From 6 to 9 March, IOC President Thomas Bach was back in Sochi (Russian Federation) for the Paralympic Winter Games, organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), whose President is IOC member Philip Craven.
During this trip, President Bach attended the Games Opening Ceremony on 7 March, accompanied, among others, by IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and IOC members Vitaly Smirnov, Shamil Tarpischev, Jean-Claude Killy, Tsunekazu Takeda and Alexander Zhukov. The following day, he went to various competition venues in the mountains, where he visited the Paralympic Village.
Sam Ramsamy was appointed a member of the International Swimming Federation (FINA)’s Executive Committee at a recent FINA Bureau meeting in Cancun (Mexico).
In her capacity as President of the Royal Yachting Association, the Princess Royal has been awarded the Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). For the UIM, the Royal Yachting Association is the driving force behind the dedicated training and racing section, which constantly strives to reach the highest achievements (cf. Recognised Sports section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
In a press release, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has declared that its Executive Committee has decided to end any official relationship with the currently suspended Indian federation, after an extensive evaluation and assessment of all issues surrounding the sport of boxing in India. The Indian federation was suspended on 6 December 2012. Info at www.aiba.org.
Meeting on 27 and 28 February in Lausanne, the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) took a number of decisions. Thus, the new statutes of the Africa Gymnastics Union (UAG) were approved and the FIG Code of Ethics was updated. The Executive Committee also awarded its honorary diplomas to women’s artistic gymnastics judges Liudmila Korolenko (Russian Federation), Yamada Mayumi (Japan) and Marjeta Kova (Slovenia), in recognition of the quality of their service.
In addition, the FIG has informed is that the incumbent Chair of its Athletes’ Commission, Jani Tanskanen, has been unanimously re-elected. Gymnastics delegates from the six competition disciplines meeting at the FIG headquarters on 1 March re-elected him to this function. Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has this week revealed the first indoor world rankings for men and women. The new rankings will provide a transparent way of allocating teams to pools for International FIH events and will be updated at the completion of every FIH Indoor World Cup, and each year’s Indoor Continental Championships. Info at www.fih.ch.
Participants of the IJF seminar in Lusaka
Belgian judoka and Moscow 1980 Olympic champion Robert van de Walle recently led an International Judo Federation (IJF) development project at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka (Zambia). IJF Sports Director Daniel Lascau, IJF Veterans Committee Chairman Andrei Bondor and Alain Massart, professor at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), also took part in the seminar, as did delegates from Southern African national federations. The subjects addressed included how to lead a national federation; building a federation and making it functional; and how to organise events. Also present were the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports of Zambia, Christopher Mulenga, and the Ambassador of Japan, Kiyoshi Koinuma. Info at www.ijf.org.
The International Swimming Federation Bureau held its first meeting of 2014 in Cancun on 1 and 2 March, following the World Water Polo Conference. The main decisions taken included the appointment of Sam Ramsamy for Africa and Dennis Miller for Oceania to the FINA Executive Committee; the appointment of Jihong Zhou (People’s Republic of China) as Chair of the FINA Athletes’ Committee; approval of the Haiti National Federation’s membership (FINA now has 204 member federations); and the awarding of competitions in 2015 and 2016. Info at www.fina.org.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the death of former Council member Carlos Tozzi. President of the Argentine Rugby Union for 10 years and a former international referee, Tozzi sat on the IRB Council from 1991 to 2007, as well as the IRB Executive Committee. He was also President of the Pan-American Rugby Association. Info at www.irb.com.
The second edition of World Tennis Day, organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) took place on 3 March. The Day focused on three main activities, organised in Hong Kong, London and New York, with the participation of current and former professional players, juniors and wheelchair tennis players. These activities were placed under the theme of the ITF’s Tennis Play and Stay campaign. Some 84 national associations supported this event, and 67 of them organised programmes and activities.
The ITF also announced the appointment of Kenny MacLeod as Executive Director, Commercial. He will take up his role on 2 June 2014. Previously, MacLeod was the Commercial and Marketing Director at the Scottish Football Association and a global Performance Consultant for FIFA. Info at www.itftennis.com.
The World Archery Federation (WA) has informed us that two female archers have been named athlete of the year in their respective countries. Deepika Kumari (left) has been elected Sportsperson of the Year in India. A gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, Kumari won a third consecutive silver medal at the World Cup Final. Fatimah Almashhadani (right) was named athlete of the year 2013 by a panel made up of members of the Iraqi NOC, sports federations, journalists and experts. The 15-year-old archer finished fifth in the cadets division at the World Archery Youth Championships in Wuxi (People’s Republic of China) last October. Info at www.worldarchery.org.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has signed a three-year agreement with Audi to partner its Bring Children to the Snow campaign. One of the key aspects of the agreement will be the creation of manuals for organising World Snow Day and FIS Snowkidz events. Info at www.fis-ski.com.
The 5th gala of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) was held on 1 March in Monaco in the presence of IOC member Prince Albert II, who opened the festivities, and UIM President Raffaele Chiulli. As well as awards to the 2013 world champions, the UIM presented safety and environmental awards, plus the Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy, which was presented to the Princess Royal (cf. Members section above). Info at www.uimpowerboating.com.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) now has 81 member nations, following the affiliation of Gambia and Nigeria. Info at www.isasurf.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At a meeting of the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait, acting Secretary General of the Bahrain NOC, Abdulrahman Askar, met Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Deputy Director Haider Farman. The two men discussed various topics such as the organisation in Bahrain of the Olympic Solidarity/OCA regional forum for West, Central and South Asian NOCs, on 7 and 8 May 2014, as well as the fruitful cooperation between the two organisations.
In February, Belgian NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers and his Chinese NOC counterpart, Peng Liu, signed a four-year partnership agreement . This agreement focuses on athlete exchanges and the cooperation and promotion of friendly relations between Belgium and the People’s Republic of China. Info at www.olympic.be.
Participants at the Hellenic NOC meeting
The Hellenic NOC has informed us that the lighting and handover ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) flame will take place on 30 April at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The IOC Honorary President, Jacques Rogge, will represent the IOC on this occasion.
On 28 February at the NOC headquarters, and in the presence of NOC President Spyros Capralos, a meeting was held with a delegation from the Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) (photo above), during which all aspects of the ceremony were addressed. Also present were International Olympic Academy President Isidoros Kouvelos; Olympic Torch Relay Commission Chairman Yannis Karras; IOC YOG Culture and Education Manager Nicolas Chamerois; and the NYOGOC Culture and Education Department Torch Relay Chief, Jiao Yong. Info at www.hoc.gr.
The revised World Anti-Doping Code, unanimously approved by the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 15 November 2013 and which will come into force on 1 January 2015, can now be downloaded from the WADA web site. Signatories to the Code are required to have implemented the revised Code by the January 2015 effective date. Info at www.wada-ama.org.
In last week’s edition, we omitted to mention, in the text on the IOC Honorary President, the presence of IOC honorary member King Constantine at the ceremony organised at Buckingham Palace.