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18 Nov 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 14 November in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge met the members of the Council of SportAccord, whose President is Hein Verbruggen, before addressing the participants of the 5th IF Forum, organised by SportAccord, the theme of which was “Sport and the City and Building an Effective Federation”. The same day, he took part in the annual meeting with the sports IFs headquartered in the canton of Vaud.

On 15 November, President Rogge hosted Lord Michael Bates, who, since last April, has been walking from Olympia to London, to highlight the Olympic Truce for the forthcoming Olympic Games, which will be held in the British capital next summer. Read the news on (News section).

This week in Vidy, President Rogge has met:

  • Swiss Federal Counsillor Ueli Maurer;
  • a delegation from the Bosnian NOC, led by its President Izet Rado;
  • a delegation from Special Olympics Inc., made up of President Timothy Shriver,  Director of Development (based in Europe) Kai Troll, and Board of Directors member Donna de Varona;
  • Paraguayan NOC President Camilo Pérez López Moreira and Secretary General Roberto Escobar;
  • Dutch NOC President Andre Bolhuis, accompanied by Els van Breda Vriesman, who was an IOC member from 2001 to 2009;
  • Nigerian NOC President Sani Ndanusa and NOC member Adokie Amiesimaka;
  • International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) President Jeno Kamuti;
  • International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) President Norbert Müller and Secretary General Jean Durry; and
  • the Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

On 14 November in Vidy, a meeting of Sport and Law Commission took place, chaired by IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach.


On 16 November, Vidy hosted an Experts’ Meeting, chaired by Jean-François Lamour, which focused on the legislative aspects to combat irregular and illegal betting more efficiently.       


On 12 November in Monaco, the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Gala saw the World Athletes of the Year receive their trophies from Lamine Diack, President of the IAF and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Prince Albert II, Honorary President of the IAF. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won for the third time, while Australia’s Sally Pearson took her first title. Full list of winners at In addition, the city of London was chosen to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017. The 2013 edition will be held in Moscow from 10 to 18 August and the 2015 edition in Beijing from 22 to 30 August.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced that, on 11 November, Colombian gymnastics champion, Pan-American Games silver medallist and Champion for Peace Jorge Hugo Giraldo launched the “Gymnastics for Peace” programme in Bogotá. This programme uses gymnastics to support women’s empowerment and social integration and prevent juvenile delinquency. It was created by the Peace and Sport organisation with the FIG, in collaboration with Ecopetrol, the Colombian Gymnastics Federation and four local non-governmental organisations. For a minimum of three years, this programme will support efforts to eradicate a growing sense of insecurity and delinquency plaguing local youth in slum areas of four Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Guapi. More info at

The 2011 Congress of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) recently concluded successfully in Nice (France), having brought together delegates from every continent. Prince Albert II, Honorary President of the UIPM, officially opened the Congress. The main decisions included the signing of an MoU with the International Military Sports Council (CISM) – the UIPM thus becomes the first IF to sign such an agreement; the creation of a Coaches Committee, as of 1 January 2012; and the appointment of the President of the Russian Gymnastics Federation, Vjacheslav Aminov, as fifth UIPM Vice-President. More info at

The USA’s James “Ding” Schoonmaker has received the 2011 Beppe Croce Trophy from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sailing. ISAF President Göran Petersson presented this trophy to Schoonmaker at the ISAF Annual Conference in San Juan (Puerto Rico). Schoonmaker began sailing in 1944. He was a reserve helmsman for the Olympic yachting team for the Helsinki 1952 and Tokyo 1964 Games. He joined the ISAF in 1968, becoming a member of the Keelboat Committee, and was ISAF Vice-President from 1986 to 1994, then from 1998 to 2004. Info at

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has reported on the organisation of a “Cool Volley” festival in the Hirat region of Afghanistan at the end of October. This festival was the largest sports event of its kind organised in the country, with the participation of over 7,000 students. The aim of this festival was to develop volleyball through schools by providing them with the tools required to introduce students to this sport. Videos, training exercises, mini games and web casting help teachers in this respect. Also of note is that a delegation from the Iranian Volleyball Federation travelled to the Afghan province. More info at


The Brazilian NOC has organised an educational initiative in the Vigário Geral favela in Rio de Janeiro.  Teams from the NOC and non-governmental organisation Afroreggae, which helps thousands of youngsters through artistic and cultural activities, went to the area. Some 80 children from the favela enjoyed the cultural and sports activities: videos, games, introduction to hockey and volleyball, and received booklets on Olympism, environmental education and doping. The highlight was a chat with Rosângela Santos, gold medallist in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the recent Pan-American Games. She was able to share with the children her experience and the obstacles she had to overcome to succeed as an athlete. Info at

In its newsletter of 11 November, the Colombian NOC announced the presentation of the XIX National Sports Games and the III Paralympic Games, which will take place from 3 to 17 November 2012 in 10 cities and municipalities. Among those present on this occasion were Jairo Clopatofsky, Director of Colombian Sports Institute Coldeportes, and NOC President Baltazar Medina. Info at

On 19 November, national football team selector football Vicente del Bosque will open the Spanish NOC’s 2nd Technical Day, entitled “High-Level Sports Training”. Del Bosque will speak about “Maintaining motivation and cohesion in the Spanish football team for the last Word Cup”. The subjects addressed will include training, diet, nutrition and hydration among elite athletes. Info at

Milan was the setting for the presentation of a new agreement between the Italian NOC (CONI) and the Intesa Sanpaolo group by CONI President Giovanni Petrucci, Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, Intesa Sanpaolo CEO Corrado Passera and General Manager Marco Morelli. Under the terms of this agreement, Intesa Sanpaolo will be the “main official sponsor” of CONI, the Italian national Olympic team (Italia Team) and Casa Italia for the 2012-2014 period. Also present on this occasion were members of the Italian women’s rhythmic gymnastics team and canoe-kayak medallist Josefa Idem. Details on

On 11 November in Ramat Gan, Israeli NOC President Zvi Varshaviak gave the opening shot of the 2011 Olympic Day Race, in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Ramat Gan, Ramzi Gabai. Almost 5,500 people of all ages took part. The competitive race was over 8km, the popular race over 2km and kindergarten children ran 250m. This year, the Race was part of the Olympic year of activities towards the 2012 Games. Next year will mark 60 years of Israeli participation in the Olympic Games, 40 years since the Munich massacre, and 20 years since Israel won its first Olympic medals. Several Olympians of all generations took part in this event, such as Tamar Meital Sumacher (aged 78, a participant in the 1952 Games), with her granddaughter, Miriam Sideransky (a participant in the 1964 Games), herself present with her daughter and five grandchildren; judoka Yael Arad (first Israeli Olympic medallist, silver in 1992), accompanied by her son and daughter; and pole vaulter Alex Averbuch (twice European champion, second place in the World Championships), who ran with his daughter. Info at

Peruvian NOC President Jose Quiñones González and Chinese NOC Vice-President Duan Shijie have signed an important agreement to develop sports exchanges between the People’s Republic of China and Peru. The four-year agreement was signed at the Peruvian NOC headquarters in San Luis, and follows a visit by the Peruvian NOC President to his Chinese counterpart during the World Conference on Sport for All last September in Beijing. Present at the signing were IOC member Iván Dibos and Peruvian Sports Institute President Francisco Boza Dibos. In addition, the Peruvian NOC recently organised a press conference on the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, which will be held from 24 to 26 April 2013 in Lima. More info at

The Puerto Rican NOC’s Women and Sport Commission recently organised a “Women’s Olympic Talent” camp. The aim was to present to young girls non-traditional sports and to identify the physical and performance skills at the right age to promote women’s sporting culture. Workshops on the Olympic values, refinement and good manners were organised. The participants were also able to learn the basic notions in sports such as judo, wrestling, handball, taekwondo and boxing. Medal-winning athletes hosted the workshops, thus serving as role models and a source of motivation for the 95 participants. Info at


On 12 November, ahead of the opening of the Pan-American Paralympic Games, taking place in Guadalajara (Mexico) until 20 November, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), whose President is IOC member Phil Craven, and the US Paralympic Committee organised a symposium entitled “Paralympic Sport – A Key Driver for Inclusion and Social Change”. The symposium focused mainly on the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities to take part in sports activities and society on an identical basis. The objective of the symposium was to generate greater public awareness, acceptance and respect for people with disabilities. Info at

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