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27 Jan 2012
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Highlights of the week


Back in Switzerland, IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he met several IOC partners.

This week in Vidy, President Rogge met IOC Executive Board members Craig Reedie and Gunilla Lindberg.


As part of its work to promote sustainable development and preserve the environment, the IOC has supported the new Events Organiser Sector Supplement, which has just been launched by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to help event organisers with sustainability reporting in a suitable framework. The IOC offered its support from the outset of the development process. In addition to providing funding, the IOC was also on the advisory board overseeing the new supplement, where it was joined by representatives from London 2012 and Vancouver 2010, who also formed part of the working group. Read the news on


The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has informed us that the first Fencing Coaching Course for women was held from 7 to 14 January in Budapest (Hungary). Twenty-three women from 14 European countries took the course in the épée and foil. This course was part of the FIE’s development plan for the confederations, the objective of which is to promote women in official functions in fencing. More info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced the death of Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (Netherlands) on 23 January aged 87.  Klaas van de Pol was FINA’s Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, before becoming an Honorary Member in 1996. A respected aquatic sports leader in his country, he played a key role in promoting women’s water polo worldwide and in the development of marketing in aquatics. He received FINA’s Gold Pin in 1988. More info at


The Bosnia-Herzegovina NOC’s Executive Committee decided to award the IOC 2011 and 2010 trophies to people who have made a significant contribution to sport in the country and who have worked with the NOC to improve conditions for the nation’s athletes. The 2011 Sport and Social Responsibility trophy was awarded to Sredoje Novic, Minster of Civil Affairs, in recognition of his contribution to the national sports system. Under his leadership, among other things, a law on sport has been adopted, a national annual budget for sport established, and a national anti-doping agency created. The 2010 Sport – Inspiring Young People trophy was awarded to Nedzad Rasidbegovic, Director of BH Telecom, which encourages many youngsters to continue practising sport and rewards them for their achievements. Info and photos at

We have just learnt that the Danish NOC has awarded the 2011 IOC Sport and Social Responsibility trophy to the Sports for Soldiers Project, a joint enterprise between the Danish Military Association, the Danish Paralympic Committee and the NOC. IOC member Prince Frederik of Denmark and NOC President Niels Nygaard presented the trophy to Erik Darre and Karl Vilhelm Nielsen, the Presidents of the Danish Military Sports Federation and the Danish Paralympic Committee respectively. The objective of this project is to allow soldiers injured in combat to practise sport. The ceremony enjoyed widespread media coverage. More info at

The Mongolian NOC, in collaboration with the Mongolian Ski Federation, has offered 400 sets of skis to 10 winter-sports-developed provinces and six sports committees to help make this sport more popular in the country. NOC Vice-President Ts. Damdin and D. Surenkhorloo, Secretary General of the Ski Federation, attending a ceremony organised at Olympic House, each expressed their wish to discover new cross-country skiing talents for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018. More info at


The first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) ended on 22 January in Innsbruck (Austria), after 10 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities. Over 1,000 athletes aged from 15 to 18 from 70 countries participated in these YOG. More than 110,000 spectators supported the athletes over the course of the Games. Media interest in the Youth Olympic Games was strong, with highlights broadcast in more than 60 territories, and over 15,000 articles worldwide. The IOC also brought the action to 8.5 million fans on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Sina Weibo, as well as via its website,


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in liaison with its Athletes’ Council, is organising a Paralympian Reunion on 7 September in London. This event will bring together athletes and officials from previous Paralympic Games, who will come to share their stories while the Paralympic Games are staged. More info at


Several errors inadvertently appeared in last week’s edition of the Olympic Highlights.

In the “IOC President” section, the Closing Ceremony of the Innsbruck YOG was held on the famous Maria-Theresien-Straße, and not in the Bergisel Stadium.

In the “NOC” section, in the text on the Hellenic NOC, we omitted to mention the names of the NOC President, Spyros Capralos, and Secretary General, Manolis Katsiadakis.

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