- 06 Aug 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
Many IOC members took part in the international sports forum called “Russia – a sporting nation”, which took place last week in Moscow. One of the forum’s co-organisers was the Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Furthermore, as presidents of International Federations, IOC members Ching-Kuo Wu, Denis Oswald, René Fasel and Haya Al Hussein, and honorary member Tamás Aján met the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, on the occasion of a meeting of heads of international sports federations. Info on www.sochi2014.com.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that it will establish its own athlete biological passport programme in order to ensure the most solid test programme possible. Press release on www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On the occasion of the ceremony of the passing of the Youth Olympic Flame through Berlin at the end of July, basketball player Dirk Nowitzki received the 2010 IOC “Sport – inspiring young people” Trophy, for which he had been selected by the German NOC. Nowitzki currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
On 24 July, in the region of Concepción, the regional delegate of the NOC of Chile, Jorge Molina, and NOC directors Marcela Revilloud and Juan Carlos Cárdenas, celebrated Olympic Day in Bio Bio University. On the programme were a wheelchair basketball match and a karate demonstration. On this occasion, a young sportswoman from Concepción, Isidora Jiménez, was honoured, a few days before participating in the arrival of the Youth Olympic Flame in Mexico City. Furthermore, a school run on 21 August in Talcahuano will be the high point of the celebration of Olympic Day.
On the occasion of the presentation of the delegation for the Youth Olympic Games, Hong Kong NOC President Timothy Tsun Ting Fok handed over the 2010 IOC “Sport – inspiring young people” Trophy to Betty Fung Ching Suk Yee, Director of the Cultural Services and Leisure Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Among this department’s various activities for promoting sport to young people is a programme that has been running since April 2010, providing education on Olympism and aimed at almost 15,000 people, including a majority of young people from 150 local schools and community organisations.
Two of the world’s greatest judokas, Japan’s Yasuhiro Yamashita (triple world champion and Olympic champion in 1984) and Kosei Inoue (triple world champion and Olympic champion in 2000) have been hosted by the NOC of Israel. During their stay, they visited the Olympic Experience museum and met NOC Secretary General Efraim Zinger. They also visited a workshop for Israeli and Palestinian children in Jerusalem and attended a training session at the Wingate Institution in which 150 people participated. Yasuhiro Yamashita invited young athletes to participate in the Youth World Championships in December 2010 in Japan.
At the end of July, the NOC of Lithuania presented the 2010 IOC “Sport – inspiring young people” Trophy to weightlifting coach Bronislavas Vysniauskas, who has created a training centre for young Lithuanian hopefuls, aged from 12 to 20. The trophy was handed over to him by NOC President Arturas Poviliunas, in the presence of Secretary General Vytautas Zubernis, members of the NOC Executive Board, numerous political and sports personalities, media and two young athletes coached by Vysniaukas, M. Mickevicius and A. Didzbalis, European and world champion.
We have just learnt that, on 3 July, the Portuguese NOC held its Olympic Day Run. Some 450 young runners aged 10 to 18 were on the starting line at the NOC headquarters in Lisbon. The opening speech was delivered by NOC President José Vicente Moura. A team competition took place this year. Along the route were Olympic and other athletes, such as Olympic marathon champions Rosa Mota and Carlos Lopes, Pedro Dias (judo), Pedro Gomes (triathlon), Hernani Broco (cycling) and Hugo Pina (karate).
The medals for the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were presented this week. The obverse of the medals was created by Japan’s Setsuko Fukuzawa, who won the Singapore 2010 medal design competition organised by the IOC. The wave and flames represented on the obverse represent the Olympic spirit and the acclamations aimed at the young athletes. The body of the athlete in a “Y” shape evokes the goddess Nike and the “Y” of the word “Youth”, which can be found in the name given to this creation by Setsuko, “Yes Youth Can”. On the reverse side of the medals is the mythical lion, the symbol of Singapore and the emblem of the Games, the incarnation of the spirit of youth.
The Youth Olympic Flame is continuing its journey. This week, it went through Auckland (New Zealand) on 1 August, and Seoul (Korea) on 4 August. From 5 August onwards in Singapore, a six-day national relay is also planned. The YOG will take place from 14 to 26 August.
Follow all the information on the YOG on www.olympic.org (“Youth Olympic Games” and “YOG Highlights” sections).
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a new issue of its magazine Play True. This issue is devoted to WADA’s educational initiatives for young people, in view of the YOG in Singapore. There are articles on WADA’s new Play True Generation initiative, the Say NO! to Doping campaign, social science research initiatives and key tools developed for young people. Additional material is available in the online version, particularly video clips. See this edition on http://playtrue.wada-ama.org.