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23 Oct 2009
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Highlights of the Week


On 22 October, with 113 days to go before the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the traditional ceremony to light the Olympic flame in front of the Temple of Hera in Olympia (Greece). The ceremony was held in the presence of IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou, Greek NOC President Spyros Capralos, and the CEO of the Organising Committee for the 2010 Games (VANOC), John Furlong. After a short relay in Greece, the flame will be passed to VANOC on 29 October in Athens, before being flown to Victoria, in Canada, where it will arrive on 30 October. It will then travel through the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, covering some 45,000 km until it arrives at the BC Place Stadium on 12 February 2010. Read the story on

This Friday in Brussels, the IOC President and the Belgian NOC President, Pierre-Olivier Beckers, have been received by the Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy, alongside numerous Olympic medallists. The IOC’s commemorative pins were presented to the Belgian athletes who won medals at the Games in Beijing.

This week, the Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), chaired by Gian-Franco Kasper, paid its first visit to Innsbruck. Ten months after the host city was chosen, the Innsbruck Organising Committee (IYOGOC) has established the foundations needed to host the YOG in 2012. The Commission visited all the venues in Innsbruck and Seefeld, which will host the 63 events in the seven sports on the programme. See also the “Youth Olympic Games” section. Press release on

On 19 October, the IOC was granted observer status by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York (USA). The IOC can now attend all UN General Assembly meetings, where it can take the floor and thus promote sport at a new level. Representing the IOC President, Mario Pescante, IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the International Relations Commission, went to New York, where he was joined by IOC members Anita L. DeFrantz and Prince Albert II of Monaco. As head of the Monegasque delegation at the UN General Assembly, Prince Albert also took the floor. On the same day, the General Assembly also adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”, the Resolution was introduced by Canada on the IOC’s behalf. The document also refers to the first YOG, which will be held in Singapore in August 2010. Press release on

On 19 October, the IOC announced an agreement with ELTA Technology Co. Ltd (ELTA), for the broadcast and exhibition rights within Chinese Taipei to the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 1st Summer YOG in 2010. Press release on


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) informs us that FIBA Africa’s Medical Commission held a one-day course at the Palais des sports in Antananarivo (Madagascar) last week. Led by Commission Chairman Aboubacar Gueye, the course was aimed at the medical personnel accompanying the teams taking part in the 21st FIBA Africa Championship for Women, which was held in the Malagasy capital. Coaches and media representatives also attended the course, which looked at knee and ankle trauma as well as women in sport. Press release on


As part of the Olympic Solidarity programme, the NOC of the Netherlands Antilles has been able to hold technical courses for coaches. This year, the athletics and table tennis federations took the opportunity to hold a level 1 course entitled CECS (Coaches Education and Certification System), enabling 19 people from four islands to become athletics coaches. The course, which is part of the IAAF curriculum, was led by Angel Alicea from Puerto Rico and Lenny Bitorina from Curacao. Details on

From 14 to 17 October in Buenos Aires, the first rugby coaching course brought together representatives from 23 NOCs on the American continent. Many people attended the opening ceremony, including Argentinean NOC President  Alicia Morea and Porfirio Carreras, the President of the Argentinean Rugby Union.

The Chilean NOC has just informed us that a new sports administration course was held from 7 to 11 October in the town of Machalí. The 39 participants, sports leaders and technicians, but also local leaders, attended talks on subjects such as sports legislation, leadership, the structure of the Olympic Movement, human resources training, planning, project presentation, and organising major sports events.

The headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee, in Colorado Springs, has been hosting the 2009 International Altitude Training Symposium (IATS) from 21 to 23 October. Organised by the USOC Sport Performance Division, the Symposium includes US national team coaches from 20 Olympic and Paralympic sports, as well as experts in the field of altitude/hypoxic training. Representatives from 18 countries are also present. Details on

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Barbados Olympic Association. The latter is also the first NOC to visit the new BOA headquarters in Central London. BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan welcomed his counterpart, Steve Stoute, accompanied by Secretary General Erskine Simmons, Assistant Secretary General Cameron Burke, and a representative of the Barbados High Commission, Anthony Wiltshire. From the BOA, CEO Andy Hunt and Olympic Performance Director Clive Woodward, were also present. The areas covered by the MoU include strengthening the relationship between the athletes of both countries; promoting understanding between the people of both countries; developing exchanges between athletes, coaches, judges and experts; and sharing information on best practice in sports administration. Read the whole text on

The NOC of Hong Kong, China has informed us that the 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight Against Doping” Trophy has been awarded to Tsang Tak Sing, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Presented by NOC President and IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, the Trophy recognises his great contribution to setting up the Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee under the auspices of the NOC. The ceremony took place during the presentation of the flag of the Hong Kong, China delegation that will be attending the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam at the end of October.

On 13 October in Rome, the Italian NOC (CONI) organised an international seminar on “The Female Athlete”. In his opening address, CONI Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi noted that, based on the results for 2009, the Italian women’s team will most likely perform better than the men’s team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The seminar agenda included managing groups, women in sport and the Olympic Movement, and the relationship between the coach and the female athlete. The seminar also addressed aspects linked to athletic preparation, such as strategies and new ways of preventing injuries to women, and an analysis on female training and endurance. More details and photos on

The Lithuanian NOC has informed us of the recent visit by leaders of the International Workers Sports Confederation (CIST), who were in Vilnius for their general assembly. The topics discussed during the meeting with NOC President Arturas Poviliunas, and Secretary General Vytautas Zubernis included sports development and the work of the CSIT. The CSIT delegation was accompanied by Vytas Nenius, President of the Lithuanian Society “Zalgiris” and also NOC Vice-President.

On 9 and 12 October, the Polish NOC celebrated its 90th anniversary. The festivities began at the Francuski Hotel in Cracow, where the NOC was created. On 12 October in Warsaw, the Polish Olympic family was joined by IOC members Irena Szewińska, Guy Drut and Leo Wallner; the Vice-President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), Alexandre Kozlovsky; EOC Executive Committee members; the presidents and secretaries general of more than 20 European NOCs; and representatives of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the European Sports Press Union (UEPS). On this occasion, outstanding Polish NOC officials were presented with IOC Pierre de Coubertin medals and Diplomas of Olympic Merit. The Polish Olympic gold medallists, NOC partners and foreign guests were all given 90th anniversary commemorative medals. Two exhibitions were also opened: “Pierre de Coubertin and Art” and “Art of Polish Olympians”. In addition, the Polish NOC signed an MoU with the NOCs of Romania and Cyprus on 12 October. More information on

The Slovak Olympic Committee recently organised the 1st Career Seminar, part of the IOC Athlete Career Programme, in collaboration with Adecco Slovakia. More than 20 active or recently retired Slovak athletes learned how to exploit their sporting success in the job market, to facilitate their career change. Aspects covered included writing a CV and preparing for interviews. Those attending the Seminar included Olympic shooting medallist and Chairman of the NOC Athletes’ Commission Jozef Gonci, canoeing Olympian Juraj Kadnar and members of the women’s ice hockey team who will be competing in the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.


It was with great sadness that the IOC this Friday learned of the death of Jack Poole, VANOC Chairman. Speaking after hearing the news, President Rogge said “Jack was a truly exceptional human being and a great ambassador for the Olympic Movement. His belief in the good that the Olympic Games would bring to Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada was second to none. It was his exceptional spirit and wise leadership that saw Vancouver win the Games and that have put the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee in such a strong position today.” For the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, René Fasel, “It was a pleasure to work with him and I am proud to say that we became friends, as we worked together towards our common Olympic goal… I am in no doubt that one of Jack’s legacies will be great Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.” Full text of statement on


Last week, the Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (LOCOG) unveiled the pictograms for these Games. These visual representations of each Olympic sport will be used in the run-up to and during the 2012 Games. The 38 pictograms (see them at represent the sports and disciplines on the programme of the Games, and will be used for signage, on tickets and on the field of play. The pictograms have been developed in cooperation with each IF, and come in two different formats – a silhouette version for standard use and a dynamic version inspired by the London Underground map. Press release on and


During the visit by the Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games, the Innsbruck Organising Committee (IYOGOC) presented the new concept developed for the Youth Olympic Village, which defines the location of dining facilities and services for NOC delegations at Innsbruck Congress Centre alongside the Culture and Education Programme activities. The IYOGOC also presented its initial Culture and Education Programme concept and how it intends to reach out to young people both digitally and physically through partnerships such as Tirol Marketing Service. Read the press release on

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