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07 May 2010
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Highlights of the week


Next week, IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in Lusaka (Zambia) for the inauguration of the Olympic Youth Development Centre on 11 May. This sports complex, which is a pilot project of the IOC’s Sports for Hope programme, is supported by several IFs, and will offer various sports facilities as well as educational programmes, health services and community activities.

From Lusaka, President Rogge will go to Eldoret (Kenya) to attend the inauguration of the Kip Keino Secondary School on 13 May. Read more at (Media section) and in the next edition of the Olympic Highlights.

The 2010 Youth Olympic Games Coordination Commission, chaired by Sergey Bubka, has paid its fourth and last visit to Singapore, the host city of the first YOG. During their stay, the Commission members took part in the YOG 99-day countdown celebrations. See also the YOG section.

In the framework of SportAccord, individual meetings were held with the 32 recognised IFs on the Athlete Career Programme, set up by the IOC Athletes’ Commission. The meetings’ main objective was to raise awareness of this Programme so that each IF can directly promote it within its athletes’ commission and among its members, and also highlight the “elite athletes” section ( on each of these IFs’ web sites. Athlete interviews will be published on this site in the near future.

The first ever “UN-IOC Forum” will take place in Lausanne on 21 and 22 May 2010. This technical meeting for specialised representatives from the Olympic Movement and UN bodies will serve to assess how to build further on the existing partnership, especially in the light of the IOC’s recently obtained UN observer status. The forum will include a follow-up on last year’s International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development and bring together UN country teams and NOCs to push new sport related projects in developing nations. Keynote addresses at the Opening Session will be delivered by IOC President Jacques Rogge; Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace; and Mario Pescante, Chairman of the IOC’s International Relations Commission and Permanent Observer for the IOC to the UN.


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced that the best video clips of gymnastics are now available on YouTube. Spearheaded by SportAccord, this project offers images of the latest international competitions in the seven gymnastics disciplines. See for yourself at, the site of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has a new image. A historical section is now available, as is a section devoted to the FINA sports medicine community. Direct links with social networks (Facebook, YouTube) can also be found on the home page. An online shop will be launched on 15 May. An e-learning programme, prepared by FINA’s Coaches Commission, will soon be available.

Tom Dielen, Secretary of the International Archery Federation (FITA), was elected Vice-President of the International World Games Association (IWGA) at its General Assembly in Dubai at the end of April. He had been a member of the IWGA Executive Committee since 2006.

A press release from the International Basque Pelota Federation (FIPV) has informed us of the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Spanish national anti-doping agency (AEA) and the Spanish, European and international Basque pelota federations. This agreement – the first concluded by the AEA with an IF – provides for the development of joint activities in the prevention of and fight against doping in this sport. Press release at

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has developed a new education and awareness-raising campaign for players under 20. The logo of this campaign is a green puck with the motto “Say no!”, which encourages players to refuse any prohibited substance. The launch of this campaign coincides with the World Championships in Germany. See this “Green Puck” campaign at


In October 2010, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Ghent and the Belgian NOC will kick off the second edition of the permanent training entitled “Management of sports organisations – Belgian Olympic Academy”. The mission of this training programme for sports leaders is to strengthen the quality of management within sports organisations using new management methods. More info at

On 6 May in Madrid (Spain), the 3rd Symposium on Safety in Football and High-Level Sport, led by sports journalist Roberto Gómez, was held. On this occasion, Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco received the Safety in Sport Prize in recognition of his work with Olympic athletes. Among the themes addressed were physical and psychological safety in high-level sport; sudden death; and national and international standards in sanitary safety in sport. Info at

The USOC, the University of Delaware and Olympic Solidarity congratulated the 20 graduates of the second edition of the “International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme” (ICECP), at a ceremony in Lausanne on 3 May. The coaches, from 20 countries on the five continents and representing 12 sports, began this programme in September 2009. The objective is to help them develop their knowledge and experience in areas such as sports sciences, talent identification, athlete development, coaching education, coaching management, grass roots sports development and ethical aspects of coaching at all levels of competition and across multiple sports, with the aim of improving national coaching infrastructures around the world. More info on this programme at

The Lithuanian NOC, whose President is Arturas Poviliunas, organised several seminars on the promotion of educational values in school at the end of April. Initiated by the Olympic Education Department of the NOC and its Director, Algimantas Gudiskis, and financed by Olympic Solidarity, a seminar in Palanga brought together over 60 people who addressed the educational programmes and their implementation in schools. Teachers, students and experts debated “How do the Olympic values represent an educational model?”. An identical seminar was held at the Pienai secondary school. This seminar focused on the integration of cultural and educational elements in history, maths, natural sciences, physics, biology and foreign language lessons.

At the initiative of the Mongolian NOC, whose President is Demchigjav Zagdsuren, a cooperation agreement was recently signed at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar to promote winter and summer sports. Representatives of the national ski and skating federations, the snow-and-ice-sports provinces (Bulgan, Orkhon, Huvsgul et Zavkhan), and TV channels TV9 and Bolovsrol TV  have thus signed a document aimed at developing winter sports in Mongolia with a view to successful participation in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games.

The Czech Republic’s Olympic boxing champion Bohumil Nemecek died recently at the age of 72. He won a gold medal (super lightweight category) at the Rome Games in 1960. Seven years later he became European champion.


On 7 May, Singapore celebrated 99 days until the 1st Youth Olympic Games. Thousands turned out to take part in celebratory events ranging from athletic competitions and sports carnivals to fireworks displays. The highlight of the day’s activities was the “99-Day Celebration” at *Scape, which was attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, SYOGOC Chairman Ng Ser Miang and IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Sergey Bubka. 

The IOC marked the milestone date by releasing “99 seconds”, video interviews with Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors Michael Phelps and Yelena Isinbayeva. The group of 30 Young Ambassadors, nominated by a pilot group of NOCs, also celebrated “99 days to go” in their regions and communities. Read the press release at (Media section). More info on the YOG at


The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) has announced a new Executive Education in Sports Management programme for sports industry professionals. The AISTS currently offers a Masters in Sports Administration and Technology for aspiring managers, as well as continuing education seminars for sports managers. More info at


As the IOC is closed from 13 to 16 May 2010, the Olympic Highlights will not be published next week.

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