- 31 May 2013
- Olympic News
Highlights of the week
On Monday 27 May, IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the opening ceremony of the Games of the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg, where he was joined in particular by IOC members HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, HSH the Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II and Gunilla Lindberg, as well as their colleague Patrick Joseph Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) (see also under “Recognised Organisations”).
From Luxembourg, the President travelled to St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), where he addressed the delegates of the 2013 SportAccord Convention at the official opening ceremony before chairing the IOC Executive Board (EB) meetings from 29 to 31 May.
During its debates, the EB took a number of important decisions. For example, it recommended that baseball/softball, wrestling and squash be proposed to the 125th IOC Session for possible inclusion as an additional sport on the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The EB approved the reallocation of medals and diplomas in three cases in which athletes were found guilty of doping following the further analysis of their samples collected during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Meanwhile, after careful consideration of the facts and recommendations of the IOC Ethics Commission, the EB issued a warning to IOC member Pál Schmitt. Other EB decisions: approval of the design of the medals for the Games in Sochi (see also under “Organising Committees for the Olympic Games”), provisional recognition of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and selection of Durban (South Africa) as host city of the 16th World Conference for Sport for All in 2015.
The EB also adopted a universal Olympic betting monitoring system and decided to allow IOC presidential candidates to make presentations to all IOC members in Lausanne this summer.
The EB members also received reports on preparations for the Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games, as well as for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. They also received updates on the NOCs of India, Pakistan, Ecuador and Sierra Leone, which are currently experiencing difficulties, particularly linked to government interference.
On 29 May, the EB held working meetings with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF).
Next week, President Rogge will be at the United Nations headquarters in New York (United States of America) for the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Twelve leading basketball personalities from 10 different countries will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on 19 June. Six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and one contributor will be honoured at the House of Basketball in Mies (Switzerland). They are profiled on www.fiba.com
The “Ping Pong Paix” project of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has won the SportAccord Spirit of Sport Award at the SportAccord Convention in St. Petersburg. Organised as part of the “Peace through Ping Pong” programme in collaboration with partners including Olympic Solidarity and Peace and Sport, this project took place in the Great Lakes region of Africa on the border between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and brought together young people from four villages (two per country) on either side of the border to share the values of this sport. Info at www.ittf.com
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has just launched an iPad version of its official magazine, “ISSF NEWS”, which is celebrating its 52nd birthday this year. This digital magazine features news, reports, interviews, results and statistics on all official ISSF competitions. Info at www.issf-sports.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC (DOSB) held a commemoration ceremony in Cologne to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of its former President, Willi Daume, who was also an IOC Vice-President and chaired the Organising Committee of the 1972 Munich Games. More than 150 guests attended at the invitation of the NOC President, Thomas Bach, including numerous Olympic champions such as Michael Krause (hockey), Katarina Witt (figure skating), Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth (high jump), Karin Büttner-Janz (gymnastics) and Hildegard Falck-Kimmich (800m). Held at the German Sports and Olympic Museum, the ceremony took place under the theme “sport meets culture”, a subject that was close to Willi Daume’s heart. Read more at www.dosb.de
Former water polo player and Australian team captain Peter Montgomery, has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA). Four-time Olympian and Vice-President of the Australian NOC, Montgomery was recognised under the “Contributor” category for his tireless work and dedication to water polo and his involvement with the Olympic Movement for over 40 years. See press release at www.olympics.com.au
Organised by the Sports Training and Development section of the Bahrain NOC in collaboration with the World Academy of Sport, the inaugural workshop of the Event Management Course was attended by 26 officials representing sports federations and the NOC. The topics covered included event planning and classification, communication, sources of funding and governance.
On 1 May, a rue Pierre de Coubertin was opened in Mirville (France), the village in which the founder of the modern Olympic Games, who was born 150 years ago, spent part of his childhood and youth. The ceremony was attended by Jacques de Navacelle de Coubertin, Coubertin’s great-nephew.
On 28 May, the President of the Lithuanian NOC, Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, and her Estonian NOC counterpart, Neinar Seli, signed a cooperation agreement between their two institutions. On 13 May, the Lithuanian NOC had signed a similar agreement with the NOC of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Info at www.ltok.lt
Over 10,000 people participated in the 37th Olympic Day Festa organised by the in the city of Tohoku on Sunday. The programme featured sport, various games and activities for children and a chance to meet Olympians such as Olympic swimming champion Ai Shibata, who shared her passion for sport and Olympism. The Japanese NOC has planned to hold such events until the end of March 2014 under the slogan “Smiles Come from Sports” in an effort to support children affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011. These events are being delivered thanks to the “Tsubasa” joint support project of the IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Read more at www.joc.or.jp
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 30 May, the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) published its final report and accounts for the six-month period to 31 March 2013. These will be the final accounts prepared by the committee, which will shortly be dissolved. The full report is available on the London 2012 website. Read more here.
On 30 May, the Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi (Sochi 2014) unveiled the medals (photo) that will be awarded at the Olympic Winter Games next year. The presentation of the medals, approved by the IOC EB, took place in St. Petersburg in the presence of the IOC Coordination Commission Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, and Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko. You can see the medals by clicking here.
The 15th Games of the Small States of Europe officially opened in Luxembourg on 28 May. Several members of the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) were in attendance, including President Patrick Joseph Hickey, Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and legal expert Marc Theisen. Some 857 athletes representing nine European countries with fewer than 1 million inhabitants (Iceland, Andorra, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Montenegro) competed in 11 different sports until 30 May. The next edition will be held in San Marino in 2017. Detailed information at www.eurolympic.org