IOC ACTIVITIES President
On 27 November at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach and International Fencing Federation (FIE) President Alisher Usmanov unveiled a statue offered to The Museum by the FIE for its centenary. The ceremony was held in the presence of many guests, including the State Councillor for the Economy and Sport of the Canton of Vaud, Philippe Leuba. President Bach will also attend the FIE Centenary Gala at the Grand Palais in Paris (France). (See also the IF section.)
On 30 November in Paris, President Bach met French President, François Hollande. The pair discussed the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, France’s commitment to the fight against doping and illegal betting in sport, and sports development in France. The French President discussed a potential Olympic bid for 2024. The pair also touched on the upcoming inaugural International Day of Sport for Development and Peace organized jointly by the IOC and the United Nations, which will take place each year on 6 April. Accompanying President Bach for the meeting at the Palais de l’Elysée were IOC Members in France Guy Drut and Tony Estanguet, and IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper.
On Friday 29, in Paris, the President took part in the editorial meeting of French sports newspaper L’Équipe.
President Bach also met with the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie Abdou Diouf. They also discussed potential cooperation for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
President Bach also met with the President of the French NOC (CNOSF), Denis Masseglia and with French athletes’ representatives.
This week in Lausanne, President Bach has received IOC member Ung Chang and Vice-President of the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS), Alain Lunzenfichter.
Patrick Joseph Hickey was re-elected as President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) for four years at the EOC General Assembly held in Rome (Italy) last weekend. Hickey has been head of the EOC since 2006.
Philip Craven was re-elected as President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for a fourth consecutive term at the IPC General Assembly in Athens (Greece). Elected in 2001, this four-year term will be Craven’s last.
On 26 November in Lausanne, the IOC held a productive meeting with representatives of the Egyptian Sports Ministry and the Egyptian NOC, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). The main objective was to examine the current situation of the Olympic Movement in Egypt with regard to the sports legislation, and to find a way for the sports organisations belonging to the Olympic Movement in Egypt to comply with both the fundamental principles of the Movement (particularly that of autonomy) and the national legislation.
The following day, the IOC met a delegation from the Government of Sri Lanka, led by the Sports Minister; the Sri Lankan NOC; and senior representatives of ASOIF, ANOC and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The meeting mainly served to find a common agreement and establish the conditions needed to allow the national sports organisations of Sri Lanka to respect both the laws of the country and the basic principles (particularly that of autonomy) and requirements of the international sports organisations to which they are affiliated.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board held a meeting last week in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The decisions made on this occasion include affiliating the national federations of South Sudan and Timor Leste. Info at www.fiba.com.
On 29 November, the Centenary Congress of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) took place in Paris, followed by a gala dinner at the Automobile Club of France, where the FIE was created 100 years ago. The Centenary Gala is held this Saturday at the Grand Palais. Info at www.fie.org.
On the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Prix, the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the United Arab Emirates Federation organised various activities for children to promote the educational values of judo across the country. Thus in Abu Dhabi, children could take a course before attending the competition itself. Another training session was held in the city of Fujairah, three hours from Abu Dhabi. Info at www.ijf.org.
The Honorary President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), Les McDonald, has been awarded the Order of Canada in Ottawa. McDonald was President of the ITU from its inception in 1989 until 2008. He is largely credited with getting triathlon on to the Olympic programme. Info at www.triathlon.org.
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has just signed a contract with Japan’s Synca Creations Inc. to broadcast the World Championships and the World Cup series in 2014 in Japan. Info at www.ifsc-climbing.org.
The President of the International Power Boating Union (UIM), Raffaele Chiulli, received the Vermillion Medal for Physical Education and Sport of Monaco from Prince Albert II, who is also an IOC member, at a ceremony held recently in the Principality of Monaco. In addition, the UIM has launched a call for candidatures for its 2013 environment trophy, which will be awarded on 1 March 2014 in Monaco. The deadline for receiving candidatures is 15 December 2013. Info at www.uimpowerboating.com.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced the names of the young recipients of its 50 individual scholarships. Aged 9 to 17, these talented young surfers come from 25 countries, many of them developing countries. The objective is to offer financial assistance to allow them to acquire surfing experience while raising awareness of the importance of education. Info at www.isasurf.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
For the first time in South African sports history, several Olympic gold medallists (from the London Games) received IOC Olympic pins. The ceremony was held on 14 November at Olympic House, the headquarters of the South African NOC, at a gala welcoming dinner for President Bach, who was visiting Johannesburg. IOC Executive Board member Sam Ramsamy awarded the pins to Cameron van der Burgh, 100m breaststroke champion, and to rowers Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain and James Thompson, champions in the men’s lightweight fours. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, and NOC President Gideon Sam were among the evening’s many guests. Info at www.sascoc.co.za.
Organised by the Bahrain NOC’s Sports Training and Development Section, in cooperation with the Canadian Coaching Association, a National Coaching Programme Level 1 Course brought together 40 coaches. The programme aims to teach the scientific basis of planning for all age groups.
In the latest edition of “Olympic Flash”, published by the Belgian NOC, we learnt that 11 new members of the NOC’s Athletes’ Commission were elected in early November. The Commission is chaired by Jean-Michel Saive, who also chairs the EOC Athletes’ Commission. Info at www.olympic.be.
On 21 November, the Colombian NOC organised a talk on sport and the environment. The themes addressed included sustainable development for sports events; the environmental technologies applied in sport; and sport, the environment and education as pillars of Olympism. Instructors from the National Education Service (SENA) and teachers from the Colombian Olympic Academy also took part. Info at www.coc.org.co.
We have just learned that the Iranian NOC organised the 6th Sport for All Festival in the province of Mazandaran on 27 and 28 October. The aim was to promote peace and solidarity among the people. Thus, a torch symbolising peace and solidarity was carried from the city of Chaloos to the city of Sari, a distance of 200km, by the NOC’s Sport and Tourism Commission Chairman, his colleagues, sports officials, local authority representatives, athletes and students. An olive sapling was planted by Mazandaran province representatives; and the IOC and OCA flags were carried by pupils and students for about 50 metres. Info at www.olympic.ir.
On 14 November, the Palestinian NOC organised a National Sports Day. The day began with the 4th Jerusalem International Marathon, which brought together over 7,000 athletes running between Ramallah and the Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in Jerusalem. It was in this stadium that several federations then presented their respective sports. The event was widely attended, including by NOC President Jibril Mahmoud Muhammad Rajoub, representatives of the Arab League and international personalities.
As part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin’s birth, the Puerto Rico Olympic Academy has put on an artistic exhibition entitled “The artistic and sports legacy of Lorenzo Homar” at the Museum of Art at the Caribbean University in Bayamón. Coubertin’s history was presented through (photo) posters produced by the Pierre de Coubertin School in Erfurt (Germany). The artistic legacy of Lorenzo Homar, one of the greatest graphic artists, whose interest in sport was well known, was therefore part of this celebration. Info at www.copur.pr.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2020 will be awarded to a city that has never hosted an Olympic Games – a first for the Olympic Movement. The cities of Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne (Switzerland) submitted their applications to the IOC to host the 3rd Winter YOG by the 28 November deadline. The next deadline is 12 December, by which the two cities must submit the signed 2020 YOG Candidature Procedure to the IOC.
The 42nd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) was held in Rome on 22 and 23 November, at the invitation of the Italian NOC and its President, Giovanni Malagò, and was attended by President Bach. The Executive Committee was renewed for the period 2013-17. Patrick Joseph Hickey, Raffaele Pagnozzi and Kikis Lazarides were re-elected to their respective positions of President, Secretary General and Treasurer, while Janez Kocijancic was elected as Vice-President. The Assembly also awarded the EOC Order of Merit posthumously to Olafur Rafnsson, President of the Icelandic NOC; the 3rd Piotr Nurowski Prize for the Best Young European Athlete to Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte for the second consecutive year; and the 7th European Olympic winners. Info at www.eurolympic.org.
At its 16th General Assembly last week in Athens, besides the re-election of Phil Craven as its President, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) elected its Vice-President, Andrew Parsons, who has been President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee since 2009. Still in Athens, at a gala, the IPC presented Paralympic awards for the best (male and female) athletes, the best team, the best debuts, the best official, and the best media coverage of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (written and photographic press and TV). See the list of winners at www.paralympic.org.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched its call for proposals for 2014 scientific research grants. WADA is committed to increasing the volume of research dedicated to developing new and improved detection methods for performance-enhancing substances and methods. Applications should be submitted by 16 February 2014. Info at www.wada-ama.org.