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17 Dec 2010
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Highlights of the week

The Highlights team wishes you an excellent end-of-year holiday. The next edition of the Highlights will be published on Friday 7 January 2011.


At the beginning of this week in Mies, near Geneva (Switzerland), IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the ceremony to lay the first stone of the new world headquarters of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Members of the basketball family from all over the world were there for the occasion, where the participants included Yvan Mainini et Patrick Baumann, respectively President and Secretary General of FIBA; IOC Executive Board member Richard L. Carrión; Vaud State Councillor Jean-Claude Mermoud; and the Mayor of Mies, Patrice Engelberts.

On Tuesday, the IOC President met French NOC (CNOSF) President Denis Masseglia, who was with his new adviser, Thomas Remoleur. He then received IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng and IOC member Gunilla Lindberg.

On Wednesday, President Rogge welcomed those taking part in the meeting of the Entourage Commission, whose Chairman is IOC member Sergey Bubka.

The following day, he attended the meeting of the Consultative Group on the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), for the debrief of the Singapore 2010 YOG.

On 17 December, accompanied by Ser Miang Ng and IOC members Gunilla Lindberg, Denis Oswald and Sergey Bubka, the IOC President travelled to Kiev, where he met the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych. In the evening, he attended the gala organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian NOC.
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Issue number 14 of the Athletes’ Bulletin has just been published. In future, it will be available only in electronic format. You can find it on the Elite Athletes home page of the IOC web site or in Documents. The people already on the mailing list will continue to receive it by email, as before.


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the agreement signed with Globosat, covering the territory of Brazil, has been renewed by Dentsu, the IAAF’s exclusive worldwide media rights partner for territories outside Europe and Africa. The new contract is for six years, rather than four seasons as before. It covers all the IAAF World Athletics Series of competitions from 2014 to 2019. More details on

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) reports that, in recognition of their outstanding performances at the FIBA World Championship, USA Basketball has named its men’s and women’s teams winners of the 2010 USA Basketball Team of the Year Award. The men’s team won its first gold medal since 1994, while the women’s team achieved its first win since 2002. More details on

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau met in Dubai from 12 to 14 December ahead of the 10th World Championships. At the start of the meeting, FINA President and IOC member Julio C. Maglione called for a minute’s silence in memory of swimmer Fran Crippen, who died tragically in October. The Bureau then chose Catania (Italy) to host the 12th World Championships in 2014.

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has just informed us of the death, at the age of 82, of its Secretary General, Horst G. Schreiber. Schreiber had worked for the ISSF for 30 years, and worked closely with the IOC for much of that time. He was awarded the Olympic Order in silver in 1992.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that para-triathlon will be included for the first time in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) made this decision at its Governing Board meeting in Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China) ahead of the 10th Asian Para Games. More details on

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed that Georgia will host the Junior World Rugby Trophy from 24 May to 5 June 2011. This is the first time that a major IRB tournament has been awarded to Georgia, underlining the outstanding progress made in developing this sport in the country since the 2007 Rugby World Cup. More details on


The World Curling Federation (WCF) has unanimously approved changes to the qualification system for the Olympic Winter Games. The WCF’s member associations voted to create a two-year point qualification period and a new Olympic qualifying event. This new system has taken effect immediately, pending IOC approval, for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. More details on

The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced that, for the second time since 2007, the world’s fastest open-air oval in Klobenstein (Italy) will be hosting the European Speed Skating Championships, from 7 to 9 January 2011. More details on


On 9 December, the Brazilian NOC opened the new Brazil Team Training Centre. This is part of the Olympic Training Centre, a project that will use existing facilities as well as new ones to be built, and will form part of the sporting legacy from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. More details on

The Bulgarian NOC has held a ceremony to present the IOC Sport – Inspiring Young People Trophy to Valentin Yordanov, Olympic wrestling champion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and seven-time world and European champion. The Trophy was presented to him by NOC President Stefka Kostadinova, in recognition of the activities and programmes he has created for young athletes. More details on

From 6 to 8 December, the Guatemalan NOC held a seminar on protocol, supported by Olympic Solidarity, for national federation and sports association leaders and the NOC’s technical and administrative staff. The seminar looked at various subjects, including the value of image in public institutions, protocol as a social and legal norm, sports and Olympic protocol, and events organisation. All the participants received a diploma at the end of the seminar.

The end of last month saw the long-awaited publication of the book by Lithuanian NOC President Arturas Poviliunas, entitled Olympic Lithuania in 1918-2008: Turning Points, Stages, World Contexts. This valuable scientific work looks in detail at the most significant stages, evolution and problems of the Lithuanian and international Olympic Movement. The work has been published by Vilnius University, with the financial support of Olympic Solidarity. More details on

The Macedonian NOC reports that a conference on Sports Science as a Factor for the Development of Sport in Macedonia was organised at the end of November by the NOC, the State Agency of Youth and Sports, the local government and the Faculty of Physical Education. After a welcome speech by NOC President Vasil Tupurkovski, representatives of the national sports federations, the NOC and the local government looked at the situation of sport in the country, focusing on the legislation and categorisation of sport, athletes, coaches, health and doping control, as well as psycho-pedagogical aspects and school sport. Visit the NOC web site:

The Mongolian NOC reports that the new national coaching development course has got under way in Ulaanbaatar under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity and the NOC, and in close collaboration with the national weightlifting federation. The opening ceremony was held at Olympic House in Ulaanbaatar, in the presence of the Mongolian-born Olympic Solidarity expert Tapsir Mendikhan, who is currently Secretary General of the Kazakh Weightlifting Federation and a national coach.

The Vanuatu NOC has informed us that, on 1 December, Vanuatu ratified the UNESCO International Convention on Doping in Sport. Prime Minister Edward Nipake Natapei signed the ratification instrument on behalf of the government. In 2004, the then Sports Minister, Pierre Tore, signed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, committing the government to ratify the Convention. More details on

SOCHI 2014

The Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi has announced that 25 universities and a college have been successful in their bids to become organisation and performance centres for volunteers in the run-up to the 2014 Games. The contest was organised by the Organising Committee with the support of the Russian Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy and the Ministry of Education and Science. Find out more on


The Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has voted to increase the number of sports on the programme of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio from 22 to 26, with the addition of para-canoe and para-triathlon.

The IPC also informs us that Dato’ Zainal Abo Zarin, President of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC), took part in the Asian Para Games Torch Relay. APC Executive Board members and staff also carried the flame.
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