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Highlights of the week

22 Jan 2010
Olympic News


On Monday 18 January in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in a meeting on the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, which brought together representatives of the IOC, European Olympic Committees (EOC), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), SportAccord, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). This new European Union Treaty came into force on 1 December 2009, and contains, for the first time, a legal basis for sport. The participants agreed on the concrete recommendations to put forward to the Spanish presidency and other European decision-makers in order to protect the specificity and autonomy of sport.

On 20 January, at a ceremony which took place at The Olympic Museum, President Rogge received a unique football from Princess Haya Al Hussein, IOC member and UN Messenger of Peace, and Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. Go to (“Media” section) to find out about the journey made by this unique ball, from when it was made by children from shanty towns in Nairobi (Kenya) to its donation to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

This week, President Rogge has met WADA President John Fahey and Director General David Howman; Iraqi NOC President Raad Hammoodi Al-Dulaimi and Secretary General Adel Fadhil Ali; and a delegation from the Serbian NOC led by its President and Secretary General, Vlade Divac and Djordje Visacki.

Nawal El Moutawakel, the Chairwoman of the Coordination Commission for the Games in Rio, has made her first visit to the Brazilian host city, accompanied by the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli. Only four days after being appointed as head of this Commission, Nawal El Moutawakel spent three days in Rio, where she met representatives of the Organising Committee, including its President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, government representatives and the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes. She also toured some venues. See the news story on

On 25 February in Vancouver, the Medical Commission, whose Chairman is Arne Ljungqvist, will hold its 4th Olympic Symposium on Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy. The main theme will be: the prevention and treatment of head injuries in sport. A symposium on the athlete’s passport will be held on 15 February, and one on the diagnosis and treatment of neck injuries in sport will be held on 26 February in Vancouver. Furthermore, a workshop on kinesio taping and muscle performance will take place on 22 February in Vancouver and on 23 February in Whistler.

In the aftermath of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti last week, the IOC has set up a contact with the Haitian NOC, and will liaise with NOCs throughout the world and the Pan-American Sports Association (PASO) in order to give aid for the restoration of sports infrastructures as part of rebuilding Haiti. Members of the Olympic family have already taken action. The Dominican NOC has distributed, on behalf of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation, several boxes of medication and other products to the Haitian NOC in Pétionville. For its part, the International Judo Federation (IJF) has announced it will provide financial and material help to the Haitian Federation.


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has informed us of the death of Keith Mitchell, a long-time member of its Central Board. Keith Mitchell was made Honorary Life Member of FIBA when his term of office ended in 2002. He received the FIBA Order of Merit in 2006. Information on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau held its first meeting of the year, under the presidency of Julio César Maglione, on 14 and 15 January in Bangkok (Thailand). The main decisions included the election of Kazuo Sano as a new member for Asia and of Husain Al Musallam as new Vice-President for Asia, as this position became vacant following the death of Hironoshin Furuhashi. The Tonga Swimming Association became the 202nd FINA-affiliated national federation. Britta Kamrau-Corestein (Germany) and Virginie Dedieu (France) were elected as members of the FINA Athletes’ Commission. Press release on


Sabine Spitz, the first German woman to win the mountain bike world championships, triple European champion and current Olympic champion, has been awarded the IOC 2009 “Sport and the Fight against Doping” Trophy by the German NOC, whose President is IOC member Thomas Bach. Dr Bach made the presentation in the presence of NOC Director General Michael Vesper. This trophy was awarded to Sabine Spitz in recognition of her determination to fight against the scourge of doping, as she says: “A victory gained by cheating would be worthless to me”.

We have just learnt that the NOC of Luxembourg has presented the IOC 2009 “Sport and the Fight against Doping” Trophy to Robert Schuler and Charles Delagardelle, who are both founder members of the Comité National de Lutte contre le Dopage dans le Sport (CNLDS) [National Committee for the Fight Against Doping in Sport], which was created in 1990, and transformed in 2005 into the Agence Luxembourgeoise Antidopage (ALAD) [Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency]. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg handed over this trophy to the two winners, in the presence of Sports Minister Romain Schneider and NOC President Marc Theisen.  


On 18 January, with only 25 days to go until the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in 2010 in Vancouver, the Olympic flame returned to a former host city. On the 81st day of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay, the flame arrived in Calgary, host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1988. It stayed two days in the city, where a celebration was held in the Olympic plaza. The last torchbearer that evening was Robyn Ainsworth (formerly Perry), who had also been the last torchbearer at the Calgary Games. On the second day of the Relay in Calgary, the flame circled the Olympic Oval, carried by Susan Auch and Kyle Yoshida. Read the story on


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has renewed its partnership with Visa Inc. up to 2012. This agreement therefore includes the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 in Vancouver and the Summer Paralympic Games in 2012 in London. Press release on

The seminar for the Chefs de Mission of the 9th South American Games in 2010 took place recently in Medellin (Colombia), the host city of these Games. The 15 representatives of the NOCs of Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela were received by IOC member and Colombian NOC President Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne. All the participants paid tribute to the excellent work of the Organising Committee for these Games, which is led by  Alicia E. Vargas, with the collaboration of the technical and protocol commissions of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), whose Chairman is IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman. The city of Medellin is prepared and ready to host these Games from 19 to 30 March 2010. More info on

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