deliver a range of knowledge workshops over the next five years, and is geared towards enhancing the planning and delivery of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The first workshop will take place in December 2013. Info at www.paralympic.org.