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25 Feb 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On Friday 18 February, at the invitation of the NOC of Latvia, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to Riga, where, after meeting Aldons Vrublevskis and Einars Fogelis, President and Secretary General of the Latvian NOC respectively, he was received by Valdis Zatlers, President of the Republic of Latvia.

The following day, at the NOC headquarters, he participated in a round table devoted to the role of the NOC in the global organisation of sport in Latvia.

He then presented the Olympic Order to Vilnis Baltins, a former world canoe-kayak champion who has been involved in sport for more than 50 years and is considered in Latvia as the father of the Olympic Movement in this country.

At the start of the afternoon, he met the Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Domobrovskis, and the Education and Science Minister, Roland Broks. On Sunday, he was in Sigulda, where he met the city’s Mayor, Ugis Mitrevics. He then went to the bob and luge track, where he met Josef Fendt, the President of the International Luge Federation (FIL).

On Tuesday 22 February, at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, he participated in a working meeting with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). IPC President and IOC member Philip Craven was present at this session.

On Thursday 24 February, the President received Raymond Goldsmith, the Chairman and CEO of ISM Media Corp, whose company provides financial support to the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP).

Later the same day, the President also received a visit from Son Kwang Ho and Ri Song Guk, Vice-President and Secretary General of the NOC of the People's Democractic Republic of Korea.
Today, Friday 25 February, the President took part in a “Sports Television” session, attended, among others, by Antun Vrdoljak, IOC member, and Zlatko Matesa and Jospi Cop, President and Secretary General of the Croatian NOC respectively. 
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The IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will take place in Monaco from 7 to 9 April. It is being organised for the first time by the IOC in collaboration with the Principality. Eminent scientists and practitioners from the medical and sports world will share their latest discoveries during conferences , symposiums, workshops, discussions and even at a poster exhibition. The objective is to apply university knowledge to the competition arena, thus reducing the risk factors in sport and ensuring that sports participation is safer. Further information on

The IOC has just launched the registration procedure for the 2nd International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development, which will take place at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland) on 10 and 11 May 2011. Jointly organised by the IOC and the office of the Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, this meeting will include discussions on policy development and sharing of best practices. It will also analyse the successes and challenges linked to using sport as a tool for human development and peace, and will open the way to new actions in this area. All the details are on


According to information provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), with less than one month to go before the start of the World Cross-Country Championships, the oldest competition in the world athletics series, all eyes are turning to Spain, particularly Andalusia, where this event will take place on 20 March in the coastal village of Punta Umbria. Spain has great experience in organising athletics events. After the World Championships in Seville in 1999 and the European Championships more recently in Barcelona, the Catalan capital will host the World Junior Championships next year. More information on

The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) has informed us that the World Series of Boxing has concluded an agreement to hold the individual and team championships in Giuyang, the capital of the province of Giuzhou (China). The decision was taken to transfer the season finale from Macao to Guiyang in order to guarantee better television coverage and create more public interest. More details on

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), which was created on 23 July 1881 in Liège (Belgium), will celebrate its 130th anniversary this year. The event will take place almost at the same time as the World Gymnaestrada, whose 14th edition will be held in Lausanne from 10 to 16 July. In 2006 in Geneva, the FIG celebrated the 125th anniversary of its creation with great pomp. Although no special celebration is planned this year, 20,000 gymnasts and their national delegations will nonetheless pay tribute to their Federation on this occasion. More info on

Because of the political troubles currently affecting Egypt, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Egyptian Tennis Federation have decided that the 2011 African Junior Championships and their warm-up event will no longer be held in Cairo (Egypt). The two competitions will now take place in Gaborone (Botswana) on the same dates: Warm-up tournament (29 March–3 April) and African Junior Championships (4-8 April). All the details on

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that Santander (Spain) will host the World Sailing Championships in 2014. The World Sailing Championships bring together all the events on the Olympic programme, and this 2014 edition is provisionally planned for September. Kingston (Canada), Qingdao (China), Aarhus (Denmark), Busan (Republic of Korea), The Hague (Netherlands) and Gdynia (Poland) were also in the running for hosting these Championships. More information on


The NOC of Spain has told us that the Management Board of the Olympic Sports Association (ADO), which met on 24 February at the NOC headquarters, has published the 2011 scholarship list. After the meeting, a press conference was held. The participants included the Secretary of State for Sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, and NOC President Alejandro Blanco. More info on

RIO 2016

In mid-February, the Organising Committee for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro announced the launch of a project aiming to allow other Brazilian cities to experience the Games. Several Brazilian sports venues which conform to the technical requirements and recommendations of the International Sports Federations will thus be selected, which will allow the Olympic and Paralympic athletes to come to the host country before the Games in order to perfect their training and facilitate their acclimatisation. More information on


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has informed us that, for the first time since the start of her mandate, Dilma Rousseff, the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, has received Paralympic athletes and declared how proud she was of the historic achievements of Brazil at the 2011 World Paralympic Championships in Christchurch (New Zealand). The Brazilian team finished in third place, just behind China and Russia, winning 30 medals – 12 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze. 

Following the earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, which devastated the city of Christchurch at the beginning of the week, the IPC sent a message of condolence to the inhabitants of the city. Only last month, Christchurch had welcomed more than 1,000 athletes from 70 countries for the above-mentioned Championships.
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