On 13 March, IOC President Thomas Bach called on individual members from NOCs and IFs to make a direct contribution to the debate on the future of the Olympic Movement, urging them to add their voices to discussions on Olympic Agenda 2020 via email at OlympicAgenda2020@olympic.org. The President also asked for members of the public who wanted to make a contribution to send their views to the IOC. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2014. This follows a wide-ranging discussion at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, where 211 members’ interventions addressed the future of the Olympic Movement. Working Groups are currently being set up to bring together the contributions. Proposals for Olympic Agenda 2020 will be presented for approval to the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 6 and 7 December 2014. President Bach said: “it is important that we receive as many contributions as possible. I would particularly like to hear the individual views of members of our key stakeholders - the NOCs and the IFs. But, of course, we would welcome the views of members of the public who are interested in having a say in the future of the Olympic Movement. Every contribution is welcome.”
Richard Kevan Gosper (l.) and Carlos Arthur Nuzman (r.) have been appointed members of the Ethics Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) by the IAAF Council (see also under “Summer IFs”).
The Applicant Cities of Krakow (Poland), Oslo (Norway), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Lviv (Ukraine) and Beijing (China)* all met the 14 March 2014 deadline for submission to the IOC of their Application Files to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The 2022 host city will be elected by the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 31 July 2015.
* The cities are listed according to a drawing of lots carried out by the IOC EB in December 2013.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Following the approval by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Congress last year of the IAAF Code of Ethics, which came into force on 1 January 2014, the seven members of the IAAF Ethics Commission have been appointed by the IAAF Council for a four-year term of office. The Commission is chaired by Michael Beloff from Great Britain. Info on www.iaaf.org.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced record participation – 125 national associations registered – for the ZEN-NOH 2014 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championship from 28 April to 5 May 2014. A total of 120 men’s teams and 100 women’s teams will compete in these Championships. Info at www.ittf.com.
The drawing of lots for the first round of the upcoming Women’s World Volleyball Championships has been held in Parma (Italy). The 24 participating nations are split into four pools. This 17th edition will be held in six Italian cities (Trieste, Milan, Modena, Verona, Rome and Bari) from 23 September to 12 October. The drawing of lots took place in the presence of the President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Ary S. Graça. Info at www.fivb.org.
The International Skating Union
(ISU)’s Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating Media Guides have been updated and are now available on the IF’s website, www.isu.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Spain has informed us that Spanish taekwondo athlete Nicolás García Hemme (photo) has been made a member of the first International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) Athletes’ Commission. Nicolás García is one of the eight members of this Commission. Info at www.coes.es.
Ian Culpan with Kereyn Smith
The 2013 IOC Trophy “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as the School of Life”, has been awarded to Associate Professor Ian Culpan, in recognition of his important contribution to Olympic education. The Trophy was presented to him by the Secretary General of the New Zealand NOC, Kereyn Smith, in front of 300 people who had come together for the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (IAPEHE) World Congress hosted by the University of Auckland. During his career, Ian Culpan was a founding member then President of the New Zealand Olympic Academy and President of the International Physical Education Federation (FIEP) for Oceania. Info at www.olympic.org.nz.
The Portuguese NOC’s National Olympic Congress
The Portuguese NOC’s first National Olympic Congress was held on 3 and 4 March in the city of Maia. With its theme “Thinking Olympism: a testimony to the future", this Congress brought together representatives from Olympic and non-Olympic federations and other Olympic Movement stakeholders. Among the issues addressed were sports financing, the Portuguese-speaking Games and the student-athlete status. Info at www.comiteolimpicoportugal.pt.
The Czech NOC has recorded a sharp increase in the number of fans on its Facebook page (photo), with 222,000 “Likes” registered by 5 March. The NOC has thus created the ideal platform for communicating with existing and potential sports fans throughout the country, with the largest age group being the 18-24s. The NOC’s mobile application has been downloaded by more than 300,000 fans, thus becoming the Czech Republic’s most popular app. The NOC will use its success in the digital area to support and promote sport as a lifestyle in the framework of the “Česko sportuje” (Sporting Nation) campaign. Info at www.olympic.cz.
Mark Chay and Cecilia Low
The NOC of Singapore has published a press release announcing the appointment of Mark Chay and Cecilia Low as Chef de Mission and Young Ambassador, respectively, for the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing next August. Thirty-three-year-old Chay is a former swimmer and represented Singapore at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004. Cecilia Low, world sailing champion, was appointed by the IOC as Young Ambassador for these YOG. Info at www.sof.sg.
In the February edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) information letter, we learnt that the NOC of Somalia has organised a three-day “Futbolnet Training” course for sports teachers and football coaches, in Mogadishu. This training course was jointly supported by the Olympafrica Foundation and the FC Barcelona Foundation and was held in the new Olympafrica Centre in Mogadishu, bringing together 30 young trainees, all sports teachers at the start of their careers or football coaches.
A delegation from the NOC of Tunisia, composed of its President, Mehrez Boussayene, and the Chairwoman of the Women and Sport Commission, Mariem Mizouni, was recently received by the German Ambassador in Tunisia,
Jens Plotner. The discussion focused on the building project for sports and leisure centres in several locations throughout the country and in suburbs of Tunis, in the framework of the International Olympafrica Foundation programme, as well as on a possible cooperation agreement with the German NOC. Info at www.cnot.org.tn.
The NOC of Venezuela has informed us that all the Presidents of the NOC members of the Bolivarian Sports Organisation (ODEBO) participated in the Organisation’s Extraordinary Assembly, which took place in Santiago (Chile), the host city of the 10th South American Games from 7 to 9 March.
Rima Batalova with IPC President Philip Craven
The Vice-President of the Russian Paralympic Committee and member of the Organising Committee for the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rima Batalova, was honoured by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March, in recognition of her work for sport for people with disabilities.
Batalova, who is also the holder of 18 world athletics titles, which she earned during her 30-year career, received her trophy from IPC President and IOC member Philip Craven at a ceremony held in Sochi, which is hosting the Paralympic Games until 16 March.
On the same day, Paralympic athletes Eric Villalon Fuentes (Spain, skiing) and Verena Bentele (Germany, skiing), and coach Jon Kreamelmeyer (USA, cross-country skiing), were inducted into the IPC’s Paralympic Hall of Fame. Launched in 2006 by IPC partner Visa, this Hall of Fame pays tribute to former athletes and coaches who have achieved outstanding sports performances, have a history of fair play and have participated in activities in their communities. Info at www.paralympic.org.