- 18 Mar 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
The IOC has expressed its support to the Japanese Olympic family following the successive catastrophes that have affected the country. The IOC President had telephone conversations with IOC members Chiharu Igaya and Shun-ichiro Okano. In Lausanne, he met Japanese NOC President Tsunekazu Takeda and offered IOC aid, which will be coordinated with the OCA.
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge went to Oslo (Norway) for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian NOC. On the morning of 15 March, accompanied by IOC member Gerhard Heiberg, Norwegian NOC President Tove Paule and Secretary General Inge Andersen, he held a meeting with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, and the Secretary General of the Norwegian Labour Party, Raymond Johansen. Later, at Ulleval Stadion, he took part in a seminar entitled "Sport - the major contributor of cooperation in society", and then attended the NOC’s anniversary reception. In the evening, at Oslo Town Hall, he was present at the anniversary evening, which was also attended by King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway; Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang; Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt; and some 400 guests.
The next day, he was received by King Harald of Norway, alongside Gerhard Heiberg, Tove Paule and Inge Andersen. At the start of the afternoon, still accompanied by Gerhard Heiberg, Tove Paule and Inge Andersen, he met Jonas Gahr Store, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Culture.
Upon his return to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne on 17 March, he held discussions with Amar Addadi, Vice-President of the NOC of Algeria; and Gunilla Lindberg, IOC member. The next day, he met Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
More information on www.olympic.org.
Newsweek has named Anita L. DeFrantz, IOC member and President of the LA84 Foundation, as one of its 150 Women Who Shake the World. According to the American magazine, the list, which was published in its edition of 14 March 2011, includes women who are “brave, imaginative and inspiring heroes”.
From 15 to 18 March, at the IOC headquarters, the final meeting of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games in 2018 has been taking place, chaired by Gunilla Lindberg.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At the latest meeting of its Central Board, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) granted Great Britain’s men’s and women’s national teams automatic places for the Olympic Games in London in 2012. The other important decision on the agenda was the awarding of the 2014 World Championships to Turkey. More info on www.fiba.com.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us that its President, Bruno Grandi (Italy), and its Gymnastics for All Committee Chairperson, Margaret Sikkens-Ahlquist (Sweden), have had their terms of office as members of the IOC Sport for All Commission renewed for 2011. Bruno Grandi has been a member of this Commission since 2005, and Margaret Sikkens-Ahlquist since 2001.
All information on preparations for the 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, which are scheduled to take place from 7 to 16 October in Tokyo, can be found on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the introduction of a new age category in its Super-Seniors World Team Championships. The Doris Hart Cup, for players aged 80 and over, will be contested for the first time at the 2011 ITF Super-Seniors World Championships in Antalya, Turkey. More information on www.itftennis.com.
Following the information published last week concerning the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has decided that Christchurch (New Zealand) will no longer be able to host the seven matches scheduled to be played there. They will be played at other venues in New Zealand. More information on www.irb.com.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the Swedish Curling Association have announced that Östersund (Sweden) will host the World Junior Curling Championships, which will take place from 3 to 11 March 2012. Additional info on www.worldcurling.org.
On 14 March, the International Skating Union (ISU) published, on its web site, a letter from Ottavio Cinquanta and Fredi Schmid, IF President and Director General respectively. It concerns the serious events currently paralysing Japan, and the Federation’s concerns for the safety of the participants, spectators and members of the organisations involved in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled to be held in Tokyo from 21 to 27 March. Taking into account the critical situation and the advisories from many governments to avoid travel to Japan at present, the ISU, in consultation and agreement with the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) and the Japanese authorities, has decided that it will not be possible to hold these Championships at this time. The same applies to the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating, scheduled to be held in Yokohama from 14 to 17 April 2011. To find out more, please consult www.isu.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has announced that its President, Marcel Aubut, has been included on the IOC’s list of members of its 27 commissions for 2011. Aubut, who took over as President only in April 2010, will become a member of the International Relations Commission, alongside other elite personalities on the Olympic scene. He thus joins other members of the COC Board of Directors making significant contributions to the Olympic Movement. They include: Richard W. Pound, Michael Chambers, Charmaine Crooks, Beckie Scott and Walter Sieber. All the details are on www.olympic.ca.
The Lithuanian NOC has announced that Lina Kaciusyte has been elected as President of the Lithuanian Olympians Association (LOA). World swimming champion and Olympic champion in 1978 and 1980 (200m breaststroke), Lina Kaciusyte, who is also a member of the Lithuanian NOC Executive Committee, thus succeeds Eugenijus Levickas, who headed the Association for eight years.
On the occasion of the launch of the countdown clock for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, the Lithuanian NOC presented its Olympic team’s clothing and equipment line. In his speech, NOC President Arturas Poviliunas confirmed that there were currently 105 Lithuanian athletes, representing 18 sports, doing their utmost to have the opportunity to participate in the Games in London in 2012. More information on www.ltok.lt.
The Malaysian NOC has informed us that the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring Young People” Trophy has been awarded by Prince Tunku Imran, Malaysian NOC President and IOC member, to Ee Hong, the Director of the Sports Division of the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The ceremony took place last January during the NOC’s 18th annual dinner. All the details are on www.olympic.org.my.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
On 14 March, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and OMEGA, Official Timekeeper for the London 2012 Games, unveiled the countdown clock in Trafalgar Square. The ceremony took place in the presence of LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe; Mayor of London Boris Johnson; world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis; and OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart.
The following day saw the start of ticket sales for residents of the UK and some European countries. This application process will continue for six weeks, until 26 April 2011. More information on www.london2012.com.
In the framework of a programme to set up volunteer centres at the St Petersburg State University of Service and Economics (SPbSUSE), representatives of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and the National Training Foundation took part in a meeting with the vice-chancellors of leading higher education institutions in St Petersburg and representatives from the City Administration. The main topics at the meeting were the creation of a Sochi 2014 volunteer centre and the formation of a volunteer movement. Further details on www.sochi2014.com.
During the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is looking to organise a past Paralympians’ reunion. The aim of this event, which is dependent on athlete interest, is for past Paralympians to come together, share stories and celebrate their accomplishments from previous Paralympic Games, while enjoying the action from the London 2012 Games. More information on www.paralympic.org.
In a letter from its President and Founder, Joël Bouzou, Peace and Sport has announced that the full report of the 4th International Peace and Sport Forum (2010) is now available. In his message, Joël Bouzou also announced that the 2011 Forum would be held in the Principality of Monaco from 26 to 28 October under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. All the details are on www.peace-sport.org.