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18 Jun 2010
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Highlights of the week


At the beginning of this week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Jyväskylä (Finland) to attend the 13th Sport for All World Congress (see also “Other News” section).

During his brief stay in Finland, President Rogge met Risto Nieminen, Vice-President of the World Lottery Association (WLA). The IOC and the WLA have been working together for some time now to promote integrity in sport and combat match-fixing around the world.

Upon his return to Lausanne, the IOC President met IOC member Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, accompanied by NOC President Leo Kranz and Prince Hubertus of Liechtenstein; a delegation of the European Australian Business Council; a delegation from the Italian television company RAI,  composed of  its President, Paolo Garimberti, Sports Director Eugenio de Paoli, Deputy Director Sandro Fioravanti and IOC Vice-President Mario Pescante; as well as IOC members Richard Kevan Gosper, Arne Ljungqvist and John Coates.

Next week, President Rogge will chair the meetings of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne.

Lambis V. Nikolaou represented President Rogge at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th International Olympic Academy (IOA) Session for Young Participants in Athens (Greece) on 17 June, for which the theme is “The Olympic Movement as a Platform for Peace”. On this occasion, he presented the Olympic Order to Greek personalities George Andreadis, Freddy Serpieris and Yannis Theodorakopoulos. The previous day, he presented the Order to Yannis Sgouros, the Prefect of Athens.

Gian-Franco Kasper was re-elected as President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for a further four-year term at the 47th FIS Congress held in Antalya (Turkey) recently. This is his fourth term as FIS President.

The Sport for All Commission met in Jyväskylä. President Rogge greeted its members and its new Chairman, IOC Executive Board member Sam Ramsamy.

From 14 to 17 June in Jyväskylä, the 13th Sport For All World Congress brought together representatives of the Olympic family, specialist NGOs, researchers, governments and UN agencies. The agenda included a discussion on made-to-measure programmes and strategies and policies to put in place to promote sport among all age groups. The Congress was jointly organised by the LIKES Research Centre and the University of Jyväskylä, and hosted by the Finnish NOC, under IOC patronage, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and SportAccord/GAISF. Details on and the official Congress website


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us of the death of Bahram Ahmad oghlu Narimanov, an honoured physical training and sports figure in Azerbaijan. Vice-President of the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation and Head of the Gymnastics Faculty, Bahram Narimanov also worked hard to develop acrobatics in his country. Details on


The Canadian NOC has announced the names of its selections for the 50th IOA International Session for Young Participants: Michelle Collens and Denis Marchand, both from Vancouver. Michelle Collens recently worked as sports tourism manager at 2010 Legacies Now, the organisation working to create lasting legacies for the Vancouver Winter Games. For his part, Denis Marchand is a former national snowboarder, who worked for the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in international client services. More details on

The Chilean NOC’s Sport and Environment Commission organised a clean-up day on the beaches of Dichato and Coliumo, which were seriously affected by the debris left by the tsunami last February. Held to mark World Environment Day, the clean-up was carried out in cooperation with the Chilean Subaquatic Sports Federation, the army, the Red Cross, the municipality of Tome, the local Spots Council and the Karate Association. Details on

The Guatemalan athletes taking part in the 50th IOA International Session for Young Participants recently swore an oath before the Olympic Academy Director and honorary member of the Guatemalan NOC, Fernando Beltranena Valladares. This year, the participants who will be going to Olympia are Ligia Maria del Valle (basketball), Alejandra Pereira Ortiz (softball) and José Estuardo García Reyes (roller hockey).

The Japanese NOC recently hosted 31 students from Singapore as part of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games “Friends@YOG” programme. The students were from the Singapore Dunman High School, which is twinned with the Asuka Senior High School in Japan. The programme included a visit to the National Training Centre, a table tennis training session with a top-level coach from the Japanese Table Tennis Association, then friendly matches with young Japanese hopefuls aged around 10.

The Uruguayan NOC President and IOC member, Julio César Maglione, recently received the country’s two participants in the IOA’s 50th International Session. They are Mariana Pereira, an artistic gymnastics coach and medical student, and Alain Aprahamian, a judoka and international trade and integration student.

On 12 June, the Serbian NOC marked the IOC’s 116th anniversary by holding an Olympic Day celebration. More people than ever took part in the events, which included races for children over 200m and 400m; a 3.6 km fun run; and, for the first time, a run for the whole family. Another new feature was the relay race in which NOC sponsors took part, with a team from McDonald’s and one from the NOC, which included the NOC President, Vlade Divac, and Secretary General, Djordje Višacki. Various educational workshops were organised for children to familiarise them with the Olympic Movement and its fundamental principles. The message from President Rogge was read out by Jasna Šekarić, a five-time Olympic medallist and six-time Olympian.


The IOC has this week announced the list of the 29 young reporters on the young reporters programme for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.  They have been chosen by the continental associations of their NOCs in a rigorous selection process. Representing all five continents, their ages range from 18 to 24, and they are all either journalism students or recently began their careers in this field. This initiative is part of the Culture and Education Programme of the Games. Read the press release on


The International School Sport Federation (ISF) General Assembly in Villasimius (Italy) recently elected a new Executive Committee for the next four years. Andrea Delpin was elected ISF President, and Jan Coolen was re-elected as Secretary General. More details on

The International Sport Movies & TV Festival in Barcelona (Spain) has paid tribute to the late IOC Honorary President, Juan Antonio Samaranch. At the opening ceremony at the Olympic and Sports Museum, the President of the International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS), Franco Ascani, presented the “Garland of Honour of Excellence” to Samaranch’s daughter, Maria Teresa Samaranch i Salisachs. More details on

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) will be organising a seminar on 24 and 25 June in Lausanne on its Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET). This toolkit is a joint initiative between the AISTS and VANOC. Details on registration and the programme on

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