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29 Jan 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 26 January, IOC President Jacques Rogge was received at the Royal Palace in Brussels by the Belgian King, Albert II. On the same day he attended the awarding of the national sporting merit trophy, a prize created and awarded by the City of Brussels.

Next week, President Rogge will fly to Vancouver (Canada), which, from 12 to 28 February, will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games. Before that, President Rogge will lead the discussions of the IOC Executive Board on 7 and 8 February and of the 122nd IOC Session from 10 to 12 February.

Richard W. Pound received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec during a ceremony held at the Museum of Civilisation on 27 January.

We have just learned that Issa Hayatou has been inducted into the Cameroonian Sports Hall of Fame by the Executive Bureau of the NOC of Cameroon. He is therefore among 50 personalities of the last 50 years who have made their mark on sport in Cameroon. Also President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Issa Hayatou was recognised as the Cameroonian sports leader with the greatest visibility internationally.   

On 25 January, the IOC launched the unified position of the Olympic and Sports Movement on how the wording on sport in the European Union (EU)’s new Lisbon Treaty should be put into practice. At a meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, IOC member and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter presented the position paper to the Spanish presidency. The signatories included: the IOC, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the IF umbrella organisations (ASOIF, AIOWF and SportAccord). Full info at (Media section).

On 22 January, the IOC awarded the TV rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games to Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) and Corporación de Televisión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica (Canal 13) in Chile. Press release at (Media section).

The 13th World Sports for All Congress will be held in Jyväskylä (Finland), from 14 to 17 June 2010. This event is organised jointly by the University of Jyväskylä and the Likes Research Centre, and will be hosted by the Finnish NOC under the patronage of the IOC, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and SportAccord. For all those who want to actively participate, the deadline for sending abstracts is 26 February 2010. More info at (Media section).


During its meeting in Bangkok (Thailand) in mid-January, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau decided to organise the first Aquatics Convention in Punta del Este (Uruguay) from 27 to 29 September 2010. This event will be a unique opportunity to bring together over 700 protagonists from world of aquatics: Olympic partners, national federations, sponsors and broadcasters, event organisers, host and candidate cities, the media, suppliers, etc. More info at

The International Softball Federation (ISF) has just launched a new monthly newsletter called “Covering the Bases”. Published in English and Spanish, it can be accessed directly at

A press release by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the publication of a coaching manual by its Coaching and Development Department. Published under the title “ITF’s Technique Development in Tennis Stroke Production”, this manual presents the mechanical basis of stroke development from a scientific perspective. This manual is one of a number of other publications produced as part of the ITF Coaches Education Programme, which is currently being implemented in over 80 member countries. Info at

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has informed us of the death of Miloslav Belonoznik on 12 January at the age of 91. Belonoznik was a long-time former Chairman of the FIS Sub-Committee for Jumping Hills. A legend of Czech ski jumping, Belonoznik was first Czech jumper to jump over 100m. He took part in the St Moritz Winter Games in 1948. After his sports career, Belonoznik served in various coaching, technical expert and official positions. Press release at


Last week, the Brazilian NOC Cultural Department team visited the Bené Volleyball Centre, a social project in Realengo, a district of Rio de Janeiro. 2004 Olympic volleyball champion Nalbert Bitencourt was one of the guests of the NOC which, for two years has carried out activities of this type. The objective is to introduce Olympism and its ideals to the children and teenagers of various communities. Some 50 students took part in this event at the Bené Volleyball Centre. They were able to pose for photos with Nalbert, get him to sign their T-shirts, and ask him many questions. Press release at

On 29 January in Madrid, the Spanish NOC and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces signed a cooperation agreement. The aim is to maintain a spirit of collaboration in the framework of other sports activities, social integration projects, the dissemination of sporting values, and other projects and promotion activities. Info at

At the Malaysian NOC’s annual dinner on 16 January, the 2009 IOC Sport and the Fight against Doping Trophy was awarded to Manikavasagam Jegathesan by NOC President and IOC member Tunku Imran. Jegathesan has been Deputy President of the NOC since 2002 and has been in the forefront of the fight against doping since he became a member of the NOC’s Sports Medicine Committee in the 1980s. Today, he chairs the Medical Committees of the NOC and the South-East Asian Games Federation. He is also the Honorary Medical Adviser of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Chairman of the Medical Commission of the Olympic Council of Asia and a member of a Working Group of the IOC Medical Commission since 2007. A doctor by profession, he also took part in the Olympic Games in 1960, 1964 and 1968 in athletics, and won several medals at the Asian Games.

The recent Assembly of the Peruvian NOC elected a new Secretary General, in the person of Francisco Boza Dibos. Three new members of the Executive Board were also appointed: Maggie Martinelli Montoya, Carlos Manuel Lazarte Labarthe and Victor Puente Arnao Fort. 

We have just learned that the Yemen NOC awarded the 2009 IOC Sport and the Fight against Doping trophy to Ali Al-Sabahi, in the presence of NOC President AbdulRahman Al-Akwa’a during a ceremony at the Olympic centre in Sana’a.  Ali Al-Sabahi, a member of the NOC’s General Assembly, received this trophy in recognition of his efforts and many roles in the fight against doping and promoting the Olympic Movement.


To celebrate the countdown to the very first Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will open in 200 days’ time at 20:10 (8.10 p.m.) local time on 14 August 2010, on 26 January the IOC launched the visual identity for these Games. This visual identity, which you can find on the YOG web site, known as “The Cube”,, will be integrated into all YOG digital and social media concepts in the build-up to Singapore 2010 and future editions. A film has also been created: the viewer is invited on a journey to understand what it means to have “YOG DNA”. See for yourself at the YOG web site.


Registration for the 28th Sports Movies & TV 2010 International Festival is now open. Organised by the International Sports Movies and TV Federation (FICTS), this Festival will take place from 28 October to 2 November 2010 in Milan (Italy). More info at

SPORTELAsia will take place for the first time in Singapore from 8 to 10 March 2010. Registration can be done online at SPORTELMonaco will be held from 11 to 14 October 2010 in Monaco. More details at SPORTEL is the international meeting on sport and television.

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