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Highlights of the week

04 Mar 2011
Olympic News


On Monday 28 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge received IOC member John Coates and IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng.

On Tuesday 1 March, he attended the first Working Meeting on Irregular and Illegal Sports Betting, which had brought together representatives of the Olympic and sports movement and governments in particular. On the same occasion, the President held meetings with European Commissioner Michel Barnier, French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno and IOC member Francesco Ricci Bitti.

On Wednesday 2 March, he had a meeting with International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre.

The following day, at the IOC headquarters and in the presence of Belgian Olympic Committee Secretary General Guido de Bondt, President Rogge presented diplomas to the participants in a study trip run by the Belgian Olympic Academy, as a souvenir of their visit to the IOC.


On Tuesday this week, the IOC announced the creation of a task force on irregular and illegal sports betting. The representatives of the sports movement, governments, international organisations and betting operators gathered at the IOC headquarters agreed to set up this task force to study in detail the points addressed at the Working Meeting in Lausanne. The purpose of the meeting, chaired by the IOC President, was to share knowledge, strengthen cooperation and set up a permanent system of information exchange. Read the press release.

14th World Conference on Sport for All – final call for abstracts

Sport for all researchers and specialists have until 15 March to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 14th World Conference on Sport for All, which will be held in Beijing, China, from 20 to 23 September 2011. Details on


The Evaluation Commission for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018, chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, has now visited all three candidate cities, in line with the planned timetable. The Commission was in Munich from 1 to 4 March 2011. More details on


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)’s Women’s Technical Committee met in Lausanne from 21 to 23 February for its first ordinary meeting of this pre-Olympic year. The draw was held for the Difficulty judges panel for the next World Championships; the daily competition schedule was fine-tuned; and instructions for the judges were prepared. Find out more on

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) regretfully announced last week that, following the earthquake, the 2011 Seniors World Individual Championships, due to be played in Christchurch (New Zealand) this week, have been cancelled. The Seniors World Team Championships in Timaru and Ashburton were not affected. The organisers did their utmost to ensure that all participants could return home safely, and the ITF thanked Tennis New Zealand and the organisers from Canterbury Tennis for their efforts.

John McEnroe looks back on his illustrious Davis Cup career, which saw him win the trophy five times for the USA, in one of the ITF’s Davis Cup Idols video series, which features former players talking about their memories of the competition. More details on

The International Archery Federation (FITA) previously announced that 10 archers had been granted 24-month Olympic Solidarity scholarships for their preparation for the 2012 Games. In fact, a total of 12 archers are now benefiting from this pre-Olympic programme. The scholarship covers the expenses for training and taking part in Olympic qualifying tournaments, world championships, etc. Follow the link below to find out the views of scholarship-holder Véronique d’Unienville Marier, from Mauritius:

Last week, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) reached a landmark, when its 1,000th Volleyball Cooperation Programme (VCP) course opened in Accra (Ghana). This Programme was set up in 1989, and has helped volleyball and beach volleyball develop at grassroots level, providing national federations with the chance to cultivate their potential. Read more on


For the seventh time, the German NOC has awarded its Stars of Sport, which honour clubs for their social commitment. In all, 19 clubs were honoured at a ceremony in Berlin in the presence of Federal President Christian Wulff and Thomas Bach, NOC President and IOC Vice-President. The first prize went to the Reutlingen Karate Team for its project to improve the reading skills of children and adolescents. More details on

On 21 February, the Argentinean NOC informed us of the death, at the age of 85, of Noemí Simonetto, the country’s only female Olympic medallist in athletics. Between 1943 and 1947, Noemí won seven gold, three silver and one bronze medals in various disciplines. At the 1948 Olympic Games, she became the first South American woman to win a medal in athletics: silver in the long jump. Read more on

The Brazilian NOC last week paid tribute to João Havelange, IOC member and Honorary President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), and one of the most celebrated sports representatives of all time. At a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in front of numerous guests and journalists, the book João Havelange - The Sports Official of the XX Century was launched. This 240-page bilingual work in Portuguese and English features numerous photographs and unpublished statements on the businessman, athlete and sports official who revolutionised the world of football, from his childhood to the presidency of FIFA. More details on

In the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, a Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed in Qatar between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Qatar Olympic Committee. The MoU, which was signed by BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan and Qatar NOC President Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, strengthens relations between the two NOCs in various areas such as cooperation in the development of high-performance sport and promotion of the Olympic Movement. Read more on

The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) have teamed up on a Facebook fan campaign to raise money for young Canadian athletes to mark the first anniversary of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. For every new Canadian fan of Canada on the CTC’s Facebook page, one dollar will go to the Canadian Olympic team. Find out more on

Following the November 2009 disqualification of Rashid Ramzi from Bahrain, New Zealand’s middle distance runner Nick Willis was finally presented with his Olympic silver medal at an emotional ceremony in a packed Wellington stadium this week, in front of his friends, family and fans. This was the highlight of a fund-raising track meet organised to help the people of Christchurch after February’s devastating earthquake. Read more on


The Organising Committee for the 2012 Games in London (LOCOG) has just announced that the London-based design professors Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have been chosen to create the Olympic and Paralympic torches. The Olympic torch will be used in a 70-day relay which will see 80,000 runners carrying the flame around the UK ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Games. More details on

SOCHI 2014

The Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard have been chosen as the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, based on the results of a public vote during a live television show. For their part, the Ray of Light and Snowflake will be the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games mascots. Read more on


The Peace and Sport organisation has announced that the Russian city of Sochi will be hosting the sixth International Peace and Sport Forum in 2012. The contract-signing ceremony took place on 18 February between Joël Bouzou, the founder and President of Peace and Sport, and Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov. More details on

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