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05 Feb 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 4 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge arrived in Vancouver (Canada), three days before the meeting of the IOC Executive Board. The 122nd IOC Session will follow, from 10 to 12 February. A full report on the decisions from these meetings will appear in the next issue of Olympic Highlights and on (“Media” section).

During a trip to Tbilisi (Georgia) in his capacity as President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), Patrick J. Hickey was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ilia Chavchavadze State University. He was also made an honorary citizen of Tbilisi, being given the keys to the city by the Mayor, George Ugulava. See also the “NOCs” section below.


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has just published a new version of its Guide to Basketball Facilities for High Level Competitions, 10 years after the first one. The Guide includes advice and practical information on all types of facilities for all types of basketball, as well as the latest rules and regulations. Details on

At its meeting in Xiamen (China) on 30 January, the Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), whose President is IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu, took a number of important decisions. These included adopting the technical and competition rules of the forthcoming World Series of Boxing; the “Road to London” programme, which covers all the major competitions until the 2012 Games; the AIBA budget for 2010; and approval of the business plans for the commissions and confederations. Read the press release on

Meeting at the headquarters of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in Lausanne (Switzerland), the FIG Athletes’ Commission recently elected a new Chairman, Jani Tanskanen. He will thus become a member of the FIG Executive Committee and Board. The Athletes’ Commission is composed of one representative for each discipline of the FIG: Jani Tanskanen (Finland, men’s artistic gymnastics); Nastia Liukin (USA, women’s artistic gymnastics); Vera Sessina (Russia, rhythmic gymnastics); Dmitri Poliaroush (Belarus, trampoline); Anna Macanita (Portugal, aerobics); and Sabrina Hegele (Germany, acrobatics). Tanskanen is currently Director of Men’s Artistic Gymnastics for the Finnish Federation. An active gymnast until 2008, he won a gold medal on the horizontal bar at the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne. Details on

Following the earthquake in Haiti, the President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Tamás Aján, decided to provide assistance to the national weightlifting federation in the form of financial help, followed by material assistance. Read the press release on


We have just learnt that the Argentinean NOC has awarded the IOC 2009 “Sport and the Fight Against Doping” Trophy to Hernán Ferrari, a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and instigator of the national law on the prevention and control of doping. He was presented with the Trophy by NOC Secretary General Mario Moccia, at the NOC’s 86th anniversary celebrations.

The third edition of the Olympic values education campaign was launched recently at the Spanish NOC headquarters by the Vice-President of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio González, and NOC President Alejandro Blanco. In collaboration with the Olympic sports federations, the Higher Council for Sport, the media and high-level athletes, the campaign entitled “We are all Olympic” will be rolled out over several months in education centres in the Community of Madrid, with the aim of raising awareness among adolescents about the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship. More details on

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Georgian NOC organised various official activities at the end of January attended by EOC and European NOC representatives, including EOC President Patrick J. Hickey. The programme included a visit to sports facilities in Tbilisi; the opening of the new cycling track; and a meeting with the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashviliy, the Mayor of the capital, George Ugulava, and various national authorities. The Georgian NOC President, Gia Natsvlishvili, and his Cypriot counterpart, Ouranios Ioannides, also signed a memorandum of understanding. The festivities concluded with a gala, in the presence of various champions and sports leaders. The NOC President awarded prizes to the best athlete, best team and best coach of the year.

On 26 January, the Lithuanian Paralympic Committee (LPC) celebrated its 20th anniversary in the presence of numerous personalities, including Parliamentary Speaker Irena Degutiene; the Minister of Social Security and Labour, Donatas Jankauskas; and the interim General Manager of the Department of Physical Education and Sport, Ritas Vaiginas. The President of the Lithuanian NOC, Arturas Poviliunas, and the Secretary General, Vytautas Zubernis, presented the LPC President, Vytautas Kvietkauskas, with the NOC’s memorial plate. The NOC’s highest distinction, the medal of honour, was awarded to Aldona Grigaliuniene, Lithuania’s first Paralympic champion, and to Aleksas Jasiunas, President of the National Committee for the Deaf. Speeches were read out from the Head of State, Dalia Grybauskaite; the Prime Minister, Andrius Kubilius; and the Presidents of the International and European Paralympic Committees.
The Portuguese NOC has just informed us that the IOC 2009 “Sport and the Fight Against Doping” Trophy has been awarded to the Laboratory for Doping Analysis. The Trophy was presented by IOC honorary member Fernando Lima Bello to Luís Horta and Renato Graça, at a dinner held to commemorate the NOC’s centenary.

The Swedish NOC has just signed a four-year agreement with the consultancy firm ÅF. ÅF will provide advice on environmental issues and play an active part in developing Olympic sporting activities from a sustainability perspective. NOC Secretary General and IOC member Gunilla Lindberg said that the NOC hoped ÅF would  encourage Olympians to focus more on green issues and underline the links between sport and the environment. The company is already working with the NOCs of Finland, Norway and Switzerland.


On 2 February, the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) unveiled the victory ceremony podiums and the costumes that will be worn by the medal and flower bearers and the athlete escorts. Vancouver and Whistler’s rugged snow-topped mountains are the inspiration behind the dynamic sculptural podiums made of natural wood and acrylic glass. During the Games, there will be 86 Olympic and 64 Paralympic victory ceremonies. More details on (“News” section).


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