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01 Apr 2010
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Highlights of the week


Rita Subowo, who is also President of the Indonesian NOC, has received an honorary doctorate degree from the Semarang State University of Central Java. This distinction was awarded in recognition of her significant contribution to sport since 1987.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was in Lausanne this week for an information meeting on the IOC’s structure and services. IOC President Jacques Rogge met with him

The IOC, through its Medical Commission, is supporting the quarterly British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), which covers the latest information on sports medicine. Thus Issue 3 of Volume 44, published in February 2010, is devoted to sport for all and injury prevention for all. One article deals in particular with rugby, a sport which was recently included on the Olympic programme for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games. Read this Journal at

The IOC has just communicated the composition of its commissions for 2010. Find out more at (Media section).


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that 161 out of its 213 member federations have chosen to take part in the 2010 edition of World Athletics Day, placed under the sign of environmental protection. In order to raise awareness among young people of issues related to sustainable development and environmental protection, the IAAF is inviting its federations to integrate its Green Project into the celebration of this Day, which should take place the weekend of 15 and 16 May. Press release at

A workshop on the theme “medical emergencies in sport” was recently held at the Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation headquarters in Alcobendas, Madrid (Spain). Over 30 sports and medical officials took part. The objective was to raise awareness of preventative action during both competition and training. The Pedro Ferrandiz Foundation is devoted to studying and promoting basketball, in close cooperation with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The Foundation’s site is at

Johno Fullerton has just joined the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as Website and Media Coordinator in the IF’s Marketing and Media Department. He replaces News Editor David Knapman. Johno Fullerton competed for several years in dinghy and keelboat events in Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Info at

A press release from the International Ski Federation (FIS) has informed us of the death of Fritz Wagnerberger on 23 March at the age of 73. A former high-level Alpine skier, Fritz Wagnerberger was President of the German Ski Association then Honorary President. Within the FIS, he had been a Council member since 1971, and had been an Executive Board member, Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Commission, as well President of the Marc Hodler Foundation. Info at


The Salvadorian NOC has informed us of the organisation of the first sports management training day, attended by 50 volunteers from the towns of Acajutla, Sonsonate, Sonzacate and San Marcos. Organised by the Salvadorian Olympic Academy, the objective of this day is to raise awareness of the themes of sport and its practice for community benefit. It is being organised as part of the citizen security programme of the United Nations and its agencies, UNICEF, the UNDP, the OPS and the ILO, in cooperation with the National Public Safety Council, the various town halls and the Salvadorian NOC. Info at

This week at the Spanish NOC headquarters, the Nutrition and Healthy Habits in Sport Days were launched, in the presence of Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez and NOC President Alejandro Blanco. The objective is to show as much as possible the benefits of physical and sporting activity for a better future for society. More info at

The USOC has revealed the names of the 2009 Coaches of the Year. The winners are: Bob Bradley (national category), Scott Moore (Paralympic category), John Wingfield (development category) and Brian McCutcheon (volunteer category). Heidi Thibert received the “Doc” Counsilman Science trophy. These trophies will be awarded at the National Coaching Educators’ Conference on 17 June in Savannah, Georgia. The winners’ biographies are at

Under the aegis of the IOC, the Indian Olympic Association organised its very first national seminar on the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) from 22 to 26 March in Delhi. This IOC programme was officially launched by the IOC President during the Commonwealth Youth Games in October 2008 in Pune. During the workshop, national delegates from the various Indian states and union territories were introduced to the Programme and its educational resource, “Teaching Values: an Olympic Education Toolkit”, and were given tips on how to use this manual effectively. They also had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and some sports venues, in the presence of NOC President Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary General Randhir Singh, who is also an IOC member. The participants received their participation certificates from Randhir Singh and IOC Director of International Cooperation and Development T.A. Ganda Sithole. Read the news at (Media section).

We have just been informed by the Czech NOC that the Czech Fair Play Club session has honoured athletes who have demonstrated respect and fair play, thus setting an example to the young generation and the whole community. This was perfectly illustrated by Václav Chalupa, an Olympic medallist and Czech rowing legend, throughout his career. The first prize was awarded to Michal Smola who stopped the relay race at the 2009 World Orienteering Championships, because Sweden’s Martin Johansson had suffered a complicated injury. Smola’s direct competitors France’s Thierry Gueorgiou and Norway’s Anders Nordberg also stopped. The prizes were presented by Fair Play Club President Kveta Peckova and NOC President Milan Jirasek.


The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 in Vancouver (VANOC) has announced that almost one ton of medical and dental supplies – surplus from the Games – will be sent to Haiti to help the victims of the earthquake of 12 January. VANOC is working with the Canadian Forces to dispatch these supplies. The first dispatch was on Saturday 27 March, and the second will take place over the coming weeks and months. Press release at

SOCHI 2014

Last week, Sochi, the host city of the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, welcomed the Olympic and Paralympic flags before hundreds of its residents. Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev gave a speech, in honour of this historic event for Sochi and Russia. Among the other personalities present were Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko; Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov; and Vancouver champions Nikita Kriukov (gold, cross-country skiing), Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (gold, biathlon), Ivan Skobrev (silver and bronze, speed skating), Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zoubkov (bronze, bobsleigh), Maxim Shabalin and Oksana Domnina (bronze, ice dancing) and Paralympic champions Irek Zaripov (gold, cross-country skiing), Kirill Mikhaylov and Anna Burmistrova (gold, biathlon), Nikolay Polukhin (gold and silver, biathlon) and Sergey Shilov (gold, cross-country skiing, biathlon). More info at

On 22 March, the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro celebrated World Water Day with the launch of the environmental education programme of the State Company of Water and Sewage (Cedae). The objective of this programme is to make children aware at a young age of the need to use water in a rational and economical way in order to protect the environment. This use of water is one of the main points of the environmental project of the Rio 2016 Games. Present on this occasion were Cedae President Wagner Victer and the First Lady of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Adriana Ancelmo, as well as dozens of children taking part in the Rio 2016 Outreach project for the social integration of poor young people. Press release at


From 31 March, tickets for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore went on sale worldwide. Almost 320,000 tickets are available for the 158 competitions in the 26 sports on the YOG programme. Info at


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is calling on cities interested in organising the fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport at the end of 2013. This Conference will be the culmination of the next review of the World Anti-Doping Code, which WADA will launch in 2012. The deadline for proposals is 27 August 2010. The host city will be selected by the WADA Foundation Board on 21 November this year. More info at


Please note that in the previous edition of the Highlights, in the IOC Activities (IOC President) section, we omitted to mention the presence of IOC members Zaiqing Yu and Timothy Tsun Ting Fok with President Rogge during his stay in Hong Kong. In addition, in the IOC Activities section, please note that Togay Bayatli was present at the ceremony organised in memory of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. He was representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC).


Owing to exceptional circumstances, the Olympic Highlights will not be published next week. Thank you for your understanding.

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