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15 Apr 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 14 April, IOC President Jacques Rogge sent his condolences to the IOC members in China and the NOC President, following reports of the earthquake which had struck the country.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman has received the Gold Shield of Antioquia, the highest commendation of the government of Antioquia, the region that includes Medellín, the recent host of the South American Games. Carlos Arthur Nuzman was honoured as President of the Rio 2016 Games Organising Committee and of the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR) at a ceremony organised in Medellín.

The Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Games, chaired by Jean-Claude Killy, has paid its third visit to the host of the next Olympic Winter Games. From 13 to 15 April, the Commission went to the Olympic venues in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, and noted the progress made in several Games areas: sport, athlete and media services, transport and culture. Read the story at (Media section) and at

Following the heavy rains that have affected the city of Rio de Janeiro, the IOC President and the Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games, chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel, wrote to the Games Organising Committee; the Sports Minister, Orlando Silva; the State Governor, Sergio Cabral; and the city’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes. In this message, they expressed their deepest sympathy to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by this tragic event. The IOC remains confident that the Organising Committee will do its utmost so that Rio will host quality Games in 2016.


At its recent General Assembly held in Baku (Azerbaijan), the International Fencing Federation (FIE) addressed mainly the issue of qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympic Games and the new international calendar. Thus, the major change, in addition to the reduction in the number of tournaments, is the joint organisation of individual World Cups with team World Cups. This was the FIE’s last General Assembly, as decided by the Congress in Palermo (Italy) in November 2009. Read the press release at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced the deaths of George Nissen, considered as the inventor of the modern trampoline, and Mahmoud Abdel-Aal, an honorary member of the IF. It was while watching trapeze artists rebound on safety nets that the idea for trampolining occurred to the US’s George Nissen. His idea reached its peak in 2000 with the introduction of trampoline to the Olympic programme in Sydney. Egypt’s Mahmoud Abdel-Aal took part in the London 1948 Games and was President of the National Gymnastics Federation as well as President of the Arab Gymnastics Federation. More info at

Clovis Lodewijks, the former Vice-President of the International Softball Federation (ISF) has been awarded the IF’s medal of honour. ISF President Don Porter presented him with this medal at a ceremony held in his home country, the Netherlands Antilles. Info at

At its General Assembly in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy), the World Curling Federation (WCF) elected its first female President, in the person of Kate Caithness. She succeeds Les Harrison. Vice-President of the IF since 2006, she has strongly contributed to the development of wheelchair curling, and this played an essential role in the sport being included on the programme of the Paralympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006. Patrick Hürlimann was appointed Vice-President, thus succeeding Kate Caithness. Press release at


Marcel Aubut, Canadian NOC President elect, has been awarded the title of “Grand Québécois” for 2010 by the Quebec Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contribution to Quebec society. Besides practising corporate law in Quebec and Montreal for over 30 years, Marcel Aubut is also one of Quebec’s most visible and well known personalities in the world of sport, particularly professional ice hockey. He sat on the NOCs’ Executive Committee and Administrative Committee, before becoming President elect. In addition, on 7 April, the Canadian NOC announced the resignation – effective 15 April 2010 – of Chris Rudge, CEO and Secretary General. Read the press release at

The USOC has announced that the 17th edition of its F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) programme will take place from 24 to 27 July 2010 at the Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs. For 16 years, this educational programme has encouraged and shown minority students that any aim can be achieved with perseverance. Press release at

The first French Olympic swimming champion, Jean Boiteux, died on 11 April at the age of 76. He won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle in Helsinki in 1952, also setting a world record (4’30’’7). After ending his sports career in 1956 and achieving 15 French championship titles, Jean Boiteux became a coach, regional technical adviser in Aquitaine and President of the Girondins Club in Bordeaux. Read the press release on the French NOC’s site:

The British Olympic Association recently announced the launch of its new Athletes’ Commission. This Commission, made up of 12 Olympians, was created to fulfil a simple but crucial objective: to bring the perspective, expertise and talent of these athletes to the many NOC programmes and initiatives. Press release at

For the first time in many years, the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, which hosted the first modern Games in 1896, was opened to the public on 15 April. This was thanks to the determined efforts of the Greek NOC. A brochure and audio guide will be distributed to Greek and foreign visitors who will be able to discover the history of this Stadium, its architecture, location, the details of its construction and its renovation. The Stadium will be open every day. More info at

We have just learned that, during the NOC of Guyana’s gala evening, the 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight against Doping” Trophy was awarded to Charles Corbin, by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Frank Anthony. Many personalities from the diplomatic, political and sports worlds and the media were present at this ceremony, including Jamaican sprinter and Olympic medallist Grace Jackson.

The Polish NOC has announced the death of its President, Piotr Nurowski, in the plane crash that also killed the President of the Republic, Lech Kaczynski, on 10 April in Smolensk (Russian Federation). Aged 65, Piotr Nurowski had also been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) since 2005. The IOC President expressed his condolences to Piotr Nurowski’s family, the NOC and the IOC member in Poland.


The 30th General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) was held at the end of March in Nadi (Fiji). ONOC also organised joint workshops with representatives of the Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) and other partners on areas of mutual interest. Following this Assembly, the first Regional Olympic Forum on Autonomy, Good Governance, Mediation and Arbitration was held. More info at

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