- 11 Mar 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
Rita Subowo, who is also President of the Indonesian NOC, receives a trophy in recognition of her career in sport from the two main newspapers in Indonesia - Kompas and Bola.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that Usain Bolt has accepted the personal invitation of Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the Monegasque Athletics Federation and an IOC member, to take part in the Herculis Meeting on 22 July this year. The Jamaican sprinter will run the 100m in the Louis II de Monaco Stadium during the 10th edition of the Samsung Diamond League. The Herculis Meeting is an international athletics meeting that is held every year in the Principality of Monaco and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. More info at www.iaaf.org.
News from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG):
- As reported recently, the FIG will celebrate the 130th anniversary of its creation (23 July 1881 in Liège, Belgium) parallel to the 14th World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne (Switzerland) this July.
- A rosebush has been planted in the FIG gardens in Lausanne by Technical Committee members in memory of Patricia Wade, the charismatic President of Acrobatics Gymnastics, who died last November.
- USA Gymnastics has presented a bid to organise the 2012 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships. More info at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board met last weekend, and took key decisions on various issues surrounding international hockey. This meeting, the first of three FIH annual meetings scheduled this year, could be classed as historic, as it was the first time the Board had met as a 17-member group instead of the usual 27. Indeed, at the last FIH Congress in December 2010, it was decided to reduce the number of members on the Executive Board. More info at www.worldhockey.org.
International Handball Federation (IHF) President Hassan Moustafa was the guest of honour at a conference organised by the Russian Handball Union. During his stay, he also took part in several meetings with representatives of Russian handball, including Vitaly Mutko, Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth. More info at www.ihf.info.
The International Rugby Federation (IRB) has expressed the thoughts and deepest sympathies of the global rugby family to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, and all those affected by the earthquake. For the Rugby World Cup 2011 matches scheduled to be staged in the city, a decision is to be taken in due course. More info at www.irb.com.
On 8 March, on International Women’s Day, Don Porter, President of the International Softball Federation (ISF), declared: “Although our sport is played by men and boys too, the women and girls who compete in softball get the most attention. However, there are so many more females who are involved in various aspects of softball who deserve recognition too.” More info at www.isfsoftball.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC (DOSB) is attaching particular importance to climate protection in sport. That is why, for the first time, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, a competition has been held to recognise the best initiatives. More info at www.dosb.de.
The Canadian NOC (COC) has announced that Dr Robert McCormack will take up the newly created position of Medical Director. In this role, he will work with national and international organisations to shape policy and procedures to improve the coordination and efficiency of all medical aspects of the COC’s participation in the Olympic, Pan-American and Youth Olympic Games. More details at www.olympic.ca.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 in London (LOCOG) has informed us that members of the British wheelchair tennis team visited Eton Manor, the Paralympic wheelchair tennis venue for 2012. Construction started in April 2010, and the venue is beginning to take shape. Peter Norfolk, a double Paralympic gold medallist in Beijing, declared, “Visiting the Eton Manor site really brought the London 2012 Paralympics alive for me.” Read more of what he had to say at www.london2012.com.
The Organising Committee for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi has informed us that a group of volunteers came to support the III Equal Opportunities in Sport Festival as part of Sport Schools’ Day, which was held on 5 March in the Vidnoye region of Moscow. Over 250 children and teens from general and specialised schools in the region took part in the Festival organised by the Edinaya Strana Foundation for the support of people with a disability, which was established by Paralympic champions and medallists. The aim of the Festival was to eliminate barriers in communication between children living with and without disabilities and to create a barrier-free school environment through the promotion of the Paralympic Games. More info at www.sochi2014.com.
On www.paralympic.org, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) reported the words of Verena Bentele, five-time biathlon and cross-country skiing champion at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. On 8 March, on International Women’s Day, the German biathlete and cross-country skier declared that women’s Paralympic sport was growing at a faster rate than men’s and becoming more competitive by the year. “I am convinced that sport for women has become more ambitious and that the level of competition has risen,” she said. Read more at the link above.