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23 Apr 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


The IOC was deeply saddened to learn on Wednesday of the death of its Honorary President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, aged 89.  He was widely credited with renewing and fundamentally changing the landscape of the Olympic Movement. IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “I am personally deeply saddened by the death of the man who built up the Olympic Games of the modern era, a man who inspired me, and whose knowledge of sport was truly exceptional. Thanks to his extraordinary vision and talent, Samaranch was the architect of a strong and unified Olympic Movement. We have lost a great man, a mentor and a friend who dedicated his long and fulfilled life to Olympism.” President Rogge travelled to Barcelona to attend the funeral on 22 April.

Read about the highlights of the Samaranch presidency, his biography and some of his thoughts on Olympism on

This week in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge met Roland Faure of Sportel; Mino Auletta, President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); and IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou.

Next week, President Rogge will be in Dubai (UAE) for IOC Executive Board meetings and the SportAccord convention.

Walther Tröger received the World Money Fair Trophy at the 15th Olympic Collectors’ World Fair at the German Olympic and Sports Museum in Cologne. He was awarded the trophy, in recognition of his contribution to and strong support for numismatics, by Henning Goehrum and Albert M. Beck, respectively President and Honorary President of the World Money Fair.

Places for the 13th Sport for All World Congress are still available. Register at: The Congress will be held in Jyväskylä (Finland), from 14 to 17 June 2010. For this edition, experts in various fields will once again be talking about their experience and the latest research in the area of Sport for All.

The IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has launched the 2011 edition of its grants programme for young researchers studying the Olympic Movement, its history and values and the impact of the Olympic Games on various aspects of contemporary society and culture. Find out more on (“Media” section). 


The city of Barcelona has been confirmed as the sixth and new venue for the Basketball World Championship to be played in Spain in 2014. This decision was taken by the Central Board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) meeting in San Juan (Puerto Rico). Another Board decision was to award the Under-19 World Championships in 2011 to Latvia (men) and Chile (women). For more details, visit In addition, Marcos Beltrá has been appointed Head of Communications for the Pedro Ferrándiz Foundation and the FIBA Hall of Fame. Until September 2009, Beltrá was Head of Press Operations for FIBA.

The Second Extraordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation (IHF), due to be held in Rome (Italy) on 23 and 24 April 2010, has been cancelled as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The IHF Executive Committee will now select a new date and venue for this Congress at its meeting in Qatar from 17 to 21 May. Details on

On 19 April, the International Luge Federation (FIL) published its report on the circumstances of the luge accident that led to the tragic death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver last February. The full report will be available from 12 p.m. on the FIL’s website at the following address:


In a press released dated 19 April, the Canadian NOC informed us that Jean R. Dupré is the new CEO and Secretary General of the NOC. For his part, Chris Overholt has become the new COO and Chief Marketing Officer. Jean Dupré spent the previous 15 years as Director General of Speed Skating Canada. Chris Overholt was previously working with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins. Press release on

We have been informed that the Guatemalan NOC has sent aid to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. With the support of the national sports federations and associations and the NOC staff, non-perishable goods and bottled water were sent on 11 March, via the National Commission for Disaster Prevention (CONRED). Details on

On 13 April, the Italian NOC organised a seminar on team sports. This event was run by the NOC’s Sports and Olympic Preparation Department and the Institute for Sports Sciences, Sports Medicine and School Sport as part of the training programmes for the 2012 Games in London. The seminar was opened by NOC President Giovanni Petrucci. NOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi thanked the NOC delegates present. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Polish NOC President Piotr Nurowski, who died in the recent air crash. The seminar was attended by coaches from all the national sports federations. The Italian speakers included Marcello Lippi for football and Massimo Barbolini for volleyball, while the foreign speakers included Jens Bangsbo, Professor at Copenhagen University Sports Science Department, and Professor John Cronin, an expert on methodology from Auckland University in New Zealand. A working group on women and sport and a workshop for national elite team coaches on strength training were also held. The last meeting in this series will be on 27 April on the subject of endurance, at the NOC Sport School. More details on

On 20 April at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters, the winners of the Olympic “Sport and Literature” competition launched by the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education were honoured. The winners in the two categories (under 12 and 18) received their IOC prizes and diplomas from NOC President Arturas Poviliunas. The second and third place diplomas were also awarded in front of the numerous guests, who included Milda Laurutenaite, Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Unit for Physical Culture Strategy, and Ona Baboniene, Director of the Sports Centre for Lithuanian Schoolchildren and Students.


20 April saw the launch on of a “Meet the Young Ambassadors” series of articles in the Cube section on news about the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Every day for a month, the profile of one of the young ambassadors who will be in Singapore this summer will be featured.  You can also see their profiles by clicking here.

2016 YOG

This week, the Norwegian NOC has submitted the candidature of Lillehammer, host city for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, to stage the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016. As part of the candidature procedure, the NOC and the city will attend an IOC workshop in Lausanne on 11 May 2010, and will have until 15 November 2010 to submit their candidature file. The Evaluation Commission will then publish its report, which will be followed by a postal vote by the IOC members. The name of the host city for the 2nd Winter YOG will be announced in May 2011. More details on (“Media” section).

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