- 18 Feb 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On Sunday 13 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to Liberec (Czech Republic) for the opening of the 10th European Youth Winter Olympic Festival (EYOWF). There he met the City’s Mayor, Jan Korytar, Czech NOC President Milan Jirasek and IOC members Patrick Hickey and Jan Zelezny.
The following day, he took part in a press conference with Jan Zelezny and Milan Jirasek, before going to Prague for a meeting with Petr Necas, the Czech Prime Minister.
Today, the IOC President is going to Riga, Latvia, for an official visit to the NOC. There he will meet Aldons Vrublevskis and Einars Fogelis, President and Secretary General of the Latvian NOC respectively. An official meeting with Head of State Valdis Zatlers is also planned.
The IOC has just learned of the death of Major General Francis Nyangweso, an IOC member and former President of the Ugandan NOC, at the age of 72. A respected sports administrator, Major General Nyangweso spent 28 years (1975-2009) at the head of his country’s NOC, and was a member of the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission (1988-2011) and Olympic Solidarity Commission (2000-2001). He served as Vice-President of the International Amateur Boxing Association from 1986 to 2006 and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa from 1974-1978. More information at www.olympic.org.
The IOC Evaluation Commission for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018, chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, is currently visiting the three Candidate Cities according to the following schedule: Annecy from 9 to 12 February; PyeongChang from 16 to 19 February; and Munich from 1 to 4 March 2011. More info at www.olympic.org. International SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Boxing Association (AIBA), which has launched the World Series of Boxing (WSB), has just announced the creation of a new commission to seed WBS boxers who participate in AIBA World Championships and the Olympic Games. AIBA’s Executive Committee Bureau decided to set up this Seeding Commission following a recommendation by the Technical and Rules Commission. More info at www.aiba.com.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that the University of Pretoria (South Africa) will host the wheelchair tennis 2011 World Team Cup from 25 April to 1 May. The University, one of three ITF regional training centres, has 22 hard courts and is also the largest training centre for able-bodied tennis players in South Africa.
Last week, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal was presented with the Sportsman of the Year accolade at the Laureus Awards held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Nadal’s fantastic 2010 season, which saw him take Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, saw him beat off competition from Kobe Bryant (basketball), Manny Pacquaio (boxing) and Sebastian Vettel (F1). More info at www.itftennis.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Last week in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), during the General Assembly of the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR), whose President is Carlo Arthur Nuzman, the Brazilian NOC announced that Venezuela, the only candidate, had been confirmed to organise the South American Beach Games in 2013. Observers from the candidate cities for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 were present at the General Assembly, which saw the re-election of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the only candidate for the presidency, for a new four-year term.
The Canadian NOC has recalled that 11 February marked the first anniversary of the opening of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Canada’s West Coast. What followed over the remainder of February was an event that strengthened Canadian athletes and sports, and brought the Olympic Movement to the forefront across the nation. “We have watched as the spirit from Vancouver, the passion for Olympic athletes, has not waned in Canada, but instead solidified,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the NOC. “The goal is for Canada to follow and support the country’s hard-working athletes in the months and years outside the Olympic Games.” Read more at www.olympic.ca.
This summer, the Canadian NOC is looking to send two Canadians aged 20 to 35 to Olympia (Greece) to take part in the annual session of the International Olympic Academy. The IOA brings together some of the world’s most vibrant young leaders in sports and physical activity from approximately 100 countries. The session will take place from 25 June to 9 July and focus on Olympism with a special look at Olympic education. All the details can be found at www.ioa-sessions.org.
The NOC of Guyana awarded the IOC’s Sport – Inspiring Young People trophy to the Food for the Poor (Guyana) Inc. organisation at the annual NOC awards ceremony on 29 January 2011. Master of Ceremonies Ian McDonald presented the trophy to Leon Davis, Executive Director of Food for the Poor (Guyana) Inc. Members of the Diplomatic Corps, government ministers, officials from the NOC and national sports federations, members of the media, sports personalities and other guests attended the ceremony.
The Peruvian NOC and the Congress of the Republic of Peru held the second edition of the Olympic Torch Awards, which recognised the best athletes of 2010, in the presence of Congresswoman Cenaida Uribe, representing the Congress President; NOC President José Quiñones González; NOC Secretary General Francisco Boza Dibós; and Óscar Becerra, representing the Education Minister. The top prizes went to Alexandra Grande Risco (karate), Lesly Cano Velásquez (judo), Hernán Viera Espinoza (weightlifting) and Juan Postigo Acuña (judo). On this occasion, besides presenting the two prizes awarded by the IOC, the NOC recognised team sports, coaches, officials, sponsors and other personalities in Peruvian sport.
In addition, the NOC’s Technical Commission, chaired by José Ramón Coutto, approved the annual programme of training and exchanges between national team coaches and technical coordinators of the national sports federations. The main objective of this programme is to enhance technical abilities ahead of Peru’s participation in the XVI Pan-American Games, which will be held this October in Guadalajara (Mexico).
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (LOCOG) has just published the full Olympic and Paralympic Games competition schedules, as well as the ticket prices. The programme contains all the details of the 19 days of competition with the times and venues for the 640 sessions, 300 events, 39 disciplines and 26 sports. This will help people wanting to buy tickets to plan their Games experience. Tickets go on sale on 15 March. All the details are at www.london212.com.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 has reported that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko took part in the 4th International Winter Arts Festival in Sochi, organised by Yuri Bashmet, the famous Russian conductor and Sochi 2014 Ambassador. Events specially organised for the occasion were dedicated to the Cultural Olympiad of Sochi 2014. More details at www.sochi2014.com.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 has reported that, on 13 February, i.e. 2,000 days to go until the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, a ceremony was held in Manaus in the northeast of Brazil in the spirit of the upcoming Games. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Organising Committee and the Brazilian NOC, many Brazilian NOC and Rio 2016 officials, and presidents of Brazilian Olympic sports confederations were present at this ceremony organised by Roberto Gesta de Melo, President of the Brazilian Athletics Confederation, whose headquarters are in Manaus. More info at www.rio2016.com.