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22 Oct 2010
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Highlights of the week


This week, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, is in Acapulco (Mexico), where on 20 October he attended the opening of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), whose President is IOC member Mario Vázquez Raña, in the presence of the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón. He also followed the proceedings of the Assembly from 20 to 22 October.

The IOC President took advantage of this opportunity to meet a number of NOC presidents and IOC members present. President Rogge was also awarded the Grand Olympic Cross in gold by the Ecuadorean NOC.

On Saturday 23 October, President Rogge will be addressing the first World Olympic Sport Convention, organised by ANOC. On the following day, he will chair the joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board with the NOCs, before chairing the EB meetings from 24 to 26 October. Read all the details in our next edition.

Denis Oswald represented the IOC at the recent meeting of the International Association of French-speaking Mayors, held on 20 and 21 October in Lausanne, on the theme of “cities and universities serving local development”.

Mario Vázquez Raña was re-elected as ANOC President for a further four-year term during the ANOC General Assembly in Acapulco. He has been President of the Association since its creation in 1979.

Gunilla Lindberg was also re-elected as ANOC Secretary General in Acapulco. She has held this post since 2004.

The IOC Medical Commission has created an ad hoc working group on athlete body composition, health and performance. The task of this group is to address these issues as they relate to sports in which weight plays a major role. It met last week in Graz (Austria). Coordinated by Professor Wolfram Müller from Graz University, the group has been set up for two years, during which time its activities will include organising a forum to exchange information, collecting normative data, publishing a consensus statement and holding symposiums in the framework of scientific meetings. Read more on (“News” section).

On 18 October in New York (USA), the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution recognising the potential of sport for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 and promoting a climate of tolerance. With this resolution on “Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace”, the General Assembly reaffirmed the importance of sport as a tool to promote cooperation, solidarity and social integration. It stressed the need to strengthen efforts, and especially partnerships with all stakeholders at all levels, to maximise sport’s potential in achieving the MDGs. This new UN resolution thus recognises the important role played by the IOC and the Olympic Movement through the Olympic Truce, the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games. In its speech in support of the resolution, the IOC was able to make full use of its new UN observer status. In addition, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented his annual report on sport for development and peace. The resolution was adopted by the 192 UN-member states.

The IOC 2011 “Sport and the Environment” Trophy will be awarded during the 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will be taking place in Doha (Qatar)  from 30 April to 1 May 2011. Candidature files should be sent to the IOC no later than 31 January 2011.


The International Rugby Board (IRB) has just launched a new interactive Player Welfare website aimed at educating and informing the rugby family on best-practice medical and player welfare policies and research. Soon to be available in three languages,  features the latest information and research on topics including injury prevention, surveillance and approved apparel and equipment.

In Macao (People’s Republic of China) this week, the General Assembly of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) elected Vito Ippolito for a second four-year term. Read the press release on

At its recent General Assembly in Pau (France), the International Basque Pelota Federation (FIPV) re-elected Dominique Boutineau as FIPV President. More details on


The Belgian NOC tells us that the NOCs of the Benelux countries met in Brussels on 1 October. Belgian NOC President Pierre-Olivier Beckers was hosting his counterparts from the Dutch NOC, André Bolhuis, and Luxembourg NOC, Marc Theisen. Their agenda included cooperation in general, but more specifically in preparation for the 2012 Games in London. The decision was taken to hold such meetings on a regular basis, with the next being in Luxembourg in the spring of 2011.

To help them prepare and qualify for the 2012 Games in London, 15 Ecuadorean athletes will receive Olympic Solidarity scholarships. An official ceremony was held at the Ecuadorean NOC headquarters in the presence of NOC President Danilo Carrera and 12 of the 15 athletes.  They will receive these scholarships until 31 August 2012. The athletes selected are weightlifters David Arroyo, Julio César Arteaga, Alexandra Escobar and Seledina Nieve; boxers Carlos Gónogora and Julio César Castillo; judokas Diana Villavicencio and Israel Verdugo; wrestler Yohan Blanco; athletes Rolando Saquipay, Diego Ferrín and Byron Piedra; cyclist Fausto Endara; tennis player Roberto Quiroz; and triathlete Elizabeth Bravo.

The Guatemalan NOC has informed us of the recent ceremony at Galileo University to present diplomas to the first university technicians in sports science and technology of the Faculty of Sports Science and Technology (FACTEDE). The new diploma-holders are: Karla Johanna Bonilla López de Monterroso, Juan Pablo Monterroso Salazar and Sergio Saúl Tejada Cuellar, coaches with the national gymnastics federation. The ceremony was held in the presence of family members, friends and numerous personalities from the Faculty, as well as NOC Honorary President Fernando Beltranena Valladares. The Faculty was opened in June 2007 by President Rogge during the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City.


On 15 October, the Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (LOCOG) announced the prices of the tickets for the 26 sports on the programme of the Games. In all, 8.8 million tickets will be available, and 75 per cent of these will go on sale to the public in March 2011. Read the press release on

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