- 16 Nov 2012
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 11 November, the IOC headquarters in Vidy were flooded, mainly the basements, leading to a failure in the IT, electrical and telephone systems. Everything is being done to return things to normal, but as the damage to the premises is considerable, it will be several weeks before everything is back in order.
On 12 November at the National Assembly in Paris (France), IOC President Jacques Rogge took part in the International Conference on “The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight against Doping in Sport: New partnerships for clean sport”, which was organised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the French Sports Ministry, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. On the same day, he visited the offices of the French daily sports newspaper, L’Équipe.
This week, the IOC President has met:
- IOC honorary member King Constantine, accompanied by Carlo Croce, the new President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF);
- IOC member and International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti;
- IOC members Vitaly Smirnov, Shamil Tarpischev and Alexander Popov;
- International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Bruno Grandi; and
- World Association of Kickboxing Organisations Vice-President Espen Lund.
From 12 to 14 November in Lausanne, the Working Group tasked with analysing the Candidature Files for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 held a meeting, chaired by Claudia Bokel.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At the meeting of its Central Board in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 10 and 11 November, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) paid tribute to Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock, the former FIBA Asia Secretary General, in recognition of over three decades’ service to basketball in Asia. The meeting agenda also included the future of basketball and the international competition calendar for 2017 to 2030. Detailed info at www.fiba.com.
The second World Judo Day was celebrated in almost 70 countries. Over 100 projects were proposed on this occasion to the International Judo Federation (IJF) in 2012. This is double the number of countries and projects compared with 2011. This year’s main theme was “Judo for All”, and coincided with the second day of the Team World Championships, which took place in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil). Info at www.ijf.org.
At its Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire (Ireland), the International Sailing Federation elected Carlos Croce as its new President, as well as new members of its Council. The 2012 ISAF President’s Development Award went to London 2012 Sailing Manager Rob Andrews. Detailed info on the decisions taken by the ISAF can be found at www.sailing.org.
The International Tennis Federation has announced the launch of the Davis Cup Commitment Award, which will be awarded at the 100th final of the Davis Cup, which will pit the Czech Republic against Spain from 16 to 18 November in Prague. This new trophy is part of the ITF’s centenary celebrations in 2013, and will be presented to the tennis players who have demonstrated their long-standing dedication to representing their country in this competition. Info at www.itftennis.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Like his predecessors, the new Governor General of Barbados, Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, has agreed to be the patron of the NOC of Barbados. He recently visited the Olympic Centre and Museum and met NOC President Steve Stoute, IOC member Austin Sealy and other members of the NOC’s Executive Committee. Info at www.olympic.org.bb.
The role of physical education in sport, leisure and physical activity is the theme of a series of seven forums that kicked off at the Colombian NOC headquarters in the Bogota district on 9 November and will be held throughout November and December in various areas of the capital. These forums are being organised by the Bogota Secretariat of Culture, Leisure and Sport and the NOC. More info at www.coc.org.co.
Last week, the President of the NOC of the Dominican Republic, Luis Mejía, opened a sports administration course, reminding the participants that management training plays an important role in sports administration in all events. Coordinated by Luis Elpidio Cumba, head of Olympic Education at the NOC, this course brought together about 50 managers from national sports federations. Info at www.colimodo.org.
US Olympic historian John Lucas died on 9 November. A professor emeritus at Penn State University, he wrote over 200 articles and books on the history of physical activity, athletics and the history of the Olympic Games. He had attended every edition of the Summer Games since 1960. John Lucas received the Olympic Order in 1996.
On 8 November, at the British Olympic Association (BOA)’s headquarters, Olympic family members paid tribute to Olympian Don Anthony, who died in May. His wife Jadwiga and son Marek received the BOA’s Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf from outgoing BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan. Anthony represented Great Britain in the hammer event in 1956, but above all he was a pioneer of Olympic education. A prolific writer on British Olympic heritage, he worked with UNESCO and was a driving force in the development of Olympic Solidarity. More info at www.olympics.org.uk.
The Japanese NOC organised its traditional ceremony to award Olympic participant and medallist pins. Winners of seven gold, 19 silver and 16 bronze medals; 360 participants; and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Sciences and Technology, national federations, sponsors and the NOC were thus present. NOC President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda symbolically presented a pin to Saori Yoshida, Olympic champion for the third consecutive time in freestyle wrestling (55kg), who represented all the athletes.
In addition, at the 31st General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) held in Macao, four Japanese Olympic champions were recognised for their outstanding performances at the London 2012 Games. Gymnast Kohei Uchimura, boxer Ryota Murata (Japan’s first boxing gold medallist in 48 years), judoka Kaori Matsumoto (judo, first gold medallist in London) and Olympic champion wrestler Kaori Icho received the OCA’s Sports Stars awards. More info at www.joc.or.jp.
Singaporean athletes who took part in the London Games were honoured at a gala dinner organised by the Singaporean NOC, whose President is Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister. They all received the Games participation pin. Medallists Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu received the Olympic medallist pin. Those present included IOC and NOC Vice-President Ng Ser Miang. More info at www.singaporeolympics.com.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
At the World Press Meeting in Sochi, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 (Sochi 2014) announced the rate card tariffs for telecoms services during the Games. For the first time in Olympic history, the media will benefit from free Wi-Fi internet access at competition venues and in the press centres and hotels. Journalists will also be able to use high-speed internet access for four times less than in Vancouver and twice as cheaply as in London. Press release at www.sochi2014.com.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio (Rio 2016) has announced an internal restructuring process to increase its capacities in various areas of the project, and improving internal procedures and coordination between all areas. Thus Sidney Levy has been appointed as CEO of the organisation and Leonardo Gryner as COO. Info at www.rio2016.com.
To mark an outstanding year for the Paralympic Movement, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) kicked off its countdown of the top 50 Paralympic moments of 2012 on www.paralympic.org on 12 November. For the 50 days that remain of 2012, the IPC will feature one moment each day via articles, photos, video and social media, culminating with the year’s best moment on 31 December. The 50 moments have been selected by nominations from National Paralympic Committees and International Federations and are based on sports performances, emotional moments, media appeal and athletes’ personal stories.