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14 Feb 2010
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Highlights of the week

IOC ACTIVITIES

On 7 and 8 February, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, chaired the discussions of the Executive Board (EB), which particularly focused on changes to athletes' nationality, the fight against doping, the recommendations of the Olympic Congress and television coverage of the Vancouver Games.
The following day, the EB and IOC Athletes' Commission members visited the Olympic village, where President Rogge participated in the inauguration of the Olympic Truce Wall, with Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.


On the evening of 9 February, the 122nd IOC Session was officially opened at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, again with the Governor General of Canada in attendance. President Rogge's speech is available at www.olympic.org.

The first day of the Session was devoted to the presentation of reports by the various IOC Commissions, and the election of the host city of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (see “YOG” section). The IOC members also chose Buenos Aires (Argentina) to host the 125th Session in 2013.

On 11 February, the Olympic Games were on the agenda. The Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Organising Committees, as well as the chairpersons of the respective Coordination Commissions, presented their reports to the Session. The equivalent reports for the Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and Innsbruck respectively were also presented.

12 February was election day within the IOC. Thomas Bach was re-elected as an IOC Vice-President, and Sam Ramsamy as an EB member. Six new members have joined the IOC: Prince Feisal bin Al-Hussein, President of the Jordanian NOC; Maria de la Soledad Casado Estupiñan, President of the International Triathlon Union; Barry John Maister, Secretary General of the NOC of New Zealand and Olympic hockey champion; Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, Secretary General of the NOC of Ethiopia; Patrick McQuaid, President of the International Cycling Union; and Yang Yang, Chinese Olympic speed skating champion.

On 12 February, a few hours before the Opening Ceremony, the IOC, the Games Organising Committee (VANOC) and the International Luge Federation (FIL) issued a joint statement, confirming with great regret the death of the Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, during the final training session at the Whistler Sliding Centre that morning. An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the accident. Training was suspended and technical officials are now trying to establish the causes. Full text of statement on www.olympic.org

On 13 February in Whistler, EB member Denis Oswald represented President Rogge at the “Francophone Event”, held by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, at the invitation of the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, and the Great Witness of La Francophonie, Pascal Couchepin.

A report and photos of the Olympic meetings and the Opening Ceremony will be available at www.olympic.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

The IOC awarded the broadcast rights for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 Olympic Games in London to América Televisión in Peru. It also awarded the broadcast rights for the 2010 Games to Canal 22 in Mexico. Press release at www.olympic.org

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

Like other members of the Olympic family, the International Judo Federation (IJF) has decided to help rebuild its sport in Haiti, following January's earthquake. According to its president, Marius Vizer, the IJF will provide financial assistance and equipment through its solidarity programme. Press release at www.ijf.org

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code and in order to intensify its in- and out-of-competition anti-doping testing programme, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has established a target pool of riders who participate in its various World Championships. The pool comprises riders from the five FIM Sporting Commissions (road racing, motocross, trial, enduro and track racing) who participated in various 2009 World Championships. Moreover, all riders remain subject to in-competition testing. Press release at www.fim-live.com

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

The first edition of “Singapore News” has just been published by the Belgian NOC. It includes a profile of Gert Van Looy, chef de mission for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and a report on the selection of athletes and their participation in at least 10 sports, including two team sports. More information at www.olympic.be

At the beginning of February, the Bermudan NOC organised a reception in honour of its former President and Secretary General, John Hoskins. Over a 42-year period, John Hoskins held various functions within the NOC, including the presidency from 2000 to 2008. The NOC's current President, Judy Simons presented him with a special award in recognition of his four decades of service to sport. Meanwhile, the Governor of Bermuda, Richard Gozney presented John Hoskins with a letter of congratulations from President Rogge.

The Brazilian NOC, whose President is IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and the city government of Rio de Janeiro have presented the first members of the Rio Team, a project designed to prepare athletes to win medals at the 2012 Games in London. From April, Diego Hypólito (artistic gymnastics), Ricardo Winicki (sailing), Kaio Marcio (swimming) and Barbara Leôncio (athletics) will benefit from financial and logistical support throughout their preparations. The Rio Team should comprise 10 to 13 athletes in total. The NOC also hopes that other cities and states will join the Brazilian team support programme, which was launched at the same time.

In a recent media release, the Canadian NOC announced that the Canadian Olympic School Programme (COSP) experienced exponential growth in January, with its membership surging past the 50,000 mark. This programme has been providing Canadian teachers with Olympic-themed resources since 1988. Available at www.olympicschool.ca, the Canadian NOC's primary education programme offers free values-based lesson plans, polls, competitions, games and interactive content.
 
In its latest newsletter, the Guatemalan NOC announced that athletes José Estuardo García Reyes (hockey), Alejandra Pereira Ortiz (softball) and Ligia María del Valle Vega (basketball) have been selected by the National Olympic Academy to participate in the 50th International Session for Young Participants at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia (Greece) from 22 June to 5 July 2010.
Russian Olympian Sergey Belov, Olympic basketball champion, three-times bronze medallist and the final torch-bearer at the Moscow Games, was welcomed to Ulan Bator by the Vice-President of the Mongolian NOC, Tsend Damdin, judo silver medallist in Moscow, B. Dashdelger, Secretary General of the Mongolian Basketball Federation, and J. Bassankhuu, NOC Sports Director. Many basketball fans turned out to see this living basketball legend at the opening of the basketball league at the capital city's central gymnasium. Sergey Belov was presented with the commemorative gold medal of the Mongolian NOC.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS

The inaugural edition of the African Youth Games will be held in Morocco from 9 to 15 May 2010. This was announced in Casablanca on 3 February. The host contract was signed by the Moroccan government, represented by its Youth and Sports Minister, Moncef Belkhayat, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), represented by its President, Lassana Palenfo, and the Moroccan NOC, represented by its First Vice-President, Kamal Lahlou. In addition to the sports competitions, the Games will include a vast educational and cultural programme. 1,200 athletes from 53 African NOCs are expected to compete in Morocco in May.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), whose President is IOC member Phil Craven, recently announced that an exhibition on the Paralympic Movement, entitled “Spirit in Motion - Discover What Moves Us”, will be held during the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Organised in Whistler, this exhibition will provide visitors with information on the Paralympic Movement and the history of the Paralympic Games, including sports and athletes. Press release at www.paralympic.org

The International Masters Games Association (IMGA) informs us that the inaugural World Winter Masters Games took place from 25 to 31 January in Bled (Slovenia) and its surrounding resorts. 2,800 athletes from 42 different countries participated in six sports and 17 disciplines. The next major event will be the European Summer Masters Games in Lignano (Italy) in 2011.

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

At the 122nd Session, the IOC elected Nanjing (People's Republic of China) as host city of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Nanjing beat Poznan (Poland) by 47 votes to 42. Press release at www.olympic.org and www.olympic.org/yog

During the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Kimiya Shokoohi, a journalism student in the host city, will be posting reports on the YOG web page www.olympic.org/yog! She will be the YOG reporter during the Olympic Winter Games, which she will be covering through articles, photos and videos. The latest news can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

NOTE

“Olympic Highlights” will not be published during the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Information will continue to be posted on www.olympic.org, Twitter and Facebook, where numerous Olympic news articles and a newsletter will cover the Games and the various events being held in parallel. Next edition: 5 March 2010.

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