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06 May 2011
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Highlights of the week


From 30 April to 2 May, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Doha (Qatar) for the 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment organised by the IOC and the NOC of Qatar, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP). This Conference was chaired by Pál Schmitt, IOC member and Chairman of the Sport and Environment Commission. On several occasions during his stay, Jacques Rogge met HRH Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatari NOC and an IOC member. The President also received an audience with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Conference concluded with a renewal of its commitment to the environment by framing a clear agenda for action. The IOC President declared: “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and this weekend’s Conference has made it clear for all to see just how far we have come since then.” Read more of what he had to say and a summary of the Conference in the press release.

The President then went to Amman (Jordan) to attend the inauguration of the Generations for Peace Institute, by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan and HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, an IOC member, who is also the founding President. Several other members of the Jordanian Royal Family, including HRH Princess Sara, and representatives of the Jordanian government, including Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit were also present at the ceremony.

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On 1 May, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s recently amended IAAF Rules and new and updated IAAF Regulations came into force. The details of these changes are on the IAAF’s web site:

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has reported on one of the most important initiatives launched by its President, IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu, the Road to dream project. As part of AIBA's development work, this programme was designed to offer athletes and coaches from countries that would not otherwise be able to attend major AIBA events the chance not only to attend them, but also to train for them on-site two weeks in advance. More info at

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has informed us that its Technical and Development Department has expanded the reach of its new Cool Volley initiative by publishing the official handbook and diploma in French and Spanish. Cool Volley is designed to attract young people to volleyball and beach volleyball. The aim is to increase the popularity of volleyball at national level, generating interest and developing new opportunities for the sport to grow. For more info, go to

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) was sad to learn of the death of Poland’s Waldemar Baszanowski, one the greatest and most talented personalities in weightlifting. His results spoke for themselves. A double Olympic champion, several-time world and European champion, he lived an exemplary life, and a great and prominent character has been lost.

On 23 April, the promising 22 year-old Belarusian weightlifter, Siarhei Lahun, died tragically following a serious car accident. More info at


On 30 April in Doha, the IOC Sport and the Environment Award for the Americas was awarded to the city of Medellin (Colombia) in recognition of its environmental management efforts before, during and after the IX South American Games that it hosted in 2010. Clemencia Anaya Maya, an adviser on Olympism for these Games, received the trophy on behalf of the city. More info on the Colombian NOC web site

The Italian NOC (CONI) has informed us that, as part of the celebrations organised for the 2,764th anniversary of the founding of Rome, its Mayor, Gianni Alemanno, awarded the annual Capitoline Wolf prize, a famous symbol of the city, to the NOCs of Israel and Palestine for their actions in favour of the Sport for Peace road map, and especially the preparation of athletes for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Secondly, on 27 April, in the CONI Salon d’Honneur, CONI President Giovanni Petrucci and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi presented a study conducted on “Sport in figures – sports practice in Italy through data from the CONI and ISTAT” (National Institute of Statistics). An analysis of the data is at

New Zealanders have been asked to share their proudest moments with the New Zealand Olympic team to inspire the athletes as they head to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The campaign was launched recently in Auckland by Chef de Mission David Currie. Read more at

Peter Vidmar, a double Olympic gymnastics champion in 1984 in Los Angeles, has just been named Chef de Mission of the US Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Aimee Mullins, a Paralympic athlete who, in 1996, broke three world records – in the 100m, 200m and long jump – will take the same position for the 2012 Paralympic Games. “Peter and Aimee are both natural leaders and accomplished athletes,” declared USOC President Larry Probst. More info at

RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 has announced that the Tatil Design de Ideias design agency has been chosen by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to create the emblem for the Paralympic Games. This agency was also chosen to create the emblem for the Olympic Games in 2016. More details at

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