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04 Feb 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On Saturday 29 January, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, where he was welcomed upon his arrival by the President of the Kazakh NOC, Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov.

The following day, he met with Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA); then Choung Byoung-gug, the new South Korean Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. Then he went to the Presidential Palace to meet Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev. In the evening, he attended the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games at the covered football stadium in Astana.

On Monday 31 January, he attended the OCA Executive Committee meeting. At the end of the morning, he went to Almaty, where he visited the biathlon complex, and awarded medals to the winners of the women’s sprint. Later, he visited the Shymbulak venue, where the Alpine skiing competitions are being held; the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, which is hosting the women’s ice hockey; and the resort and ice rink in Medeu.

On Tuesday 1 February, he visited the ski jump facilities in Almaty, and met journalists at a press conference. He then went to the Almaty Sports Palace to attend a women’s ice hockey event. More info at


The IOC has just learned of the death of the President of the NOC of American Samoa, Peni B. Solaita.

The IOC has launched the registration process for the 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will be held in Doha (Qatar) from 30 April to 2 May 2011. Under the motto “Playing for a Greener Future”, the event is being organised in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Qatar Olympic Committee. All the info is at

The IOC and the Organising Committee for the 14th World Conference on Sport for All are launching a call for abstracts for this event, which will be held in Beijing, China, from 20 to 23 September 2011. Experts and practitioners in Sport for All are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations on the following themes:

• Follow-up of the 2010 World Conference on Sport for All;
• Health and social benefits of physical activity;
• Programmes and policies: the practical and theoretical foundations of Sport for All;
• Development and promotion of Sport for All, in particular the roles of different stakeholders; and
• Future directions.

Practice-based and scientific submissions are encouraged. In addition, abstracts summarising case studies and examples of Sport for All initiatives are also welcome. Contributions must be submitted via the online submission system by 15 March. The authors who are accepted will be able to present their work orally at either a parallel session or during a workshop, or prepare and showcase a poster. For more info click here.


At its meeting last week, the International Boxing Association (AIBA)’s Technical and Rules Commission finalised the details of a new licensing programme which was approved by AIBA’s Executive Committee Bureau. The future licensees will be the only suppliers authorised for boxing events staged under AIBA competition rules at national and international level. More info at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has communicated the recently made changes to its 2011 events calendar. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, a qualifying event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be held from 7 to 16 October 2011 in Tokyo (Japan). Owing to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the end of April and to secure media and TV coverage of the event, the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Glasgow has been moved to 16 April. The Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup slated for Maia (Portugal) has been cancelled for various reasons. More info at

In Malmö (Sweden), the International Handball Federation (IHF) decided to award the 2015 World Championships to Denmark for the women and Qatar for the men. IHF President Hassan Moustafa announced this decision on 27 January to more than 100 media representatives. This year’s World Championships will be held in Brazil for the women and Spain for the men, and the 2013 Women’s Championships in Serbia. More info at


The Canadian NOC recently held meetings with the USOC and IOC to review sponsorship, marketing and sport, and continues to forge ahead and bolster international relations with several of the world’s leading sports governing bodies. “We are proud of the close relationship we hold with our neighbours – true world-class advocates and leaders of the Olympic Movement,” said Canadian NOC President Marcel Aubut. “Having the opportunity to meet, share best practices and build cooperative relationships with them and other great leaders such as the IOC, is a reminder that we must continually strive to push ourselves to surpass expectations.” More info at

The IOC has approved the new emblems of the Chilean NOC, which now consist of a national flag below the Olympic rings and then the words Chile or Chilean Olympic Committee.
In addition, the NOC, in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, has held a first level fencing course at the Olympic Training Centre. The course, attended by the highest authorities of the NOC, was held from 10 to 21 January. More info at

On 2 February at the Spanish NOC headquarters, the 4th campaign to disseminate the Olympic values, “All Olympic”, was presented. This year, the initiative of the NOC, the Higher Sports Council and the Council of Madrid also includes the “Olympic Heroes” campaign: a series of stories narrated and performed by Olympians and high-level athletes that explain in a fun and understandable way, to children of 8 and 9, how they can become the most successful athletes in history. More info at

The Serbian NOC has awarded the 2010 IOC Sport, inspiring young people Trophy to volleyball player Nikola Grbić. The ceremony was held in mid-December at the NOC’s annual gathering, during which the best athletes, teams, coaches and other sports personalities of the year were rewarded. A special atmosphere reigned as the Serbian NOC was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its creation. In the absence of the recipient, the IOC Trophy was awarded to his brother, Vladimir. More info at


The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced the launch of the selection events for Games volunteers. At a preview event held at the ExCel Centre in London, LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe revealed that the 100,000 people best suited to the 70,000 volunteer roles would be invited to an interview in one of the eight selection centres in the UK. All details at

SOCHI 2014

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Games Organising Committee has reported on a two-day inspection visit by International Paralympic Committee (IPC) representatives that took place at the end of January in Moscow. Topics discussed included the programme of the first test events for the Paralympic Games and their preparation; a report on the specific issues posed by the Paralympic Games in the construction of sports venues in Sochi; the transport plan envisaged for the Paralympic Games; the collaboration of the IPC and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU); and how volunteers’ work will be organised. More info at

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