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08 Oct 2010
IOC News

Highlights of the week


Last weekend, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to New Delhi (India), where he attended the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, in the presence of IOC member Randhir Singh and many other members.

He then went to Amman (Jordan) and met representatives of the NOC, whose President is IOC member Prince Feisal Al Hussein. President Rogge also had a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, accompanied by Prince Feisal Al Hussein.

President Rogge continued his trip to Ramallah (Palestine), where he met Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who presented him with the “Star of Jerusalem” medal. The President was accompanied by a large IOC delegation comprising Vice-President Mario Pescante, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Hickey, Olympic champions Nawal El Moutawakel and Hicham El Guerrouj, who are IOC members, as well as Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Executive Committee member Sheik Talal Al-Sabah. The delegation visited a refugee camp and met with the NOC, whose President is Jibril Mahmoud Muhammad Rajoub, then attended a football match between the Palestine and Jordan Olympic teams. The delegation then left for Bethlehem, where President Rogge gave a speech at the John Paul II Foundation.

Then the delegation went to Israel, and was hosted by IOC member Alex Gilady, NOC President Zvi Varshaviak and NOC Secretary General Efraim Zinger. President Rogge and the IOC delegation had a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, before they attended an NOC gala, during which the IOC Trophy was awarded to the Wingate Institute. The following day, the delegation met with the NOC then visited the Olympic Experience Museum. President Rogge concluded his visit with a press conference.

The Ethics Commission, chaired by Youssoupha Ndiaye, held a meeting this week in Lausanne.

Young people will be at the heart of the discussions of the 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, which will be held in Durban (South Africa) from 5 to 7 December 2010.  To find out more about this event and reserve your place, go to


In a press release, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced that the inaugural Women’s Basketball Conference was held on 2 and 3 October in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), alongside the Women’s World Championships. Representatives of 49 national federations on the five continents attended. At the end of the Conference, a declaration was unanimously adopted underlining the need to use every FIBA opportunity to promote and improve women’s participation in basketball. Read the press release at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has just announced the death of Nina Vitrichenko, the Ukrainian national coach and FIG rhythmic gymnastics expert. She was one of the prominent personalities in Ukrainian gymnastics, and the founder of a school in Kiev. Nina Vitrichenko was particularly active in the FIG Gymnastic Academies, where she used her know-how to train a whole generation of experts and trainers. Info at

Meeting in Herzogenaurach (Germany), the International Handball Federation (IHF) Council recently awarded the organisation of the 2013 Men’s World Championships to Spain, and the Women’s edition to Serbia. More info at

We have just learned that a level 1 archery coaching course was held in early September in Singapore. Organised jointly by Olympic Solidarity and the International Archery Federation (FITA), this course was led by FITA Development and Education Director Pascal Colmaire. During the closing ceremony, the 22 participants were delighted to see a bronze medallist (mixed team event) from the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Singapore’s Abdud Dayya Mohamed Jaffar. Info at

On 29 September in Zurich (Switzerland), the 8th International Ski Federation (FIS) Youth and Children’s Seminar brought together 77 participants from 41 countries. At the heart of the discussions were various strategies to include and strengthen the presence of skiing in school curricula. Info at


As part of the promotion of women’s participation in sport, at the end of September the Argentinean NOC organised an International Women and Sport Seminar in the city of Rosario. Over 120 participants – male and female – attended this seminar, including four Olympians: Vanina Sanchez Beron, Julia Garisoain, Cecilia Carranza Saroli and Lorena Corengia. The main speaker was Nicole Hoevertsz, a member of the IOC and its Women and Sport Commission.

The 19th session of the Guatemalan Olympic Academy was held at the end of September. Inaugurated officially by the President of the Guatemalan NOC, Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles, this 2010 session brought together many participants, who were welcomed by Fernando Beltranena Valladares, the Academy’s Director and NOC Honorary President. On the programme were discussions around themes such as ethics and values, the ancient Olympic Games, the fight against doping, environmental protection, nutrition and sport, women and sport, and the Youth Olympic Games. During this session, the prize-giving ceremony was held for the “Design your sport and give it a name” contest. This contest was organised by the Academy as part of the 13th Olympic Festival, held in October 2009. Some 605 youngsters took part, in four categories (under 6s, 7 to 12s, 13 to 18s, and 19 and above). 

The awards ceremony for the 2010 Women and Sport trophies of the Malaysian NOC, whose President is IOC member Prince Tunku Imran, was held at the end of September at the NOC’s sports complex, in the presence of the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, and the Chair of the NOC’s Women and Sports Commission, Low Beng Choo. The 2010 winners are: Christina Chee Shin Lian (leadership trophy), Normala Abd Rashid (trophy for development of sport in the community), Lucy Read (trophy for grassroots sports development), Jamhariah Jaafar (trophy for women sports journalism), Mr and Mrs Wong Loy Choy, parents of female badminton player Wong Mew Choo, (partnership trophy) and Choo Kon Lee (overall). The IOC Women and Sport Achievement Diploma went to Zaiton Othman, winner of the NOC’s 2009 award and ranked third in the IOC 2010 Women and Sport Award for Asia.

SOCHI 2014

On 30 September, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 announced the start of construction work on the Media Village for these Games, with the laying of the first stone. Located in Krasnaya Polyana, this village will be able to host over 2,000 journalists coming from across the world to cover the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Media Centre, which will comprise a press conference suite, studios and offices, will also be located there. Press release at


On 2 October, Rio de Janeiro celebrated the first anniversary of its election as the host of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This ceremony was held at the Palacio da Cidade, one of Rio’s Town Hall headquarters. On this occasion, Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who is also an IOC member, handed the Rio 2016 Olympic Bid Official Report to Mayor Eduardo Paes; Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Sports Waldemar de Sousa, representing the Minister, Orlando Silva; and Senator Regis Fichtner, representing governor Sérgio Cabral. Press release at

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