- 19 Nov 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge took part in a meeting proposed by the Physical Education and Sports Department of the City of Lausanne. It brought together representatives of the city, the Canton of Vaud and the IOC directors. The aim: given number of umbrella international sports organisations established in Lausanne and the Lake Geneva region, a concept has been put forward to develop a “cluster sport” platform completely devoted to the promotion and development of this sector.
John Coates has just been elected President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He has been an ICAS member since 1994, and Vice-President since 1995.
Patrick Hickey, who is also President of the European Olympic Committees, has taken part in a meeting of the European parliament, during which he spoke on behalf of the IOC President. He explained, in particular, the Olympic Movement’s position on the European Union’s future sports-related policies.
The IOC Coordination Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games in London arrived in the British capital on Tuesday for its seventh visit. Led by former Olympic rower, IOC EB member Denis Oswald, it was updated on the progress made by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and examined LOCOG’s plans for the Games.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At the 2010 World Championships, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) decided to give awards to the best referees for each weapon who had the best evaluation, as well as the best fencer. These prizes were awarded by Maxim Paramonov, FIE Secretary General. The winning referees for each weapon were: epee: Juan Liendo (Venezuela); foil: Luca Chiei (Italy); and sabre: Marius Florea (Romania). The prize for the best fencer went to épeé world champion Nikolai Novosjolov (Estonia). More info at www.fie.ch.
In Montreux (Switzerland), at the 2010 Congress of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), a number of crucial decisions were taken concerning the future of hockey. The most significant was undoubtedly the proposed change to the FIH statutes, one of the five priorities from the 2010-2016 strategic plan. These proposals should make the FIH more efficient, allowing it to make clear and effective decisions and thus aid hockey’s development.
Furthermore, the restructuring of the Executive Board required the election of three new members: Pamela Stuper (USA), Qasim Zia (Pakistan) and Marc Coudron (Belgium). They will be joined on the new Board by Michael Green (Germany), who was appointed Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission.
The men’s and women’s 2014 Hockey World Cups were awarded to The Hague (Netherlands).
Other info, particularly on the awards presented during the Congress, can be found at www.worldhockey.org.
The International Wrestling Federation (FILA) has announced the death of legendary Hungarian Olympic champion Imre Polyak at the age of 78. After winning three silver medals at the Olympic Games in 1952, 1956 and 1960, Imre Polyak took gold in Greco-Roman wrestling in Tokyo in 1964. He was also three times world champion and twice runner-up. More info at www.fila.wrestling.com.
The 2010 Congress of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) came to an end last week in Riga (Latvia) with member federations from all five continents participating. Many discussions took place, and decisions were taken, with the most historic being a clear statement from all nations of their 100 per cent support for the environmentally friendly laser shooting technology being the future of modern pentathlon. More info at www.pentathlon.org.
The International Archery Federation (FITA) Council met in Istanbul (Turkey) on 13 and 14 November. The important decisions included the 2015 World Championships being awarded to Copenhagen (Denmark), the 2012 Indoor World Championships to Las Vegas (USA) and the 2013 Youth World Championships to Wuxi (People’s Republic of China). The Council also shortlisted the cities of Paris, Tokyo and Lausanne as candidates for the next World Cup Finals. A final decision will be taken in January 2011. Info at www.archery.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
To set the stage for a successful performance environment for the Canadian team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Canadian NOC organised an Olympic preparation workshop in Cornwall (Ontario) at the beginning of this week. With the participation of over 150 of the country’s top head coaches, team leaders, mental performance consultants and media attachés, this event attracted a large number of elite sports leaders. The workshop focused in particular on the vision and mission of all the Canadian sports federations taking part in the 2012 Games. Drawing on the Canadian Olympic team’s experience from the successful 2010 Winter Games, the workshop represented a transition to the Summer Games and provided the national sports federations with information and strategic material to use in their preparations for 2012. Info at www.olympic.ca.
On 17 November, at the Spanish NOC headquarters, the Prizes from the second edition of the Solidarity in Sport Awards were presented as was 2010 list of supporting athletes, established to commemorate World Children’s Day and to recall the rights of children. The ceremony was attended by NOC President Alejandro Blanco; Javier Hernández, Deputy Director of Sport of the Madrid Regional Authority; Cristina Muñoz, President of the SOS Foundation and creator of the Awards and list; Spanish Paralympic Committee Secretary General Miguel Segarra; and Carlota Castrejana, Director General of Madrid Regional Authority Sport, as well as various athletes, coaches and friends of sport.
At the start of the week, Irish NOC President Patrick Hickey presented the IOC Trophy for Sport and the Fight against Doping to Dr Una May. This award was presented to her for her involvement in overseeing the Irish Sports Council’s anti-doping programme over the last 10 years. More info at www.olympicsport.ie.
The “most sporting” schools in Lithuania have just been recognised by the Lithuanian NOC. The award ceremony was held in the premises of the Lithuanian Parliament. This education and training programme for young Lithuanians has been developed by the NOC and the State Department for Sport. NOC President Arturas Poviliunas presented the awards to the winners. More details at www.ltok.lt
Furthermore, at the Suduva gymnasium in the city of Marijampole (Lithuania), the 6th edition of the Olympic Youth Festival kicked off. This event, which is very popular in the country, is organised by the Lithuanian NOC in partnership with the Ministry for Education and the State Department for Sport (DPES).
The 16th European Fair Play Congress was held at the end of October in Prague (Czech Republic). It was organised by the European Fair Play Movement, the Czech NOC and the Czech Fair Play Club. The topic discussed was: “Fair Play Education in Schools: a shared responsibility”. Audience members included members of the movement in over 30 countries; sports professionals; experts in areas such as physical education, psychology, philosophy and sociology; and students and lecturers from Czech schools.