- 07 Jan 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
At the end of December, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
On 29 December, accompanied by IOC member, Brazilian NOC President and President of the Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and IOC member and Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC President attended a ceremony organised for the laying of the foundation stone of the Olympic Village. He then went to the site of the Olympic Park for the launch of its design competition. He was then invited to the official residency of the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes.
On 30 December, he visited the construction site for the new Bus Rapid Transit line. Later, he attended a ceremony organised at the construction site of the future metro line 4. Finally, he visited the Pavão-Pavãozinho community, where a police unit has been put in place to pacify sensitive areas in the favelas and where he met some local children.
On the last day of the year, he met the new Mayor of Rio at the opening ceremony of the Rio Operations Centre. He then went to the Port of Rio, where he learned about the port revitalisation project. In the evening, on Copacabana Beach, for New Year’s Eve, and in the presence of some two million people, he attended the launch ceremony of the new emblem of the 2016 Games.
On 1 January, the President met Sergio Cabral, as he began his second term of office as Governor of Rio, before flying to Brasilia, where he attended the investiture of Dilma Rousseff, the new President of Brazil, accompanied by Nawal El Moutawakel and Carlos Arthur Nuzman.
During his stay, President Rogge met IOC member João Havelange.
Going back to the IOC President’s end-of-year activities, during his trip to Ukraine for the 20th anniversary of the NOC, Jacques Rogge was awarded the Order of Merit (1st degree) by Head of State Viktor Yanukovych. IOC member and European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Hickey received the 3rd degree Order of Merit.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics’ World Plan is fast approaching an important point in its 10-year mission to ensure that, at the time of the IAAF Centenary in 2012, athletics continues to “remain the number one sport for individuals in a changing world”. The World Plan, created in 2003 at the 44th IAAF Congress in Paris (France), was established to encourage debate and innovation in all areas of athletics worldwide. This year, at the 48th Congress in Daegu (Korea), the sport will assess the Plan’s achievements as the IAAF prepares to begin its next 100 years.
During the meeting of its Council in Monaco last December, the IAAF announced that Beijing (People’s Republic of China) will organise the 2015 World Championships. This 15th edition will bring athletics back to the dazzling Bird’s Nest Stadium in the Chinese capital, the centrepiece of the Olympic Games in 2008.
More info at www.iaaf.org.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has announced that Karyn Bye (USA) will become the fifth woman to enter the IIHF Hall of Fame. She will be joined by players Tord Lundström (Sweden), Bohumil Modry (Czech Republic), Ladislav Trojak (Slovakia), Doru Tureanu (Romania) and Kalevi Numminen (Finland) in the “builders” category. The induction ceremony will be held on 15 May in Bratislava (Slovakia) on the last day of the 75th World Ice Hockey Championships. More info at www.iihf.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At the end of December in Rio de Janeiro, at a ceremony organised by the Brazilian NOC, IAAF Diamond League champion Fabiana Murer (pole vault) and three-time world volleyball champion Murilo Endres were named best Brazilian athletes of 2010. For its 12th edition, before 2,000 guests, the Brazilian Olympic award also recognised the best athletes in 47 disciplines, as well as the best coaches. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attended the ceremony, and Carlos Arthur Nuzman paid a special tribute to him for his contribution to sport over the eight years of his term of office. More info at www.cob.org.br.
Though the curtain has fallen on the Olympic year, the Canadian NOC congratulated the Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver (VANOC), a close partner of the NOC, on executing of one of the greatest Olympic Winter Games ever. Its financial report illustrates how effectively it dealt with many challenges, even managing to finish in the black, despite pressing economic times. Its report on sustainability shows how the Games were successfully managed with environmental, economic and social aspects borne in mind. More info at www.olympic.ca.
In mid-December 2010, the NOC of Fiji informed us that it had awarded the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring young people” Trophy to Patrick Bower, the current Chef de Mission of the Fiji team. By giving him this award, the NOC wanted to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to young people and, in a wider context, his role as teacher, head teacher and principal. More details at www.fijiolympiccommittee.com.
In early December, the Guatemalan NOC brought to a close the II Advanced Olympic Sports Organisation Management Course for the executive and administrative staff of the NOC, the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala, national sports federations and associations, and sports institutions or bodies with which there is a cooperation agreement. The objective of the course, supported by Olympic Solidarity, was to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and govern sports administrations more effectively. More info at www.cog.org.gt.
The Mongolian NOC has informed us that at its annual Olympic gala, the “Burtu Chono” (Mythical Wolf) Trophy was awarded to Soronzonbold Battsetseg, who became the first-ever female wrestling world champion last year in Moscow. The ceremony was held in the presence of Mongolian NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj. More details at www.olympic.mn.
Osvaldo Barrail Pecci, the former Vice-President of the Paraguyan NOC and former President of the Paraguayan Rowing Federation, has received the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring young people” Trophy in recognition of his sporting and management career. At the awards ceremony, those present included NOC President Ramón Zubizarreta, NOC Vice-President Carlos Raúl Gutierrez, sports federation presidents, and representatives of the media and government authorities.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2016 in Rio has announced that, on 21 December, Carlos Arthur Nuzman joined a group of personalities who visited the cable car that will serve the communities of Complexo do Alemão in north Rio. The area was recently freed from drug traffic control by the exemplary law enforcement and military operations, thus becoming a symbol of the pacification process currently in progress in the city and the first legacy of the 2016 Games.
The Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Games chose New Year’s Eve to unveil its new Olympic emblem, marking the start of a new stage in the journey to Rio in the organisation of the very first South American Games. The ceremony was held just before midnight on the packed Copacabana Beach in the presence of the IOC President, Nawal El Moutawakel and Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Further details at www.rio2016.com.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA) have officially signed the agreement stipulating that the 2011 IPC General Assembly will be held in Beijing in December. IOC member and IPC President Philip Craven declared, “We are delighted that the 2011 General Assembly will be hosted by the city of Beijing, which staged the best Paralympic Games ever.” More info at www.paralympic.org.