- 02 Dec 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
As mentioned last week, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Russian NOC in Moscow (Russian Federation). He was accompanied by numerous IOC members, including Vitaly Smirnov, Shamil Tarpischev and Alexander Popov. The ceremony was marked by the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
René Fasel represented the IOC at an event held in Geneva (Switzerland) by the Red Cross as part of the 31st International Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference. He spoke on the theme of “Youth as drivers of a culture of nonviolence and peace: the power of sports, arts and creativity”. See the press release at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Last week, Vitaly Smirnov was awarded the Russian NOC’s commemorative medal at the NOC’s 100th anniversary gala. He also received the Order of Merit of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) at the EOC General Assembly in Sochi (Russian Federation).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) recently presented its 2011 trophies at a ceremony organised in London (Great Britain). Hosted by IOC member and AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu, this ceremony brought together the delegates from national federations, judges, referees and technical officials who had taken part in Olympic test events and representatives of the Organising Committee for the London Olympic Games (LOCOG). The winners of these trophies are Magomedrasul Medzhidov (Azerbaijan) - best boxer; Asror Vohidov (Tadjikistan) - best junior boxer; Dmytro Sosnovsky (Ukraine) - best coach; and Michael Gallagher (Ireland) - best referee and judge. French journalist Alain Lunzenfichter received a special trophy in recognition of his commitment to Olympism and boxing. Info at www.aiba.org.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced the schedule for the 2012 FINA/Midea diving world series. This competition consists of four meets in four different cities in the Middle East, Asia and Central America. The best-ranked divers from previous Olympic Games and World Championships take part. The schedule is as follows: Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 16-17 March; Beijing (People’s Republic of China), 23-24 March; Moscow, 13-14 April; and Tijuana (Mexico), 20-21 April. More info at www.fina.org.
On 24 November, in Ruka (Finland), the International Ski Federation (FIS) launched its new campaign, Skiers and Snowboarders Say NO! to Doping – “Clean as Snow”. This awareness campaign was created by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for organisations to unite behind doping-free sport. The FIS is thus launching this campaign with the support of its Athletes’ Commission. During the 2011/2012 competition season, all FIS Cross-Country World Cup athletes’ training bibs will be branded with the Clean as Snow logo. This campaign will be promoted at FIS World Cup events across various disciplines. More info at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 11 November, the Belgian NOC launched its “Road to London” campaign, dedicated to the Olympic team for the 2012 Games. A spot is currently being broadcast on Belgian television. Click on www.roadtolondon.be to see it.
From 22 to 25 November, the El Salvador Olympic Academy organised a sports administration course in San Miguel. Some 20 participants, including PE teachers, coaches, students and athletes, took part in this course. The themes were the Olympic Movement, sports medicine, the Olympic delegation and financial management. Info at www.comiteolimpicoesa.com.
The Mongolian NOC and Physical Education and Sports Authority have greeted Dandar Usukhbayar, who has qualified for the Nordic skiing competition at the Youth Olympic Games which will take place in Innsbruck next January. NOC President D. Zagdsuren, Physical Education and Sports Authority Chairman Ch. Naranbaatar and Mongolian Skiing Federation Secretary General D. Surenkhorloo congratulated Dandar and his coach, Ichinkhorloo. Innsbruck is a symbolic city for the Mongolian NOC, as it was here that it participated for the first time in the Olympic Games, in 1964. Info on www.olympic.mn.
The Swedish Olympic Committee has brought together its London Olympic team for an Olympic camp. Athletes, coaches, the NOC medical team, NOC staff and sponsors met up at Arlanda airport, outside Stockholm. British Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards spoke to the athletes and coaches about his Olympic experience, his path to winning Olympic gold and his current work with LOCOG. Before the camp, the NOC staff and coaches had visited the London venues and met various LOCOG competition managers. Info and photos on www.sok.se.
The US Virgin Islands Olympic Committee has celebrated its 45th anniversary. At a banquet, athletes who had participated in the 2008 Olympic Games, 2010 Youth Olympic Games and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) were honoured. Athletes recognised for their performances at the Beijing Games included sailor Thomas Barrows, shooter Ned Gerard, sprinters Tabarie Henry and LaVerne Jones-Ferrette, swimmer Josh Laban, and boxers Julius Jackson and John Jackson. Mohammed Halim was honoured for his silver medals at the CAC Games held in Mayagüez (Puerto Rico), and Ian Barrows for his gold medal at the 2010 YOG. The 22 sports federations affiliated to the NOC were represented at this banquet. Info at www.virginislandsolympics.com.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The emblem of the Paralympic Games, Rio 2016™ was unveiled on 26 November at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the lagoon which will host the sailing and para-canoe events in 2016. Some 200,000 people attended this ceremony, which also included the lighting of the traditional Christmas tree, the third largest annual event in Rio after the Copacabana New Year’s Eve celebration and the Carnival. This emblem was designed by Tatil Design de Ideias, the same Brazilian graphics agency selected by Rio 2016™ to create the emblem of its Olympic Games. This agency was chosen from among 139 local agencies after a five-month selection procedure. Info at www.rio2016.com.
At its General Assembly, which was held last week in Sochi, the EOC, whose President is IOC member Patrick Hickey, presented its 2011 European Olympic Laurel Awards to Alain Calmat (France), Olympic silver medallist in figure skating; David Hemery (Great Britain), three-time Olympic medallist and world champion in the 100m and 400m hurdles; and Luis Santos (Portugal), President of the Portuguese Handball Federation. An extraordinary assembly of the EOC will take place on 12 April 2012 in Moscow, in the framework of the ANOC General Assembly, at which the 49 European NOCs will be asked to give their point of view on the feasibility study concerning possible European Games. The 41st EOC General Assembly will be held in Eilat (Israel) on 7 and 8 December 2012, at the invitation of the Israeli NOC. More information at www.eurolympic.org.
A delegation from the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) was received by the Malian Head of State, Amadou Toumani Touré, alongside the 28th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs, which was held in the Malian capital, Bamako. ANOCA President and IOC member Lassana Palenfo presented the Head of State with the book Olympic Africa celebrates 30 years. Info at www.africaolympic.org.
The World Olympians Association (WOA) held its General Assembly at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne last weekend. The delegates elected a new President, Joël Bouzou, who succeeds Dick Fosbury, who will remain a member of the Executive Board. Joël Bouzou participated in four editions of the Olympic Games in modern pentathlon, winning a silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984. He is the current Secretary General of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) and President of the Peace and Sport Organisation. The new Executive Board also comprises Anthony Ledgard Grimm, Secretary General; Dia Ba and George Andreadis, Vice-Presidents; Patrick Singleton, Treasurer; and Liston Bochette, Alper Kasapoglu and Cor van Aanholt, members. Info at www.woaolympians.com.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced it is reviewing the World Anti-Doping Code. The revision process started at the end of November, and will comprise three consultation phases. It will conclude at the World Anti-Doping Conference in Johannesburg (South Africa) in November 2013. The first phase of consultation with stakeholders will end on 15 March 2012. WADA has also presented WADAConnect, a new online tool which will facilitate the communication of comments by stakeholders. Furthermore, WADA has launched its Call for Proposals for 2012 scientific research grants. Applications must be submitted by 17 February 2012. Information at www.wada-ama.org.
We have just learnt that the International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) held its 2011 Congress from 2 to 10 October in Rio de Janeiro. Delegates from more than 25 countries took part. Among the main decisions were the re-election of Harald Bauer as President and the presentation of the new CSIT logo. The highlight was the launch of the 2013 CSIT World Sports Games in Rio. 2013 will also be the centennial of the CSIT, which will be celebrated in Belgium, the country in which this organisation was created. More info at www.csit.tv.