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25 Oct 2013
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Highlights of the Week



This week in Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach has received IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie.

Next week, President Bach will be in Sochi, where he will meet the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, before attending the 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment. Read the story in the next issue.


Ching-Kuo Wu represented President Bach at the opening ceremony of the IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress and at the 2013 IOC/IAKS Award and IPC/IAKS Distinction ceremony held on 22 October in Cologne (Germany). He spoke on behalf of the IOC.

Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who is also President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), was awarded the National Order of the Cedar by the Lebanese President, Michel Sleiman, at a ceremony in Beirut, in recognition of his contribution to the development of sport in Lebanon and throughout the world.

On Thursday 24 October, the Japanese ambassador to Israel, Hideo Sato presented his thanks for the election of Tokyo as host city of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 and congratulated Alex Gilady on his appointment as Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission for these Games. 


Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist was one of the main speakers at a recent symposium entitled “Doping and the Culture of Sport”, organised by the School of Law of Pepperdine University in Malibu (USA), during which the documentary entitled “The War on Doping” was shown. On this occasion, he was awarded, on behalf of the Professor Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation, the Foundation for Global Sports Development’s humanitarian trophy by David Ulich and Steve Ungerleider. The award will be officially presented at a ceremony in Sochi in February 2014.


Top medical, scientific and sports experts (pictured above) from the IOC, and several IFs and NOCs met last week in Lausanne for the 2nd IOC Course on Periodic Health Evaluation (PHE) and Imaging Testing to share medical know-how on cardiovascular diagnosis. This educational course was an opportunity to provide team doctors and sports specialists from several IFs and NOCs with the most updated academic and practical information for appropriate indication and interpretation of imaging testing in the context of periodical health evaluation of elite athletes.

On 18 October, President Bach appointed Jochen Färber as Head of his Executive Office. A journalist by training and a communication and marketing expert, he has long and extensive experience in the world of sport from both the media and management sides. Currently Managing Director of the Olympic Training Centre for fencing in Germany, he was formerly head of broadcasting at the International Fencing Federation. Jochen Färber will take up his post at the IOC on 1 December 2013.



James Cook, a student at London University and a member of the Great Britain eight that won silver at the 2012 World University Rowing Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, is the winner of the International Rowing Federation (FISA)’s first Parmigiani Spirit Award. This award honours university rowers who have demonstrated the core values of rowing in their social, academic and sporting life. While training for international competitions, James Cook took part in the “Row Zambesi Expedition” to raise money for “Village Water”, a charity that helps small communities in Africa to develop the infrastructure to provide clean, fresh water supplies. Details on

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has appointed the company IEC in Sports, a subsidiary of Lagardère Unlimited, as its official media agency. The appointment follows the FIG’s decision to centralise the media rights for a series of events for the first time, including the FIG Artistic and Rhythmic World Cups. Details on

For its part, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has renewed its contract with IEC in Sports, by which the agency becomes FINA’s official media agent from 2014 onwards. The company will distribute the exclusive worldwide rights to the FINA Swimming World Cup, FINA Diving World Series, FINA Water Polo World League and FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy. Details on

The autumn edition of ITFWorld, the quarterly magazine of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), has just been published on line. Find out more here

Polish Paralympic champion Natalia Partyka has become the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)’s first Dream Building Ambassador. At just 24 years of age, Partyka is already a legend in Para Table Tennis. She has competed in four editions of the Paralympic Games, winning three gold medals, and at two editions of the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012). Dream Building is the ITTF’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Details on


Around 30 sports officials recently took part in a seminar on sports physiology organised by the Bahraini NOC’s training and sports development section. The purpose of the seminar was to inform the participants about recent scientific research in the field of sports physiology and how this relates to sports training.

The City of Belo Horizonte and the State Government of Minas Gerais recently signed a landmark agreement with the British Olympic Association (BOA) that will see Team GB train, prepare and acclimatise in the Brazilian city in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Signed by BOA Chairman Sebastian Coe, the Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Marcio Lacerda, and the State Governor of Minas Gerais, Antônio Anastasia, this MoU includes a commitment by all parties to create a programme for exchanging cultural experiences and expertise to help ensure a lasting legacy of international sporting events for the region. Details on

Olympic Nordic Combined champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis has been chosen as the flagbearer for the French team at the Games in Sochi next February. The French NOC President made the announcement on 14 October at the NOC headquarters in Paris. Jason Lamy-Chappuis will thus succeed biathlete Vincent Defrasne. Details on

The 2013 IOC “150th anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin, sport as a school of life” trophy has been awarded to Fernando Antonio Beltranena Valladares, an honorary member of the Guatemalan NOC and the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), and Director of the Guatemalan Olympic Academy. He was presented with the award at the NOC’s Olympic dinner at the end of September by NOC President Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles, in the presence of numerous athletes, sports leaders, NOC commission members and media representatives. Several other awards were presented, including to the most promising sports newcomers and best athletes of the year. Details on

The Mongolian NOC, in cooperation with the Russian Embassy, recently organised a ceremony devoted to the 2014 Games in Sochi, in the presence of various representatives of middle schools from Ulaanbaatar. NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan and O. Rakshaeva, the Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy, presented Olympic prizes to the winners of the seven sports competitions and two art contests organised since the one-year countdown started last year. The ceremony also included a short film on the Olympic Winter Games and a sports themed concert. 


RIO 2016

On 21 October in Cartagena (Colombia), the Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio (Rio 2016) signed a cooperation agreement with Interpol. The international police agency will help Rio 2016 to combat various crimes which could threaten the integrity of sport, such as fake tickets, match-fixing, doping and counterfeiting. Details on



On 21 October, with fewer than 300 days to go until golf makes its Youth Olympic Games (YOG) debut at Nanjing 2014, the IOC announced Michelle Wie as a YOG Ambassador. The American golfer, who was the youngest ever player to qualify for a (United States Golf Association) USGA tournament, aged just 10 years old, will share her advice and experience with the first generation of YOG golfers, while inspiring young people around the world to get involved in sport and embrace the Olympic values. Details on

Two days beforehand, on 19 October, more than 10,000 people took part in a mass cycle across Nanjing to mark 300 days to go until the second edition of the Summer YOG. The event, aimed at encouraging young people and locals to embrace a healthy and green lifestyle, saw cyclists from 10 different districts of Nanjing ride through some of the city’s most scenic areas, including China’s biggest imperial mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. Details on


The 100th anniversary celebrations of the International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT) ended in Ghent (Belgium) last weekend with a gala dinner, during which CSIT President Harald Bauer offered all the participants a special souvenir medal. One of the highlights of the celebrations was the presentation of the CSIT book “Sport, Peace and Development 1913-2013” by CSIT Honorary President Kalevi Olin. Details on
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