- 10 Sep 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This weekend, IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in Istanbul (Turkey) to attend the final of the men’s World Basketball Championships, accompanied by IOC member Ugur Erdener.
Patrick Baumann was re-elected as Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) at its World Congress in Istanbul.
King Constantine will receive the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)’s Beppe Croce trophy in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. This trophy will be presented to him at the ISAF Annual Conference in Athens (Greece) on 11 November 2010.
The IOC and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have reached agreement on a significant financial contribution from the USOC to resolve the Games’ costs issue. During a very productive and amicable meeting at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last month, the two sides also agreed to establish a process to accelerate talks on the outstanding issue of revenue sharing. The agreement followed fruitful discussions in Denver, Colorado, last year and at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games this February. The IOC and USOC delegations have pledged to continue working in a constructive manner and in a spirit of good faith and cooperation.
“Giving a Voice to Youth” is the title of the 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, being held in Durban (South Africa) from 5 to 7 December 2010. During a youth session, young people who participated in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which were held in Singapore in August, will talk about their personal experience at this very first edition and also talk to their South African counterparts. Young people will also be given the floor in other sessions to offer their first-hand input on learning experiences in the fields of sport, education, culture and society. More info on this Conference at www.olympic.org/durban2010.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Meeting in Istanbul, the FIBA World Congress unanimously elected Yvan Mainini as FIBA President. The President of the French Basketball Federation since 1992, Mainini succeeds Australian Bob Elphinston. A player, then coach and referee, Mainini officiated at three Olympic Games and three World Championships. He refereed over 1,000 top-level games, including 300 internationals. He has been a member of the FIBA Central Board since 1994, serving as Vice-President for four years (1998-2002) and President of FIBA Europe for three years (1998-2001). Yvan Mainini is also a special adviser to the French NOC President. Read the press release at www.fiba.com.
The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has informed us that the stadium used for the 2010 World Championships, which were held in early September in Chengdu (People’s Republic of China) will be honoured with the name of the founder of the modern Olympic Games, “Pierre de Coubertin”. A bust of Coubertin has been placed at the entrance to the modern pentathlon stadium. More info at www.pentathlon.org.
The Clean Sport Department of the International Archery Federation (FITA), in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has launched the “Shoot Clean! – Say No! to Doping” promotional campaign. The aim is to raise awareness among all the archers of the world, from beginners to top level, of the importance of a sport free from doping, with respect and fair play. Info at www.world-archery.org.
The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) will hold its General Assembly on 9 October 2010 in Bormio (Italy). More info at www.theuiaa.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
We have just learned of the death of Marc Maes in mid-August. After gaining a doctorate in physical education and an early academic career, Marc Maes joined the Belgian NOC in 1985 to coordinate the setting up of spring games. He was taken on to play a role in the development of the International Olympic Academy. He was also, under the presidency of Raoul Mollet, a key player in the Belgian Olympic Academy, known today as the “Inter-university certificate in sports organisation management - Belgian Olympic Academy” in partnership with the University of Ghent and the Catholic University of Louvain. After having left the NOC, Marc Maes was co-holder of the “Henri de Baillet-Latour and Jacques Rogge” Olympic Chair at the University of Ghent. In 2001, he was appointed a member of the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic education.
The first sports scholarship programme by Panasonic, an Olympic (TOP) partner, has been organised jointly by the NOC of Hong Kong, China and the Shun Hing Group, an agent of Panasonic. The aim of this programme is to help young Hong Kong athletes to better prepare and strive to do their best at the upcoming London 2012 Games. The ceremony to announce the awardees was officiated by NOC President and IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok and Shun Hing Group Vice-Chairman David T.Y. Mong. Ten athletes were selected and will receive a scholarship for the period from August 2010 to January 2012.
The Peruvian NOC recently organised a sports administration course in Huarochiri on the premises of the Faculty of Oceanography and Fishery of the National Federico Villarreal University in Santa Eulalia. The themes addressed included the Olympic Movement, women and sport, the fight against doping, and the organisation of events. In addition, on their return from Singapore, the Peruvian athletes who participated in the first YOG received the medal of honour of sports merit from the President of the Congress of Peru, César Zumaeta Flores. Also present at this ceremony, held at the Legislative Palace, were Peruvian NOC President José Quiñones González, IOC member Iván Dibós, and many other personalities.
The NOC of Vanuatu has announced that Vanuatu now has its very first International Rugby Board (IRB)-certified educator, in the person of Edward Joshua, the current National Development Officer at the Vanuatu Rugby Union (VRU). Joshua earned his recognition during an IRB and the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union course organised in Fiji in early August. He also earned his Level One IRB Coaching Sevens Certificate.
Hong Kong will host the next SPORTELAsia from 16 to 18 March 2011. SPORTELMonaco will take place from 11 to 14 October 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum. On the programme of this international meeting of sport, TV and new media is the 21st International Symposium on 12 October on the themes: “Women and Sport” and “What are the economic consequences of the current crisis on the financing of sport, what lessons can be learned and what are the alternatives?”. Full info at www.sportel.org.