- 26 Nov 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in a meeting of the members of the SportAccord Council, which is chaired by IOC honorary member Hein Verbruggen. He then joined the International Sports Federations Forum organised by SportAccord. Afterwards, he took part in the annual meeting of the IFs based in the Canton of Vaud, meeting the Federal Councillor in charge of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, Ueli Maurer, as well as representatives of the Canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne.
He also chaired the Olympic Museum Executive Committee meeting.
Today, in Belgrade (Serbia), he attended the 39th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), whose President is IOC member Patrick Hickey. This evening he will also attend the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Olympism in Serbia, in which the President of the Republic, Boris Tadic, and the Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetkovic, will also take part.
During the week, he also met André Bolhuis and Gerard Dielessen, President and Secretary General of the Netherlands NOC respectively; Marisol Casado, IOC member and President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU); and Don Porter, President of the International Softball Federation (ISF).
Furthermore, President Rogge presented the Olympic Order to Amar Addadi, President of the International Mediterranean Games Committee (CIJM).
On 10 November, the United States Sports Academy (USSA) presented its 2010 Eagle Award to Princess Haya Al Hussein for her contribution to equestrian sport and the Olympic Movement.
In recognition of his great contribution to the Hungarian Olympic Movement, Pál Schmitt has been appointed Honorary President of the Hungarian NOC by its General Assembly.
The seventh meeting of the Coordination Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games in London came to an end last Friday, after three days of work with the representatives and partners of London 2012. With less than two years to go before the Olympic Games, the Organising Committee (LOCOG) is on the right track, and is transitioning from the planning phase to the operational phase of its preparations.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Last week, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council met for two days in Monaco, under the chairmanship of Lamine Diack. Items on the agenda included financial matters, broadcasting rights and the fight against doping. Furthermore, the IAAF decided to award the 2015 World Championships to Beijing (China). The 2013 Youth World Championships will be held in Donetsk (Ukraine).
Lamine Diack also revealed the names of the two Athletes of the Year 2010. They are David Rudisha (Kenya) and Blanka Vlasic (Croatia).
More details on www.iaaf.org.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has just published its first world ranking for women boxers. These rankings follow the same principles as the men’s rankings, with one or two exceptions, notably: since there are only three women’s weight categories at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the results from the Olympic Games will not count towards the rankings. Full details on www.aiba.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us of the death of Patricia Wade (Great Britain) at the age of 68. Mrs Wade was Honorary Vice-President and former President of the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee. See www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that it will open its new office in Lausanne (Switzerland), the Olympic Capital, in spring 2011. The offices will be situated in the House of International Sport (HIS), and the Sports Department Director, Gergely Markus, will work from this new base from that time.
We have also learnt that Yuka Sato (Japan), triathlon gold medallist at the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, has donated the racing suit she wore during the competition to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. To find out more: www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Albania and the Tirana University of Sports have held a round table with various participants, with the aim of studying the impact of physical activity and sport in daily lives, particularly those of children and young people. Among the conclusions: it was recognised that quality physical education and the practice of sport were the most efficient means for fighting against negative modern phenomena such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, drugs, violence, hooliganism and social and cultural intolerance. More info on www.nocalbania.org.al.
From 15 to 17 November in the conference room of the national football federation, the Guatemalan NOC, in cooperation with Spain’s Higher Council for Sport, held a seminar on sport and society, named “Sport’s structures, weak points, models and values”. The seminar, led by Antonio Herrador Sarmiento, a Spanish psychologist and pedagogue, was opened by the NOC President, Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles. For three days, the participants analysed different sporting models within several societies, as well as historical events that have influenced the new generations and their environment.
The Hungarian NOC has announced that legendary gymnast Zsolt Borkai has been elected as its new President. This election took place following the resignation of Pál Schmitt after he was elected as President of the Republic of Hungary. For further information, see www.olympic-hun.org.
With some 600 days to go until the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Italian NOC (CONI) has held a national convention to discuss Italian sport and to study future strategies with a view to the Olympic Games. NOC President Giovanni Petrucci highlighted the situation of Italian sport and the importance of the support provided to the Olympic Movement by the government. For his part, NOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi concentrated on the perspectives and challenges linked to the 2012 OG in London and beyond. Further info on www.coni.it.
During the NOC General Assembly in November, Andre Bolhuis, the President of the NOC of the Netherlands, awarded the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring Young People” Trophy to the Time for Fighting Sports organisation, an association of five national sports federations which started its programme in 2006. Its results have been impressive, with 13,500 new members joining 100 sports clubs; 550 new coaches; education packages for schools; and a “fight right” certificate for clubs. See www.noc-nsf.nl.
The Man Bok Park Women’s Volleyball Champions Cup has recently ended. This competition was organised by the Peruvian NOC in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Samsung Electronics Perú. It brought together the best national teams and aimed to achieve the objective fixed by the NOC’s Technical Commission, i.e. to discover new talents. All the participants received special prizes from Samsung at the awards ceremony, which was attended by IOC member Iván Dibós.
Last week, the New Zealand NOC paid tribute to six exceptional women athletes, all Olympic champions and the only New Zealand women to have won Olympic gold. They are Yvette Corlett, athletics, Helsinki (1952); Barbara Kendall, sailing, Barcelona (1992); Sarah Ulmer, cycling, Athens (2004); twins Georgina Earl and Caroline Meyer (nées Evers-Swindell), rowing, Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008); and Valerie Adams, Beijing 2008, athletics. The evening’s special guest was Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised high jump with his famous “Fosbury Flop”.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
At the end of last week, the Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London announced that every athlete competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games would be able to buy up to two tickets for family and friends for each session in which they were competing. More information on www.london2012.com.
Next year, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will hold its second athletics classification course in Christchurch, New Zealand. Details can be found on www.paralympic.org
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board has approved a second three-year term of office for WADA President John Fahey and Vice-President Arne Ljungqvist. Furthermore, 10 members have been elected for a one-year term of office, including IOC members Francesco Ricci Bitti, Craig Reedie, Pat McQuaid, Gian-Franco Kasper and Rania Elwani. Additional information on www.wada-ama.org.