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17 Sep 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 16 September, at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in the awards ceremony of the Olympic Golden Rings 2010 for the best TV coverage of the Vancouver Games. Winners and photos on (“News” section).

On the same day, President Rogge unveiled a new stone on the donors’ wall at The Olympic Museum, belonging to CCTV. The ceremony took place in the presence of CCTV President Ting Li. More info on

At the start of the week in Vidy, the IOC President attended a meeting of the Lausanne Panathlon Club.

This week in Vidy, President Rogge met:

- Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association (IWGA);
- Craig A. Crowley, President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS);
- Christian Seychal, Eurosport International Editor in Chief;
- Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG);
- Claude Marshall, Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and Chris Lamb, Special Counsellor for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies;
- A delegation from Beijing Li-Ning Sports Goods Co. Ltd, led by its Director General, Zhang Zhi Yong;
- A delegation from the Lebanese NOC led by its President, Antoine Chartier, accompanied by IOC member Toni Khoury and Minister of Youth and Sport Ali Abdullah;
- Poul Hansen, Head of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace; and Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sport for Development and Peace; and
- Gianni Merlo, President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), accompanied by the new Editor-in-Chief of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Andrea Monti.


This week, the IOC announced that Gunilla Lindberg, IOC member in Sweden, would chair the Evaluation Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. This Commission, comprising 11 members, will have the task of leading an in-depth technical evaluation of the three Candidate Cities for these Games, i.e. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) (in order of drawing of lots). Composed of representatives of the Olympic Movement and a number of advisors, the Commission will analyse the candidature files of the three cities in the running and then visit the cities between 8 February and 5 March 2011. It will then produce a report for the IOC members, before the host city is elected on 6 July 2011 at the 122nd IOC Session in Durban (South Africa). See the composition of the Commission on (“News” section).


On 13 September, the IOC announced that the Albavisión group has acquired the broadcast rights for the Olympic Games in 2012 in London. The Albavisión group has acquired the free-to-air television broadcast rights and radio rights in Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay. See the press release on (“News” section).


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the launch of “Davis Cup Idols”, a new series of exclusive videos in which great names in tennis are interviewed and tell of their experiences in the Davis Cup. These players include Guy Forget, Michael Stich, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge. These videos will be broadcast on


On 15 September, the Australian NOC organised a series of events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sydney Games in 2000. This day started with a fundraising breakfast for the Australian Olympic team, which is getting ready for the London Games, and included speeches by NOC President John Coates and Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee Sebastian Coe. At the ANZ stadium, some 1,200 primary school children were able to familiarise themselves with the values and symbols of Olympic ceremonies, thanks to Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Olympic beach volleyball champion Natalie Cook. Furthermore, the thousands of volunteers present in 2000 were reunited in Sydney Olympic Park to relive the magic of these Games on a big screen. Also on the programme was a concert with a broadcast of the highlights of the Games, athlete interviews and the music of the ceremonies. Another highlight of these celebrations was the re-lighting of the Olympic cauldron by Cathy Freeman and Louise Sauvage. Full info and photos on

More than 1,000 children, most of whom came of the Coronado province, participated in the “Girls’ and Boys’ Day” (“Día de los niños y las niñas”) organised by the NOC of Costa Rica in its gardens. On the programme were climbing, athletics, taekwondo, archery, fencing, weightlifting, roller skating (see photo), tennis and boxing. Among the prizes received by the children were t-shirts, medals and rucksacks. 

We have just learnt that, at the start of June, the NOC of Georgia organised a day in honour of the Georgian Olympians, with numerous activities devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Georgian participation in the 1960 Rome Games. At the invitation of the NOC, delegates from other NOCs were present, such as the Presidents of the Israeli and Albanian NOCs, Zvi Varshaviak and Agim Fagu respectively, as well as the Secretaries General of the NOCs of San Marino and Austria, Eros Bolognia and Petter Mennel respectively. They also took part in the prize-giving ceremony for the 2009 “Sport and Literature” competition, and met the Mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava; the Vice-President of the Georgian parliament, Mikheil Machavariani, and the President of the parliament’s Sports Committee, Olympic champion Giorgi Asanidze. The 50th anniversary celebrations ended with the presentation of a special IOC President’s trophy to high jump gold medallist at the Rome Games Robert Shavlakadze. 

On 10 September, for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Rome Olympic Games, the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, received Italian Olympic and Paralympic champions from all the editions of the Summer and Winter Games as well as medallists of the 1960 Games at the Quirinal Palace. The delegation of athletes was led by Italian NOC President Giovanni Petrucci, Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, Vice-Presidents Riccardo Agabio and Luca Pancalli, and IOC members Mario Pescante, Franco Carraro and Manuela Di Centa. Also taking part in this ceremony was the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno.

The President of the NOC of Peru, José Quiñones González, recently inaugurated a technical course for national judo coaches (level 1) at the national sports house (VIDENA) in San Luis. Led by the Spanish coach from the high-level training centre in Barcelona, Jaume Mirallas Sariola, this course brought together 26 participants from all over the country, who participated in both practical workshops and theoretical classes.


In the framework of the 21st international SPORTELMonaco symposium, which will take place from 11 to 14 October 2010, two conferences will take place: the first on “Sport and Women. The influence of women: a chance for sport”, and the second on “What are the consequences of the current economic crisis on the financing of sport? What lessons can be learnt and what alternatives exist?” These two conferences will be held on 12 October. The previous day, there will be a round table on “Online sports betting – what are the stakes for sport?” Full info on

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