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29 Apr 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


Today, Friday 29 April, IOC President Jacques Rogge is going to Doha (Qatar), where he will take part in the 9th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment. More news at


An IOC delegation, led by the Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Nawal El Moutawakel, has successfully concluded a two-day project review of the Rio Games. The group also included IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi. The next Coordination Commission visit is scheduled for 7 to 9 June 2011.


While attending the European Gymnastics Championships in Berlin (Germany), International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Bruno Grandi met Morinari Watanabe, the Secretary General of the Japanese Gymnastics Association and head of the Organising Committee for the 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the names of the host cities of the Duathlon and Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 Duathlon World Championships will be held in Nancy (France) in September 2012, while Segovia (Spain) will host the event in 2013. As for the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, they will be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) in 2012 and in Belfort (France) in 2013. See ITU President Marisol Casado’s reaction at


On 20 April, the NOC of Chile’s Sport and Environment Commission celebrated World Earth Day by planting flowers in the shape of the Olympic rings. The ceremony was attended by NOC President Neven Ilic, Secretary General Juan Carlos Cárdenas, Vice-President Miguel Ángel Mújica and Director Jaime Agliati. All information at

From 11 to 15 April, the NOC of Guatemala’s Education Department organised, with Olympic Solidarity support, a water polo course (level 1) for national coaches and athletes.
Furthermore, on 8 April, the NOC held a workshop for coaches of elite athletes on the theme of doping prevention and control. More information at

The NOC of Hungary has informed us that, in mid-April, its President Zsolt Borkai was received in Rome (Italy) by Patrick Hickey and Zsigmond Nagy, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President and Head of International Relations respectively. This was Zsolt Borkai’s first visit to Rome since he was elected President of the Hungarian NOC, succeeding Pál Schmitt.

Furthermore, a delegation from the Hungarian NOC visited tourist areas, sports venues, the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village in London. The day after this tour, the delegation held talks with LOCOG members on competition venues, ticket sales, sports entries and qualifications, Olympic Village accommodation, and participants’ arrivals and departures.

The Indonesian NOC has announced that its President, Rita Subowo, was re-elected last week.

A seminar on the theme of Methodology for spreading Olympic education to teenagers took place recently in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia). It was organised jointly by the NOC and the Mongolian National Olympic Academy. NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren and IOC honorary member Shagdarjav Magvan opened this seminar, which was attended by some 100 people, including executives of councils affiliated to the NOC, specialists in physical education and secondary school teachers. All the participants received the book Olympic Education, which contains information on the history of the Olympic Movement, the IOC and the Mongolian NOC. During the seminar, lecturers spoke about the aims of Olympic education, Olympism for all, the methodology proposed and the Olympic education possibilities available on the Internet. To find out more, visit


A photographic exhibition entitled Road to 2012: Changing Pace will take place from 25 July to 25 September at London’s National Portrait Gallery, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Among the photographs on display will be portraits of taekwondo world number one Aaron Cook, Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds and LOCOG Director of Paralympic Integration Chris Holmes. All details on


The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games has just announced a wide range of initiatives that will take place over the next few months, promoting the Paralympic Games. These events aim to raise public interest in the Paralympic Games. On 10 May, LOCOG will announce prices of the over two million tickets for the Paralympic Games, which will be on sale from 9 to 30 September. More information at

Prince Feisal Al-Hussein of Jordan, the founder and Chairman of Generations for Peace, has revealed plans for a brand new Generations for Peace institute in Jordan, which will open next month and conduct ground-breaking research into the impact of sport on peace-building and development in war-torn countries. Generations for Peace, created by Prince Feisal in 2007, is an IOC-recognised organisation. More information at

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