- 14 Jan 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week, in the framework of the Athletes’ Commission and Executive Board (EB) meetings, IOC President Jacques Rogge met IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach; EB members Mario Vázquez Raña, Craig Reedie and Sam Ramsamy; EB member and President of the Australian NOC John Coates; and IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu.
He attended the Athletes’ Commission and Executive Board meetings, as well as their joint meeting.
He also took part in the Olympic Museum Foundation Board meeting, in the presence of the EB.
On Thursday, President Rogge awarded the Olympic Order to Franco Frattini, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and then answered journalists’ questions at the press conference that closed the EB.
Last week, the Juridical and Sport and Law Commissions held meetings in Seefeld (Austria) under the chairmanship of Thomas Bach.
Furthermore, the Athletes’ Commission, chaired by Frank Fredericks, met in Lausanne, prior to its joint meeting with the Executive Board.
The IOC announced on Tuesday that it had received the bid files of the three candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) all handed in their files before the deadline of 11 January 2011. The Evaluation Commission, whose Chairwoman is IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, will now analyse these files and make site visits according to the following schedule: Annecy, 9-12 February; PyeongChang, 16-19 February; and Munich, 1-4 March.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has informed us of the death, at the age of 95, of Milan Ercegan, its former President and Honorary President for Life. Milan Ercegan held ministerial functions in the former Yugoslavia, while pursuing his lifelong passion for wrestling. He was FILA Secretary General for 20 years, under President Roger Coulon (FRA), before being elected President in 1972. His contribution to the development of wrestling throughout the world is inestimable. Further information on www.fila-wrestling.com.
At the beginning of January, following an initiative launched by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), in partnership with FINA World Aquatics Magazine, the world of swimming elected its Best Athletes of 2010, in both male and female categories, in every discipline: swimming, water polo, diving, synchronised swimming and open water swimming. See the list of athletes honoured on www.fina.org.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that the 2011 World Sailing Championships will take place at Fremantle Harbour, Perth (Australia), from 3 to 18 December 2011. Some 1,300 athletes will take part in the competitions on the programme. At the Olympic Games in 2012 in London, the sailing competition will include, for the first time, the women’s match racing format, which will added to the nine events that will take place in Perth. Further info on www.sailing.org.
In 2010, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) awarded almost four million dollars to its national federations, more than during any other year in its history. In close collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, a new development fund, controlled by the FIVB, has been created. It allows the federations affiliated to the FIVB to propose projects for funding through their NOCs. One of the key projects launched last year was the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, which launched an additional qualifying process for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It has seen 153 countries participating in 62 tournaments throughout the world. In previous years, the qualification process was limited to the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour. More info on www.fivb.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
At the last meeting of the Chilean NOC Executive Board, the participants unanimously approved new NOC emblems. However, they must still receive final approval from the IOC. Furthermore, the IOC “Sport – Inspiring Young People” Trophy has been awarded to former NOC Vice-President Luis Moreno Silva. Further information on www.coch.cl
For the second year in a row, the Lithuanian NOC has elected Simona Krupeckaite as Athlete of the Year. At the 2010 World Championships, in the track cycling events, she won gold in keirin and bronze in the sprint and team sprint, and also won silver in keirin and bronze in the sprint at the European Championships. More information on www.ltok.lt.
The NOC of St Vincent and the Grenadines awarded the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring Young People” Trophy to Sabrina Mitchell-Sutton and Ian Sardine at a ceremony organised in partnership with the St Vincent and the Grenadines athletics team (TASVG). Ian Sardine and Sabrina Mitchell-Sutton were rewarded for their tireless commitment to the development of sport among young people in the respective communities and on a national level. All the details on www.svgnoc.org.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
On Thursday 13 January, Innsbruck (Austria), the host city of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, celebrated one-year-to-go before the Games. A countdown clock was set up, and the organisers invited the media, young athletes and former Tyrolean Olympic medallists to try out the sports on the programme of the YOG, which will take place from 13 to 22 January 2012. The festivities will continue until the start of February, with a Youth Olympic Snow Festival, during which the city will host rock, pop, funk and reggae concerts and outdoor activities, with a snowboard area being set up in the main high street. Furthermore, extensive information about Innsbruck 2012 will be distributed to the public. Other details on www.innsbruck2012.com/en/.
Further to a decision by its President, General Lassana Palenfo, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), in collaboration with the Sudanese NOC, has participated in the launch of the OlympAfrica project in Darfur. First Vice-President Mustafa Berraf was delegated to attend the launch ceremony of the multisport centre for children in need. Hundreds of young people, accompanied by their parents, enthusiastically welcomed the OlympAfrica delegation, happy to see this project launched in their region. More info on www.acnoa.info.
THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM
Last Friday, Swiss fencer Sophie Lamon, who won silver in the team competition at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000, organised a press conference at The Olympic Museum to announce her retirement from competition, due to recurrent hip problems. She also took the opportunity to donate to The Museum collections the kit she wore in Sydney when she was 15: jacket, trousers, mask, gloves, shoes and socks. More info on www.olympic.org/le-musee-olympique.