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23 Jul 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 21 July at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge, and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan signed a Memorandum of Understanding between their two organisations to step up their collaboration and intensify their efforts to promote physical activity worldwide. An IOC-WHO working group will now pool the two networks and work on the developing common advocacy and field projects for an initial five-year period. Read the story at (News section).

On 23 July, President Rogge was in Olympia (Greece) for the lighting of the flame of the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore. Also present were Organising Committee President Ser Miang Ng, IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Sergey Bubka, IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou, Greek NOC President Spyros Capralos and YOG Ambassador Yelena Isinbaeva. More info at (News section). See also “Singapore 2010”.

This week in Lausanne, President Rogge met a delegation from United World Colleges (UWC), made up of International Board members John Nickson and Jill Longson and UWC Belgium Board member Peter Verhille.

The first African Youth Games have just taken place in Morocco. Thomas Bach, Nawal El Moutawkel and Lassana Palenfo were present at this event. (See also Recognised Organisations).

On the occasion of the Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) in Marrakech (Morocco), President Ching-Kuo Wu was awarded the Royal Order of Al Aloui, the highest distinction awarded by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Ching-Kuo Wu received this award from Minister for Youth and Sport Moncef Bellkhayat, in the presence of IOC member Nawal El Moutawakel and Moroccan Boxing Federation President Abdel Jaouad Belhaj.

The Press Commission met this week in Lausanne under the leadership of Richard Kevan Gosper. President Rogge came to greet the Commission members.

The IOC World Conference on Injury Prevention and Illness in Sport will be held in Monte Carlo (Monaco) from 7 to 9 April 2011. This conference is a continuation of the 1st and 2nd World Congresses on Sports Injury held in 2005 and 2008, but will for the first time be organised by the IOC in collaboration with the Principality, and will look beyond injuries to include the topic of prevention of other health problems associated with practising sport. More info at


At its meeting in Marrakech from 9 to 11 July, the AIBA Executive Committee decided to move the location of its 2010 Congress and the 2011 World Championships from Pusan (Korea). The 2011 World Championships will now be held in Baku (Azerbaijan). Info at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Bulletin is now online at This first e-Bulletin does not replace the printed version, which has existed since 1953. The 215th edition deals exclusively with the next FIG Congress, which will be held in October 2010, in Vysoké Tatry (Slovakia).

The International Handball Federation (IHF)’s web site has new content and a new design. The main features include information on current events, an updated news area, a detailed results service, previews, reviews and detailed statistics. Two improved features are the interactivity and communication, with the development of an extranet for member federations. Info at

In a recent press release, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced that the IOC Olympic Solidarity Department is going to work with the IF on its new training scholarship courses. Created by the IF’s Training and Development Programme, this eight-week course is for existing coaches, and helps them to acquire new skills to administer and develop a national programme in their home countries. Info at


The Algerian NOC celebrated Olympic Day with sports competitions and demonstrations and various cultural and artistic activities on 17 July in the cities of Bejaia, Algiers, Skikda and Oran.

The American NOC has announced the death on 13 July of George Steinbrenner at the age of 80. Steinbrenner was USOC Vice-President from 1989 to 1996.

On the initiative of the Georgian NOC and with the support of Olympic Solidarity, an advanced national coaching course for tennis coaches was held from 16 to 24 July in Tbilisi. Two qualified experts selected by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Croatia’s Hrvoje Zmajic and Poland’s Piotr Unierzski, hosted 24 coaches from Tbilisi and other cities in the country. Similar courses in fencing and taekwondo were organised last April and May. The NOC plans to organise a course for athletics coaches next September.

The Singapore NOC, whose President is Teo Chee Hean, recently awarded the 2010 IOC “Sport: an Inspiration to Youth” trophy to Tan Howe Liang, Singapore’s first Olympic medallist (silver in weightlifting in Rome in 1960). This ceremony was held during the awarding of the 2010 sports trophies, which recognised the best athletes and coaches of the year. Those present included the Minister for Development, Youth and Sport, Vivian Balakrishnan, and IOC member Ser Miang Ng.


The journey of the Youth Olympic Flame began on 23 July in Olympia (Greece) with the symbolic lighting of the flame. Over the 22 days remaining before the first YOG in Singapore, some 2,400 torchbearers will take the flame to all five continents. Initiated by the Organising Committee for these Games, this journey will go to Berlin (Germany) on 24 July, Dakar (Senegal) on 26 July, Mexico City (Mexico) on 30 July, Auckland (New Zealand) on 1 August and Seoul (Korea) on 4 August. A six-day torch relay will then begin on 5 August, the final destination being Singapore, where the YOG will be held from 14 to 26 August. Full press release on (News section).


The first edition of the African Youth Games were organised in several cities in Morocco from 13 to 18 July. Launched by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) whose President is IOC member Lassana Palenfo, this event brought together almost 1,500 young athletes and officials, representing 40 countries, who competed in 16 Olympic sports disciplines.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has just published its annual report for 2009. For the first time, this report is also available in an interactive electronic version, which includes video interviews with the WADA President and Director General. Find out more at

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