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30 Apr 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Dubai for the meetings of the IOC Executive Board.

Upon his arrival on 27 April, he participated in a round table on the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) with Ser Miang Ng, President of the Singapore YOG Organising Committee, and Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for these Games. In the evening, President Rogge attended the opening ceremony of the SportAccord convention, chaired by IOC honorary member Hein Verbruggen. This ceremony took place in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, IOC member Princess Haya Al Hussein, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  

At its meetings from 28 to 30 April, the EB took a number of decisions.

Concerning Chinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao, the EB decided to withdraw from her the medals and diplomas she won at the Sydney Games in 2000. The EB is thus following the decision taken by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) last February to cancel all the results obtained by this gymnast as a consequence of violating the FIG Statutes and Regulations.

On the subject of doping, the IOC announced that Polish cross country skier Kornelia Marek had committed an Anti-Doping Rules violation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The IOC Disciplinary Commission set up to study this case therefore issued sanctions against this athlete.

The EB was also informed of the progress in the Olympic projects by the Chairmen of the Organising Committees for the Games in London and Sochi, as well as the YOG in Singapore.
The follow-up to the recommendations of the XIII Olympic Congress was on the agenda of the last day of this EB meeting.

As a prelude to this EB meeting, the traditional joint meetings were held with the International Federations of summer Olympic sports and the International Federations of winter Olympic sports.

President Rogge took the opportunity to meet several IOC members and NOC and IF Presidents who were present in Dubai for these meetings.

The EB was also invited to a dinner at the palace of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya Al Hussein. In a meeting with the IOC President, Sheikh Mohammed announced the joint initiative of many of the Gulf countries in favour of a minimum of five hours per week of physical education lessons in schools.

President Rogge was admitted to the Order of the Grand Companions of Oliver R. Tambo (gold), by the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of Freedom Day in South Africa.

Joseph Blatter and Issa Hayatou, respectively President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), have also been admitted to the Order of the Grand Companions of Oliver R. Tambo. This honour was awarded to them in recognition of their contribution to the development of football and to the organisation of the first Football World Cup in Africa.

Arne Ljungqvist has received the 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight against Doping” Trophy, in recognition of his major work in this area. Ljungqvist, Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, was honoured at the annual meeting of the Swedish NOC. The distinction was presented to him by NOC President Stefan Lindeberg.

As President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Francesco Ricci Bitti (right of photo) has been awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Bulgarian National Sports Academy in Sofia. This distinction, the Academy’s highest, was awarded to him on the occasion of an international conference organised by the Academy on the theme “Sport, Stress and Adaptation”. Information on


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced the death of Russian gymnast Natalia Lavrova on 23 April in a car accident near Penza Oblast (Russia), her home town. Aged 25, she was Olympic champion (in the team competition) at the Sydney Games in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004. Read the press release on


The Argentinean NOC and the province of Entre Rios, represented respectively by NOC President Gerardo Werthein and Governor Sergio Urribarri, have signed an agreement for Olympism to be taught in schools in the province. This event took place in the city of Paraná, the birthplace of one of the 13 founders of the IOC, José Benjamin Zubiaur. This is the first step of an NOC project aimed at having Olympism taught in all the country’s schools.

The NOC of Brazil has been awarded the insignia of the Order of Rio Branco by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, attended the ceremony. The NOC was represented by the Chairman of its athletes’ commission, volleyball player Bernard Rajzman, silver medallist in Los Angeles in 1984. This distinction was awarded in recognition of the joint work with the Ministry (Itamaraty) for the victorious candidature for the 2016 Games and of the positive image of Brazil given on this occasion to other countries.

The NOC of Chile’s Sport and Environment Commission celebrated Earth Day on 22 April. The Commission Chairwoman, Marcela Revilloud, led the ceremony, which consisted of planting various species of trees which will decorate the main entrance to the Olympic training centre.

This week, the British Olympic Association announced the appointment of Darryl Seibel as the new Head of Olympic Media and Communications Strategy. Darryl Seibel has worked at seven editions of the Olympic Games, most recently in Vancouver with Team GB, the British Olympic team. He was previously Head of Communications at the United States Olympic Committee. Information on

We have just learnt that the 53rd Bank of China (Hong Kong) Festival of Sport took place in mid-March in Hong Kong. On the programme of the two days of festivities, organised by the NOC of Hong Kong, China, were sports demonstrations and games to encourage people to participate in various sports. The 74 national sports associations paraded at the opening of this Festival, which was officially opened by NOC President and IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok. With its traditional theme of “Sport for All”, this Festival encourages the general public to practise sport and thus have a healthy lifestyle.

Last week, the NOC of Serbia organised a seminar in the framework of the IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP), in collaboration with Adecco Serbia. Some 60 active or recently retired athletes learnt how to exploit their sporting success in the job market and how to succeed in their career change after their sports careers. The programme also included writing a CV and preparing for interviews. Patrick Glennon, Adecco Global Director for this programme, attended this seminar.


This week, legendary Olympic pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva officially became a Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Ambassador. She joins in this role the undisputed star of swimming, Michael Phelps, who was appointed as an ambassador last February. Double Olympic gold medallist Isinbayeva said on this occasion: “I am thrilled at the idea of playing such an important role, promoting activity among young people, and the Youth Olympic Games are the ideal way to achieve this, as a real source of inspiration for young people throughout the world to excel themselves through sport.” As for President Rogge, he noted: “Yelena Isinbayeva is a real champion, a veritable role model for young people. I have no doubt that the 3,600 athletes who will participate in the Games in Singapore this summer will be impressed by this athlete, and that she will be able to motivate them to think big and excel themselves.”
More information on (“Media” and “YOG” sections).

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