- 16 Oct 2009
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge is back in the People’s Republic of China. Arriving in Beijing on 13 October, President Rogge went directly to the Chinese NOC’s headquarters to inaugurate an exhibition on 30 years of China’s presence in the Olympic Movement. He then met with Liu Qi, former president of the Organising Committee of the Beijing Games, who made him an honorary citizen of the city of Beijing. President Rogge was accompanied by IOC members Zhenliang He, Zaiqing Yu and Timothy Tsun Ting Fok.
After Beijing, on Friday 16 October, he will be heading to Jinan in the Shandong province to open the 11th Chinese National Games and inaugurate a national sports art exhibition.
The next day, President Rogge will fly to Qingdao, the city that hosted the sailing events at the 2008 Games. His schedule includes a meeting with the Mayor, Xia Geng, and a visit to the Olympic sailing museum.
President Rogge will end his trip in Shanghai where, on Sunday 18, he will attend the final of the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament. He will also meet Mayor Han Zheng.
Today, 16 October, the IOC announced that three cities have been officially presented by their respective NOCs to host the XXIII Olympic and XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The cities are (in alphabetical order): Annecy (France), Munich (Germany) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea). The four applicant cities now enter the first of the two phases of the candidature that will end with the election of the host city of the 2018 Winter Games in July 2011 in Durban (South Africa). Detailed info at www.olympic.org.
This week, the IOC launched “The Best of Us” challenge – a new initiative in digital technology which allows people worldwide to have the unique chance to compete against Olympic athletes as well as each other, and to show what they are capable of. This challenge is part of a longer term strategy for the “Best of Us” campaign, which aims to create links between the values shared by young people today and those of the Olympic Movement (excellence, friendship and respect), both between and during the Games. Take a look at www.olympic.org/thebestofuschallenge!
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) have jointly organised the 2nd edition of the Architectural Students Competition. About 30 students from Dresden Technical University and Kassel University in Germany prepared projects on the “Basketball Arena in the Year 2020”. The winner will be announced on 28 October at the start of the IAKS Congress in Cologne (Germany). Press release at www.fiba.com.
In a press release dated 7 October, the International Judo Federation (IJF) announced that the 2009 World Cup, organised by the Oceania Judo Union (OJU) in Samoa on 14 and 15 November, will be dedicated to the victims of the tsunami that occurred in Samoa at the end of September. This decision was taken by the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoli´ai Sailele Malielegaoi. Read the press release at www.ijf.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
This week, the Canadian NOC announced the appointment of Olympian Jacques Cardyn as Chef de Mission for the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara (Mexico). Cardyn was captain of the Canadian men’s épée fencing team which set a Canadian best fourth-place finish at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles. Cardyn took part in the Pan-American Games twice, in 1979 and in 1983, the year he won gold in the team épée event. In 1985, he retired from competition and became head team coach and high performance director of the Canadian Fencing Federation. Cardyn is also the founder and first President of the Quebec Athletes Association. More info at www.olympic.ca.
From 5 to 10 October, the Guatemalan NOC organised the third sports administration and management course, bringing together representatives of the various national sports federations and associations, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Scandia College and Rafael Landivar University. Organised in the framework of the Olympic Solidarity mobile school, this course covered themes including women and sport, the structure of the Olympic Movement, marketing and the media, sport without doping, and sport for all.
The Uzbek NOC has informed us that the boxers and their coaches who shone at the recent World Boxing Championships in Milan (Italy) have been honoured by the Uzbek government. The official ceremony was held at the end of September at the Uzbekistan Olympic Glory Museum in the presence of the Prime Minister, who presented the awards. Those honoured were world champion Abbos Attoev; silver medallist Elshod Rasulov; bronze medallists Bahodirjon Sultonov and Botirjon Makhmudov; and coaches Nabijon Boymatov, Uygun Siddikov, Sharaf Hudayberdiev, Olim Mukhamedov, Alisher Abdullaev and Abduvohid Djalalov.
The Swedish NOC, with the municipality of Forshaga, organised an Olympic Day at the end of September. All the children from the nearby areas were invited, and over 500 of them took the opportunity to try being an Olympic athlete for a day. Coached by Olympic and Paralympic athletes such as Stefan Holm (high jump gold medallist in Athens), Markus Oscarsson (canoeing gold medallist in Athens and silver medallist in Sydney), Lassi Karonen (rowing, 6th in the final in Beijing), Alexandra Engen (mountain biking), Jörgen Jönsson (ice hockey gold medallist in Turin and Lillehammer) and Anders Olsson (swimming, triple Paralympic medallist in Beijing and Athens) the children tried their hand at taekwondo, athletics, ice hockey, archery, handball, cycling, football, wrestling and horse-riding.
The IOC “Sport and Promotion of Olympism” Trophy was recently awarded to the Minister of Tourism and Sport in Uruguay, Hector Lescano. Uruguayan NOC President and IOC member Julio Cesar Maglione presented him with this trophy in recognition of the excellent cooperation between the Ministry and the NOC over the past few years.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is currently calling on its member organisations for nominations of their best male and female athletes and coach in winter sports for the Paralympic Hall of Fame, sponsored by Visa. The induction ceremony will be held during the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. The three winners (best male and female athletes and best coach) will be chosen by the IPC and its Governing Board for their sports performance, spirit of fair play and participation in community service. Full info at www.paralympic.org.
The Board of Directors of the International Timekeepers Federation (FIC) met in Copenhagen (Denmark) during the XIII Olympic Congress. The important decisions made included the President, Michele Bonante, and the Board members appointing Giuseppe Sacco as Legal Affairs Director and Arturo Varicelli as Marketing and Communications Director of the FIC. More info at www.ficr.it.
From 12 to 15 October, Monaco hosted the 20th edition of SPORTEL, the international sports convention for TV and new media, placed under the patronage of IOC member Prince Albert II and the IOC. This year’s theme was “Sport and Television: changing times”. Speakers included IOC Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch. The “Podiums d’Or Georges Bertellotti 2009” recognised the best sports images of the year. Thus the IOC Grand Prize was awarded to the French Handball Federation for its production on the French handball team. Full list of winners at www.sportel.org.