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15 Jan 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 14 January in Vidy, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, took part in a round table with representatives of the Swiss press. The focus of discussions was the forthcoming Games in Vancouver.

This week, President Rogge has met the Chairman of the London 2012 Games Organising Committee, Sebastian Coe, and the President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), Marisol Casado.

On 9 January, IOC First Vice-President Thomas Bach represented President Rogge in Dakar (Senegal) at a ceremony held to pay tribute to the late Judge Kéba Mbaye, at the headquarters of the foundation named after him.

This week, President Rogge appointed Nawal El Moutawakel to chair the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Nawal El Moutawakel previously chaired the Evaluation Commission for these Games. She will lead a 17-strong, multinational team of men and women, who will be responsible for assisting the Rio 2016 Organising Committee during the period leading up to the Olympic Games, as well as monitoring the progress of preparations. Click here to see the composition of the Commission.

On 8 January, the IOC published the report of its Evaluation Commission for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014. The Commission, chaired by Frank Fredericks, analysed the bids submitted by the three candidate cities: Guadalajara (Mexico), Nanjing (People’s Republic of China) and Poznan (Poland). The host city for these Games will be chosen on 10 February 2010 in Vancouver during the IOC Session. Read the story on

The IOC, in cooperation with the Zambian NOC and Churches United Against HIV & AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa (CUAHA), recently organised a seminar in Lusaka. Representatives of various NOCs in the region took part, and discussions centred on the IOC and UNAIDS manual on HIV/AIDS prevention through sport and its application to education programmes, especially among young people. This seminar follows the first one held last August in Kampala (Uganda) for participants from East Africa.


The International Softball Federation (ISF) has chosen the city of Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada) to host the 13th Women’s World Championship in 2012. More details on

On 8 January, the World Curling Federation (WCF) announced the full team line-up (men and women) for the Olympic tournament in Vancouver next month. See the list on


The best Lithuanian athletes of 2009 and their coaches were honoured on 8 January. Simona Krupeckaite, track cycling world champion and record-holder, was voted best Lithuanian athlete. Parliamentary Speaker Irena Degutiene presented her with the traditional NOC prize, a sculpture by Stanislovas Kuzma. Swimmer Giedrius Titenis was second, followed by discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna. The Lithuanian NOC President, Arturas Poviliunas, and the interim General Manager of the Department of Physical Education and Sport (DPES), Ritas Vaiginas, awarded the NOC and DPES prizes to these two athletes and their coaches, Dimitrijus Leopoldas, Žilvinas Ovsiukas and masseur Zigmantas Živatkauskas. The best team of 2009 award went to the Lietuvos Rytas basketball team. A congratulatory speech from the Head of State Dalia Grybauskaite was read out during the ceremony.

At Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar, the General Assembly of the Mongolian NOC, whose President is Demchigjav Zagdsuren, held a secret ballot to choose the host city for the 13th National Sports Games in 2011. Three cities were candidates. The city of Choibalsan was chosen, ahead of Erdenet and Zuunmod.


On 12 January, the Main Press Centre (MPC) for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver opened for business, as it prepares to welcome around 2,800 accredited members of the print and photographic press. Linked to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which will host some 7,000 accredited broadcasters, the MPC is situated in the Canada Place Complex, which was originally established to be the Canadian Pavilion at the Expo 86 World’s Fair. Read the story on and the press release on

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