- 13 May 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 9 May, IOC President Jacques Rogge chaired the meeting of the International Olympic Truce Foundation Board at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland). Representatives of the upcoming London, Sochi and Rio Olympic Games Organising Committees also attended.
The following day, the President was among three keynote speakers at the opening session of the 2nd International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development, at the UN headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). Jointly organised by the IOC and the UN Office on Sport for Peace and Development, the two-day Forum featured sessions on how to position sport as a catalyst for achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, how major sports events such as the Olympic Games can deliver on legacy, and how to foster a culture of peace through sport. During the second day of the Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech in which he praised the excellent collaboration between the IOC and the United Nations. He called upon the world of sport to contribute to the UN’s activities.
The IOC President then had a meeting with the Secretary-General, in which they focused on the synergies between the Olympic Movement and the United Nations. “The recommendations agreed upon today are the latest in a series of steps we have taken with the UN to promote peace and development through sport in proactive, concrete ways,” declared the IOC President on the final day.
On 12 May, President Rogge hosted a meeting between representatives of the NOCs of Israel and Palestine at the IOC headquarters. The parties reviewed the progress made since their last meeting in January. Measures for the development of Palestinian sport, including cooperation between the NOCs of Palestine and Israel, were outlined. Participation by both NOCs in the Mediterranean Games was also discussed. During the meeting, the NOCs also agreed to cooperate on coaching and other practical support for athletes.
“The IOC has an obligation to support measures to protect athletes and to use sport as a tool for peace and development,” said President Rogge. “We are encouraged by the frank and friendly discussions between the two NOCs, and will continue to work with them to ensure that further progress on sport-related issues is made.”
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On 10 May, the IOC released the report by the Evaluation Commission for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. This report followed the Commission’s visits to the three Candidate Cities bidding to host these Games, Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea). The Commission, chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, spent four days in each City earlier this year, and the report is a technical analysis that is provided to all IOC members. The election of the host city of these Games will take place on 6 July 2011 during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban (South Africa). Download the report from www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
On 10 May, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further develop the sport of athletics, for both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability. Signed by IAAF President Lamine Diack and IPC President Sir Philip Craven, who are both IOC members, the MoU includes various areas of cooperation, such as sport rules, mutual promotion, training of technical officials and sharing and exchanging knowledge and resources. For more details, go to www.iaaf.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) recently launched an initiative that will take its Gymnastics Academies development programme to the next level – targeting affiliated associations in the least wealthy countries. This new, multi-faceted programme, launched by a team of FIG specialists, will include setting objectives and national targets, organising instructional curricula, preparing training and competition programmes and planning by FIG employees. These same specialists will then carry out technical and physical tests aimed at young athletes in various age categories, as well as at elite athletes, in the countries targeted. The first countries to benefit are Malaysia and Guatemala, where new courses have been available since February 2011. To find out more about the FIG’s development policy, go to www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) confirmed the 10 events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at the ISAF Council meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, last week. Over 50 submissions had been received for consideration. Other Council decisions included to confirm the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) events and to introduce a single ranking system for the Olympic events from 2013 onwards. For other news about the meeting, go to www.sailing.org.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has received applications from nine potential host cities for the world championships that will be held in 2016 and 2017 in various disciplines. The city of Kulm (Austria) has applied for the 2016 FIS Ski Flying World Championships; the cities of Ǻre (Sweden), Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) and St Moritz (Switzerland) for the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships; Lahti (Finland), Oberstdorf (Germany), Planica (Slovenia) and Zakopane (Poland) for the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships; and the city of Sierra Nevada (Spain) for the 2017 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships. The FIS Council will elect the hosts of these championships on 31 May 2012, during its Congress in Gangwon Province (Korea). Go to www.fis-ski.com to find out more.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has announced that over 100 athletes, coaches, team leaders and sports specialists will gather at Carleton University in Ottawa from 10 to 13 May for the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s first ever Excellence Series. This Series is designed to provide practical skills and leading-edge strategies to potential Canadian Paralympic team members in their quest for podium performances at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games. More info at www.paralympic.ca.
The Qatar National Olympic Committee is to host a 10-nation “Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup”, a tournament aimed at encouraging dialogue and good relations between nations, in Doha (Qatar) on 21 and 22 November 2011. Elite players from the 10 countries will compete over two days. In the doubles events, partnerships will be created with representatives from different nations symbolising this ground-breaking initiative’s objective.
This initiative will use the power and core values of sport as a driving force to promote peace and unity. Those attending will include key government officials and diplomats from each of the competing nations, fostering political communication and relations.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
British Petroleum, the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, has announced that it will be working with The Olympic Museum in Lausanne to create a ground-breaking free exhibition at the Royal Opera House in London during the Games. The exhibition, which will be titled “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games”, will be open to the public from 27 July to 12 August 2012. It will include unique artefacts, graphics, film and audio loaned from The Olympic Museum being shown in London for the first time ever. The exhibition will be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, which will be the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
On 10 May, Carlos Nuzman, IOC member and President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, delivered a presentation about the Rio 2016 Games legacy during the 2nd International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development at the UN headquarters in Geneva.
The IPC has published a new four-year Strategic Plan, which seeks to increase the number of people participating in Paralympic sport at all levels around the world. The six goals the IPC will work towards over the next four years include ensuring successful Paralympic Games for all participants; promoting opportunities to engage in and grow Paralympic sports; and ensuring appropriate funding and identifying revenue opportunities. Find out more about the plan at www.paralympic.org.
The international organisation Peace and Sport will be taking part for the first time as an official charity in the New York Marathon on 6 November this year. Peace and Sport has been offered 20 entries, which will be allocated to applicants who commit to raising at least EUR 2,500 to the organisation’s work of reconciling crisis-hit communities and encouraging dialogue and social stability through sport. The 20 applicants selected will have the chance to be coached on-line by three top long-distance runners: current marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe; the first African woman to win the New York Marathon, Tegla Loroupe; and three-time 800-metre world champion Wilson Kipketer. Find out more by visiting www.peace-sport.org.