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12 Mar 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 12 March, IOC President Jacques Rogge returned to Vancouver for the Opening Ceremony of the X Paralympic Winter Games. President Rogge will also attend several competitions. He will be accompanied by the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Phil Craven, and the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Vancouver Games, René Fasel.

We have just learnt that Lassana Palenfo has, exceptionally, been appointed Commander of the Central African Order of Merit. He received this distinction as President of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) last January at a ceremony presided over by François Bozize, the President of the Central African Republic.

On 8 March, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Olympic Movement paid tribute to all the women who took part in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Press release on


The first International Boxing Association (AIBA) Referees and Judges (R&J) Instructor Course concluded at the end of February in Trois-Rivières (Canada). The participants included 13 members of the R&J Commission and 30 three-star referees and judges, representing more than 30 countries. Financed by Olympic Solidarity, this course is the first to be organised by AIBA for three-star judges and referees, with the aim that, once they are certified, they can train their lower-level colleagues, thus developing the practice of boxing throughout the world. Info on

At its first meeting of the year, in February, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Executive Committee decided to suspend and forbid the use of the transparent visor mask in both foil and epee at all FIE official competitions until further notice. It was also decided to present the new international calendar, as well as the drafts of the qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympic Games, at the FIE General Assembly, which will take place next in Baku on 1 April. Press release on

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has decided to provide coaching support to four national federations, looking ahead to the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. The federations of Kenya, Costa Rica, Cameroon and Great Britain will thus receive financial help for hiring a coach in the framework of their preparations for these two events. These four federations were selected by the FIVB in collaboration with the five Confederation Presidents, who are all FIVB Executive Vice-Presidents. Cameroon’s men’s team will participate in the World Championships in Italy from 24 September to 10 October, while the Costa Rican and Kenyan women’s teams will compete in the World Championships in Japan from 29 October to 14 November. The British women’s team will be the host of the 2012 Olympic Games. Info on

In a recent press release, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) announced the launch of its new campaign to promote women in motorcycling. Entitled “Women Ride”, this campaign is aimed at broadening the motorcycling community and audience, as well as promoting awareness of women who practise motorcycling. See the campaign on


The Australian NOC has announced that, during the 2010 Vancouver Games, the official web site received 50 per cent more visitors than during the 2006 Turin Games. The NOC will continue to provide online coverage of the Olympic Games, with new features. A new corporate web site and one for the Youth Olympic Games will be created this year, and the team site for the Games in London in 2012 will be launched in July 2011.

The Executive Committee and staff of the NOC of Costa Rica, whose President is Henry Núñez Nájera, have paid homage to Antonio Moyano Reyna, who died on 9 March. Last June, he received the medal of merit, in recognition of his contribution as selector of the football team at the Moscow Games in 1980 and the Los Angeles Games in 1984. During his career as a football coach, Antonio Moyano Reyna trained numerous champions.

France’s double Olympic champion, Guy Lapébie, died on 8 March at the age of 93. Lapébie was Olympic champion in the team pursuit and the team time trial, as well as runner-up in the individual road race at the Berlin Games in 1936. He also finished third in the 1948 Tour de France, which was won by Italy’s Gino Bartali.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has informed us that the equipment used by the Olympic team that stayed in the Vancouver and Whistler Villages will be donated to “More Sports”, a charity in Vancouver which provides sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families living in Vancouver’s poorest communities. Furthermore, on 4 March in San Francisco, the BOA and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced that they had reached a bilateral agreement aimed at helping aspiring athletes and Olympic sport, not only in their two countries, but worldwide. This agreement was finalised by BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan and USOC President Larry Probst. Info on

“A prosperous and developed Guatemala, united for nutrition” (“Guatemala prospera y desarrollada, unidos por la nutrición”) was the theme of the “Pinares Internacional 2010” course, which started on 28 February. The previous day, a successful exhibition was held at the Pinares secondary school, at which the NOC of Guatemala presented photos showing the role of the athlete and his development during Olympic preparations.

Last month, the NOC of Peru celebrated the first edition of the Champions’ Gala with the presentation of the “Olympic torch” to the best athletes of 2009. Held at the former seat of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, this gala was led by Luis Alva Castro, the President of Congress; Cenaida Uribe, a member of Congress; Luis Cervantes Liñán, Rector of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University; José Quiñones, NOC President; Arturo Woodman, President of the Peruvian Institute of Sport; and María Eugenia Mohme, a representative of the administration board of the daily newspaper La Republica. Numerous representatives of national sport and sports federations, as well as athletes and their families, were also present at this première.

The Portuguese NOC has informed is that the oldest Portuguese Olympian, Joaquim Mascarenhas Fiuza, has died at the age of 102. Two-times European champion and many-times national champion, Joaquim Mascarenhas Fiuza was one of Portugal’s greatest sailors, participating in three consecutive editions of the Olympic Games: Berlin 1936, London 1948 and Helsinki 1952. At these last Games, he won a bronze medal in the Star class with Francisco Rebello de Andrade.

The NOC of Serbia launched the celebration of its 100th anniversary at a ceremony held at the end of February at the Moskva hotel in Belgrade, where the NOC was founded on 23 February 1910. Numerous Olympians of today and yesteryear, and representatives of the government, diplomatic missions, commercial partners and the media were present. A message of congratulations from President Rogge was read out on this occasion. The NOC’s new web site was presented. The climax of this celebration will take place in November, with the holding in Belgrade of the 39th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. 


This Friday, 12 March, will see the X Paralympic Winter Games kick off in Vancouver. From 13 to 21 March, spectators can attend competitions in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling, which will be held in Vancouver and Whistler at the same venues as used recently at the Olympic Games. Follow these Games on www.ParalympicSport.TV, and


The IOC has announced the name of the winner of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Medal Design Competition. Setsuko Fukuzawa from Montreal (Canada) won this competition with her original creation entitled "Yes, Youth Can". Her design will be used for the obverse of the Singapore 2010 medals which will be presented to the winning athletes from 14 to 26 August 2010. The creation “Yes, Youth Can” was popular among the public, with 3,881 votes, which automatically qualified it as one of the 10 finalists in this medal creation competition. Finally, the second stage (the vote by the IOC jury) showed Setsuko Fukuzawa’s creation as the clear winner. Press release on

This week, the Singapore 2010 Organising Committee launched a virtual 3-D platform called “Singapore 2010 Odyssey” (photo above). The competition venues and the Youth Olympic Village for this first edition of the YOG will thus be represented in a futuristic world from 3010. The users will have the possibility of creating their own avatars, participating in events and learning more about the YOG through this completely virtual experience. This online game also enables people to discover the Olympic values and presents the 26 sports on the programme of the YOG in Singapore. Users can thus test the activities proposed as part of the Culture and Education Programme, and hold discussions with young people from throughout the world. The Singapore 2010 Odyssey is accessible by registering at the following address:


The flame of the 9th South American Games in 2010 has arrived in Medellin (Colombia), the host city of these Games, which will be held from 19 to 30 March 2010. This flame arrived from Tiwanaku (Bolivia), where it had been handed over to the mayor of Medellin, Alonso Salazar, in the presence of the President of the Bolivian Republic, Evo Morales. The flame, carried by athletes Natalia Sánchez and Víctor Hugo Ortega, was brought to Pueblito Paisa, the city’s emblematic site, where it was welcomed by representatives of the government and sports authorities, including IOC member and Vice-President of the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR), Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne (right of photo); Culture Secretary Luis Miguel Usuga; Education Secretary Felipe Gil; the Director of the Municipal Sports Institute, Andrés García; and numerous athletes, sports leaders and journalists. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the television broadcast signal for these Games will be free. This is a first in the history of these Games. Info on

At the Opening Ceremony of SPORTELAsia on 8 March in Singapore, the first “Asian/Pacific Sport TV Audience Award” prize was awarded. The winning sports event is the one with the greatest number of TV viewers in 2009 in at least three countries. The winner of the most-watched event in the Asia-Pacific region was the 2009 Twenty20 International (cricket), which had more than 32.2 million viewers in Australia, India and Pakistan. The other nominees were the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship (basketball) and the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Qualification (football). Info on

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