- 28 May 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge addressed the delegates of the International Rugby Board Rugby (IRB) and the International Golf Federation (IGF) who were in Lausanne on 25 and 26 May for an orientation seminar.
This Friday, 28 May, President Rogge will be at the University of Darmstadt (Germany), where he will give a talk on sport and social development at the invitation of the “Olympischer Club Starkenburg”, chaired by Karl-Heinz Huba. He will also attend a presentation by Prof. Manfred Koob of the Fraunhofer Institute on the digital reconstruction of Olympic facilities.
Organised in Lausanne on 21 and 22 May in Lausanne, the first joint UN-IOC forum, entitled “the importance of partnership” ended with 19 recommendations on how to optimise the impact of the various activities carried out in the field of development through sport. The participants – members of the Olympic family, the United Nations system, the International Paralympic Committee, NGOs and university experts – underlined the need to influence national governments to embed sport in their development policies by emphasising its enormous power as an indispensable tool for peace and development. To avoid creating parallel structures among the different players and duplicating activities, the creation of a web-based information-sharing network for sport in peace and development could be an important tool. Whilst the IOC’s contribution to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was recognised, full IOC participation in the upcoming UN Summit on the MDGs in September 2010 was recommended. The Forum acknowledged the unique contribution of this new event in the promotion of Olympic values to young people, including peace and development. More info on this Forum and all the recommendations can be found at www.olympic.org (News section).
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has informed us that, as part of its “Athletics World Plan”, the activities linked to the “Kids’ Athletics’’ and “School and Youth” programmes have criss-crossed the globe, from Australia to the Arabian Peninsula, from Spain to Russia and from Haiti to Algeria, Egypt and Uganda. The objective of this Plan is to introduce athletics in school programmes worldwide and to raise awareness, particularly in the 9-15 age group. More info at www.iaaf.org.
The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) has become the first Olympic federation to set up a training centre for the Rio Games in 2016. AIBA President and IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu (right in photo) signed a landmark agreement with NOC President and IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman (left), and the President of the Brazilian Confederation of Boxing (CBBoxe), Mauro da Silva. This agreement paves the way for a pioneering new training centre for young boxers to prepare for the Rio Games. The training centre will serve up to 100 young athletes from the age of 12, and will be based at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park. As part of their training programme, the young boxers will receive tuition in English, Spanish and computer science in addition to their boxing training. Under the agreement, AIBA will provide equipment, coaches and instructors to the training centre. CBBoxe will select young participants, both boys and girls, with the help of state sports federations. More info at www.aiba.org.
In the framework of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the International Fencing Federation (FIE) is organising an exhibition on fencing, which will be open to the public, with free entry, from 15 to 17 August at the International Convention Centre, where the fencing competitions will be held during the Games. Unique pieces from several private collections will be presented. The YOG Organising Committee has launched a campaign to promote and celebrate the YOG through the use of interactive marketing material. More info at www.fie.ch and http://singapore2010.sg/public/sg2010/en/en_ad_campaigns.html.
We learned on 25 May of the death of François Besson, Sports Director of the International Judo Federation (IJF). Aged 63, François Besson held the rank of 7th dan and had been a member of the French team from 1960 to 1970.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In preparation for the first YOG, the Canadian NOC has announced the appointment of Dory Boyer as Chief Medical Officer and Callum Ng as Young Ambassador. A Vancouver-based orthopaedic surgeon, for four years Dory Boyer served as medical services manager for Vancouver venues for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He has been the physician to the Canadian wrestling team since 2006 and was a volunteer physician at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. A Calgary native, Callum Ng was a member of the Canadian swimming team, featuring, at one time, in the world top 10 in the 50m backstroke. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC). His profile is also on www.olympic.org (YOG news section). In mid-July the NOC will unveil the final composition of the YOG team of about 55 athletes. Info at www.olympic.ca.
At a ceremony organised at the University of Santo Tomás, the participants of the Olympic Sports Organisations Management (MOSO) course received their diplomas. Chilean NOC Secretary General Juan Carlos Cárdenas, course director Leonardo Lucero and the Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences of the University, Rodrigo Grimalt, presented the diplomas to the recipients.
The British NOC has launched its Athlete Career Programme in partnership with Adecco. This programme will support athletes throughout their sports career and beyond. It will be delivered in cooperation with the established networks of Performance Lifestyle in the Home Country Sports Institutes (HCSIs), and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust (DKH Legacy Trust), which focus on giving athletes the skills and training needed to allow them to take up the employment opportunities available through the networks. This NOC programme is fits within the framework of the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme (ACP), which aims to facilitate high-level athletes’ integration in the labour market, both during and after their sports career. Read the press release at www.olympics.org.uk.
In the framework of doping prevention, the Guatemalan NOC has launched a series of talks on this subject. Carlos Hermès, Deputy Director of the NOC’s Medical Commission, Director of the National Anti-Doping Agency and representative of the Regional Agency for Central America and Colombia, is responsible for these talks, aimed at the athletes and delegates who will take part in the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and the first YOG in Singapore in August.
The “Basketball Future Foundation”, a public entity, was founded on 19 May by Lithuanian NOC President Arturas Poviliunas and Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis, basketballers who won Olympic bronze in 1992. At their initiative and that of producer Marius Markevicius, based in the USA, a film will be made on basketball with the provisional title “The Other Dream Team”. This film will tell the story of Lithuania’s return to the Olympic family and the basketball team’s road to the podium at the Barcelona 1992 Games. Lasting about 70 minutes, the film should be completed at the end of September 2010. At a press conference at the NOC’s headquarters on 24 May, Marciulionis said that the main goal of the new foundation was to support two basketball schools created by him and Sabonis.
The Mongolian NOC has informed us that the awards ceremony for the 2009 IOC Sport & Literature Contest was recently held at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar. Those present included IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan, NOC Vice-President and Olympic judo medallist T. Damdin, and NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan. B. Sodoo won the trophy in the under-12s category, and E. Munkh-Uyanga in the 12-18 age group.
The Peruvian NOC has begun training activities (photo) at national level with a sports administration course in the city of Chiclayo. Organised with the support of Olympic Solidarity, this course brought together representatives of the region’s sports organisations, coaches, physical education teachers, sports journalists, referees and events organisers. The speakers included NOC President José Quiñones Gonzalez; the technical adviser of the Peruvian Institute of Sport, Rudy Montero Quispe; and archer Mariana Quintanilla. The subjects addressed were: the Olympic Movement, administration, management, women and sport, communications methods, doping-free sport, challenges for developing countries, and the values and ethics in sport.
At the plenary session of the Czech NOC, Jan Železný, triple Olympic champion and IOC member, presented the IOC Sport and the Fight against Doping Trophy to Gerhardt Bubnik, Chairman of the NOC’s Arbitration Commission, in recognition of his great contribution to this fight at national and international level. Jan Železný (right in photo) also awarded the IOC Sport and Environment Diploma to the former Chairman of the NOC’s Sport and Environment Commission, Tomáš Doležal (left in photo). NOC President Milan Jirasek honoured sports radio reporter Karel Malina, still active after a 60-year career, with the “Ota Pavel” journalism trophy. Malina co-founded the NOC’s Fair Play Club. Finally, Věra Čáslavská, seven-time Olympic gymnastics champion and Honorary President of the NOC, received from astrophysicist Jiří Grygar a certificate with the registration of an asteroid that he discovered and named after her in 1997.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The London 2012 Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) recently launched its mascot. Named Wenlock, it was created from one of the last two drops of British steel used to construct the London Olympic Stadium. Wenlock’s head is inspired by the lights of London’s iconic black taxis. The three points represent the three steps of the podium. Find out more about Wenlock at www.london2012.com.
Rio de Janeiro 2016
On 24 May, the President of the Rio 2016 Games Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, announced the appointment of Leonardo Gryner (photo) as the Committee’s new CEO. Until then, Gryner had occupied the position of Communications and Marketing Director in the Committee, a position he had also held during the Pan-American Games in Rio in 2007. More info at www.rio2016.com.