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15 Apr 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


Last week in London (Great Britain), the IOC confirmed the addition of six new events to the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi: men’s and women’s ski half-pipe, women’s ski jump, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.

The 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport came to a successful conclusion on 9 April in Monaco. The meetings, described by some as the most constructive yet for researchers in the field, were attended by 940 delegates from 85 countries and included 5 keynote lectures, 21 symposia, 39 workshops and 64 oral presentations. The Conference was the first organised by the IOC and was attended by IOC members HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, IOC Medical Commission Chairman Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, and Dr Robin Mitchell. Experts exchanged the latest news and advancements in the prevention of illness and injury in athletes; and several symposia on the implementation of the field’s current knowledge showed that the message and penetration are improving. Read the press release.


At a two-day meeting following the Daegu (Korea) International Marathon, the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) began its work, the main priority of which was to review and assess preparations for the next edition of the IAAF World Championships and 48th IAAF Congress, which will take place in this Korean city from 24 August to 4 September this year.

On 12 April, the IAAF became the first International Sports Federation to approve the adoption of new rules and regulations governing the eligibility of females with hyperandrogenism (production of excessive testosterone) in women’s athletics competitions. The Council’s decision is the culmination of an 18-month review. During this period, the IAAF working group worked in close collaboration with the IOC Medical Commission and also took part in a series of international expert meetings held on the subject in 2010. More info at

On 7 April in London, Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC member and President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), and Joël Bouzou, President of Peace and Sport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two organisations cooperate in the pursuit of Peace and Sport’s mission to promote sustainable peace by raising awareness among populations and educating young people for peace using the values of sport. Read more at

Meeting in May 2008 in Cape Town (South Africa), the Council of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) had approved a new qualifying systems for gymnasts aspiring to the Olympic Games. This decision had come in response to a heated debate that arose after the 2007 Stuttgart (Germany) Worlds involving the failure of elite gymnasts to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games. New rules have since come into force and, last week, the FIG published the complete qualification system for London 2012, which affects the 324 male and female gymnast quota allocated by the IOC.

At the SportAccord Convention last week in London, FIG President Bruno Grandi and Joël Bouzou also signed an MoU to promote peace across the globe. More info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that the cities/national federations of Guadalajara (Mexico), Guangzhou (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Kazan (Russian Federation), and Montreal (Canada) have presented formal bids to host the 16th FINA World Championships in 2015 and the 17th in 2017.

On 1 April, FINA President and IOC member Julio César Maglione attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the German Swimming Federation. IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach and many personalities from the world of swimming were also present. Find out more at

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that reigning Olympic gold medallists Jan Frodeno and Emma Snowsill were the first triathletes to be named Laureus Laureus Ambassadors. They were officially welcomed at an event in Sydney (Australia). They were joined by Olympic legends Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser and Daley Thompson and by Mick Doohan, five-time world motorcycle champion. More details at

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the Webb Ellis Trophy was the star attraction at a special rugby event held at the United Nations headquarters in New York (USA) recently. With 150 days to go until the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, rugby’s legendary trophy was presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by Bernard Lapasset, President of the IRB. Ambassadors representing 20 Rugby World Cup 2011 participating nations, including UN Development Programme Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and members of the USA Eagles were also present at the ceremony. More info at


The International Luge Federation (FILA) was happy to announce that a fourth luge discipline had been added to the programme of the Olympic Winter Games. At the meeting of the IOC Executive Board in London last week, IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that the team relay had been approved by the EB and that it would thus be part of the Olympic programme. More info at

The International Ski Federation (FIS) is pleased at the decision to include men’s and women’s half-pipe and women’s ski jump in the programme of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read the reaction of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper at


The Chilean NOC, the IOC and Adecco Chile will work together to set up a programme that offers professional prospects to elite athletes. As part of this programme, a meeting will be held on 14 June at the Olympic Training Centre. Several people will speak on this occasion: Patrick Glennon, Head of the Adecco Athlete Career Programme; Pedro Yang, a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission; and Nicole Papazian Riveros, Head of Marketing and Communications at Adecco Chile. More info at

Yesterday, 14 April, the Spanish NOC and the Barcelona Olympic Foundation presented the second edition of the BCN Sports Film Festival, which will take place from 17 to 21 May in Barcelona, and will bring together the main players from the worlds of cinema, TV and sport, as well as representatives of the media. The presentation was attended by NOC President Alejandro Blanco; Julio Pernas, Director of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation; and Paloma del Río, Director of sports programming for TVE and jury member of the 2011 BCN Sports Film Festival. More details at

The Mongolian NOC has informed us that its President, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, has been unanimously elected as President of the Mongolian Weightlifting Federation. The election was held on 2 April during the Elective Congress. Further details at

The 40th General Assembly of the Slovakian NOC was held last December in Bratislava (Slovakia). NOC President Frantisek Chmelar took this opportunity to present the 2010 IOC Sport, inspiring young people Trophy to Vladimir Miller for his long and active devotion to the development of sports in Slovakia and his work with young people. Vladimir Miller is Vice-President of the NOC and Director of Bratislava Sport College. More info at


Rows of blossoming wild cherry trees and lush green lawns have burst into life, as work has been completed on the Olympic Park’s wetland bowl. Located in the north of the Park, this area creates habitats and helps to manage floodwater. Over 1,500 trees have been planted, as well as thousands of wetland plants to provide shelter from the wind and sunshine across the Park. More info at

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