- 13 Nov 2009
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
Lambis V. Nikolaou recently met United Nations Secretary General Ban-ki Moon during a visit to Athens (Greece).
During its third visit to Singapore, the Coordination Commission for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games, chaired by IOC member Sergey Bubka, established that preparations for the Games are well on track. Meetings with the Organising Committee (SYOGOC) addressed various points, including finalising the sports programme and the development and integration of the Culture and Education Programme into the overall event. Read the press release on www.olympic.org.
The IOC Medical and Scientific Department recently organised a meeting at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne with the chairs of the medical commissions of the Olympic International Sports Federations. Welcomed by IOC Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist, the participants were told about the Department’s current and forthcoming activities and projects and also about the medical services provided during the Games in Vancouver (in a presentation given by the Chief Medical Officer for these Games). The IFs also described their research work, chiefly in the area of illness and injury prevention, with a focus on the winter IFs.
On 11 November, the IOC awarded broadcast rights to the Olympic Games in 2010 and 2012 to ESPN for South America. Press release on www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
A recent press release from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) announced that, for the first time in the history of the FINA World Championships, the cumulative TV audience in Europe for the 2009 edition (according to the final report from the European Broadcasting Union - EBU) was almost 1.5 billion viewers. Held from 17 July to 2 August in Rome (Italy), these Championships saw the participation of 2,438 athletes from 172 countries in the five FINA disciplines. The next Championships will be in Shanghai (China), from 16 to 31 July 2011. Press release on www.fina.org.
We have just learnt that Chin-Chih Liu, the President of the Chinese Taipei Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon Association, has been awarded the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) Medal of Honour, in recognition of his dedication to the sport since it was introduced in his country 33 years ago. He has also successfully organised four Asian Championships, the 1995 Junior Men’s World Championships and the 2009 Junior World Championships. More details on www.pentathlon.org.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that 679 coaches from 110 countries attended the Worldwide Coaches Conference in Valencia (Spain) from 30 October to 3 November 2009. The theme was “Developing competencies for elite players and coaches”. At the opening ceremony, ITF President and IOC member Francesco Ricci Bitti and Ismail El Shafei, a member of the ITF Board of Directors and Coaches Commission Chairman, presented ITF Awards for Services to the Game to Ivan Molina (Colombia) and Frank van Fraayenhoven (Netherlands). Details on www.itftennis.com.
On 6 and 7 November in Lausanne, the International Ski Federation (FIS) organised the 8th FIS Leaders’ Seminar. Delegates from the 38 national associations which are part of the FIS “Aid and Promotion” programme attended. The theme of the seminar was “FIS Building the Future”. Details on www.fis-ski.com.
On 10 November, the International Softball Federation (ISF) officially unveiled its new logo. The ISF web site also has a new address: www.ISFsoftball.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Thanks to the Cultural Department of the Brazilian NOC, children from the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro have been able to learn about Olympic sport. The children were among those supported by the “Reaction Institute”, an NGO led by Olympic judo bronze medallist (2004) Flávio Canto. Around 100 children watched videos on the Olympic Games, received sports materials from the NOC and took part in recreational activities and judo demonstrations. The NOC has also informed us of the visit by Obidahunsi Oluwakemi from the Nigerian NOC in connection with the School Games being held in Brazil. She will be in Londrina and Maringá as a member of the International Observers Programme. Thirdly, a cooperation agreement was signed at the beginning of November between Brazil and Great Britain. The agreement, signed by the Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, covers areas including transfer of knowledge, an exchange of information on the organisation of sports events in both countries and a programme of observation visits. More details on www.cob.org.br and www.rio2016.com.
The competition to create the logo for the 2nd National Games, the “Dixiade” which will be held in December 2010 in Ngaoundéré (Cameroon), ended on 9 November. Launched by the Cameroon NOC, the competition was open to plastic and graphic artists, whose task was to produce a work reflecting the Olympic values and symbols and incorporating the symbols of the Cameroon sports movement and the geographical features of the city of Ngaoundéré.
The “Tigo Olímpíco” programme organised by the NOC of El Salvador, through the national Olympic academy and the Tigo company, is continuing successfully in schools around the country. At the end of October, it was the turn of the Benjamin Bloom school in Apopa. More than 130 students got the chance to learn about Olympism and the Olympic values, as well as enjoying various games and events. The aim of the programme is to spread the Olympic message among the largest possible number of children and encourage them to practise sport, thereby reducing the levels of juvenile delinquency. Find out more on www.coes.org.sv.
From 2 to 5 November, the Georgian NOC organised a “Women and Sport” seminar with the support of Olympic Solidarity. The main theme was “women in high-performance sport, existing problems and promotion of their important role in sports management and society in general”. More than 100 people, including women from national sports organisations and active and retired athletes, shared their knowledge and experience on subjects as varied as gender and sport: past, present and future; special concerns of the female athlete; doping among women, the situation in Georgia and other countries; and the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The speakers included representatives from Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus. Special certificates created by the NOC were given to all the participants.
The NOC of Japan has just informed us that a ceremony has been held to pay tribute to Hironoshin Furuhashi, who died last August in Rome at the swimming World Championships. A FINA Vice-President and former NOC President, Furuhashi was nicknamed the “Flying Fish of Fujiyama”, and set several world records in the 1940s. Almost 2,000 people were present on 14 October to say farewell to this Japanese hero.
The Vice-President of the Mongolian NOC, Sukhbaatar Batbold and the country’s Foreign Minister has become Prime Minister. Aged 45, he was President of the Mongolian Wrestling Federation for 10 years and a member of the NOC Executive Committee for eight years. The former wrestler and basketball player also served as Chef de Mission at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha en 2006.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
A section devoted to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has just been created on www.olympic.org. Known as The Cube, this new section will illustrate the spirit and fun of the YOG and promote youth projects from around the world. The interactive Cube will give access to information on the first Summer and Winter YOG, Singapore 2010 and Innsbruck 2012. It also features videos, news and online competitions, and allows young people to engage and participate in YOG-related activities. Find out more on www.olympic.org/YOG.
As you navigate around The Cube, you can get a first look at the new visual identity of the YOG, “YOG-DNA”. Because it seeks to be true to the innovative and youthful spirit of the YOG, the YOG-DNA is not an emblem or an institutional mark, but a label. It symbolises a spirit, an attitude and a movement which reflect the tastes and identity of young people. This is “the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games”.
At its General Assembly held from 3 to 6 November in Guadalajara (Mexico), the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), whose President is IOC member Mario Vázquez Raña, chose the Canadian city of Toronto to host the 2015 Pan-American Games. It also decided to include Basque pelota on the programme of the next Games in Guadalajara, in 2011.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)’s online video “Spirit in Motion” won a Best in Show award in the Online Film/Video category at the 2009 Davey Awards. These awards are sanctioned by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), which is a body of professionals from media, advertising and marketing companies. The IPC video highlights the vision and development of the Paralympic movement since its early days. Watch it on www.ParalympicSport.TV.