- 24 Sep 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge has been in Romania, where he met the President, Traian Basescu, and various political and sports personalities during a dinner in Bucharest. He was also at the new Olympic House, headquarters of the Romanian NOC, whose President is Octavian Morariu. During his stay, he received the title of doctor honoris causa from Oradea University.
Prince Albert II has received a special United Nations award in recognition of his exceptional efforts to promote peace through sport, particularly in the framework of the Peace and Sport organisation, of which he is the Patron. He was presented with the award during the Millennium Development Goals Awards ceremony this week in New York (USA).
This week in New York, Executive Board member Nawal El Moutawakel addressed the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the IOC, in the framework of the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She commented that: “the Olympic Movement – the IOC, International and National Sports Federations and the 205 National Olympic Committees — is using the power of sport to promote the MDGs in countries across the world and cooperate to this end with all sectors, from governments to UN agencies, funds and programmes, NGOs, the business community and civil society at large”. The outcome document of the summit recognises that: “sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels”. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section).
Angela Ruggiero represented the IOC at a round table on the value of sport as a tool for development on 20 September at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This round table was organised as part of the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced that, for the first time, reference judges are officially being used for the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships taking place in Moscow (Russian Federation) from 19 to 26 September. With this new system, which creates a separate judging group independent of the traditional judges’ panel, the FIG is looking to instantly correct any major discrepancies in scoring and avoid any dishonesty. References judges will be progressively introduced into the other disciplines on the FIG programme. Read the press release on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
A meeting between executives of the International Handball Federation (IHF), the presidents of the top 10 national federations and the presidents of the two club organisations, Forum Club Handball and Group Club Handball, plus the Vice-President of the European Handball Federation, was held recently at the IHF headquarters in Basle (Switzerland). The subjects addressed included insurance cover for players to be taken out by the IHF during World Championships, the future international handball events calendar, the world-wide promotion of handball (especially on television) and school handball projects. More details on www.ihf.info.
At its recent Congress in Lake Placid (USA), the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) elected a new Executive Committee for the 2010-2014 period. The Congress delegates elected Ivo Ferriani to succeed Robert F. Storey as FIBT President. More details on www.bobsleigh.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
More than 30,000 people took part in the second “Golden Sunday” held on 19 September in the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels as part of the city’s no-cars day. The event was organised in collaboration with various sports associations, the Olympic partners of the Belgian NOC and Brussels Irisport. For the occasion, the NOC was offering 60 recreational and sporting activities, in the presence of Olympic medallists, athletes who took part in this year’s inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, young athletes from the “Be Gold” project and Paralympic athletes. A total of 2,500 visitors took part in the “Run for Olympic Attitudes”, for which the theme was the Olympic values. More details and photos on www.olympic.be.
As part of the agreement between the Peruvian NOC and the Adecco group, the first orientation workshop on career transition for elite athletes has just been held. The agreement, which forms part of the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme, is in place until December 2016. The programme is aimed at helping elite athletes find employment both during and at the end of their sports careers.
On 15 September, the Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (LOCOG) opened its volunteer programme to the general public. A month ago, it launched its campaign to recruit specialist volunteers for certain areas. London 2012 intends to take on 70,000 volunteers for these Games, to work in areas such as transport, Village management, language services and sustainability. Read the press release on www.london2012.com.