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01 Apr 2011
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Highlights of the week


On Tuesday 29 March, at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge met Charles Rudakubana and Parfait Busabizwa, President and Secretary General of the Rwandan NOC respectively; IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou; and Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), who was accompanied by Jong-il Kim, the new Ambassador of South Korea in Geneva. The President also had a meeting with Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau.

The following day, President Rogge met Pál Schmitt, President of the Republic of Hungary and IOC member. He was accompanied by Attila Czene, Secretary of State for Sport and former Olympic champion in 1996 (200m freestyle swimming), and Zsolt Borkai, the new President of the Hungarian NOC and former Olympic champion in 1988 (pommel horse).

On Thursday 31 March, he met Francisco Boza, Secretary General of the Peruvian NOC, then Hashim Haron Ahmed, Elfatih Mohamed Abdel Aal and Mahmoud El Sir Mohamed Taha, President, Vice-President and Secretary General of the Sudanese NOC respectively. At the end of the morning, he had a meeting with Jacob Gbeti, President of the NOC of the Central African Republic, who was accompanied by Gilbert Gresenguet, the NOC’s Secretary General, and Simplice Aurelien Zingas, Minister for Youth and Sports.


The IOC Coordination Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games paid its eighth visit to London from 30 March to 1 April. Also in London, the IOC Executive Board will meet from 6 to 8 April in the framework of the SportAccord Convention (3-8 April). Read more at


This week the IOC announced the resignation of its Director General, Urs Lacotte, who is leaving for health reasons. In future, Urs Lacotte will serve the IOC as a member of the administration as Assignments Adviser.

The deadline to register for the 2nd International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development, which will be held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva from 10 to 11 May this year, has been fixed for 15 April. The two main subjects of the meeting are: sport as a catalyst for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and developing a culture of peace through sport. The speakers will include IOC President Jacques Rogge; IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the International Relations Commission Mario Pescante; and Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. To register, please use the following access code: MTYlaW5jb25udSUxNg.


Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and IOC member, was in Japan in mid-March to meet the IAAF’s partners. He took the opportunity to offer the sympathy and the condolences of the IAAF and the global athletics family to the people of Japan following the enormous tragedy that has engulfed the country.

In addition, the IAAF has announced that 159 of its 212 member federations have signed up to take part in World Athletics Day 2011. Now in its 16th year, World Athletics Day – an annual festival aimed at young people worldwide – is one of the busiest competition programmes in the athletics calendar. More at

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) held its World Anti-Doping Conference on 17 and 18 March in Istanbul (Turkey). It brought together many participants and speakers for a busy programme presented in four sessions. Ten lectures were given. The IWF’s main aim is to fight even more determinedly in the future and eradicate doping from the sport. All the details are at

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has informed us that, following the withdrawal of Cairo (Egypt), the World Modern Pentathlon Championships will be held in Moscow (Russian Federation) from 1 to 7 September 2010. More info at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) was pleased to announce that 16 triathletes have been awarded “London 2012” scholarships by Olympic Solidarity. This is the largest number of awards in the history of the ITU’s history as an Olympic sport. The recipients are eight men and eight women from NOCs that meet Olympic Solidarity’s criteria. More info at

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has underlined its commitment to promoting the world’s top female referees with the announcement of its first-ever Women’s Referee Panel. Eight women have been selected for this inaugural panel following a detailed review of performances at the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The details are at


In Esbjerg (Denmark), during the opening of the General Assembly of the World Curling Federation (WCF), a special tribute was paid to the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami that hit Japan and New Zealand. WCF President Kate Caithness spoke of the solidarity of the WCF’s member associations with their fellow Japanese and New Zealand associations, their families and friends. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of those who died in these natural disasters. More details at

Following Japan’s withdrawal from hosting the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships, the Ice Skating Union (ISU) has announced that it has received several proposals from its member federations. Austria (Graz), Canada (Vancouver), Croatia (Zagreb), Finland (Turku), Russia (Moscow) and the USA (Colorado Springs or Lake Placid) have offered to organise the competitions in April or May. More info at


Continuing its implementation of Olympic education projects in schools, the Albanian NOC has published a series of new materials and prepared a new Olympic education kit for schools. This material will be available to physical education teachers, serving as the basis to organise Olympic Week 2011 in all schools across the country. More info at

The Canadian NOC has announced that Beckie Scott has been appointed Chef de Mission of the Canadian team for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 in Innsbruck (Austria). Cross-country skier Beckie Scott won gold in the pursuit at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in 2002, and silver in the team sprint four years later in Turin. More info at

At a ceremony held on Monday at the Tate Modern in London, the British NOC revealed the names of 27 most inspirational and accomplished Olympians of past Games, who will be Team GB Ambassadors for 2012. Between them, the Ambassadors can draw upon the experience of winning 51 Olympic medals, including 27 gold. All the details are at

25 March saw the start of the School Olympic Cup 2011, organised by the Guatemalan NOC, with the support of the Sacred Heart of Jesus School. The objective of this set of interdisciplinary competitions is to give young people the chance to participate in different sports on the Olympic programme, putting into practice the values of Olympism and promoting a lifestyle based on the joy found in effort and practising sport. This event is in line with a cooperation agreement with private educational, civil and military institutions, one of the goals of which is to identify talented athletes for the Youth Olympic Games. More info at


London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe and IOC Athletes’ Commission Chairman Frankie Fredericks laid the final piece of turf on the Olympic Stadium field of play, marking the completion of construction on this flagship venue of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Details at

SOCHI 2014

Last week, following the fifth visit of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and ecological organisations in Sochi met for a series of meetings. The main objective of these meetings was to discuss the challenges for the region’s ecosystem that are emerging during the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. More info at

RIO 2016

At the start of the week, the Organising Committee for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio launched an international selection process to hire a mega-event production company. The chosen company or consortium will be responsible for the production and management of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as major live events that will be organised during the Games. More info at

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