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26 Mar 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


This week, the IOC President, Jacques  Rogge, has been in Singapore, where he spoke at the Chefs de Mission seminar ahead of the first ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG). During his stay, President Rogge met the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong; the Deputy Prime Minister and NOC President, Teo Chee Hean; the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Vivian Balakrishnan; and other dignitaries. He has been accompanied by the Chairman of the Organising Committee for these Games (SYOGOC), IOC member Ser Miang Ng.

The President’s programme also included a visit to various sports venues and those for the cultural and educational activities, plus a visit to the SYOGOC headquarters, where he spoke to members of staff.

President Rogge also attended the launch of the Young Ambassadors programme (see “Youth Olympic Games” section), where he talked to the 30 young ambassadors and the 60 local representatives who will promote and facilitate the Culture and Education Programme developed by SYOGOC and the IOC. For more details, visit

After Singapore, President Rogge will be spending the weekend in Hong Kong, where he will attend the Hong Kong Sevens 2010, an international rugby sevens competition, accompanied by International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset. On this occasion, he will also meet the Hong Kong Secretary for Home Affairs, Tsang Tak-sing; and Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister and Minister in charge of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Mario Vázquez Raña, who is also President of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), has been named a Grand Officer of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero by the Panamanian Vice-President, Juan Carlos Varela.

Patrick Joseph Hickey represented the IOC at a ceremony held on 23 March in Bakuriani (Georgia) in memory of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died at the last training session in Whistler (Canada) on 12 February this year. Other attendees included the Vancouver Games Organising Committee (VANOC) CEO, John Furlong; Olympic gold medallist Felix Loch; the President of the International Luge Federation (FIL), Josef Fendt; and numerous athletes.

Nawal El Moutawakel recently received a “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Laureus association, in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of women and sport and her work within the IOC.

Just over a month after her election as an IOC member, Marisol Casado was honoured by the Spanish NOC at a ceremony attended by, among others, NOC President Alejandro Blanco and IOC honorary member the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón.


Bruno Grandi, the President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), has been awarded the “Fair Play Mecenate Award for 2010” , in recognition of more than 50 years of work in sport, and particularly gymnastics, first as a coach then as a leader, international judge and finally President of the FIG since 1996. Details on

The Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) met in New Delhi (India) on 14 and 15 March. Agenda items included the new Executive Board structure, which will be presented to the FIH Congress in November 2010 in Montreux (Switzerland), and the adoption of the strategic plan for 2010-2016. More details on

The official magazine of the International Swimming Federation, “FINA Aquatics World Magazine”, has elected the best athletes of the last decade in all aquatic disciplines. In a vote by the 202 national federations and leading specialists, the American Michael Phelps, with more than 75 per cent of the votes, and Dutchwoman Inge de Bruijn are the best swimmers of the 2000-2009 decade. See the rest of the winners on


This week, we have learned of the death of US athlete Wayne Collett, the 400m silver medallist at the 1972 Games in Munich. Born on 20 October 1949 in Los Angeles, Wayne Collet was a leading member of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) athletics team between 1968 and 1971, during which time he excelled in the 440 yards, mile relay and 440 yards hurdles.

The NOC of Guatemala has informed us that the second module of the third edition of MEMOS in Spanish (Masters in sports organisation management) has just opened in Guatemala. There are 22 students from four continents following this Masters course, including José Gabriel del Busto, President of the Guatemalan Badminton Federation. One of the topics is “Sports Organisations, an example: sports organisation in Guatemala”.

Thirty Israeli athletes recently attended a meeting organised for the first time by the NOC of Israel and Adecco Israel. Held as part of the IOC Athlete Career Programme, the aim of the meeting was to help these athletes find a second career after they leave their sport career. The speakers were NOC President Zvi Varshaviak; IOC member Alex Gilady; the CEO of Adecco Israel, Zvi Keend; NOC Secretary General Efraim Zinger; and various athletes. These included the NOC Athletes’ Commission Chairman, former Olympic swimmer Miki Halika; former swimmer Yoav Bruck; and Yael Arad, Israel’s first Olympic medallist, who pointed out that “the same as athletes work hard on the way to the top in sports, so we must work hard and focused to succeed in life”. 


This week, Singapore has hosted, in the presence of President Rogge, the first ever Chefs de Mission and Young Ambassadors seminars for the Youth Olympic Games. The first of these brought together the Chefs de Mission of the NOC delegations who will accompany the young athletes in Singapore this summer. The Young Ambassadors seminar, a new initiative, brought together the young people responsible for helping to promote the YOG in their regions and communities around the world. These young ambassadors will also have a role to play during the Games themselves, by encouraging the athletes to take part in the Culture and Education Programme offered to them.

On the same occasion, on 22 March, with under 150 days to go before the first YOG open, the IOC launched its Young Ambassadors programme. This will be based on five themes: Olympism, developing skills, well-being and a healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression using digital media. Details and photos on


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced the launch of its 2010 Social Science Research Grant Programme. This is aimed at encouraging research in social science with a view to obtaining information that will enable more efficient doping prevention strategies. WADA has also issued a Call for Proposals for its 2010 Scientific Research Grants. For more details, visit

The International Sport Movies and Television Federation (FICTS) recently announced that Mauritius has become the 103rd FICTS member country. For more details, go to


Please note that the text in the first paragraph of the English edition of the previous issue, under the “IOC President” activities section, should have read “International Savate Federation” and not “International Kickboxing Federation”.

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