- 04 Dec 2009
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
At the beginning of the week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Moscow (Russian Federation) for the launch of the new brand for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for these Games, Jean-Claude Killy, President Rogge was received by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. See also “Sochi 2014”.
From Moscow, President Rogge went to Stockholm (Sweden) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). There he attended a gala dinner in the presence of the King and Queen of Sweden, Swedish Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, WADA Chairman John Fahey and his predecessor, Richard W. Pound. Accompanied by Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist, he spoke at the meeting of WADA’s Foundation Board. See also “Recognised Organisations”.
Returning to Lausanne on 3 December, the IOC President met World Squash Federation (WSF) President M. Ramachandran and International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) President Marco Maria Scolaris. He also took part in the traditional meeting with the City of Lausanne and with the city’s sports leaders.
This weekend, President Rogge will be in Hong Kong, where he will attend the opening ceremony and some competitions of the East Asian Games. During his stay, he will meet the Minister for Sport of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan.
Next week in Lausanne sees the last meeting of the year of the IOC Executive Board. It will also meet with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Council.
Patrick J. Hickey was re-elected as President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) at the EOC General Assembly in Lisbon (Portugal), attended by President Rogge. See also “Recognised Organisations”.
The 2014 Youth Olympic Games Evaluation Commission, chaired by Frank Fredericks, met in Lausanne on 30 November and 1 December.
From 2 to 5 December in Lausanne, a seminar brought together representatives of the three applicant cities for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. These cities are, in alphabetical order: Annecy (France), Munich (Germany) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea). President Rogge briefly attended this seminar.
In a press release dated 30 November, the IOC said it was delighted to see the place of sport within the European Union (EU) strengthened through the Lisbon Treaty. This new Treaty, which came into effect the next day, will offer sport a legal basis for the first time – something for which the Olympic and sports movement has fought for 15 years. Indeed, articles 6 and 165 of the Treaty stress the significance of sport in Europe, recognise its specific nature, and define the promotion of sport as a Community objective. Press release at www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), has received the title of doctor honoris causa from the University of Semmelweiss in Budapest (Hungary). This distinction recognises his commitment to sport and contribution to education and healthy lifestyles by practising sport at any age. Guests at his award ceremony included two Hungarian medallists from the 1956 Games, Erzsebet Koteles and Alice Kertesz, as well as many representatives from the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation. In addition, 19 representatives from 13 national federations and three continental unions took part in a conference on safety in group performances, organised by the FIG Gymnastics for All Committee in Lausanne on 27 and 28 November. More info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
New Zealand team captain Richie McCaw, has been named Player of the Year 2009 by the International Rugby Board (IRB). The South African team was named Team of the Year and Ireland’s Declan Kidney Coach of the Year. In addition, Ireland’s Noel Murphy received the Vernon Pugh Award for distinguished service, and Chia-Seng Lin from Chinese Taipei the award for development. More info at www.irb.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that the President of the European Triathlon Union, Emilio Di Toro, died last weekend at the age of 45. He was also President of the Italian Triathlon Federation and a member of the NOC. Info at www.triathlon.org.
The International Skating Union (ISU) Council has provisionally awarded the 2012 World Championships in the following events: speed skating, short track speed skating, single and pairs figure skating and ice dancing, and synchronised skating. See the cities selected at www.isu.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At the Catholic University of Louvain, the first diplomas of the Interuniversity Certificate in management of sports organisations from the Belgian Olympic Academy for 2008-9 were presented to 17 recipients. This ceremony was held under the auspices of the University Rector, Bruno Delvaux, Ghent University Rector Paul Van Cauwenberg and Belgian NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers.
The Canadian NOC has announced the names of the athletes and other sports personalities who will enter the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2010. They are: kayakist Caroline Brunet, sprinter Bruny Surin, speed skater Susan Auch, “builders” Walter Sieber, Peter Lougheed and Carol Anne Letheren, who was an IOC member (posthumously), and athletics coach Paul Poce. In addition, the Olympic Order of Canada will be awarded to outgoing NOC President Michael Chambers and the former Chairman of the Vancouver Games Organising Committee (VANOC), Jack Poole (posthumously). A ceremony will be held on 23 April 2010 in Montreal. Info at www.olympic.ca.
We have just learned that the NOC of the Central African Republic organised a (level 1) table tennis course in early November in Bangui. Organised under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity, this course was led by Eric Duduc, an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) expert.
In the framework of the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in summer 2010, the two young Chilean athletes selected, Camilla Carter (athletics) and Nicolás Sáez (triathlon), learnt about the Olympic Movement, its values and its structure thanks to talks by Professor Marcelo Ubal and Chilean NOC Secretary General Juan Carlos Cárdenas, while NOC President Neven Ilic wished them good luck. They will take part in the world friendship camp with over 200 young people from 8 to 12 December 2009 in Singapore.
On 23 November, at the headquarters of the anti-doping laboratory in Cuba, the 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight against Doping” trophy was awarded to the National Sports Medicine Institute. This trophy recognises years of work in this fight, culminating in the creation in 2001 of a laboratory then its recognition in 2006 by the IOC and WADA. Cuban NOC President Jose R. Fernández presented the trophy to the Institute’s Director, Mario Granda Fraga, who is also the NOC’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission Chairman. Many officials from the NOC, professionals, technicians and employees of the Institute and the National Anti-Doping Centre attended this ceremony.
The Uzbek NOC, whose President is Malik Babaev, organised its very first seminar on sports medicine and more particularly the conditions and prospects for the development of medicine in elite sport. This seminar was organised in the framework of preparing the athletes and their doctors and coaches for the London 2012 Games. Over 70 people took part, including the doctors of the national sports federations. They were able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of specialists from Russia, such as the President of the Association of Sports Medicine in Russia, Boris Polyaev. Each participant left with a diploma and a copy of the book “Sports Medicine”, published especially by the NOC for this seminar.
On 1 December, at a press conference in Moscow, the Organising Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi (Sochi 2014) launched its new brand (see photo), which also comprises a new emblem and tagline. Those present included President Rogge, IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy, Deputy Prime Ministers of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak and Alexander Zhukov and Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko. The new emblem, sochi2014.ru, features the Olympic rings, while the taglame remains “Gateway to the Future”. It symbolises the long-held commitment for the 2014 Winter Games to help define the future of Russia, further winter sport and support the progress of the Olympic Movement. Full press release at www.olympic.org.
On 27 and 28 November in Lisbon (Portugal), the 38th General Assembly of the EOC brought together representatives of 49 NOCs. On the agenda were activity reports and the election of the Executive Committee for the period of 2009-13. Re-elected to their functions were: President Patrick J. Hickey (Ireland), Vice-President Alexander Kozlovsky (Russia), Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi (Italy), Treasurer Kikis Lazarides (Cyprus), members Togay Bayatli (Turkey), Alejandro Blanco (Spain), Guido De Bondt (Belgium), Janez Kocijancic (Slovenia), Piotr Nurowski (Poland), Klaus Steinbach (Germany) and Efraim Zinger (Israel). The following five members were elected for the first time: Spyros Capralos (Greece), Zlatko Matesa (Croatia), Octavian Morariu (Romania), Colin Moynihan (Great Britain) and Marc Theisen (Luxembourg). Two ex-officio members complete this Committee: ANOC Secretary General and IOC member Gunilla Lindberg (Sweden) and Athletes’ Commission Chairman Antonio Rossi (Italy). The next EOC General Assembly will take place in Belgrade at the end of 2010, at the invitation of the Serbian NOC. Info at www.eurolympic.org.
During the meetings of its Executive Committee and Foundation Board on 1 and 2 December in Stockholm, WADA approved harmonised protocols and guidelines for the Athlete Biological Passport. These protocols and guidelines, which take effect immediately, will provide anti-doping organisations worldwide with a robust and harmonised framework to implement this promising strategy in their fight against doping in sport. Full press release at www.wada-ama.org.
The International Sport Movies & TV Federation (FICTS) has announced that the 28th International Sport Movies & TV Festival will be held in Milan (Italy) from 28 October to 2 November 2010. Info at www.sportmoviestv.com.