- 14 May 2012
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 7 May at the Kremlin, in Moscow (Russian Federation), IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the investiture ceremony of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation. The President was accompanied by IOC members Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Sochi Games, and René Fasel, a member of the same Commission.
On 10 May, President Rogge attended the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the Games in London, in front of the Temple of Hera at Olympia (Greece). Also present at this ceremony were IOC members Lambis V. Nikolaou, Denis Oswald, Craig Reedie, Alex Gilady, Gunilla Lindberg, Carlos Arthur Nuzman and José Perurena; IOC honorary member King Constantine; the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos; and the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe. Read the story at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Joseph S. Blatter has been awarded with the Republic of Algeria’s National Order of Merit, which was presented to him by the Minister of Youth and Sport, Hachemi Djiar, on behalf of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Info at www.fifa.com.
Philip Craven received the “Lifetime Achievement” award at the 2012 Sport Industry Awards held in London (Great Britain). This prize was presented to him in recognition of his important contribution and commitment to British sport.
On 7 May in Vidy, the International Relations Commission held a meeting. The International Olympic Truce Foundation also held its annual meeting.
The following day, President Rogge greeted the members of the Sport and Environment Commission.
On 8 May, IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) signed an extension to their agreement, under the terms of which the IOC will continue to provide support to the IPC and the Paralympic Games through to 2020. The present agreement, which is in force until 2016, has thus been extended to cover the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the 2020 Games of the Olympiad. See the news story at www.olympic.org (“News” section).
This summer, a special philately exhibition presented by the IOC at the British Library will give life to the history and symbolism of the Olympic Games and to personal anecdotes concerning the Games. “Olympex 2012: Olympic Collections” is an exhibition which will include stamps, postcards, letters, programmes and plans, shining a unique spotlight on past and present Olympic Games. Full information on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
In a recent press release, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that 478 athletes representing 64 IAAF member federations – a record – will participate, on 12 and 13 May 2012, in the World Race Walking Cup in Saransk (Russian Federation). More information at www.iaaf.org.
At its meeting last weekend in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board took several decisions. It this awarded the organisation of the 2013 edition of the Men’s Under-19s World Championships to the Czech Republic (27 June-7 July), while the women’s 2013 edition will take place in Lithuania (19-28 July). Info at www.fiba.com.
The last Olympic qualification boxing tournament for the 2012 Games started on 5 May in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 177 of the best boxers from 33 countries on the American continent are competing until 12 May to obtain a place among the 38 remaining for participation in the Games in London. This tournament will take place in Maracanazinho, which will host boxing at the Games in 2016. Detailed information is available at www.aiba.org, the official website of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
The official draw for the men’s and women’s Olympic water polo teams has taken place at the London Aquatic Centre. This draw was conducted by, among others, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) Executive Bureau: President Julio César Maglione, Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli, Honorary Treasurer Pipat Paniangvait and Executive Director Cornel Marculescu. The competition schedule and the composition of the groups can be seen at www.fina.org.
The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention will be held in Moscow from 29 October to 1 November 2012. Its theme will be “Aquatics for all: Developing and Performing for Excellence”. More info at www.fina.org.
The 52nd Modern Pentathlon World Championships, which will be held from 7 to 13 May in Rome (Italy), will also be a qualification event for the Games in London. More than 200 pentathletes will participate. The top three athletes who have not already qualified will all obtain direct qualification for London. More info on the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) website www.pentathlon.org.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched a Spanish version of its website dedicated to the Olympic tennis tournament, which will be held at the Wimbledon All England Club from 28 July to 5 August 2012. See www.itftennis.com/olimpiadas. This website will be supported by Spanish social media initiatives on Twitter (@tenisolimpico) and Facebook (tenisolimpicoitf).
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In the framework of the upcoming Games in London, the Albanian NOC organised, in April, various activities on the theme of “Sport and the Olympic values” in two towns in the north of the country, Kukes and Peshkopi. A great number of people from both towns got involved, in collaboration with the regional Olympic Committees. Some 700 children from six schools in Kukes took part, while in Peshkopi the main activity took place in the Palace of Sport, where 2,000 spectators watched almost 500 children perform. Info at www.nocalbania.org.al.
The Australian Olympic team’s uniform for the Opening Ceremony has recently been revealed. Seven top athletes took to the catwalk during Sydney Fashion Week. This is the first time in Australia’s Olympic history that this uniform has been revealed before the Games by the Australian NOC. The models-for-a-day were: Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Libby Trickett, basketball players Adam Gibson and Lauren Jackson, rower Sarah Tait and kayakers Naomi Flood, Murray Stewart and Kynan Maley. Full information at www.olympics.com.au.
The NOC of Cameroon has launched an Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) for heads of national sports federations and administration managers of sports associations and clubs. Running for six months (May to September 2012), this course will start on 15 May at the NOC headquarters. Info at www.cnosc.com.
We have just learnt that, on 25 April, the NOC of Guatemala celebrated its 65th anniversary. This ceremony was presided over by the NOC Executive Board and NOC President Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles, in the presence of the members of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO) Board. Numerous awards were presented on this occasion: to NOC staff members, coaches and former presidents of sports associations and federations. As for the NOC’s Olympic Order, it was awarded to two former NOC Presidents, Fernando Beltranena and Alejandro Giamattei. Info and photos at www.cog.org.gt.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 5 May, the London Olympic Stadium was officially inaugurated. Nine-year-old Niamh Clarke-Willis, from Hackney in east London, was lucky enough to be chosen to declare open the newly built venue, alongside the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Chairman, Sebastian Coe. Clarke-Willis and Coe pushed the button that released balloons into the sky in front of the 40,000 spectators attending this opening, which consisted of laser shows and performances by former Spice Girl Mel C, rapper Chipmunk and comedian Jack Whitehall. Read the news stories at www.london2012.com and www.olympic.org (“News” section).
The Olympic Museum has become the first Swiss partner of the Google Art Project and is exhibiting over 100 of its items on the www.googleartproject.com website. It is thus offering to art enthusiasts and Olympic Games fans from throughout the world a virtual visit retracing more than a century of the history of the modern Games. Read the story on www.olympic.org (“News” section).