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05 Nov 2010
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Highlights of the week


Ching-Kuo Wu was re-elected for four years as President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) at the AIBA Congress in Almaty (Kazakhstan) this week. This is his second term of office as AIBA President.

At the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) General Assembly in Taipei (Chinese Taipei), Princess Haya Al Hussein was re-elected, for a second four-year term of office, as FEI President.

The four research centres recently tasked by the IOC with gathering more knowledge on sports injuries and prevention methods convened for the first time in Cape Town (South Africa) at the end of October. This kick-off meeting laid the groundwork for the joint efforts in this important area in the four years to come. The four research centres are located in South Africa, Canada, Australia and Norway. Under the leadership of its Medical Commission, the IOC thus aims to promote athletes’ health through the prevention of injury and disease. See the news on (“Media” section).


At its Congress in Almaty this week, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced the relocation of its international boxing academy to Almaty. This academy aims to offer development, training and education programmes to help boxers with their post-sporting careers. It will also offer sports management courses for boxers, coaches, referees, judges and administrative staff of national governing bodies. The new academy should open its doors in July 2012. Press release on

At the initiative of its President, Alisher Usmanov, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and the French Fencing Federation have implemented a cooperation programme called Défi 2010 pour le futur [2010 challenge for the future] in order to organise and finance, for each national federation, the participation of one athlete in the World Fencing Championships, which will be held from 4 to 13 November 2010 in Paris. Thanks to this programme, a participation record has been set, with 110 countries registered. Since 25 October, the FIE has been present on the social network Twitter. Information on

Meeting in Vysoké Tatry (Slovakia), the 78th Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) was opened by FIG President Bruno Grandi, in the presence of Jaroslav Ivanco, Delegate of Slovakia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, and Jan Mokos, Mayor of Vysoké Tatry. Among the decisions taken was the full affiliation to the FIG of new federations which had been previously admitted on a provisional basis. The new member federations are Congo, Montenegro, Mozambique, Tajikistan and, as associated members, Burkina Faso and Swaziland. The FIG now has 130 affiliated federations, including four associated ones. The next Congress will be held in Cancun (Mexico) in October 2012. Info on

28 October is an important date in the history of judo as it is the birth date of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano. On the occasion of the Judo World Championship by Team, held in Antalya (Turkey), the International Judo Federation (FIJ) announced that, on 28 October 2011, on the eve of the Open Judo World Championship in Tyumen (Russia) the first “World Judo Day” will be organised simultaneously throughout the world. The theme of this Day will be “respect”. Information on

The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has just named its three athletes of the year, based on their results at continental and world championships, and at the final of the Golden Grand Prix. They are: Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan) in Greco-Roman wrestling; Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan) in freestyle wrestling; and, for the third time in her career, Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria) in women’s wrestling. More details on

From 3 to 5 November, the International Rugby Board (IRB) held a medical conference in London (Great Britain). Under the central theme of “Putting Players First”, this conference brought together physicians from 25 member unions, independent medical experts and player representatives to drive global best-practice policy implementation and dissemination at both elite and community levels. Also at the centre of discussions were injury prevention and player welfare best practice implementation. Information on

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has just strengthened its commitment to integrating sustainability principles into all aspects of its culture and operational practices. The ITU has created a Sustainability Commission, composed of members from all five continents. A guide to the best social, environmental and financial practices for the triathlon community will be the first key project of the Commission, and should be published next spring. Information on

More than 40 participants representing 29 countries belonging to the International Skiing Federation (FIS) Aid and Promotion Programme took part in the 9th FIS Leaders’ Seminar in Bratislava (Slovakia). Opened by FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, who is also an IOC member, and by Secretary General Sarah Lewis, this seminar was entitled “How to Upgrade a National Ski Association”. On the agenda were case studies presented by six national associations on their experiences and best practices. Press release on


The NOC of Belarus has informed us that a technical, course for taekwondo coaches brought together some 37 national coaches from 11 to 20 October in Minsk. Organised by Olympic Solidarity, the NOC and the National Taekwondo Federation, this course was inaugurated by NOC Secretary General George Katulin. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) sent an expert, Korea’s Bong Hyun Jung, to the course. Each participant in the course received an IOC certificate. 

The President of the NOC of Spain, Alejandro Blanco, and the Education Minister, Ángel Gabilondo, recently presented educational material called Educación en valores olímpicos. Ciudadanía Olímpica [Education in the Olympic values. Olympic citizenship]. Starting in January 2011, this material will be included in the education and training programme of young Spaniards, in line with the agreement between the NOC and the ministry, which developed this material together, along with the Camilo José Cela University and Atos Origin. More than 300 people attended this official presentation, including IOC honorary member Doña Pilar de Borbón; IOC member Marisol Casado; Vice-Counsellor of the Community of Madrid Javier Hernández; and presidents of sports federations, sports leaders, media representatives and numerous children. A video was also presented by NOC Secretary General Víctor Sánchez. For their part, Olympic athletes José Luis Abajo “Pirri” (fencing) and María José Rienda (skiing) shared their experiences and the values promoted by sport which they now want to pass on.

At a ceremony held in Olympic House, the NOC of Hong Kong, China, whose President is IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, officially presented the seven athletes who have received a “London 2012” Olympic Solidarity scholarship to help them to prepare to qualify for these Games. They are: Leung Ki Ho (athletics); ChoiI Ki Ho and Kwok Ho Ting (cycling); Chow  Kwong Wing and Lee Ka Man (rowing); and Tang  Wing Yung Natasha Terri and Sze Hang Yu (swimming).  The scholarship is valid until 31 August 2012. Among the personalities present on this occasion were Robert Wilson, President of the national rowing association; Leung Mee Lee, NOC Deputy Secretary; Pang Chung, NOC Secretary General; Kenneth K. K. Fok, NOC Deputy Secretary; and Kwan Kee, President of the national athletics association.

The NOC of Vanuatu’s Women and Sport Commission is planning to organise an event called “Walk & Talk” in the country’s second city, Luganville. The objective of this event is to promote the role of women in sport and to implement one of the proposals launched in December 2009 at a seminar led by the Chairwoman of the Oceania Women and Sport Committee. The aim is also to establish a sub-committee which could help draft reports on the development of sport in this city, especially with respect to women and sport activities. Info on


Beijing, host city of the very successful 2008 Paralympic Games, has been chosen to host the 2011 General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), whose President is IOC member Phil Craven. The Assembly will take place on 10 and 11 December 2011, after the IPC Conference on 8 and 9 December 2011.

Meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), the International Timekeepers Federation (FIC) brought together delegates from 35 affiliated countries. On the agenda were a report on the activities of the Management Committee, presented by FIC President Michele Bonante; the 2009 Report; and the 2011 budget, all of which were unanimously approved. Furthermore, the Congress launched a specialised training programme for 2011/2012, aiming to facilitate direct contacts between timekeepers from throughout the world and to promote exchanges of experience and best practice. The next Congress will take place in London in 2012, on the occasion of the Olympic Games.

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