- 11 Jun 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Sochi (Russian Federation), the host city of the 2014 Winter Games, to take part in the official debriefing of the Vancouver 2010 Games (see also “Miscellaneous”).
Besides his visits to future Olympic venues (Olympic Park), President Rogge also took part in the inauguration of the “Sochi 2014” Museum and the launch of the construction work for the Russian International Olympic University, in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with whom he had a meeting, accompanied by Jean-Claude Killy, the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 2014 Games.
The official debriefing of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver was held from 7 to 10 June in Sochi. During the opening session, besides President Rogge, the participants also heard from the chairmen of the IOC’s Coordination Commissions, Rene Fasel and Jean-Claude Killy, as well as IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and Organising Committee Presidents John Furlong (Vancouver 2010) and Dmitry Chernyshenko (Sochi 2014). The aim of such a debriefing is to allow future organisers to learn lessons from the experience of the cities that have just hosted an edition of the Olympic Games. This transfer of knowledge is the ideal opportunity for the next host cities to ask in-depth questions in a relaxed atmosphere and to optimise the quantity of the information thus obtained.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us of the death of Bernard Ammon, founding father of the French Trampoline Federation, on 2 June in Paris (France) at the age of 78. He was Vice-President of the International Trampoline Federation before its merger with the FIG. Info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
A jury of experts from the International Handball Federation (IHF) has selected the 2009 Coaches of the Year. They are Claude Onesta (men’s teams) and Jewgeny Trefilow (women’s teams). France’s Onesta and Russia’s Trefilow led their respective teams to victory at the World Championships. Info at www.ihf.info.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that Japanese player Ai Sugiyama (six singles titles and 38 doubles) will represent tennis as an athlete role model at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore in August. Aged 34, Sugiyama took part in four editions of the Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008) and was a member of the Japanese team in the Federation Cup for 12 years. She retired in 2009. Press release at www.itftennis.com. See also the “Singapore 2010” section.
Meeting in Antalya (Turkey), the Council of the International Ski Federation (FIS) has selected the organisers of the next world championships. Harrachov (Czech Republic) and Kreischberg (Austria) will host the 2014 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and history's first joint FIS Freestyle & Snowboard World Championships 2015 respectively. The 2015 Nordic Skiing Championships were awarded to Falun (Sweden). Beaver Creek/Vail (USA) will organise the 2015 Alpine Skiing World Championships. Info at www.fis-ski.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Belgian NOC has just informed us of the death of Albert Tricot on 11 May at the age of 89. He was one of the most prominent international personalities in Paralympic sport, and was a member of the NOC’s Administration Board from 1985 to 1992.
The Assembly of the Canton of Sarajevo has accepted the proposal put forward by Ahmed Karabegovic, the NOC of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the ZOI’84 company to rename the Zetra Olympic hall after Juan Antonio Samaranch. Another proposal by the NOC is awaiting approval. This suggests renaming one of Sarajevo’s main streets to bear that of the former IOC President. The citizens of Sarajevo and the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina want to pay tribute to the man who helped and supported them.
The Finnish NOC has informed us that Vancouver Games medallist lapel pins were awarded at the very first Elite Athletes Day on 19 May. Over 100 athletes and some 70 sports personalities came together on this occasion to learn about athletes’ careers. NOC Vice-President Pia Nybäck presented the pins. All the individual sports medallists were invited to the ceremony, including snowboarding halfpipe silver medallist Peetu Piiroinen, as well as Emma Laaksonen and Tuomo Ruutu, who represented the women’s and men’s ice hockey teams, both bronze medallists in Vancouver. The ice hockey federation will organise a ceremony in August during which the other members of the team will receive their pins.
The NOC of the ex-Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has informed us that on 16 May, the very first athletics track was inaugurated in Ohrid by Sergey Bubka, IOC member and Ukrainian NOC President and Vice-President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Those present included NOC President Vasil Tupurkovski, the President of the National Athletics Federation, and the Ministers for Sports and Transport. A bilateral cooperation agreement was signed between the NOC of the ex-Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the NOC of Ukraine.
The Guatemalan NOC has organised a course on IT applied to sport (level 3), led by Luis Armando Rodríguez, the NOC’s Technical Director. Bringing together national coaches, this course’s objective was how to best use the latest advances in technology to prepare the athletes’ training programmes.
On 1 June, International Children’s Day, a ceremony was held at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters for the winners of the children’s picture contest. NOC President Arturas Poviliunas presented the prizes, medals and diplomas to the winners in the three age groups. A total of 1,253 pictures were submitted. The winners included 14-year-old Arnas Deltuva of Revuona secondary school in Prienai, who often wins national orienteering tournaments in his own age group. The winners were congratulated by the Director of the Lithuanian Pupil and Student Sports Centre, Ona Baboniene, Olympic Academy President Povilas Karoblis and others. The NOC plans to produce a calendar featuring the winning pictures in 2011.
Organised in Tashkent, the annual “Sydney Jackson Memorial” boxing tournament ended successfully with the participation of over 100 boxers from six countries. This tournament pays tribute to Sydney Jackson, the founder of boxing in Uzbekistan. The opening ceremony and medal ceremonies were attended by Uzbek NOC President Malik Babaev, Uzbek Boxing Federation President Ochilboy Ramatov, NOC Secretary General Mukhamadali Karimov and Asian Boxing Confederation Secretary General Zheng Guozheng. Guests included Olympic boxing silver medallist Rufat Riskiev, as well as the young boxers qualified for the YOG in Singapore, Akhmadjon Mamadjonov, Sardorbek Begaliev and Zokhidjon Khuboev, not forgetting Sydney Jackson’s daughter, Polina Jackson.
The Ministry for Education and the Slovak NOC have offered 10 minibuses to Olympic Training Centres located in the 10 largest cities in the country. Created in September 2009, these centres provide 24-hour professional care to the most talented young Slovak athletes aged 15 to 19. During the handover ceremony, the centres’ directors, including Vladimír Miller, Director of the Bratislava Centre, declared their commitment to continue training the talented athletes, some of whom are already qualified for the 2010 YOG in Singapore. Among those present were Andrej Glatz, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Slovakia; Jan Mikolaj, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister; and NOC President František Chmelár.
The Swedish NOC has informed us that the Swedish government invited all the members of the Olympic and Paralympic teams of the 2010 Games to a reception at the Government Residence in Stockholm. Over 350 guests were welcomed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Culture and Sports Minister Lena Liljeroth-Adelsohn was also present. The participants included Olympic curling medallists Anette Norberg, Eva Lund and Cathrine Lindahl as well as super combined bronze medallist Anja Pärson.
Medallist lapel pins for the Vancouver 2010 Games have been presented to the members of the Czech Olympic team. A ceremony was held in the framework of a TV programme entitled “Stars from Vancouver”, in the presence of all the members of the Czech NOC Executive Committee, coaches, doctors and team officials. The pins were presented by NOC President Milan Jirasek; Minister for Education, Youth and Sport Miroslava Kopicova; and NOC Vice-President and Chef de Mission in Vancouver Frantisek Dvorak.
On 8 June, the IOC communicated the names of the athlete role models for the very first YOG in Singapore. These athlete role models were chosen by the IFs whose sports are being staged at the YOG and by the IOC Athletes’ Commission. The athlete role models will be present in Singapore to guide the 3,600 young athletes expected at the YOG. They will spend time with them and take part in the activities offered in the framework of the Culture and Education Programme. Read the list, which includes some big names in sport, at www.olympic.org
An IOC delegation has visited Nanjing for the first time since its election in February in Vancouver as the host city of the 2nd Summer YOG. This visit, from 3 to 5 June, was an opportunity to meet the recently created Organising Committee (NYOGOC) and hold an orientation seminar to present the YOG and the framework of working relations between the IOC and NYOGOC to all parties concerned in the Games preparations. Led by Alexander Popov, IOC Coordination Commission Chairman, the members of the IOC administration set out a number of key principles, presented the functional sectors to the Nanjing 2014 Organising Committee, and shared experience acquired from the preparations for the first edition of the YOG in Singapore. The IOC also visited some of the competition venues for the Nanjing Olympic project. Press release at www.olympic.org