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21 Jan 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge has met Ecuadorean NOC President Danilo Carrera Drouet, Peruvian NOC President José Quiñones González, and a delegation from the NOC of Mozambique, which was accompanied by the Sports Minister of Mozambique.

In addition, the IOC has hosted in Lausanne the first meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian NOCs, following President Rogge’s visit to the Middle East last October.

Led by the IOC, the meeting was held in a very constructive and cooperative spirit. It addressed the free movement of Palestinian athletes, and the two NOCs agreed on measures to define a mechanism to improve the situation.

Israeli athletes’ participation in international competitions was also addressed; and a plan to develop Palestinian sport outlined. The parties will meet in again in two months’ time to review the progress made.


IOC Vice-President and German NOC President Thomas Bach has been named as the 2011 winner of the newly created Willibald Gebhardt Prize. This award, named after the founder of the Olympic Movement in Germany and the first German IOC member, fencer and scientist Willibald Gebhardt, is intended to honour people and institutions that have performed outstanding work to promote the Olympic ideals and values and demonstrated a sustained commitment to developing mutual respect in sport and society.

We learned this week of the death, at the age of 83, of Roque Napoleón Muñoz Peña, IOC honorary member in the Dominican Republic. A civil engineer by profession, he played an important role in the administration of sport in his country. President of the NOC from 1974 to 1982, he was elected as an IOC member in 1983 and became an honorary member in 2008.
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This week, in the framework of its grant programme for postgraduate researchers, the IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) chose six research projects for their academic excellence and their potential for developing the Olympic Movement. The authors of these projects will benefit from a grant which will allow them to consult the OSC’s collections (unique collections of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and films). The results of their research should be published at the end of this year. The list of the candidates and their projects can be found on


The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has just signed the hosting agreement for the 2011 Women’s Youth and Junior World Championships, which will be held in Antalya (Turkey) from 28 April to 8 May. IOC member and AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu and Faruk Özak, the Turkish Sports Minister, signed the agreement. More details on

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has just chosen the world handball players of the year for 2010. For the first time ever, a female player from Romania and a male player from the Czech Republic have been chosen. An expert jury, international media and handball fans from all over the world cast their votes, and the winners are Cristina Neagu and Filip Jicha. IHF President Hassan Moustafa announced the news at the opening press conference of the 22nd Men’s World Championship in Gothenburg (Sweden). The full list of results can be found on

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Board of Directors has announced that the ITF, in collaboration with Tennis Australia and Tennis Queensland, will donate at least USD 25,000 to help rebuild tennis facilities damaged or destroyed by the devastating floods in recent weeks. The ITF will also be contacting the Brazilian Tennis Federation to determine the assistance that can be given to help rebuild tennis facilities following the terrible flooding in Brazil this week. Find out more on

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is currently holding its first-ever Medicine Congress, in Bled (Slovenia). Medical experts from all over the world have come together to discuss subjects including injury prevention and the FIVB’s anti-doping education efforts. FIVB President Jizhong Wei said that the Congress would benefit volleyball coaches, players and administrators alike. More details on

At the request of the IOC, the International Softball Federation (ISF) has been collecting sports goods to encourage participation in Haiti, following the two deadly earthquakes which struck the country last year. A total of 200 kits containing equipment for various sports were assembled and packed at the ISF headquarters in Plant City, Florida (USA), and are now on their way to Haiti. More details on


The Israeli NOC, whose President is Zvi Varshaviak, has chosen surfer Nimrod Mashich, the bronze medallist at the 2010 World Championships and world number one, as its 2010 athlete of the year. The award ceremony was held in Herzeliya in the presence of hundreds of guest, including Knesset member and Education and Sport Commission Chairman Alex Miller; Orly Fruman, Director General of the Culture and Sport Ministry; and numerous sports leaders, coaches and Olympic athletes. More details on

Leading sports administrator Kereyn Smith has taken up her new role as Secretary General of the New Zealand NOC after being appointed to the post last October. Kereyn Smith has more than 20 years’ experience in sports leadership and governance, and is the first woman to hold this position in the NOC’s 100-year history. Find out more on


The Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games (LOCOG) has just announced that tickets for next year’s Games will go on sale on 15 March, and those for the 2012 Paralympic Games will be available as from Friday 9 September. Olympic Games tickets will be on sale for six weeks until 26 April, enabling people to consider their options before making final choices and submitting their applications. Full details on

RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio 2016, and the Brazilian NOC have set up collection point at the NOC headquarters in Barra da Tijuca to help the victims of the recent flooding in the state of Rio de Janeiro.  The aim is to collect hygiene and cleaning products, bed and bath linen, non-perishable goods and mineral water from NOC staff, the sports community and the general public. The collection point was opened on 16 January.


The Organising Committee for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was sad to announce this week the death of Hilde Zach, former Mayor and Honorary Citizen of the city of Innsbruck (Austria). In 2008, Hilde Zach celebrated the selection of Innsbruck as host city of the 1st Winter YOG, and had since followed with interest the preparations for this event, which she had always fully supported. More details on


The IOC Coordination Commission for the 2nd YOG in 2014 has concluded a successful first visit to the host city of Nanjing (China). The Coordination Commission’s work followed a two-day city-to-city debriefing given by the Singapore YOG Organising Committee to the recently created Nanjing Organising Committee.

Chaired by IOC member Alexander Popov, the Coordination Commission was pleased with the progress made by the local organisers as it approaches the one-year mark in its preparations for these Games.

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