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18 Dec 2009
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Highlights of the week


Early this week in Brussels, IOC President Jacques Rogge gave a speech at the opening of the Annual Congress of Belgian Businesses, on the theme of the values of sport applicable to business.


The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced its 2009 awards winners, who are: in the Rowing Coach of the Year category, the US’s Tom Terhaar; in the Male Crew of the Year category, New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale; in the Female Crew of the Year category, American pair Erin Cafaro and Susan Francia; in the Adaptive Crew of the Year category, Britain’s Tom Aggar; and in the Distinguished Service to International Rowing category, Don Rowlands of New Zealand, an honorary member of the FISA Council. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner taking place during the annual Coaches Conference in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 23 January 2010. More info at

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has just published an Athletes’ Financial Handbook. Among the many themes addressed in this guide are the specificities of an athlete’s career, setting clear financial goals, avoiding overspending and looking beyond one’s playing days. Info at

The Annual Forum of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), whose President is IOC member Ching-kuo Wu, was held during the AIBA President’s Cup on 10 December in Baku (Azerbaijan). The Forum’s theme was “How to Enhance the Development of Women's Boxing”. The speakers included Nieva Embuldeniya, Vice-Chairperson of AIBA’s Women’s Commission; Christy Halbert, the Commission’s Secretary; and Charles Butler, Chairman of AIBA’s Medical Commission. The 2009 AIBA Awards were also presented: Boxer of the Year was Domenico Valentino (Italy); Junior Boxer of the Year was Sergey Sobylinski (Russia); Coach of the Year was Nikolay Khromov (Russia); and Referee/Judge of the Year was Mariusz Gorny (Poland). The Commission of the Year Award went to AIBA’s Technical & Rules, Refereeing and Judging and Medical commissions. Press release at

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has launched the Sport Specific Training in Sailing Course to develop qualified training programme managers around the world. This course will be financed by Olympic Solidarity as part of its world coaches programme. It will be held over eight weeks at the Rockley International Training Centre (Great Britain). Press release at


From 7 to 13 December, the Brazilian NOC organised the second module of the Advanced Course in Sports Management. Executives in sports administration and marketing gave talks to managers from 23 national federations. Promoted by the Brazilian Olympic Institute and supported by Olympic Solidarity, this 13-month course kicked off in April this year.

Over 100 athletes were honoured at the largest ceremony in the Los Ríos region in Chile. This ceremony is also the only ceremony organised by the Chilean NOC through its regional delegate, Boris Barría. For a whole day, 10 December, the city of Valdivia therefore had an Olympic flavour. In addition, the athletes, managers, coaches, technicians, judges, journalists and businesses who all contributed to the development of sport in the region were recognised. NOC Secretary General Juan Carlos Cárdenas also attended this ceremony.

A press release from the United States NOC has informed us that, as the Vancouver Games approach, Adecco Group North America is on a quest to find “America’s Office Champions”. Until 22 December, Adecco is looking for the best employees from all industries across the US. Adecco is the IOC’s partner for the Athlete Career Programme. Info at

From 8 to 12 December, the Guatemalan NOC, through its Technical Management and Training Department, organised a (level 1) national softball course. Placed under the auspices of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), this course brought together over 30 participants from various departmental sports associations as well as the Directorate General of Physical Education. In addition, with the support of Olympic Solidarity, the NOC recently launched the advanced course in Olympic sports organisation management, which will be held throughout 2010. Over 20 people from various national federations and associations and two NOC staff members took part in the first of the four phases of this course.

On 14 December in Vilnius, the Lithuanian NOC received four teachers from Singapore, currently visiting the region of Siauliai, from the school twinned with theirs. This is part of the “Friends@YOG” 2010 Youth Olympic Games programme, in which each of the 360 schools in Singapore will be twinned with one of the 205 NOCs. At the meeting, NOC President Arturas Poviliunas and Secretary General Vytautas Zubernis presented a number of sports, cultural and educational projects.

SOCHI 2014

On 12 December, the Organising Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi (Sochi 2014) officially presented the new brand and emblem for the Paralympic Games at a press conference, followed by a major event on Red Square in Moscow to celebrate Russia’s first International Paralympic Winter Day. Those present included Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), who is also an IOC member; Alexander Zhukov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of Sochi 2014; Yury Luzkhov, Mayor of Moscow; Vladimir Lukin, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee; and Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. Full press release at


Olympic champions Michael Klim, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell and Jamaican sprinter Dexter Lee visited young athletes taking part in a friendship camp last week, an event organised in Singapore as a prelude to the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Over 400 young athletes from all over the world were in the YOG host city to test several elements of the Culture and Education Programme which will be offered during the Games next August. Athletes from 130 NOCs took part in various games, discussions and workshops with Singaporean students. Read the news story on


Owing to the end-of-year holidays, the next edition of the Olympic Highlights will be published on 9 January 2010. We should like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.

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