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30 Nov 2012
Olympic News

Highlights of the week


IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Amsterdam (Netherlands) for the opening ceremony of the 8th IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture (see also “Commissions”).

During this Conference, President Rogge was appointed Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers.

The President also presented the Olympic Order to the Chairman of Merifin Capital, Coen Teulings, who, through a sports challenge, has enabled children from the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka to practise sport while learning about the values of Olympism. Back in Lausanne, the IOC President met several IOC members. On the same day, he took part in the 2012 Olympic Golden Rings prize ceremony for the best televised coverage of the London Games. See the list of winners and photos at (“News” section). 

The 8th IOC Conference on Sport, Culture and Education took place from 25 to 27 November in Amsterdam, under the theme “Olympism powered by Youth and Education”. This Conference is organised by the IOC, through its Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, whose Chairman is Lambis V. Nikolaou, in partnership with UNESCO and in collaboration with the Netherlands NOC and the city of Amsterdam. More than 500 delegates from 110 countries discussed the strategy, practice and potential of sport and Olympism from the point of view of culture and education. The Conference ended with the unanimous approval of a declaration containing a series of recommendations concerning a wide range of subjects, including the important role played by the athletes’ entourage.

Furthermore, during the opening ceremony, the IOC OlympiArt prize was awarded to Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the London Games Opening Ceremony. In Boyle’s absence, the Chair of the Organising Committee for the London Games (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe, received the prize on his behalf. The winners of the IOC Sport and Art contest also received their prizes. Information and the full text of the declaration can be found at (“News” section).

This Friday, President Rogge chaired the meetings of the Radio and Television and the TV Rights and New Media commissions.


Jamaican Usain Bolt and American Allyson Felix have been elected 2012 Athletes of the Year. They received their trophies from the Honorary President of the International Athletics Foundation (IAF), Prince Albert II of Monaco, and Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) The award ceremony took place in Barcelona (Spain) as a prelude to the IAAF’s centennial gala.

Meeting in Barcelona, the IAAF Council decided to select the city of Guiyang (People’s Republic of China) as the host of the 2015 Cross Country World Championships. The city of Cali (Colombia) will host the 2015 Youth Championships. The “Spirit of the World Plan” trophies were also awarded in recognition of the initiatives that best exemplify the achievements of the Athletics’ World Plan in each of the six continental areas of the IAAF. More info at

The United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation (UAERF) has become a full member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), after the IRB Council approved its request at a meeting in Dublin (Ireland). The IRB now has 118 member unions, including 100 full members. Press release at

The International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF) has communicated the new rules of the Olympic shooting events for the 2013-2016 period, which were approved by the ISSF Executive Board on 13 November in Acapulco (Mexico). Also in Acapulco, ISSF President and IOC member Olegario Vázquez Raña presented, on behalf of the IOC President, the Olympic Order to Gary Anderson, ISSF Vice-President, in recognition of his remarkable support to the Olympic Movement. Info at


The Bahrain Olympic Committee has informed us that the first Vice-President of the High Council for Youth and Sport, Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, will chair the Organising Committee of the Sport for All festival that will be held in December in Bahrain. This five-day festival will host participants from throughout the world. Organised by the Bahraini Sport for All Federation, this festival has received support from the Bahraini NOC and the ministries of Education, the Interior and Health.

Olympic athlete and Vice-President of the Brazilian Athletics Federation, Nelson Prudêncio, died on 23 November at the age of 68 in São Carlos (São Paulo). He was the triple jump silver medallist at the Mexico City Games in 1968 and bronze medallist in Munich in 1972. Off the field, he was a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos and held a doctorate in athletics from the University of Campinas. The Brazilian NOC had awarded him the first Adhemar Ferreira da Silva trophy in recognition of his commitment to sporting and Olympic values. More info at

On 27 November, the Colombian NOC and the Bogota Secretariat of Culture, Recreation and Sport organised a forum on sport and its contribution to environmental protection. Participants included experts in environmental matters, from the sports world and from the construction world, who discussed matters including the impact of sports events on the environment. Info at

With the support of the Dominican Republic NOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, the Rowing and Canoeing Federation (Fedoreca) has held a course for national canoeing coaches. This course was aimed at coaches, athletes and officials from this discipline. The same course was also organised by the Dominican Modern Pentathlon Federation in order to increase the knowledge of technicians, coaches and athletes. Info at

Jesús Morlán Fariñas’s book entitled David Cal: 100 days for history (David Cal: 100 días para la Historia) was recently presented at the headquarters of the NOC of Spain. In this book, the author, who is the coach of five-time Olympic medallist David Cal, has written about the 100 days prior to the Spanish canoeist’s fifth Olympic final. Info at

Two-time Olympic champion and LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe has been elected President of the British Olympic Association. He was elected by acclamation by the 43 NOC members, succeeding Colin Moynihan. More info at

The first course for technical directors responsible for young people took place recently at the Italian NOC (CONI)’s Sports School. Officially opened by CONI Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, one of the objectives of this course is to build up a common knowledge patrimony between the different sports federations and disciplines. The course, organised by CONI’s Olympic programme management team, in collaboration with the Sports School, is part of the youth activity training programme. The participants included representatives of 24 federations and eight national technical directors. More info at

The President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, has received the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” trophy in recognition of his valuable contribution to the development of sport and Olympism in the country, especially the creation of an Olympic lifetime scholarship for medallists. The trophy was presented by Shagdarjav Magvan (left), IOC honorary member, and Demchigjav Zagdsuren, President of the Mongolian NOC, at a ceremony held at the presidential palace in Ulaanbaatar. Info at

At a plenary session of the Czech NOC, the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” trophy was presented to Jaroslav Pollert. An elite canoeist, Pollert is a three-time world champion. After his sports career, he worked in the civil engineering faculty of the technical university, where his work was closely linked to the environment. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Czech NOC’s Executive Board. From 1992 to 2008, he was a member of the International Canoeing Federation (FIC)  Executive Board. Since 2004, he has been Chairman of the Czech NOC’s Sport and Environment Commission. Info at

The Venezuelan NOC has paid tribute to 10 of the country’s great sports personalities. These “sporting glories” were selected by the NOC’s Ethics and Values Commission, which also recognised the careers of Emilia Brito (athletics), Lancelot Bobb (athletics),  Pompeyo Davalillo  (baseball),  Elena  Esteves  (basketball),   Josefina  García  Barrios (gymnastics),  Heriberto González   (softball), Lucirio Garrido (athletics),  Heriberto   “Mosquito” Heredia  (football),  Elizabeth Popper (table tennis) and  Freddy “Cochocho” Rengifo (boxing). The NOC also organised the launch of Stories of Olympic Boxing (Historias del boxeo olímpico), a book by Orlando Borghe Parra.

Yemeni sports personality Khaled Saleh Hussein was awarded the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” trophy at a ceremony attended by numerous dignitaries from the world of politics and sport, including the Minister of Youth and Sport, Moammer Al-Iryani, and the President of the Yemeni NOC, Abdul-Rahman Al-Akwa’a. Khaled Hussein received his award for his contribution to sport and his important role in the development of sports and physical education, as well as his support for people with a disability. More info at

SOCHI 2014

The Accessibility Map, a unique interactive project launched by the United Country company for people with a disability, in collaboration with the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 (Sochi 2014), has won the prestigious Runet award, which celebrates advances in technology and the Internet. This project received the prize for the best project in the health, entertainment and leisure category. Press release at


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued its call for proposals for the 2013 scientific research grants. The scientists interested in submitting research projects are invited to send in their files by 17 February 2013. Read the news story at

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