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30 Oct 2009
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 26 October in Vidy, IOC President Jacques Rogge met Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme against HIV/AIDS. Their discussions centred on the existing partnership between the two organisations and current and future joint actions and projects. As President Rogge observed: “the IOC and UNAIDS are both trying to reach the largest number of young people. Our common objective is to use sport as a powerful educational tool in the area of HIV and AIDS prevention throughout the world.” Find out more on

Later that day, President Rogge was among the guests on the Agora programme filmed at The Olympic Museum on the theme “Countdown to Vancouver 2010”. He was accompanied by Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli; the President of Swiss Olympic, Jörg Schild; SC Bern ice hockey club coach Larry Hurras; and two champions, Vincent Defrasne, the French biathlete and gold medal winner at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and Mellie Francon, the Swiss snowboarder who placed third in the 2009 World Championships. Read more on

On 27 October, President Rogge was in Moscow (Russian Federation) to sign the agreement marking the extension of the IOC’s partnership with Visa Inc. through to 2020. He was accompanied by Gerhard Heiberg, IOC Executive Board member and Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission. Rupert Keeley, Group President, Visa Inc., and Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, also signed the agreement, in the presence of IOC members Alexander Popov and Shamil Tarpishev.  Press release on

The following day, President Rogge was in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) to attend the “Sport and Doping” roundtable organised by the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES). Also attending were IOC members Denis Oswald (the CIES Director) and Joseph Blatter. More details on

This week in Vidy, President Rogge has met the International Gymnastics Federation President, Bruno Grandi; the Turkish Minister for Sport, Faruk Nafiz Ozak, accompanied by IOC member Ugur Erdener; the President and Secretary General of the Spanish NOC, Alejandro Blanco and Victor Sánchez; the President and Secretary General of the Albanian NOC, Agim Fagu and Stavri Bello, accompanied by the Albanian Minister for Sport, Ferdinand Xhaferaj; the Finnish Ambassador to Switzerland, Alpa Rusi; and IOC members Sergey Bubka, Frank Fredericks and Julio César Maglione.

IOC 1st Vice-President Thomas Bach represented President Rogge at the ceremony to present the IOC /IPC/IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) awards in Cologne (Germany) on 28 October. Info on

Vitaly Smirnov represented the IOC President at a forum entitled “Russia, a sporting power” held last week in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan), the host city of the 2013 Summer Universiad. The forum was opened by the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev. A video message from President Rogge was shown on this occasion. 

This week, the Evaluation Commission for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 met in Lausanne under the chairmanship of Frank Fredericks. The three candidate cities are Guadalajara (Mexico), Nanjing (China) and Poznan (Poland). 

On 26 October, a fruitful and constructive meeting was held in Lausanne between a delegation from the Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) in Kuwait, headed by Major General (Ret.) Faisal M. Al-Jazzaf, PAYS Chairman and General Director, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the IOC, in the framework of the agreement reached on 15 July 2009. This meeting is an important step forward in order for the Kuwaiti authorities to achieve the objective set in the agreement dated 15 July 2009 that the whole process of amending the sports law must be finalised by 31 December 2009 at the latest. Press release on


At its recent Congress on Margarita Island in Venezuela, the International Softball Federation (ISF) re-elected Don Porter as its President. Low Beng Choo replaces Andy Loechner as ISF Secretary General, after serving as Deputy Secretary General. The next ISF Congress will be held in October 2011. Details about all the decisions on


The Austrian NOC has a new President, Karl Stoss, CEO of “Casinos Austria” and “Austrian Lotteries”. Stoss was elected at the extraordinary general assembly held on 2 October. He succeeds IOC member Leo Wallner, who had decided to resign after 19 years in office. Details on

The NOC of Belarus has awarded the 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight Against Doping” Trophy to Nicolas Kruchynsky, Director of the Research Institute for Physical Culture and Sport within the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. For four years, he headed the National Anti-Doping Agency. The Trophy was presented to him by NOC Vice-President Alexander Medved.

The El Salvador Bowling Federation, in cooperation with the NOC of El Salvador and the support of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), has organised a continental course for coaches from 26 to 30 October. Among the numerous subjects being addressed are the periodicity of training sessions, rules of the game, equipment, the fight against doping and the physical preparation of players. Information on

A press release by the NOC of Spain states that the Spanish Association of Olympic Athletes (AEDO) recently held an extraordinary General Assembly. On this occasion, AEDO President Raúl Chapado and the members of the executive committee officially took up their functions.

Furthermore, from 22 to 24 October, the 11th National Days and the first International Congress on Physiotherapy of physical activity and sport were held at the headquarters of the Spanish NOC in Madrid, whose President is Alejandro Blanco. This event had as a theme “Interdisciplinarity and advances in physiotherapy”. Information on

The United States Olympic Committee and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed an MoU to provide Paralympic sport programming and additional community support, including funding and resources, to injured servicemen and servicewomen across the country. Press release on

Since 20 October, the British Olympic Committee and the British Paralympic Committee have been cohabiting, for the first time, in a new home in London. The Princess Royal, IOC member and honorary NOC member, officially inaugurated this home of British sport, in the presence of numerous representatives of Olympic and Paralympic sport, the Organising Committee for the 2012 Games, and athletes. This event also saw the presentation of the new emblems of the NOC, whose President is Colin Moynihan and of Team GB. Read the article on

On 21 October, the President of the NOC of Guatemala, Fernando Beltranena Valladares, officially opened the sixth national general training course in sports-applied sciences, aimed at coaches. This course will take place until 26 November 2009, and will bring together coaches from national federations and sports associations, as well as representatives of the Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Salvadorian NOCs.

On 20 and 21 October, the Hungarian parliament in Budapest will host an international conference on the specificity and autonomy of sport in the European Union. Among the speakers will be the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Pál Scmitt, who is President of the Hungarian NOC; René Fasel, the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); and Joseph Blatter, the President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), all three of whom are IOC members.

Last week at the headquarters of the Lithuanian NOC, Arturas Poviliunas, NOC President, and  Vytautas Kvietkauskas, National Paralympic Committee President, signed a cooperation agreement. The main objective of the agreement is to strengthen the position of the Lithuania Paralympic Committee in terms of the NOC’s commitment to support and take care of athletes with a disability, and to promote efficient communication in this regard.

We have just learnt that the Peruvian NOC has held a sports administration course in one of the country’s most recognised academic institutions, the Lima Pontifical Catholic University. More than 80 members of the sports community of this institution and other organisations addressed themes such as values and ethics in sport, organising an event, management and programming, administration and strategic planning.


After a short relay in Greece, the Olympic flame was handed over on 29 October to the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 (VANOC) at a ceremony held in the Panathenian Stadium in Athens. The flame then took off for Victoria, Canada, where it will arrive today, 30 October. It will then travel some 45,000km through the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, before arriving in the BC Place Stadium on 12 February 2010. Information on


The first set of London 2012-themed stamps went on sale last week. Designed by artists and illustrators, these stamps represent 10 Olympic and Paralympic sports. The launch was held in the presence of Jessica Ennis, the 2009 world heptathlon champion; Nick Gillingham, double Olympic medallist; and Gregory Parker, an 11-year old swimming hopeful trained by Gillingham. Other stamps will be issued in 2010 and 2011, as well as commemorative products. Press release on


Less than a month after being chosen to host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016, Rio de Janeiro is hosting an orientation seminar on 30 and 31 October, led by IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. More info on


The IOC invites people from all over the world to send in their designs for the medals which will be presented to the athletes at the very first edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will be held in Singapore in August 2010. The 10 best medals, which will be chosen by the public, will then be presented to an IOC jury which will select the best creation. Full info on





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