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11 Feb 2011
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Highlights of the week


Yesterday, 10 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge gave a lecture on global leadership at the Antwerp Management School (Belgium).


International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre was in Delhi last week to discuss the FIH’s hockey development project in India. He held a very constructive meeting with Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken, as well as discussions with Hockey India concerning the hosting details of the FIH’s four-year programme of events in the country and the launch of a new professional hockey league. More details on

The Para-Archery Committee of World Archery (FITA) has announced the planned developments in para-archery in 2011. Several world ranking events and the World Archery Para Championships will be held during the year. Find out more on

At the 1st Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore last August, 18 year-old Cuban Leydi Laura Moya Lopez was the Youth Olympic Games champion in modern Pentathlon. Recently, through the intermediary of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), the athlete and the German company which developed the laser system mounted on the pistol donated this to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Leydi Laura received a donor’s diploma, and the pistol has joined The Olympic Museum collections. This was the first time a laser pistol had been used at an Olympic modern pentathlon competition, and the first ever modern pentathlon Youth Olympic gold medal. The pistol is thus extremely significant to the history of the sport and the Olympic Movement. Read more on

Last week, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) announced the addition of Auckland (New Zealand) to the 2011 Triathlon World Cup season. Scheduled for 20 November, the competition will act as a test event for the 2012 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final. More details on


On 3 February, 55 years to the day after becoming the first triple Olympic gold medallist in history (downhill, slalom and giant slalom), Toni Sailer was honoured by the Austrian NOC at a ceremony attended by various personalities from the Austrian sports world. Although Toni Sailer retired from competition when he was only 23, he was involved with sport until the end of his life. The IOC awarded him the Olympic Order in 1985 in recognition of his contribution to the Olympic Movement. IOC President Jacques Rogge sent a video message for the ceremony in which he revealed that Toni Sailer had been one of his childhood idols. More details on

The NOC of Ecuador honoured 174 athletes for their sporting achievements in 2010 at the sixth Olympic gala held at the Club de la Unión in Guayaquil. The athletes included weightlifter Alexandra Escobar and walker Óscar Villavicencio, who each received the Citius, Altius, Fortius trophy, which goes to the best male and female athletes of the year. Find out more at

The Georgian NOC tells us that, at the end of January, International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer was in Tbilisi (Georgia) for the Judo World Cup, in which judokas from over 20 countries took part. During this official visit, Marius Vizer met the Mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, along with NOC President Gia Natsvlishvili and other representatives of the sports world. The IJF President also met the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Lado Vardzelashvili, and the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, David Bakradze, who awarded him the Order of Honour. More details on

For the Lithuanian school children’s Painting Sports picture competition last year, a total of 1,253 entries were submitted by the same number of participants, in three age groups. A jury of experts selected the best works and on 1 June 2010, International Children’s Day, a ceremony for the winners was held at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters. At that time, NOC President Arturas Poviliunas promised to produce a calendar featuring the prize-winning pictures, and he has kept his word. Over the months ahead, the calendar will serve as a fitting tribute to the children who produced the best sports paintings. Other news on

SOCHI 2014

With three years to go until the 2014 Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has unveiled its short list of mascots for the Games. The 11 sets of characters were presented live on national television in 30-second animated segments, so the Russian population could get to know them. The potential mascots include Grandfather Frost, a brown bear, a snow leopard, a polar bear, a little doe hare, a little sun, a snowflake, a fire boy, a bullfinch, Matryoshki and a dolphin. More details on


YOGGL, the mascot for the 2012 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck (Austria), was presented to the public last week at the opening of the YOG Snow Festival in the centre of Innsbruck. YOGGL is an Alpine chamois who lives at moderately high altitude in the steep, rugged and rocky Karwendel Mountains between Innsbruck and Seefeld. He symbolises life in Alpine regions and will raise awareness of respect for nature and the world’s natural resources, like all the inhabitants of the Tyrol. More details on


The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), in partnership with the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has just launched the first Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals for innovative designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. The award is aimed at young architects and designers currently studying architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and general design, and young professionals in their first two years of practice. All participants must be under 30. More details, rules and entry forms on

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