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19 Mar 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


This week in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge met the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) President Margaret Talbot, and its Executive Director, Detlef Dumon, as well as a delegation from the International Kickboxing Federation, led by Secretary General Alexandre Walnier.

Next week, President Rogge will be in Singapore for the Chefs de Mission Seminar for the 1st Youth Olympic Games (YOG). 

This weekend, Anita L. DeFrantz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the US Rowing Federation at a ceremony in Mystic Seaport (USA). She is Vice-President of the International Rowing Federation (FISA).

Denis Oswald has been named part-time extraordinary professor in sports law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) by the Council of State, for four years, from 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2013. He had previously occupied the function of associate professor, holding the chair of sports law.

On 15 March in New York (USA), Mario Pescante, the new IOC Permanent Observer at the United Nations, presented his appointment letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The two men spoke about the important role that sport can play in peace and development.

This week, the IOC announced that the three cities applying to be candidates for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 had all replied to the IOC questionnaire included in the Candidate Acceptance Procedure. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) had until 15 March to submit their files at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The host city election will take place in Durban (South Africa) on 6 July 2011. Press release at


The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has informed us that the most successful female fencer in history, Italy’s Valentina Vezzali, has confirmed her participation in the first YOG in Singapore as a fencing Ambassador. She will thus take part in various activities on the YOG organisers’ Culture and Education Programme. She will take this opportunity to share her experiences, answer any questions and pass on the Olympic values to the young athletes and YOG participants. Full press release at

Under the high patronage of the Sri Lankan Minister of Education, a Gymnastics for All course was recently organised in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. Over 60 people replied to the invitation of the organisers and course director Tatsuo Araki, Vice-President of the FIG Gymnastics for All Committee. Thanks to the efforts of the national authorities and the support of FIG experts, the first Sri Lankan gymnasts have been able to take part in international events, namely the 2007 World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn (Austria). Info at

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Tennis Hall of Fame have announced that Switzerland’s Heinz Grimm is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious “Golden Achievement Award” in recognition of his contribution as a sports administrator for over 50 years. A former Davis Cup player, Grimm was Chairman of the Swiss Tennis Competition Committee in 1968, before becoming Vice-President from 1980 to 1994, then Honorary Vice-President in 1995. Co-founder in 1975 then President from 1978 to 1993 of the European Tennis Association, he later became Honorary Life President. He held several ITF functions from 1983 to 2001, when he became an Honorary Vice-President of the IF. More info at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has informed us that, in early March, in Cairo (Egypt), coaches and technical officials from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia and Oman took part in a five-day certification seminar, organised by Ahmed Nasser, President of the Egyptian Triathlon Federation, at the NOC’s sports complex. ITU Sport Development Director Libby Burrell was present at this course with a strong team of course facilitators. After the seminar, the newly certified officials attended the first national triathlon championships, in which athletes from other Arab countries also participated. More info at


The Salvadorian NOC has just closed the first sports administration course, which began in mid-February as part of the “Sport for Peace and Development” project, organised jointly by the NOC, the United Nations Development Programme in El Salvador and the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety. The 31 participants on this course all received a diploma and a CD of the talks presented on themes such as working with volunteers, organising sports events, developing projects, and event rules and schedules. Info at

In early March, the Guatemalan NOC set up a workshop on the prevention of and fight against doping, in which 32 representatives of national sports federations and associations, as well as NOC technical-administrative staff, participated. The main subject was information on the consequences of using prohibited substances in sport. The course manager was Carlos Alfredo Hermes, President of the Board of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation for Central America and Colombia and Deputy Director of the Medical Commission. This course had received backing of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Info at

Last week, the Lithuanian NOC organised a discussion on the Vancouver Games, with the participation of sports administration and coaching executives from national ski and biathlon federations. A study of Lithuanian athletes’ performances was presented by NOC President Arturas Poviliunas, who also spoke about current and future measures to develop winter sports in the country. An exhibition on Olympic winter sports was inaugurated. In addition, the first volume of the Lithuanian sports encyclopaedia was officially launched, a project initiated by the Lithuanian Department for Physical and Sports Education. Among the many personalities present on this occasion were the President of the Republic, Valdas Adamkus, and Olympic champions Angele Rupsiene and Virgilijus Alekna. More info at and

Windsurfer Sebastián Schreier Loret De Mola, received the 2009 fair play prize awarded by the Peruvian NOC and the Panathlon Club of Lima, in the presence of IOC member Ivan Dibós. The Presidents of the two organisations, Jose Quiñones Gonzalez and Luis Moreno respectively, spoke of the young athlete’s fair play at the World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz (Spain), during which he decided to abandon his place in the first four to come to the assistance of a Spanish competitor in difficulty and to administer first aid.


The Organising Committee for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore has unveiled a model of the torch that will be used in the Youth Olympic Torch Relay. The flame will visit one city on each continent: Berlin (Germany), Dakar (Senegal), Mexico City (Mexico), Auckland (New Zealand) and Seoul (Republic of Korea). Read the press release at More info on the relay route can be found at


While the Paralympic Winter Games were taking place in Vancouver, Phil Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and IOC member, presented the Paralympic Order to Jerry Johnston, in recognition of his important contribution to the Paralympic Movement. Johnston has worked on the development of Paralympic sport in Canada for over 20 years, as well as in other countries such as Australia. Among other things, he founded the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing in 1976. In 2003, he was inducted in the Canadian Paralympic Sports Hall of Fame.

We have also learned that this week in Vancouver, the very first Medical Conference was organised jointly by the IPC and the Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Over 60 people attended, including team doctors and general practitioners, representatives of various sports as well as researchers. Among the subjects addressed were injuries in sport. Owing to the success of this first edition, it has been decided to repeat the experience for the next Paralympic Games. Info at

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) has announced that the application deadline for its 2010 Master’s in Sports Administration and Technology has been set for 3 May 2010. This course covers subjects such as management and economics, technology, law, sociology and medicine, all as they relate to sport. Info at

The International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS) recently announced that registration for the 28th “Sport Movies & TV 2010” International Festival has opened. This Festival will be held from 28 October to 2 November in Milan (Italy). Info at

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