- 27 Jan 2014
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week, Thomas Bach visited Brazil for the first time since he was elected as IOC President. On 21 January, President Bach met Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. During this meeting, President Rousseff expressed her full commitment to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 and outlined a number of measures to support Games preparations.
President Bach said: “With her dynamism she will ensure the close cooperation of all levels of government and stakeholders.” He also recalled that “the Games can deliver a great deal in terms of concrete legacy and social benefits. The IOC is fully confident but the schedule is now very tight and there is not another day to lose in the preparations.”
The meeting was also attended by IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Member in Brazil Bernard Rajzman, Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro Sergio Cabral, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and IOC honorary member Carlos Nuzman, and Rio 2016 CEO Sidney Levy.
After Brasilia, President Bach travelled to Rio where he kicked off his visit with a meeting with the heads of Rio 2016’s marketing partners. Following a tour of the main Olympic venues, the IOC President met Rio Governor Sergio Cabral and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to discuss Rio’s long-term development project. His visit to Rio ended with a meeting with Rio 2016’s Board of Directors and Executives, and an address to the entire Rio 2016 staff.
On 23 January, Jacques Rogge was honoured by the City of Lausanne during the inauguration of a square which has been named Espace Jacques Rogge and is opposite the Olympic Museum’s Olympic Fountain. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Mayor of the Olympic Capital, Daniel Brélaz. The Honorary President then represented the IOC President at the preview of the Olympic Museum’s exhibition, “Sochi Live”.
This week, Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s, which is designed to connect fans from around the world with Olympic athletes. Click on www.cheerstosochi.com to send messages to the athletes preparing to compete in Sochi.
The IOC has awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in the Caribbean to International Media Content Ltd. (IMC), the parent company of SportsMax, for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. IMC has acquired exclusive English language broadcast rights on all media platforms, excluding internet and mobile rights.
International Sports Federations
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has appointed Bruny Surin from Canada, Allen Johnson from the USA and Natallia Dobrynska from Ukraine as Ambassadors to the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, which will be held in the Polish city of Sopot from 7 to 9 March. Info at www.iaaf.org
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that Germany’s Tobias Hauke has been named 2013 Athlete of the Year. He received his trophy from FIH Executive Board member Alberto Budeisky, at a special presentation ceremony at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi (India). Along with the German team, Hauke won the Olympic title in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012. The Talent of the Year trophy was awarded to another German, young athlete Christopher Rühr. A panel of experts composed of coaches, players and media representatives selected the winners of these two trophies. Info at www.fih.ch
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is offering three internship scholarships for media undergraduates and graduates to work at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo (Japan) from 28 April to 5 May 2014. Candidatures must be sent to the ITTF before 1 March. Info at www.ittf.com
Another highly consistent World Cup season and two gold medals at the Cali World Games have seen American Erika Jones named World Archery (WA) Female Athlete of the Year 2013. In the men’s category, the winner of the 2013 World Cup, Denmark’s Martin Damsbo, won the title Athlete of the Year. The athletes’ final ranking was decided by the combined average of votes by the public and by the members of the WA’s Athlete and Coaches committees. Furthermore, the current classical archery world champion, Maja Jager, was elected Athlete of the Year in Denmark. Info at www.worldarchery.org.
An IOC/ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Training Systems Development Course recently ended in Kuortane (Finland). The 11 attendees took part in talks and workshops addressing how to advance their training and development programmes within their national federations. They also shared their experiences during group workshops led by ISSF Training Academy tutors Kevin Kilty and Zeljko Todorovic. Info at www.issf-sports.org
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the qualification criteria for the paratriathlon event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. This will be the first time that this event features on the Paralympic Games programme. A maximum of 60 athletes (men and women) will take part. The qualification period will be from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Info at www.triathlon.org
The third World Snow Day took place on 19 January 2014. More than 610 organisers from 35 countries staged unique events in a fun environment, nationwide in some countries, to celebrate everything to do with snow. Eight countries (Austria, Canada, France, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Sweden) organised events throughout their territory. World Snow Day was organised as part of the “Bring Children to the Snow” campaign launched by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Info at www.fis-ski.com.
National Olympic Committees
Organised by the NOC of Bahrain, a workshop recently brought together secretaries general and executive directors of sports associations. Subjects addressed included identifying strategies, high-level performance and youth development, human and financial resources, and planning and management tools. Furthermore, the NOC’s Media Director, veteran sports journalist Mohammed Lori, was recently honoured by the Arab Sports Press Association at a gala held in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
The NOC of Brazil has informed us that 2013 was the best post-Olympic year in the history of Brazilian sport (with 27 medals won in world championships or equivalent competitions). With respect to the NOC’s strategy, the first years of the Olympic cycle will be devoted to Brazilian teams’ technical qualifications. To achieve this, the NOC is investing in three fundamental areas: recruiting of high-level coaches from Brazil or abroad; developing multidisciplinary teams; and applying sports science directly in the athletes’ preparations. Info at www.cob.org.br
The third Premios Colibris awards ceremony honoured 35 athletes who stood out in 2013. The winners received their prizes from, among others, the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and the President of the Costa Rican NOC, Henry Núñez Nájera. Info at www.concr.org
Figure skater Javier Fernández, two-time European champion and bronze medallist at the latest World Championships, will be the flag-bearer for the Spanish Olympic delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, on 7 February. He was appointed by the Spanish NOC at its 21 January meeting. Info at
The Greek NOC has awarded trophies to the best male and female athletes of 2013. The ceremony took place on 14 January at the NOC headquarters, in the presence of Sports Minister Ioannis Andrianos, IOC member Lambis Nikolaou and President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos. NOC President Spyros Capralos presented the best female athlete of 2013 award to the world number two rower, Katerina Nikolaidou. Furthermore, the Greek Olympic Academy has received the IOC’s “Sport and Environment” diploma. Info at
With a few weeks to go until they leave for the Sochi Games, the Japanese Olympic delegation took part in a ceremony in the presence of Prince Akishino and the President of the Japanese NOC, IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda. The delegation will be led by ski jumper Noriaki Kasai. Seiko Hashimoto, bronze medallist at the 1992 Albertville Games, has been appointed Chef de Mission. The NOC has informed us that some 30 youngsters from various Asian countries are participating in the eighth Youth Leadership Camp organised the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), which is being held in Tokyo until 30 January. The aim of this camp is to allow these 18-25-year-olds to exchange best practices in the area of development and peace through sport. They have been able to listen to Wilfried Lemke, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, who also visited the NOC President, Tsunekazu Takeda. Info at www.joc.or.jp
Swimmer Ruta Meilutyte has been named Lithuanian Athlete of the Year for the second time. World champion in the 100m breaststroke and runner-up in the 50m in 2013, Rūta, who will turn 17 on 19 March, obtained the most votes, followed by pentathlete Laura Asadauskaite and rowers Donata Vistartaite and Milda Valciukaite. Rūta Meilutytė received the traditional sculpture, “The Archer”, from Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius and the President of the Lithuanian NOC, Daina Gudzinevičiute. Furthermore, Algimantas Gudiskis, the NOC’s Director of Olympic Education, has been awarded the “150th anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin, sport as a school of life” trophy. It was presented to him by the NOC President at a ceremony to mark the NOC’s 25th anniversary.
Info at www.ltok.lt
A “Pierre de Coubertin” Olympic studies centre has just been inaugurated at the headquarters of the NOC of Venezuela, at a ceremony led by NOC President Eduardo Alvarez. Numerous sports leaders, athletes and personalities were also present. Created thanks to support from Olympic Solidarity and the Venezuelan Sports Ministry, this centre’s objective is to promote Olympism among the community and to be a permanent forum for discussion on issues related to the values of sport.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has announced that its budget for organising the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 will be balanced at BRL 7 billion. The funding will come from only private sources such as sponsorship, ticket sales, licencing and a contribution from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC President said: "We congratulate Rio 2016 on announcing a balanced Games budget. We are happy to be contributing over USD 1 billion to the Games and to see that Rio is aiming to deliver its operations with only private financing. The organisers conducted a very thorough budgeting process to reach this result and we believe that they can look forward with confidence, as they work to deliver successful Games in 2016. " For more info, click on www.rio2016.com/transparencia.
On 19 and 20 January in Tokyo, a delegation from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), led by its Vice-President, Andrew Parsons, and CEO Xavier Gonzalez, participated in an orientation seminar also bringing together officials from Tokyo 2020. The history of the Paralympic Movement, the evolution of the Paralympic Games, the structure of the IPC, the Paralympic sports and the transfer of knowledge from one Paralympic Games edition to the next were all addressed over these two days of meetings. Info at www.paralympic.org
The International Sports Movies and TV Federation (FICTS) has informed us that the 32nd edition of the international festival, “Sports, Movies and TV”, will be held from 3 to 8 December 2014 in Milan (Italy). Info at www.ficts.com