On 23 and 24 July, IOC President Thomas Bach was in Glasgow (Great Britain) for the XX Commonwealth Games, organised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), whose President is Prince Tunku Imran, an IOC member. On the evening of 23 July, President Bach attended the Games opening ceremony in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The next day, the President met Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister David Cameron. He spoke with both about the important legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games for Great Britain as well as the Olympic Movement. On the same day, he visited the Hampden Park football stadium, which has been temporarily transformed into an athletics venue. He also attended the first sports competitions at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: badminton, track cycling and swimming, where he met IOC member Sam Ramsamy, who is the International Swimming Federation delegate for the Commonwealth Games swimming competition. The IOC President also met IOC member and President of the International Triathlon Union Marisol Casado at the triathlon event.
During his trip, President Bach was accompanied by IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie, a native of Glasgow. Also present in Glasgow were IOC members Austin L. Sealy, Patrick Chamunda, Philip Craven, Richard Peterkin and Habu Gumel as well as IOC honorary member Kipchoge Keino.
Almost two years to the day from the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (27 July 2012), a new report by the British Governement shows that the Olympic Games continue to provide significant legacies for the city of London – and Britain as a whole. IOC President commented: “Ensuring a positive legacy from the Olympic Games for a host city and country is very important for the IOC. This is why I am delighted to see that our British partners have succeeded in maximising the legacy of London 2012 across a number of different areas.” He continued: “As an Olympian, I saw that London 2012 was a Games built around the athletes. As IOC President, I see that London and Britain have also understood that the Games can be a catalyst for positive long-term economic, social and sustainable legacies. These figures confirm that the Olympic Games can provide tangible benefits for a lot more than just 16 days of competition”. The report reveals that the British economy has seen a trade and industry boost in excess of £14 billion (USD 23.8 billion) following the Games – beating the four-year target of £11 billion (USD 18.7 billion) in half the time. It also highlighted many other Olympic legacies, including an increase in international visitors to Britain since the Games (up 6 per cent to 33 million in 2013) and the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. According to the report, more Britons are also playing sport than ever before, with 15.6 million people aged 16 and over taking part in sport at least once a week – 1.7 million more than in 2005 when London won the bid to host the Games. Read the full press release on olympic.org
Jacques Rogge (l.) with António Guterres. © UNHCR/S. Hopper
In his capacity as Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Youth Refugees and Sport, Jacques Rogge met the High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on 23 July in Geneva (Switzerland). Areas for collaboration between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the IOC with regard to sustainable long-term sports programmes for youth refugees were addressed.
Princess Haya Al Hussein with Carl Meulenbergh (r) and Marcel Philipp © CHIO Aachen/Michael Bush
Princess Haya Al Hussein, President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), has been presented with the Prize of the City of Aachen (Germany) in recognition of her long-standing commitment to equestrian sport. The prize was presented by the city’s Mayor, Marcel Philipp, in the presence of the President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Race Club (ALRV), Carl Meulenbergh, during the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival, the traditional event that attracts upwards of 360,000 spectators. Info at www.fei.org.
Alexander Zhukov represented the IOC President at the Congress of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) and the fair play award ceremony, organised last week in Kazan (Russian Federation). He presented the Fair Play Trophy for the Youth - under the auspices of the IOC President -, to the Croatian sailor, Hana Dragojevic
International Sports Federations
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has launched the bid process for the several world rowing events in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the Extraordinary Congress in 2017. The national federations have until 31 August 2014 to submit their intention to bid. The awarding of the 2019 World Championships and the Congress will be decided upon by the delegates at the 2015 FISA Congress, following the World Championships in Aiguebelette (France). The other competitions will be awarded by the FISA Council and announced at the same Congress in 2015. FISA has also launched the procedure for the next European competitions. Info at www.worldrowing.com.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has just announced the key decisions made at its Executive Committee (EC) at its annual meeting from 15 to 18 July in Istanbul (Turkey). The EC approved the agenda of the 2014 Congress, which will be held in November in Jeju (Republic of Korea), the election procedure and amendments to the AIBA statutes. It also selected the hosts for AIBA events in the 2015-16 season and the qualification events for the Rio Games. The full list of decisions can be found at www.aiba.org.
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has informed us of the success of its Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged (Hungary). It is the second time that these Championships have included the U23 category. The ICF Talent Identification Programme (TIP) also had a positive impact on these Championships, with 31 TIP athletes participating, including U23 bronze medallist from Georgia Zaza Nadiradze (men’s 200m canoe). A further 28 athletes are set to benefit from the TIP when the Canoe Sprint Senior World Championships are contested next month in Moscow (Russian Federation). Info at www.canoeicf.com.
International Swimming Federation (FINA) President and IOC member Julio César Maglione (right in photo), FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (left in photo) during a visit to Budapest on 20 and 21 July. The meeting focused on the preparations for the 2021 FINA World Championships and the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The meeting took place almost exactly a year after the FINA Bureau voted for the Magyar capital as the host of these events. Info at www.fina.org.
World Archery (WA) has awarded the two most important archery events to Mexico City. The Mexican capital will thus host the 2015 World Cup final and the 2017 World Championships. Mexico has developed into a key market for international archery following its team success at the London 2012 Games. There, Aida Roman won the women’s recurve silver medal and Mariana Avitia the bronze, making Mexico the only nation to have two athletes on the same podium. Mexico already hosted the World Cup final in 2006 at the foot of the Mayapan Pyramids, the same year another Mexican city, Merida, organised the World Archery Youth Championships. In addition, the World Archery Congress will take place alongside the World Championships. Info at www.worldarchery.org.
On 16 July the International Power Boating Union (UIM) announced that its Secretary General, Andrea Dini, had stepped down with immediate effect. Info at www.uimpowerboating.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The new participants of the Brazilian NOC’s ASP programme. © Brazilian NOC
Thirteen Olympic and Pan-American athletes representing nine sports have just joined the Athlete Support Programme (ASP), an initiative of the Brazilian Olympic Institute, the training branch of the Brazilian NOC. Presented on 17 July at the NOC’s auditorium, these athletes are the third group taking part in this programme. The objective is to provide athletes with favourable conditions to be as successful now in the transition phase and later in the work market as they were in their sports career. The services offered include internship opportunities and the acquisition of scholarships in different areas. Former participants in this programme take on the role of mentor for the new participants. Since its creation in 2012, 20 athletes have benefited from this programme. Info at www.cob.org.br.
Agreement between the Spanish NOC and the sports associations. © Spanish NOC
On 21 July, Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco and the presidents of various sports associations signed an agreement in the framework of the athlete assistance office. This agreement will allow athletes affiliated to the sports associations to benefit from numerous agreements that the NOC has with various educational institutions and universities, particularly in terms of registering for graduate and postgraduate courses, study plans adapted to the athletes’ needs and educational support offered by specialised tutors. This agreement is part of the action taken by the NOC through its athlete assistance office and the Catholic University of Murcia to promote education for athletes and to increase professional opportunities for them when they retire from competition. Info at www.coe.es.
The former President of the Maltese NOC and Maltese Commonwealth Games Association, Gino Camilleri (photo), died this week aged 64. A judge by profession, Camilleri was President of the NOC from 1989 to 1999 as well as of the Maltese swimming and squash associations. He was a member of the European Olympic Committees Juridical Commission and Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation Consultative Committee for the integration of athletes with a disability. Info at www.nocmalta.org.
Canoeist Jiří Prskavec Jr symbolically testing the model of the course for 2016. © Czech NOC
The Czech NOC has informed us that the white water course for the 2016 Olympic Games is being created in Europe, and a model has been made by engineers from the Czech Technical University laboratory in Prague. The head of the project team is former international Czech canoeist Jaroslav Pollert Jr, while Czech Canoe Federation President Jaroslav Pollert Sr was a consultant on the project, as he was for the Sydney 2000 Games. He was also a recipient of the IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy. The model with obstacles was built to 1:13 scale, symbolically tested by European champion Jiří Prskavec Jr and carefully examined by Jean-Michel Prono of the ICF. Info at www.olympic.cz.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 21 July, Jinq-sun Kim (photo), President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in PyeongChang (POCOG) announced his resignation at an executive staff meeting held at POCOG’s Seoul office. Addressing POCOG staff, he declared: “PyeongChang 2018 is at a turning point for the latter half of its Games preparation, which requires more detailed planning and execution,” before adding: “At this critical juncture, I believe that PyeongChang 2018 needs new leadership and a stronger system that will effectively carry out various Games-related projects. And this is why I decided to resign as President of POCOG.” He then asked for the continued support of all stakeholders and the media in preparing for successful Games in 2018. Info at www.peyongchang2018.com.
The six-year countdown celebration with Koji Murofushi. © Tokyo 2020
On 24 July, the Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo celebrated six years to go until the Opening Ceremony by launching a social media campaign. The one-day #InsideTokyo2020 initiative aimed to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the Games by introducing them to the people who will help bring Tokyo 2020 to life over the next six years. Throughout the day, a series of portraits of Tokyo 2020 staff (such as Sports Director Koji Murofushi), holding a board featuring the number 6, were posted on the Games’ Facebook page (facebook.com/tokyo2020.jp) and the new Twitter account in English (twitter.com/tokyo2020).
On 22 July, the President of SportAccord, Marius L. Vizer, announced that the 2015 SportAccord Convention will take place in Sochi, the host city of the last Olympic Winter Games, in April/May (date to be announced in due course). Info at www.sportaccord.com.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)’s development arm, the Agitos Foundation, has announced that 28 member organisations of the IPC will receive EUR 650,000 in funding through the second edition of its Grant Support Programme. Launched in 2013, the aim of this programme is to support the development of both summer and winter para-sports through funding projects from National Paralympic Committees, Regional Organisations, International Federations and International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled. Info at www.paralympic.org.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it will call for organisations to submit proposals to develop a new Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), which will be launched in 2016. ADAMS is the worldwide anti-doping clearing house that simplifies the daily activities of organisations and athletes involved in the anti-doping system. The system has over 264,000 athletes’ profiles, and is currently actively used by nearly 50,000 athletes. This new version will be launched in 2016 after the revised Anti-Doping Code comes into force. Info at www.wada-ama.org.
The international jury of the organising committee of the 32nd Sport Movies & TV Festival in 2014 has decided to extend until 10 September 2014 (6 p.m.) the deadline for registering and submitting productions in all competition categories. The Festival, organised by the International Sport Movies & TV Federation (FICTS), will be held in Milan (Italy) from 3 to 18 December. Info at www.sportmoviestv.com.