- 12 Oct 2009
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
In Copenhagen on 3 October, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, opened the XIII Olympic Congress before inviting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address all the participants, representing the various branches of the Olympic family, including IOC members, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, coaches, trainers, academics, health experts, the general public, NGOs and media. President Rogge's full speech is available at www.olympic.org. (more information in the "Olympic Congress" section).
On 4 October, President Rogge signed a memorandum of understanding with the President of the Qatari NOC, Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who is also an IOC member, concerning the 9th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, to be held in Doha from 30 April to 1 May 2011. On 6 October, an agreement was signed with the South African NOC, represented by Sam Ramsamy, member of the IOC Executive Board, concerning the organisation of the Forum on Sport, Culture and Education in Durban on 6 and 7 December 2010. Zhenliang He, Chairman of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, was present at the signing ceremony.
As part of a project launched in a district of Copenhagen undergoing major urban development, the IOC has donated 115 trees, the first five of which were planted on 6 October by President Rogge, the Mayor of the Danish city, Ritt Bjerregaard, and the four IOC Vice-Presidents, Lambis V. Nikolaou, Chiharu Igaya, Thomas Bach and Zaiqing Yu. Children from a local school also participated in this event.
President Rogge also presented the Olympia Prize for the best postage stamp issued to commemorate the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin to the Postal Administration of Poland. The silver medal was awarded to the Postal Administration of the Czech Republic and the bronze to the Postal Administration of Canada. IOC Honorary President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, attended the presentation ceremony.
After the interlude of the Congress, the 121st IOC Session resumed from 7 to 9 October. The first day was devoted to the Olympic Games. The Organising Committees of the Games in Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014, together with the chairmen of the respective coordination commissions, presented their reports to the Session. The exercise was repeated for the summer and winter editions of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Singapore and Innsbruck respectively. The following day saw the presentation of the reports of the various IOC commissions, followed by those of the IOC administration.
Elections were held on 9 October. President Rogge was re-elected as IOC President for the next four years. The result was 88 votes for, 1 against and 3 abstentions. Executive Board (EB) members Mario Pescante and Ser Miang Ng were each promoted to the position of IOC Vice-President. Meanwhile, Craig Reedie and John D. Coates were elected as EB members.
The IOC also has six new members. Richard Peterkin (Saint Lucia), Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Habu Ahmed Gumel (Nigeria), Habib Abdul Nabi Macki (Oman) and Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) were elected as independent individuals, while Göran Petersson was elected in his role as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
IOC member Mustapha Larfaoui became an IOC honorary member. Zhenliang He, Walther Tröger, Tamas Aján and Fernando Lima Bello will become IOC honorary members on 1 January 2010.
On the same day, a decision was taken concerning the Olympic programme. After a secret ballot, the Session decided that golf and rugby sevens should be included in the programme for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
During the Session, Masato Mizuno, President of the Mizuno company, an official supplier of the IOC, presented the uniform to be worn by IOC members and staff during the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.
At the end of a three-day meeting, the XIII Olympic Congress approved a series of recommendations with a strong focus on athletes and young people. The recommendations cover each of the five themes that Congress delegates discussed under the overarching theme of "The Olympic Movement in Society". The five topics were: "The Athletes", "The Olympic Games", "The Structure of the Olympic Movement", "Olympism and Youth" and "The Digital Revolution". The 66 recommendations included proposals to encourage young people to practise a sport, to protect athletes better medically, psychologically and after their career in sport, to take full advantage of new digital technologies and to use the new Youth Olympic Games as a model for youth competitions.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
This week, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced that the 2009 Beppe Croce Trophy has been awarded to American Bill Bentsen. This award, which honours an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing, will be presented on 12 November at the ISAF Annual Conference in Busan (Korea). Bentsen was a member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee for 25 years until 2004. He was also an ISAF international judge at numerous world and continental championships. He was a gold medallist in the Soling class at the Munich Games in 1972 and won bronze in the mixed Flying Dutchman class at the Tokyo Games in 1964. More information at www.sailing.org
The World Curling Federation (WCF) has chosen the Danish city of Esbjerg to host the World Women's Curling Championship in 2011. This event will be held from 19 to 27 March 2011. More information at www.worldcurling.org
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At its meeting at the end of September, the administrative council of the Belgian NOC appointed Eddy De Smedt, the NOC's director of high-level sport, as its chef de mission for the London Games in 2012. He will also lead the delegation at the Winter Games in Vancouver in February 2010. The chef de mission for the first summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 will be Gert Van Looy, a member of the NOC's high-level sport department. The new Athletes' Commission was also established, chaired by Philippe Rogge. A list of its members can be found at www.olympic.be
The Sport and Environment Commission of the Chilean NOC has closed the 4th national drawing contest. More than 50 schools from all over the country took part in the contest, which was organised by the Commission with the backing of the Ministry of Education, among others. Educational equipment was distributed to the lucky winners of the contest, which focused on the relationship between sport and the environment.
The American NOC informs us that the Utah Athletic Foundation (UAF) has joined the Community Olympic Development Program (CODP). The UAF manages and looks after the facilities used at the 2002 Winter Games, the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns and the Olympic Park in Park City. It also runs programmes in 10 winter sports, including sport development programmes, coaching courses and athlete seminars. More information at www.usolympicteam.com
The 2009 IOC trophy for sport and the fight against doping was awarded to Daina Gudzineviciute, Chair of the Athletes' Commission of the Lithuanian NOC, member of the NOC's Executive Committee and Olympic shooting champion in Sydney. The trophy was presented by NOC President, Arturas Poviliunas, in recognition of her outstanding role in the adoption of a government resolution on accession to the World Anti-Doping Code. Daina Gudzineviciute received her trophy at a ceremony organised in honour of young athletes who won medals and prizes at the 10th European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere (Finland). The ceremony was attended by numerous political and sports personalities, as well as media representatives.
We recently learned that Antonio Gopal, President of the Seychelles NOC, presented the 2009 IOC trophy for sport and the fight against doping to Jean Larue, Chairman of the National Anti-Doping Commission, in the presence of the NOC Executive Committee members at the NOC headquarters on 14 September. The trophy was awarded in recognition of the effort and hard work of the Commission and its Chairman in the fight against doping in sport in the Seychelles.
The 2010 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, approved by the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 19 September, is now available. This list will enter into force on 1 January 2010. To see it, go to www.wada-ama.org
In last week's edition, the article on the Slovak NOC contained an error. Rather than "around 10,000 children", it should have read "tens of thousands of children".