- 04 Apr 2012
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 3 April, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in the presentation of the temporary Museum to the press, in the presence of Lausanne city councillors Olivier Français and Marc Vuilleumier, Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz and representatives of the Canton of Vaud Jacqueline de Quattro and Sylviane Klein. This Museum will be hosted on the Helvétie, a paddle steamer moored on the lake in front of the Olympic fountain. Also see the “Olympic Museum” section.
René Fasel has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Hangyang University (Republic of Korea) in recognition of his important contribution to sports culture. A member of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, he received this honour during the Commission’s first visit to the host city.
Timothy Tsun Ting Fok was re-elected President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China at the 61st NOC General Assembly, held in Olympic House. More information on the NOC’s new Executive Board for 2012-2014 can be found at www.hkolympic.org.
On 29 March, the IOC announced the name of the first winner of the “Show Your Best” competition. He is Ryan Celestain from Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA). Thanks to his video, this American triathlete has won a trip to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Extracts from his video will appear in an advertising spot which will be broadcast at the venues and throughout the world during the Games. See the news story and watch the video at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that the city of Edmonton (Canada) is hosting the men’s water polo Olympic qualification tournament from 1 to 8 April. Twelve national teams will take part, and the four which reach the semi-finals will qualify for the Olympic tournament in London, which will take place from 29 July to 12 August. Press release at www.fina.org.
The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has informed us that the current world champion, Victoria Tereshuk has been named Ukrainian Sportswoman of the Year. Victoria Tereshuk thus follows in the footsteps of another pentathlete, Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite, who was named 2011 Athlete of the Year in her country. Tereshuk has qualified for the Games in London, where she hopes to win her first Olympic title. Info at www.pentathlon.org.
On 1 April, the International Archery Federation (FITA) became the World Archery Federation (WA). At its 2011 Congress, a large majority of the delegates approved this name-change. Info at www.archery.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In Sydney, the Presidents of the Australian and Hungarian NOCs, respectively John Coates and Zsolt Borkai, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between their two institutions. Under the terms of this agreement, the two National Olympic Committees will share knowledge, experiences and staff in fields such as research, sports science, education and medicine. Detailed information at www.olympics.com.au and www.olympic-hun.org.
We have just learnt that the IOC “Sport and Social Responsibility” Trophy was presented, at the start of March in Brussels, to the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund, in the presence of the members of the Belgian NOC’s Administration Board. The President of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund received the trophy from President Rogge, in the presence of NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers. Info at www.olympic.be.
On 20 March, a meeting was held at the headquarters of the NOC of Spain between NOC President Alejandro Blanco; the President of the High Council for Sport, Miguel Cardenal; and the Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), David Howman. IOC member Marisol Casado also took part. The objective of the meeting was to coordinate the three institutions’ activities in the area of the fight against doping. Info at www.coe.es.
The NOC of Indonesia recently distributed the funds from a special Olympic Solidarity grant, aimed at preparing athletes for the Games in London. This programme is supported by the IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia through their respective Olympic Solidarity programmes. NOC President Rita Subowo, who is also an IOC member, distributed the grants to those athletes most likely to win a medal at the Games in London, among whom were badminton players and weightlifters. The ceremony took place at the NOC headquarters in Senayan, Jakarta. Info at www.olympic.or.id.
IOC Worldwide Partner Procter Gamble (P) signed an agreement on 27 March with the Lithuanian NOC, whose President is Arturas Poviliunas. P will participate in the NOC’s “Young Athletes Support Programme”, which aims to promote sport among young people in Lithuania through the “Help Support future Olympians of Lithuania” campaign, which will run from 1 April to 30 June 2012. Info on www.ltok.lt.
The first Mongolian national fencing (first level) instructors’ course is taking place until 5 April in Ulaanbaatar. Organised jointly by the International Fencing Federation (FIE), the Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA), the NOC of Mongolia and the Fencing Association of Mongolia, this course has brought together some 30 participants from national physical education and sports universities. Ts. Damdin, NOC Vice-President, attended the opening ceremony. This week, the Fencing Association of Mongolia launched its very first national fencing league at an opening ceremony held at the National Academic Drama Theatre in Ulaanbaatar. Info at www.olympic.mn.
The Peruvian NOC, whose President is José Quiñones González, and the Peruvian Sports Institute have held a ceremony at which the best athletes of 2011 were awarded the “Antorcha Olímpica” [Olympic Torch] and “Colibrí de Plata” [Silver Hummingbird] trophies. This ceremony brought together all the members of the sports family at the national stadium. Sports federation leaders, coaches and athletes mingled with several ministers of state, including the Education Minister, Patricia Salas. The top prize was awarded to karateka Alexandra Grande Risco, named Sportswoman of 2011. See the winners on www.coperu.org.
From 5 April, some of The Olympic Museum’s collections can be seen aboard the Helvétie, the prestigious boat belonging to the Compagnie Générale de Navigation and specially transformed into a floating museum, moored on the lake in Ouchy, Lausanne. However, this temporary Museum is not the only place where The Museum’s collections can be seen during the closure period of The Olympic Museum. In a few months’ time, on the occasion of the Olympic Games in London, the Royal Opera House will showcase 300 prestigious items from among the Olympic treasures. “The Olympic Journey” will be designed as an introductory exhibition which invites the visitor to travel through the history of the Olympic Games. More than 75,000 visitors are expected in this centre of art and culture. Info at www.olympic.org.