- 08 Jun 2012
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
This week in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge has received the Dutch Ambassador to Switzerland, Bart Twaalfhoven; the United Kingdom’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Karen Pierce; the President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, Norbert Müller; Stephan Wassong from the Cologne Sports University (Germany); and IOC member Guy Drut.
On 7 and 8 June, the IOC President was in Stockholm (Sweden) for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912. Among other things, he presented a prize for a sailing competition in which IOC members Peter Tallberg, Ser Miang Ng and Göran Petersson took part.
This weekend, President Rogge will be taking part in the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the NOC of Luxembourg, in the presence of the Head of State and IOC member, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
Chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio held its third meeting from 4 to 6 June in the Brazilian city. During their stay, the Commission members visited some of the venues for the Games currently being built in the city. More details on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
On 5 June, to mark the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment Day, the IOC issued a press release to recall the close link between sport and the environment and stress that they should be addressed together. The IOC will be attending the Rio +20 Conference as an observer when the Olympic city hosts this at the end of the month; and it will also organise a side event on 19 June to demonstrate its commitment, illustrate best practice and foster partnerships between the various parties involved. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Last week, the IOC launched the tender process for the sale of the broadcast and exhibition rights for the territory of the United Kingdom for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio de Janeiro. The tender also provides the opportunity to make a bid for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020) in a city to be selected by the IOC. Find out more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
To facilitate access to its electronic collections (e-journals, online databases, digital library, e-books, etc.), the IOC Library is offering a new search tool: the E-Searcher.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
On 6 June, Times Square in New York (USA) hosted the “100 kids - 100 metres - 100 years” relay to mark the centenary year of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Times Square received the baton from the City of Beijing’s Olympic Park, which on Sunday 13 May was the venue for the first of these special youth celebrations. IAAF President and IOC member Lamine Diack, and IAAF Athlete Ambassador Tirunesh Dibaba, the reigning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, were present for the occasion. More details on www.iaaf.org.
The President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Bruno Grandi, was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit by the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, on Italy’s National Day. This is the country’s highest distinction. More details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Handball Federation (IHF) has conducted the draw for the London 2012 handball tournament, confirming the matches for the men’s and women’s preliminary round. Both the men’s and women’s tournaments will begin on 28 July and end on 11 August (for the women) and 12 August (for the men). The semi-finals and finals, plus the men’s quarter-finals, will be held at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park.
Norway’s Heidi Löke and Denmark’s Mikkel Hansen have been named World Handball Players of the Year 2011. They received their trophies from the Presidents of the IHF, Hassan Moustafa, and Danish Handball Federation, Per Bertelsen, during the second leg of the Danish League final in Herning. Find out more on www.ihf.info.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that the World Masters Championships are currently taking place in Riccione (Italy) with a record number of participants. Some 14,000 swimmers aged from 25 to more than 90 are competing in the five aquatic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming. More details on www.fina.org.
Spanish tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was presented with the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, at the 2012 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 5 June during the French Open in Paris. The other champions honoured were: Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), singles; Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) and Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) and Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia), doubles; Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) and Irina Khromacheva (Russian Federation), juniors; and Maikel Scheffers and Esther Vergeer (Netherlands), wheelchair tennis. And the first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Seniors Tennis went to Canada’s Lorne Main. Read the full story on www.itftennis.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has named the Chinese city of Weihai as the host city for the 2014 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. The dates of this 20th edition have yet to be confirmed. The 2013 edition will be held on 1 and 2 June in Belfort (France). More details on www.triathlon.org.
At the first-ever International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress to be held in Asia (Kangwonland, Republic of Korea), the more-than 760 delegates present elected the FIS Council for 2012-2014 and selected the organisers of the 2017 FIS Freestyle & Snowboard, Nordic and Alpine events as well as the 2016 FIS Ski Flying World Championships. Full details on www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Colombian NOC recently organised a meeting on “Olympism and Paralympism, a strong bridge for sporting integration (“Olimpismo y Paralimpismo, puente sólido de inclusión deportiva”). Those present alongside NOC President Baltazar Medina and British Ambassador John Dew included the Director of Coldeportes, IOC member Andrés Botero; the President of the Paralympic Committee for the American continent, Octavio Londoño; the Vice-President of the Colombian Paralympic Committee, José Aldívar García; International Paralympic Committee (IPC) CEO Xavier González; Chris Holmes, Paralympic Integration Director for the London 2012 Organising Committee; and Brazilian Paralympic champion Terezinha Guillerminha. More than 100 athletes, leaders and journalists listened to the various speakers. Details on www.coc.org.co.
On 5 June, the Spanish NOC’s Women and Sport Commission organised a forum entitled “Heroines”. The participants included well-known figures from Spanish sport, such as Miriam Blasco, Theresa Romero, Mercedes Coghen, Gemma Hassen-Bey and Maria-José Martínez-Patiño, who talked about the female pioneers of women’s sport. The forum was opened by NOC President Alejandro Blanco; the President of the Higher Council for Sport, Miguel Cardenal; Commission Chairwoman Theresa Zabell; and the Director General for Equal Opportunities and Director of the Women’s Institute, Carmen Plaza. For her part, IOC honorary member the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón was there to wrap up the discussions. More details on www.coe.es.
IOC TOP partner Procter & Gamble, has launched its “Thank you, Mum” campaign in Guatemala. The numerous personalities present at the launch included NOC President Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles, as well as 11 mothers and their children who have received NOC scholarships. More details on www.cog.org.gt.
The Indonesian NOC conducted a Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) course in Jakarta from 28 to 31 May. Financed by Olympic Solidarity, the course brought together 30 female coaches and covered subjects including strength training, nutrition, speed training and athlete testing. In Indonesia, the physical training of athletes is often conducted by male coaches, so this course was seen to be an important opportunity to give female coaches the skills and educational background to train their athletes. More details on www.olympic.or.id.
As part of efforts to promote the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, the Peruvian NOC took part in the SportAccord Convention held in Quebec City (Canada) from 22 to 25 May. Visitors to their stand were welcomed by IOC member Iván Dibos; Jorge Muñoz, the Mayor of Miraflores; and Organising Committee members Alberto Siles and Gonzalo Parró. The 15th World Conference will be held in Lima from 24 to 27 April 2013. Details on www.coperu.org.
Since 1 June, the people of Venezuela have been able to vote via the internet to choose the athlete who will carry the flag for the country’s Olympic team at the Opening Ceremony of the Games in London. NOC President Eduardo Álvarez announced that, as well as athletes, sports journalists and national sports federation and association members can take part in the vote.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
To mark International Children’s Day, the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is holding an all-Russian contest of children’s novellas as part of the “Class Mira” project. This initiative is part of a series of initiatives of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad aimed at fully integrating children with a disability into society. This contest will see disabled and able-bodied children from all over Russia competing to create a winning musical performance. The entrants must be aged between 13 and 16, and the contest will end on 31 July, when the Sochi 2014 Board will select the 20 best entries. More details on www.sochi2014.com.
Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s has rewarded its top-performing employees from around the world with the unique opportunity to be part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The McDonald’s Olympic Champion Crew will be made-up of 2,000 outstanding managers and staff. There will be four new McDonald’s Olympic venue restaurants, including the world’s largest McDonald’s restaurant located in the Olympic Park. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
The IPC has published the Qualification Guide for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. From 7 to 16 March 2014, these Games will see up to 692 athletes competing in 72 events from five sports, making them the biggest Paralympic Winter Games ever. More details on www.paralympic.org.