- 01 Oct 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This weekend, IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in New Delhi (India), where he will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. More information next week.
Last week in New York (United States of America), Pál Schmitt participated in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, addressing the delegates as President of the Republic of Hungary. Alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he also chaired a round table on the value of sport as a development tool.
The Olympic Programme Commission met this week in Lausanne under the chairmanship of Franco Carraro.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that it held the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention in Punta del Este (Uruguay) from 27 to 29 September. More than 450 delegates representing the 202 national federations, commercial partners, sponsors, organisers and the media, came together at the convention, whose slogan was “Together we can make Aquatics bigger”. The aims of this convention were to present the FINA of the 21st century and to provide a development plan to FINA members. Info on http://aquaticsconvention.fina.org. Furthermore, the FINA Bureau has chosen the city of Barcelona (Spain) as the host of the 15th World Championships in 2013. The 2011 edition will take place in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) from 16 to 31 July.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 20 September, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, received the title of Great Benefactor of the Brazilian Olympic Committee from boxer David Lourenço and judoka Flávia Gomes, both medal winners at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games. He was awarded this title in recognition of his untiring support for sport during his eight-year presidency. Also present were the 68 other young Singapore participants, as well as the NOC President, IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman.
In view of the upcoming Olympic Games in London in 2012, the Costa Rican NOC has just awarded Olympic scholarships to five athletes, to help them prepare to qualify for these Games. The lucky beneficiaries of these scholarships are: Kristopher Moitland (taekwondo), Allan Segura (walking), Mario Montoya (swimming), Leonardo Chacón (triathlon) and Nery Brenes (athletics).
At its General Assembly in Colorado Springs, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) presented George E. Killian with the Olympic Torch Award, in recognition of his meaningful impact on the US Olympic Movement and his contribution to promoting the Olympic ideals throughout the country. A former basketball player and coach, Killian was President of USA Basketball and of the International Basketball Federation (1990-1998), of which he is currently Honorary President. He also served on the USOC Board of Directors from 1967 to 2003, and was an IOC member from 1996 to 1998.
Furthermore, the Board of Directors of the US Olympians Association has passed an amendment to include Paralympians within the organisation. This decision brings with it a name change: US Olympians and Paralympians Association, effective immediately. More information on www.teamusa.org.
The NOC of Guatemala was the first NOC in its region to host the seminar entitled “Establish your career plan”, in the framework of the IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP). Some 32 athletes from different sports took part in this event. The main objective was to motivate the athletes to prepare themselves not only in terms of sport, but also in the area of education, making them think about their future. The seminar was led by Pedro Alejandro Yang Ruiz, a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and by Patrick Glennon, Adecco International Vice-President, in the presence of Sergio Camargo Muralles, President of the Guatemalan NOC.
On 21 September, the NOC of Montenegro commemorated International Peace Day in collaboration with several institutions, including the UN, the “Game Set Peace” programme, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Mojkovac local tourism organisation, the Tourism and Finance Ministries, as well as national institutions for male-female parity and researchers from Purdue University, the California State University and D’Youville College. The emphasis of this day was placed on educating young people, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds, through sport, as well as on the promotion of male-female parity in sport, and environmental protection and sport. On the programme were introductions to sports – including tennis – for children, and conferences. The NOC is cooperating with several partners to produce an educational video called “Leave No Trace and Sports” for primary schools; to organise “sport and education” camps for underprivileged children; and to reduce CO2 emissions through sport, through conferences in universities and the screening of “Age of Stupidity”, a film on climate change. Research on the place of women in sport will be used to strengthen the institutional environment and allow girls and women to participate more in sporting life – both on and off the field – in Montenegro.
For the first time in the sporting history of Nepal, a Sports Congress was held, on 25 and 26 September. Planned and run by the Nepalese NOC, this Congress aimed to develop synergy in sports development in line with the international Olympic Movement, and solidarity with government participation and support. More than 145 participants attended this Congress, which was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly, Subhas Nembang Subba, in the presence of the Advisor to the President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Santiparb Tejvanija. The event was chaired by NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and NOC Secretary General and Congress Coordinator Jeevan Ram Shrestha. The Congress was supported financially and technically by the IOC and the OCA. More info on www.nocnepal.org.np.
The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) has announced the start of its new educational programmes in the area of sports administration and technology, with a module on leadership and decision-making. This four-day programme is aimed at sports industry professionals, and will be held in Lausanne on 25 and 26 November and on 3 and 4 December 2010. A registration form can be found on www.aists.org/executive.