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03 Dec 2010
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Highlights of the week


This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge met the Australian Sports Minister, Mark Arbib.
He also hosted a reception for the Lausanne-based sports leaders, at which the Mayor of Lausanne, Daniel Brélaz, and Marc Vuilleumier, Councillor responsible for public safety and sports, were also present.

In addition, the President and Secretary General of the NOC of Haiti, Jean-Édouard Baker and Alain Jean Pierre respectively, have also been to the IOC headquarters, as well as IOC member Lassana Palenfo.


Ung Chang has been made an Honorary Professor by the Beijing Foreign Study University for his educational and practical achievements linked to the Olympic Movement and education for young people.


The Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 today concluded its third visit to the Austrian host city, following three days of meetings. With a little over a year to go until the Games, the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (IYOGOC) remains on track as it makes the transition from strategic planning to the operational phase of its preparations. Read the full story on


Worldwide TOP Partner GE and the Organising Committee for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver (VANOC) have won the 2010 Information Technology Association of Canada’s “Project Implementation Team of the Year” award. This award was given in recognition of the GE healthcare technology used by the athletes at the 2010 Winter Games, including the first use of an imaging information system. Read the full story on


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us that, in its October 2010 issue, the Senegalese general interest magazine Intelligences published a list of the country’s 15 most exceptional women in terms of leadership and professional career. The list includes Albertine Goncalves, NOC Vice-President and President of the National Committee for the Promotion of Gymnastics in Senegal. More details on

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that a weightlifting educational seminar was held in Ghana last week as part of the IWF Development Programme. The topics covered included anti-doping, coaching, nutrition and technical issues. Find out more on

The International Archery Federation (FITA) has told us that World Archery and the National Archery Federation of Georgia have launched a “National Sports Structure Development” project funded by Olympic Solidarity. Georgian archers will benefit from the expertise of Korea’s Hyung Seung An three times between now and March 2011. More details on

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has welcomed the Iranian national federation as its 118th member, after the IRB Council approved the federation’s status as an Associate Member. Find out more on


The Algerian NOC has informed us of the death, at the age of 70, of Mohamed Salah Mentouri, who was NOC President from March 1984 to March 1988, and then again from November 1989 to January 1993. More details on:

Between 25 and 28 November, the 1st Session of the Argentinean Mobile Olympic Academy (AOA) was held, with 24 people present. The opening ceremony was attended by AOA President Mario Moccia and the members of the Argentinean NOC Executive Board. The next day, the participants attended various talks on topics such as the history of the Olympic Games, the structure of the Olympic Movement, the missions of Olympism, doping, Olympic education and school sport. In the afternoon, sports activities were organised, while various working groups looked at key issues affecting the Olympic Movement. Find out more on

The Canadian NOC has announced the appointment of Sylvie Fréchette as Assistant Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the 1992 Games in Barcelona, this synchronised swimmer became only the second Canadian to win gold in the solo event. In 1996 in Atlanta, she won silver in the team competition. Twice world champion, she won a total of 65 international medals (25 of them gold) and 10 national titles. More details on

With assistance from Olympic Solidarity, the Chilean NOC’s Technical Department will be running high-level table tennis, canoeing, cycling and athletics courses with a view to improving the level of Chilean athletes in these sports. In addition, the NOC President, Neven Ilic, and the Deputy Head of the Joint Military Staff and President of the National Defence Sports Confederation, Leonardo Espinoza, signed a cooperation agreement on technical assistance aimed at launching initiatives to encourage the development of elite athletes among the members of the armed forces. Read more on

On 26 and 27 November, the headquarters of the Spanish NOC hosted a congress on “the legal status of subjects in sport”. This was organised by the Spanish Sports Law Association, which is made up of more than 300 sports lawyers. The congress looked at athletes, judges, referees and sports clubs from a sports law point of view, as well as how the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) can help with solving disputes in these areas. Find out more on

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the appointment of its Chairman, Colin Moynihan, as Chairman of the newly created Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Commission for Collaboration Between NOCs and Governments. The Commission’s task will be to examine the issue of autonomy and collaboration between NOCs and government bodies. Read more on

The Hungarian Olympic Academy (HOA) has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. A commemorative assembly was held at the end of November at the Budapest University of Physical Education. Tamás Aján, President of the HOA and the IWF, and an IOC member, invited several guests of honour, including Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the International Olympic Academy, and his IOC member colleague Pál Schmitt, the President of the Republic of Hungary and the first HOA President. Details on

At the end of November, the Hall of Honour of the Italian NOC (CONI) hosted the NOC’s annual literary, sports and journalism awards ceremony. Those present included the NOC President and Secretary General, Giovanni Petrucci and Raffaele Pagnozzi, and IOC member Franco Carraro. The journalism prize ceremony was attended by Andrea Monti, Director of the La Gazzetta dello Sport, as well as leading sports writers from the Corriere della Sera. More details on

The NOC of the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, recently organised a national triathlon course, in which more than 40 coaches took part. The course covered various topics, including athlete development and the role of the coach. The closing session, attended by NOC Secretary General Antonio Acosta, focused on the importance of following up the knowledge acquired during the three-day course. For more information, visit

The Czech NOC has informed us that Olympic Solidarity has awarded scholarships to 11 young athletes to help them prepare and qualify for the 2012 Games in London. The scholarships were presented by IOC member Jan Zelezny, Frantisek Dvorak and Petr Hrubec, respectively NOC Vice-President and Secretary General. Other information on

The Slovenian NOC has awarded the IOC 2010 “Sport – inspiring young people” Trophy to Metod Klemenc, who was nominated by the Slovenian Association of the International Children’s Games. He received the Trophy during the celebration of the NOC’s 19th anniversary. More details on

At the end of November, the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm celebrated its 100th anniversary. This magnificent stadium hosted the Games of the Olympiad in 1912, and it is the oldest Olympic stadium still in use. Those present at the celebration included Gunilla Lindberg, IOC member and Secretary General of the Swedish NOC. More details on

SOCHI 2014

The completion of work on the ski slopes for the next Winter Games in the Rosa Khutor resort was one of the main points in the progress report given by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee to the 39th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) last week. More information on

RIO 2016

Bradesco is the first national sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with exclusive rights in the finance and insurance services category. As such, as of 2011, Bradesco will be able to associate its corporate brand with the 2016 Olympic Games and the Brazilian NOC.


Last weekend, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) took its Organisational Development Initiative, which aims to increase the number of athletes taking part in Paralympic sport, to Trinidad and Tobago. Launched in 2007 to help promising National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) reach their potential, the initiative saw members of the Trinidad and Tobago NPC, government ministers and other relevant authorities take part in three days of intensive workshops. Read all the details on

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