- 29 Oct 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the Week
This week in Acapulco (Mexico), IOC President Jacques Rogge has been chairing the last Executive Board (EB) meeting of 2010.
The EB heard reports on the preparations for the Olympic Games in 2012 in London, 2014 in Sochi and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, as well as on preparations for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Also on the agenda was the possible addition of new events to the programme of the 2014 Winter Games. The EB indicated that it would look favourably at including women's ski jumping, ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle, biathlon mixed team relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.
The EB confirmed that the sports programme of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which will be presented to the IOC Session for approval, would be the same as the one in Sochi and will feature seven sports.
In addition, in connection with the IOC’s “Sport for Hope” programme, and based on the promising success of the first Olympic Youth Development Centre, opened in Lusaka (Zambia) last May, the IOC is envisaging building a similar centre in Haiti.
Other EB decisions include the choice of Colorado Springs (USA) to host the next International Athletes’ Forum in October 2011, and of Los Angeles (USA) to host the next IOC World Conference on Women and Sport in February 2012. In addition, a coaches’ oath will be introduced at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
This EB meeting was preceded by the traditional meeting between the EB and the 205 NOCs, which were in Acapulco for the XVII General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). On this occasion, the IOC President called on the NOCs to further spread the YOG spirit in their countries in the run-up to the first winter edition of the event in Innsbruck, in 2012. He also urged them to ensure that more women attain key positions within their organisations; to encourage and promote the participation of athletes in the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme during their competitive years as well as after their retirement from high-level competition; and to continue to promote Olympic Day, on 23 June, as a regular celebration of the Olympic values.
Here is a full report on the Olympic meetings in Acapulco.
Upon arriving in Belgium from Mexico, the IOC President received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Royal Military School of Belgium, at a ceremony held in Brussels.
Today, Friday 29 October, at Brussels City Hall, President Rogge will take part in an academic session closing the events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Paralympic Movement. He will talk about the collaboration between the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in presence of Phil Craven, IPC President and IOC member.
Ung Chang received the “Friendship Medal” and the “20th Anniversary Medal of the Democratic Revolution” from the President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, on 19 October at the Presidential Office in Ulaanbaatar, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Olympic and sports movement in Mongolia.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us that its second Gym For Life Challenge, in 2013, has received the support of the IOC Sport for All Commission, Chairman, Sam Ramsamy, who has agreed to chair the Patronage Committee for this event. This Challenge, which will be held in Cape Town (South Africa), is open to gymnastics for all clubs world-wide. More details on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Australian and Italian NOCs signed a partnership agreement during the ANOC meetings in Acapulco. Under the terms of this agreement, signed by the two NOC Presidents, John Coates and Gianni Petrucci, Australia’s Olympic athletes can be based in Italy or elsewhere in Europe to train ahead of the 2012 Games in London. The Australian Institute of Sport is also expected to sign an agreement with its Italian counterpart, the CONI Institute, to exchange sports science, sports medicine, high performance and coaching expertise. The agreement will remain in place until the end of 2016, with the possibility for renewal through to 2020. Read the press release on www.olympics.com.au.
Britain’s two-time Olympic rowing champion, Andrew Holmes, died on 24 October at the age of 51. Holmes won gold in the coxed fours at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and in the coxless pairs at the 1988 Games in Seoul, as well as a silver medal in the coxed pairs in Seoul.
The Malaysian NOC has informed us that Olympic Solidarity has awarded “London 2012” scholarships to five of its athletes, to help them qualify for the Games. The athletes are: Dato’ Lee Chong Wei (badminton), Koo Kien Keat (badminton - doubles), Tan Boon Heong (badminton - doubles), Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (track cycling) and Yuvaraaj Panerselvam (athletics – 400m). Each athlete signed a tripartite agreement with his NOC and national sports association. The ceremony took place in the presence of NOC President and IOC member Tunku Tan Sri Imran; the Vice-President of the national badminton association, Y. Bhg. Datuk Mohd Al Amin; the Deputy President of the cycling federation, Y. Bhg. Datuk Naim Mohamad; and the Deputy President of the national athletics federation, Karim Ibrahim. The scholarships will run until 31 August 2012.
Mongolian NOC Executive Committee member M. Enkhbold, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Chef de Mission for the 2012 Games, recently met the British minister responsible for the Olympic Games, Hugh Robertson. Their discussions centred on bilateral cooperation in the preparations for and participation in the forthcoming Games in London. The Mongolian delegation also visited the Judo Institute in Dartford, the Bisley shooting range, training centres in Surrey, the offices of the Games Organising Committee and various Olympic venues. The delegation was composed of: Ch. Naranbaatar, President of the Physical Education and Sports Authority; J. Otgontsagaan, NOC Secretary General; Ts. Odonbayar, Head of National Teams; and B. Altangerel, the Mongolian Ambassador to the UK.
Around 50 children from schools in the various districts of Lima took part in the final stage of the athletics tournament entitled “Following in a Champion’s Footsteps”. Organised by the Peruvian NOC and Lima City Council, the tournament begin in August, and is aimed at finding talented youngsters in the various track and field disciplines.