- 30 Aug 2013
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
Patrick Joseph Hickey, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) President and an eminent judoka, has been inducted into the Judo Hall of Fame by International Judo Federation (IJF) President, Marius Vizer. The ceremony took place during a gala evening celebrating numerous personalities form the world of judo, organised as part of the World Championships currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
The eye-catching and innovative wrap that enclosed the iconic Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Games a year ago, produced by worldwide Olympic partner Dow, has been recycled and reused at a social project in Rio de Janeiro. The wrap has been installed at the Bola Pra Frente Institute – a social project that provides education for socially-vulnerable children and teenagers in the Muquiço community of Rio de Janeiro.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The World Rowing Championships are currently taking place in Chungju. This is the first time that the Republic of Korea has hosted the tournament. Almost 1,340 athletes from 74 countries are competing in the Championships, which will end on 1 September. Last Saturday, the opening ceremony was held in the presence of personalities including the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and International Rowing Federation President Denis Oswald. Details on www.worldrowing.com.
The winners of the International Handball Federation (IHF)’s World Handball Coaches of the Year 2012 awards are, for the second consecutive time, Iceland’s Thorir Hergeirsson (coach of the Norwegian women’s team) and, for the first time, Spain’s Valero Rivera (former coach of the Spanish men’s team). Details on www.ihf.info.
IJF President Marius Vizer was re-elected for a further four-year term at the IJF Congress in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the IJF Academy was launched, with the Coach Qualification Programme revealed as the first project. This was presented to the delegations competing in the World Championships. The IJF has established the academy to help national federations provide educational and professional support in all sectors. Details on www.ijf.org.
The fourth edition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships is being held from 26 to 31 August in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). A record number of around 900 swimmers aged between 14 and 18 from more than 95 national federations are taking part. Details on www.fina.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
For the first time, the Australian Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio will be headed by a female Chef de Mission. Olympian Kitty Chiller, who has just been appointed to this post, competed in the modern pentathlon at the 2000 Games in Sydney, and is a member of the Australian NOC’s Executive Committee. She was Deputy Chef de Mission for the 2012 Games in London. Previously the Deputy General Manager of the Australian Sports Commission, she recently joined Surf Life Saving Australia in a senior management role. Details on www.olympics.com.au.
The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s National Sports Medicine Centre recently launched a campaign entitled “A healthy start to the new school year”, aimed at promoting a culture of sport and health in Bahraini society.
The 8th International Forum on Elite Sport was held on 28 and 29 August at the headquarters of the Brazilian NOC in Rio de Janeiro. Organised for the first time in South America and broadcast live on the NOC’s web site, this Forum is held every two years by the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC). The main objectives of the Forum are to promote the exchange of information and experiences between people, organisations and institutions interested in elite sport. Details on www.cob.org.br.
A level 1 course for canoe coaches was held recently in Lima (Peru) under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. Opened by the Peruvian NOC President, José Quiñones, the course was also an opportunity to announce the NOC’s support of the National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities (CONADIS), aimed at encouraging disabled people to take up canoeing. The goal is to have a Peruvian team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The NOC President symbolically presented a number of boats to CONADIS, with the support of the Regatas Unión Club, where the training will take place. Details on www.coperu.org.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
With less than one year to go to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the IOC has officially announced the South African swimming sensation Chad Le Clos as the latest YOG Ambassador. During the inaugural YOG in Singapore in 2010, he walked away with an impressive five medals before winning gold in the 200m butterfly at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Chad follows in the footsteps of his inspiration, Michael Phelps, who served as a YOG Ambassador in Singapore.
The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the laboratory LAB DOP – LADETEC / IQ – UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro (LADETEC), due to its non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and the related Technical Documents. The revocation will enter into force on 25 September 2013, and will mean that the Rio laboratory – which is currently suspended – will no longer be authorised to carry out the testing of doping control samples on behalf of WADA or any testing authority. Press release on www.wada-ama.org.