- 28 Jan 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On Tuesday,IOC President Jacques Rogge met Tsakhia Elbegdorj, the President of the Republic of Mongolia, who was accompanied by a delegation from the Mongolian NOC: Demchigjav Zagdsuren, President; Judger Otgontsagaan, Secretary General; and Jambal Khatanbaatar, member of the Executive Board.
At the end of the morning, he had a meeting with the President of the NOC of Costa Rica, Henry Núñez, accompanied by Secretary General Silvia González; Olympic medallist Silvia Poll; and the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Manuel Dengo.
The President then held a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two leaders discussed the activities undertaken jointly by their two organisations in 2010, and reiterated their desire to participate in several initiatives using sport as a vehicle for peace, education and development. The IOC and the UN strengthened their links in 2010, with the IOC attending the UN General Assembly as an Observer for the first time. This status was conferred upon the IOC by the UN body in October 2009, in recognition of the longstanding partnership between the two organisations and the IOC’s contribution, through sport, to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Using sport as a tool for change, the IOC and its partners have increased initiatives throughout the world in areas such as humanitarian aid and consolidation of peace, not forgetting education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS. For more details, see the press release.
In the afternoon, Jacques Rogge met the President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA), Isidoros Kouvelos.
This was followed by a meeting with Riccardo Fraccari, the President of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). He was accompanied by IBAF Vice-President Antonio Castro, and several members of the Federation.
Jacques Rogge then had lunch with Marcel Aubut and Jean R. Dupré, President and Secretary General of the Canadian NOC respectively.
In the afternoon, he went to Bern, where the European Figure Skating Championships are being held. He was received by the Organising Committee as well as by the city and canton authorities, after which he met the press. He then attended the ice dancing short programme competition.
On Thursday morning, at The Olympic Museum, he officially opened the symposium on Sports Integrity – Illegal Betting, the Real Threat, organised by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), whose President is Gianni Merlo.
The President then held a meeting with Androulla Vassiliou, the European Union Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. She was accompanied by several representatives of the Commission. A large delegation of IOC members (Denis Oswald, René Fasel, Hein Verbruggen and Guy Drut) and personalities from the world of sport were also present.
In the evening, President Rogge attended the 2010 World Fair Play Awards ceremony, which was followed by a gala dinner.
Today, Friday, the IOC President had lunch with a delegation from the NOC of Qatar: Sheikha
Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Al-Thani; Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani; Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Minister of Business and Trade; and Abdulla bin Khali, Health Minister.
More information on www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has just announced the winners of the 2010 World Rowing Awards. The honours went to New Zealand’s head coach, Dick Tonks; the Czech Republic’s Men’s Singles Sculler, Ondrej Synek; and Great Britain’s Double Scull team, Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger, and rower Tom Aggar. American Hart Perry was also honoured with the Distinguished Service award for his long-standing contribution to rowing. More info on www.worldrowing.com.
Last week, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) launched its new Clean Game video series, in which international stars from the men’s and women’s game share their views on a range of issues related to the fight for a clean sport. All the info on www.fiba.com.
Over a fortnight, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) commissions created during the 2010 Congress in Kazakhstan met for the first time at the AIBA headquarters in Lausanne to prepare their programme for the next four years. These commissions, which cover all the aspects of the sport, from the rules to officials and the athletes themselves, discussed a number of ideas and proposals that will be submitted to the AIBA Executive Committee later this year. All the details on www.aiba.org.
As underlined by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), with five months to go until the 14th World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne, tension has started to mount within the Organising Committee. According to City Council member and President of the 2011 Lausanne World Gymnaestrada Association Marc Vuilleumier, the city is well suited to organising major sporting events and has already hosted a number of world championships, notably gymnastics in 1997. However, the World Gymnaestrada, the biggest event ever organised in this sport, is a major challenge for the Olympic capital.
FIG recently opened its doors and its conference room to a meeting of the European Gymnastics Union (UEG) and its Executive Board. Also based in Lausanne, the Union had been forced to cancel its December meeting when airports across Europe were snowed in. Among the issues addressed was the organisation of a seminar on 3-4 March. UEG President Georges Guelzec led discussions on three essential themes: the state of the sport today, communications and financial resources. More information on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that 40 year-old André Agassi, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, after a distinguished career that saw him win all four Grand Slam titles and make an outstanding contribution to the world of tennis. This announcement was made last week at the André Agassi Academy, which was founded by the player in 2001 in Las Vegas. Many students joined in the celebration of his induction. Other information on www.itftennis.com.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has a new logo! It was unveiled at the FIVB Congress in 2010. The arc underneath the letters FIVB represents the world. The FIVB is the organisation that manages all events linked to volleyball and beach volleyball. Further details on www.fivb.org.
At a meeting in Zurich, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) presented a plan for a relaunch of the Champions Hockey League for 2011-2012 to representatives of the national members associations, their professional leagues and clubs in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Sweden. Additional info on www.iihf.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 21 January, the NOC of Spain organised a day devoted to the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), which brought together representatives of the IOC and of 13 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking NOCs. This day was chaired by Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco, IOC NOC Relations Director Pere Miró and IOC International Cooperation and Development Director T.A. Ganda Sithole. The three men stressed the importance of the Olympic values and the role of the NOCs in disseminating them within society. Alejandro Blanco also referred to the agreement with Spain’s Ministry of Education for introducing the Olympic values to the school curriculum as a multidisciplinary subject. See www.coe.es for more information.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 (LOCOG) has announced that more than GBP 820,000 has been awarded to Unlimited, a groundbreaking programme celebrating artistic and cultural works by disabled and deaf artists. All the details can be found on www.london2012.com.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 has announced that a meeting of the Interministerial Commission for the coordination and supervision of the development and implementation of a test events programme at the Sochi Olympic venues from 2011 to 2014 has just ended. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who chaired the meeting, heard a report from Yuri Nagornyh, Deputy Minister for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy, on the state of preparations for the first Alpine skiing test events. Other information on www.sochi2014.com.
The Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has announced that the population of Rio and Brazil’s Olympic sports community have proved that solidarity deserves the highest step on the podium. In a little under three days of campaigning, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and Brazilian NOC headquarters collected some six tons of donations for the victims of the floods which have devastated the mountain region of Rio de Janeiro state. On Wednesday 19 January, a state social assistance and human rights office lorry went to the Rio 2016 headquarters to collect the donations. Some athletes and former athletes participated in the campaign, including Nalbert Bittencourt and Bernard Rajzman (volleyball), Adriana Behar (beach volleyball) and Agberto Guimarães (athletics). Click on www.rio2016.com for more information.