- 25 Jun 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the discussions of the IOC Executive Board (EB).
On 22 June, the EB started its work with the selection of the Candidate Cities for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) were all selected, but the EB asked Annecy to review its venue plans.
Also on the EB’s agenda were the reports by the chairmen of the coordination commissions of the upcoming Games - Jean-Claude Killy (Sochi 2014), Denis Oswald (London 2012) and Nawal El Moutawakel (Rio 2016). The EB was also informed about the latest progress in the 2012 and 2016 Games projects by the heads of their respective Organising Committees, Sebastian Coe and Carlos Arthur Nuzman. The EB also took note of the latest progress made by the Organising Committee for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Furthermore, the EB heard reports on the situation of some NOCs, including Kuwait and India.
The EB also held a joint meeting with the Women and Sport Commission, whose Chairperson is Anita L. DeFrantz, as a prelude to the presentation of the 2010 “Women and Sport” Trophies on 23 June (see “Other News”).
President Rogge made the most of their presence in Lausanne to meet a number of IOC members and IOC commission members. Moreover, he presented the Olympic Order to Ron Froehlich, the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), and to René Roch, the former President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE).
Also in Lausanne, President Rogge attended the inauguration of the offices of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), whose President is EB member Mario Vázquez Raña.
On 24 June at The Olympic Museum, President Rogge inaugurated the programme for the reproduction of Rosa Serra’s Olympic Suite, in the presence of the artist. The Olympic Suite is a series of 38 sculptures on Olympic subjects by the talented Catalan artist, Rosa Serra, who has made sport the subject of many of her works.
On 25 June, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Olympic Movement’s global sponsorship programme, known as TOP (The Olympic Partners), IOC President Jacques Rogge hosted a reception in Lausanne for guests from around the world who helped create it. Notable attendees included Gerhard Heiberg, the Chairman of the Marketing Commission, and Richard W. Pound, IOC member and the Commission’s first Chairman.
The IOC was saddened to learn of the death of Mohamed Mzali, IOC member in Tunisia, at the age of 85. Mohamed Mzali held many ministerial positions in his country (national defence, public health and national education) before being appointed Prime Minister in 1980, a function which he held for six years. He led the Tunisian NOC for from 1962 to 1986 and the Tunisian Football Federation in 1962 and 1963. In 1967, he was President of the Mediterranean Games Organising Committee, then, from 1979 to 1987, President of the International Mediterranean Games Committee. Elected as an IOC member in 1965, he was an EB member from 1973 to 1980, and a Vice-President from 1976.
Patrick J. Hickey made the main speech at a seminar held at Tsukuba University in Tokyo (Japan), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jigaro Kano, the founder of judo, a contemporary of Pierre de Coubertin and the first IOC member in Japan. Patrick J. Hickey has become an international ambassador of the “Jigaro Kano” Foundation.
Ottavio Cinquanta was unanimously re-elected as President of the International Skating Union (ISU) at the recent ISU Congress held in Barcelona (Spain). (See also the “IFs” section.)
We have just learnt that Timothy Tsun Ting Fok was re-elected as President of the NOC of Hong Kong at the NOC’s 59th annual General Assembly.
Several IOC commissions met in Lausanne this week: the Finance Commission, the Women and Sport Commission, the Sport and Environment Commission, the Marketing Commission, the Olympic Congress recommendations working groups and the IOC-Olympic Capital Commission.
On the occasion of Olympic Day, the IOC presented the IOC “Women and Sport” Trophies at an official ceremony, which took place at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, in the presence of President Rogge, Anita L. DeFrantz, members of the Women and Sport Commission, EB members and other guests. The winners of these Trophies – five women and one man - are former Olympic medallists, sports leaders or political leaders. The 2010 Trophies were awarded to: Erica Terpstra (Netherlands), IOC World Trophy; Germaine Manguet (Guinea), IOC Trophy for Africa; Leslie McDonald (Canada), IOC Trophy for America; Yuko Arimori (Japan), IOC Trophy for Asia; Grete Waitz (Norway), IOC Trophy for Europe; and Susan Simcock (New Zealand), IOC Trophy for Oceania. Press release and biographies of the winners on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
On 24 June at The Olympic Museum, under the leadership of the IOC, the Olympic Movement agreed on a series of recommendations aimed at protecting and maintaining the integrity of sport if and when put at risk by irregular betting. These recommendations, which will serve as guidelines for all stakeholders involved, call for prevention, education and information for all involved in sport, as well as increased collaboration with governments. President Rogge opened the seminar, which was attended by representatives of the IOC, International Sports Federations (IFs), NOCs, the betting sector and public authorities. Read the press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Meeting in Sochi (Russian Federation), the 58th Congress of the International Luge Federation (FIL) re-elected Josef Fendt as its President for a four-year term of office. The delegates from the 32 member federations also re-elected Secretary General Svein Romstad. Details on www.fil-luge.org.
The 53rd ordinary Congress of the International Skating Union (ISU) was recently held in Barcelona, with more than 250 delegates, representing over 70 member federations, attending. Full report on www.isu.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 19 June, Darkhan, Mongolia’s second city, hosted the Olympic Day Run. Among the personalities present were IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan; the Mongolian NOC Secretary General, Jugder Otgontsagaan; the NOC’s Director of Olympic Education, J. Baasankhuu; and the Director of the city’s Olympic Council, N. Batlav. Some 250 people of all ages took part in this Run. A week of Olympic activities, called “Olympism in Darkhan”, was organised. On the programme of healthy exercises was an activity called “Let’s hike every day 10,000 metres”; an Olympic Games video show followed by a discussion; and sport for all competitions. During the closing ceremony, whose theme was “Olympism in the nomadic family”, a race horse, which will take part in all its races on behalf of the NOC, was donated to Shagdarjav Magvan.
Almost 10,000 people celebrated Olympic Day 2010 in Uzbekistan. More than 1,500 of them participated in the final competition devoted to Olympism, fair play and a healthy lifestyle, which was organised in the capital, Tashkent. Competitions took place beforehand in all regions of the country. In Tashkent, the President of the NOC, Malik Babaev, opened the celebrations and read out a message from the IOC President. On the programme were runs over three distances for participants aged six to 80. All the participants received a diploma, and the winners and runners-up were awarded prizes and gifts by sports officials and well-known Uzbek athletes.
To celebrate Olympic Day, the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2012 in London (LOCOG) announced that more than five million children and young people from throughout the world are benefiting from the London Games through the “International Inspiration” international legacy programme. The aim of this programme is to enable these young people to practise a high-quality physical and sports activity. The goal is to reach 12 million children in 20 countries by 2012. The programme is currently operational in 13 countries: South Africa Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Jordan, India, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palau, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and Zambia. See the press release on www.london2012.com.