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15 Oct 2010
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Highlights of the week


This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge received a delegation from the NOC of San Marino, comprising Minister for Sport Fabio Berardi and Angelo Vicini, Giorgio Crescentini and Eros Bologna, President, Vice-President and Secretary General of the NOC respectively. This delegation offered The Olympic Museum in Lausanne a sculpture. The President also welcomed a delegation from the NOC of Belgium before attending the inauguration of the new International Equestrian Federation (FEI) headquarters in Lausanne.

In addition, in Vidy President Rogge met the Honorary Secretary General of the International Polo Federation (FIP), Michael Schultz-Tholen; the President of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol; as well IOC member Ung Chang. He also greeted the representatives of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), who were meeting at the IOC headquarters.

Next week, President Rogge will be in Acapulco (Mexico) for the IOC Executive Board’s last meeting of the year, and its joint meeting with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

In Sochi this week, the Coordination Commission for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games paid its fourth visit to the next host city of the Winter Games. The Commission, led by its Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, spent three days in the Russian Black Sea resort to obtain an update from the organisers on the progress made in a number of operational areas and to visit venues and infrastructure projects under construction for 2014.  Read the news story at (Media section).

Anita L. DeFrantz and Francesco Ricci Bitti have taken part in the 2010 edition of Sportel, the international sport and TV meeting in Monaco. Anita L. DeFrantz spoke during the symposium on women and sport, and Francesco Ricci Bitti during the round table on online sports betting. Frank Fredericks was on the jury of the “Georges Bertellotti Golden Podium” awards, organised in the framework of Sportel. See also “Recognised Organisations”.

The Chinese version of a book by Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, has just been published by the Chinese Sports Ministry. The launch ceremony took place recently at Beijing Sports University.  This book will be used for training anti-doping control staff in China. After the original Swedish version in 2008, and the Chinese in 2010, English and French versions should be released in 2011, followed by a Japanese version.


Russia’s Artur Beterbiev and Ireland’s Katie Taylor have been named Best Boxers of the Year by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). Azerbaijan’s Shaban Shahpalangov scooped the Best Youth Boxer prize. The awards will be presented at a ceremony organised during the AIBA Congress in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on 2 November. Artur Beterbiev is the reigning world and European champion and also won the 2008 AIBA World Cup. Katie Taylor has been named Best Boxer for the second consecutive time and is the 2010 world champion. Shaban Shahplangov is also world junior champion, and took part in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. AIBA presented other awards, including Best Coach to Chuanliang Zhang of the People’s Republic of China. Read the full press release on

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced the death of a great character in British gymnastics, Frank Turner. Four-time British champion between 1949 and 1953, Turner competed in three editions of the Olympic Games – London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956 – before going to the Rome 1960 Games as a national coach. He had also participated in the 1950 World Championship in Basle (Switzerland) and the 1954 European Championships in Frankfurt (Germany). Info at


The US Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and Olympic Solidarity have launched the third edition of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Programme (ICECP). Twenty-two coaches from the five continents, representing 10 sports, are taking part in this programme which began on 3 October at the University of Delaware and will end on 3 May 2011 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The subjects addressed include sports nutrition, sports medicine, injury management and prevention, sports psychology and physiology, sports administration, and training methods. The following 22 countries will be represented in this programme: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Oman, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Info at and

The Spanish NOC recently hosted the third “NOC Breakfast”, the theme of which was healthy eating. Olympic athletes Isabel Fernández (judo) and Rafael Trujillo (sailing) spoke, emphasising the importance of correct eating for any athlete. NOC President Alejandro Blanco congratulated the Nutrition Commission and announced the creation of a university chair of good habits for the near future. Info at

The third module of the advanced management course in Olympic sports organisations, organised by the Guatemalan NOC and supported by Olympic Solidarity, has just come to an end. Taking part were members of executive committees and technical staff of national sports federations and associations and the NOC. The aim of the course was to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage an Olympic sports organisation.

It was at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar that Mongolian NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren and IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan recently hosted IOC member and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General Patrick Baumann. Their discussions focused on the future development of basketball in Mongolia. Patrick Baumann thanked the NOC for including basketball in the Olympic Solidarity “2010 Team Sport Support” programme, and also visited the Olympic Museum, accompanied by Lubomir Kotleba, FIBA Development Director, and the leaders of the Mongolian basketball federation.

The Uzbek NOC has informed us that, at the end of September, a partnership agreement was signed by the Presidents of the Uzbek and Japanese NOCs, Malik Babaev and Tsunekazu Takeda respectively. The two discussed the Olympic Movement and the preparations for the London 2012 Games. The agreement focuses on athlete and coach exchanges as well as sharing experience in the field of science and anti-doping. The agreement also provides for long-term cooperation to develop and promote sports activities and the Olympic Movement in Uzbekistan and Japan.

Last week, the Czech NOC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley and the Summer Games in Rome. Organised at the headquarters of Czech TV in Kavčí Hory, this ceremony brought together about 30 Olympians from 1960. These included legendary gymnast Věra Čáslavská (silver medallist in the team event), Luděk Pojezný (bronze medallist in coxed eights rowing), Bohumil Kubát (bronze medallist in Greco-Roman wrestling) and Josef Němec (bronze medallist in boxing). For the 1960 Winter Games, those present included figure skater Karol Divín (silver medallist and the only medallist at these Games) and legendary ice hockey player Karel Gut. The ceremony was broadcast live for one hour.

SOCHI 2014

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 has announced that its competition to create the Games mascot is now open internationally - now anyone can take part. The organisers took this decision owing to the high number of entries sent by Russian people living abroad and Olympic fans of other nationalities. Press release at


From 11 to 14 October in Monaco, the 21st SPORTEL symposium, placed under the high patronage of IOC member Prince Albert II, and the patronage of the IOC, took place. This 2010 edition offered two symposia: “Women in Sport. The influence of women: a chance for 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?” A round table on “Online sports betting, what are the stakes for sport?” was also organised. In addition, in the framework of this 2010 edition, the “Georges Bertellotti Golden Podium” jury honoured the best sports slow motion sequences and images of 2010. The IOC Prize was awarded to “Lassila Gold” by Liam Berkery (Nine Network Australia). During these Golden Podiums, the Peace and Sport Organisation, placed under the high patronage of Prince Albert II, unveiled the winning photograph of the Peace and Sport Image of the Year. The award was given to India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, two tennis players united for peace. See the Golden Podium winners at and the winning image at

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