On 13 January, IOC President Thomas Bach attended the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) at the Kongresshaus in Zürich (Switzerland).
The following day, at the IOC headquarters, President Bach received the President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Leandro Negre, accompanied by Kelly Fairweather and Michael Green, respectively FIH Secretary General and Chairman of the FIH Athletes’ Commission. The same day, he met the Vice-President of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), Frank Dassler, accompanied by its Secretary General, Robbert de Kock.
On 15 January, President Bach hosted the IOC members elected in 2013, who were in Lausanne for an information seminar. Attending were Danka Bartekova, Kirsty Coventry, Tony Estanguet, Octavian Morariu, Bernard Rajzman, Mikaela Cojuango Jaworski, Alexander Zhukov, Paul K. Tergat, Lawrence F. Probst III, Camiel Eurlings and Stefan Holm.
This week, the IOC President has also met the President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), Carlo Croce, and ISAF Secretary General Jerome Pels, as well as the Adviser to the Mongolian President, Lundeg Purevsuren.
This Friday in Vidy, President Bach welcomed the members of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee, on the occasion of their first meeting of the year. The IOC President met individually with EOC President and IOC Executive Board member Patrick Joseph Hickey,
Jacques Rogge received the 2013 FIFA Presidential Award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich. This Award, which is given each year to an outstanding sports personality, was presented to him by FIFA President and IOC member Joseph Blatter.
Led by the Medical Commission and its Chairman, Arne Ljungqvist, group of high-level experts recently reviewed the science of the syndrome of the Female Athlete Triad, a phenomenon which affects the athlete’s health and performance, and has recommended practical clinical models for the health care management of affected athletes. These findings, recommendations and tools are listed in a Consensus Statement, and will be presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, set to take place in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, from 10 to 12 April 2014.
On 15 and 16 January at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, an information seminar was held for delegates from the two cities seeking to host the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2020, Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne. During the two days, the Candidate Cities were introduced to the scope of the YOG, the athlete experience and other key elements they will need to address in the bid process
The IOC has awarded the broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa to Infront Sports & Media AG for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in Nanjing, China. Infront has acquired exclusive broadcast rights on free-to-air television and non-exclusive internet and mobile broadcast rights.
The IOC has also has awarded broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa to SuperSport International for the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. SuperSport has acquired broadcast rights on pay satellite television, and internet and mobile platforms.
International Sports Federations
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has unveiled the schedule for the 2014 Swimming World Cup. There will be eight competitions, and for the first time Doha (Qatar) will get these under way, on 27 and 28 August. The other competitions will be held in various countries in Asia and Europe. Details on www.fina.org.
The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) informs us that Leydi Laura Moya López has been nominated by the Cuban Olympic Committee to be its Young Ambassador at this year's Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing in August. A gold medallist at the 2010 YOG in Singapore, the 21 year-old pentathlete will help the young athletes from her country to make the most of their experience in Nanjing. Details on www.pentathlon.org.
Chinese table tennis players Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia have been crowned the first-ever Male and Female Table Tennis Stars at the inaugural “Star Awards” of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). At a ceremony held on 11 January in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council, a total of seven awards were presented. The winners were chosen by the ITTF Star Awards Selection Commission, which was composed of a representative from the ITTF Athletes’ Commission, ITTF Para Division and the ITTF President, Adham Sharara. Over 80,000 people visited the ITTF.com/StarAwards website to vote for the ITTF Fan's Table Tennis Star of the year. The full results can be found on www.ittf.com.
Italy’s Jessica Rossi and Germany’s Henri Junghaenel have been elected as the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) 2013 Shooters of the Year. They were elected by the members of the ISSF Athletes’ Committee and the ISSF Coaches Advisory Committee, and by a panel of international sports journalists. Jessica Rossi, the Olympic skeet champion in 2012, had already won the Shooter of the Year award in 2009, at the age of just 17. Details on www.issf-sports.org.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced a reorganisation of the World Triathlon Series scoring system for the 2014 season. The ITU has also revealed the qualification procedures for the 2014 Mixed Relay World Championships. Find out more on www.triathlon.org.
National Olympic Committees
On 13 January in Berlin, the German NOC (DOSB) awarded the “Stars of Sport” to 18 sports clubs from all parts of Germany. DOSB President Alfons Hörmann and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel presented the awards. The clubs were honoured for their voluntary and social commitment. The first prize went to the club TSV Schott Mainz, whose children’s academy is designed as a basis for comprehensive youth empowerment. There are currently around 91,000 sports clubs in Germany, with almost 28 million members. Details on www.dosb.de.
The Colombian NOC informs us that the Colombian Tennis Federation’s national training school will be holding its first level 1 International Tennis Federation (ITF) course for coaches from 27 January to 4 February at the high-level centre in Bogotá. Details on www.coc.org.co.
The 2013 IOC Trophy: “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life” has been awarded to Save the Children Fiji (SCF). IOC member Robin Mitchell presented the Trophy to SCF CEO Raijeli Nicole. Last year, SCF joined its counterparts in other countries to organise the Save the Children International Race for Survival Day under the theme of “Grow healthy food, nurture healthy children”. More details on the Fiji NOC website www.fijiolympiccommittee.com.
The Mongolian NOC has held its annual “Burte Chono” (an ancient mythical symbol of nomadic Mongolians) Olympic gala, during which the top sports figures of 2013 were chosen. M. Urantsetseg, Mongolia’s first female judo world champion (48kg category) won the main award. Sh. Tsevelmaa was named as best coach, and the women’s 3x3 basketball team won the best team award. The personalities attending the gala included P. Tsagaan, Chief of the President’s Office; Sports Minister Ts. Oyungerel; NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren; and IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan.
At their meeting last week, the national sports federation representative members of the Peruvian NOC unanimously approved the report on the Peruvian team’s participation in the “Trujillo 2013” 17th Bolivarian Games. The meeting was chaired by NOC President José Quiñones González. The Chef de Mission for these Games, Augusto Farfán; NOC Vice-President Víctor Puente-Arnao; NOC Executive Committee member Cenaida Uribe; and IOC member Ivan Dibos were also present. Details on www.coperu.org.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the exclusive host broadcast rights in Japan for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to broadcaster NHK. Under the terms of the agreement, NHK will broadcast over 29 hours of coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and 46 hours of the Games in 2016. For the first time in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games, NHK will show live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on its terrestrial channel and will screen daily 30- minute highlights programmes during the Games in Sochi. For Rio, these programmes will be expanded to one hour. Read more on www.paralympic.org.