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19 Apr 2013
Olympic News

Highlights of the week


IOC President Jacques Rogge met IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie in Lausanne on 16 April to discuss a range of issues, including the recent visits of the IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by Craig Reedie, to the 2020 Candidate Cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain).

On 17 April, President Rogge and Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The signing marks the beginning of an official partnership between the IOC and the Foundation of one of the most successful football clubs in Europe, supporting the setting up of joint projects that promote development through sport. For more information go to
President Rogge flew to Tianjin (People’s Republic of China) on 19 April to attend the inauguration of the J.A. Samaranch Memorial.


Pedro Ramírez Vázquez passed away on 16 April at the age of 94. An IOC member from 1972 to 1995, then an honorary member, he sat on various IOC commissions. Ramírez Vázquez was a Vice-President then President of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City in 1968 and President of the Mexican National Olympic Committee from 1972 to 1974.  Considered the founder of modern Mexican architecture, he was also the architect of the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (1986), the IOC Pavilion at the Seville EXPO (1992) and The Olympic Museum in Lausanne (1993). More detailed info on (“News” section).


The IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by Craig Reedie, met from 15 to 19 April in Lausanne to work on a technical assessment of the Candidate Cities, which will be distributed to the IOC members ahead of the 2020 Candidate Briefing on 3 and 4 July in Lausanne.


The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) this week unveiled the eight ambassadors of its global sports development programme, FEI Solidarity, in a specially commissioned composite portrait. The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors include Olympic, Paralympic and world champions and national heroes. They form a unique partnership to promote and develop the global equestrian disciplines governed by the FEI. For more information please visit

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) introduced its Anti-Doping Education “Outreach” Programme at the 2013 Cadet and Junior World Championships in Porec (Croatia). Over four days, 304 participants from 58 countries took part in the WADA Play-True quiz and were educated about playing clean. For more information:

International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Bruno Grandi was granted the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by Tokyo’s Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU) on 8 April. The distinction paid tribute to Mr Grandi’s career and work inside international sport over more than 50 years. More information can be found on the FIG website.

The World Archery Federation (WA) has signed a partnership agreement with Olympafrica for the development of archery in Africa with a focus on young people. Olympafrica is a foundation founded by former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch for the development of sport at recreational and grassroots level in 46 African countries.
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The Austrian Olympic Committee has awarded Tyrolean Klaus Lugger the 2012 IOC “Sport and Sustainable Development” Trophy. Lugger, CEO of community housing project “Neue Heimat Tirol,” was in charge of constructing the Olympic Village for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012. Info at

The Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) recently signed agreements with the first 20 potential Croatian Olympic athletes to participate in Rio 2016. The athletes will be among the first beneficiaries of the Olympic 2016 funding programme. Through its Olympic programme, the COC ensures the best possible conditions for the preparation of the Olympic athletes by providing funds and covering the costs of grants, competitions and physical preparations, equipment, dietary supplements, health care, insurance and much more. More info at

The British Olympic Association (BOA) this week appointed Mike Hay as Chef de Mission for a Team GB delegation of approximately 50 athletes and around 50 support staff for the 2014 Sochi Games. Hay is a highly respected leader with more than 20 years of experience as an athlete, coach and administrator in winter sport. More info at

The 2013 academic programme bringing together the activities organised by the Peruvian NOC through its Olympic Academy has just started its new quadrennial cycle. Some 130 people – leaders, coaches, technicians and physical education teachers – took part in a conference on Olympism and psychomotricity in sport. Next week, a secondary-level physical education and sport seminar will be held at the Albergue Olímpico auditorium in San Luis. More info at


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that it has signed a contract extension with international IT services company and IOC TOP sponsor Atos. Atos will be the Worldwide Paralympic IT Partner until the end of 2016. Atos began its active involvement with the Paralympic Movement in 2002 and has been the IT Partner of the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Paralympic Games, before becoming the official Worldwide Paralympic IT Partner of the IPC in 2008. For more information please go to

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