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27 May 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


On 25 May, IOC President Jacques Rogge attended a ceremony at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels during which cycling legend Eddy Merckx was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa.

Then, on 26 May, the IOC President chaired a meeting of the Olympic Museum Foundation Executive Committee, which was held at the IOC headquarters in Vidy.

Later that morning, he met Bolivian NOC President Edgar Claure Mayorga and Roberto Nielsen Reyes,  Chairman of the NOC’s Juridical Commission. He also received a visit from a delegation from Shenzhen, China, the host city of the 26th Summer Universiade, which will take place from 12 to 23 August this year. The delegation was led by Wen Zhang, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, and included several important personalities representing the city and the Universiade Organising Committee.

In the evening, the President attended the inauguration of the fourth building of the House of International Sport in Lausanne and the opening of the SportAccord offices. He was welcomed by Patrice Iseli, the Head of Sports Services of the City of Lausanne, before making a speech and visiting SportAccord’s new premises. 

Today, 27 May, the President is hosting a delegation from the Syrian Olympic Committee, including NOC President Mowaffak Joumaa, Secretary General Feras Mouala and Director Nasser AlSayed.


The Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission, whose Chairman is IOC Executive Board member Gerhard Heiberg, held a meeting on 26 May at the IOC headquarters.


On 23 May, the IOC launched the bid process for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. NOCs were invited to submit the name of one city within their jurisdiction as an applicant to host the Games in a little under nine years’ time.

The NOCs have until 1 September 2011 to submit the name of an Applicant City, and these cities will then be required to present their application files and guarantee letters to the IOC by 15 February 2012. The election of the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games will take place on 7 September 2013 during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To find out more, go to (“Media” section).


This weekend sees the International Boxing Association (AIBA)’s World Series of Boxing return to Guiyang (China) for the Individual Championships, where the winners will become the first-ever WSB champions and secure the first five qualifications places for boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The competition will take place over two days, with the bantamweight, lightweight and heavyweight bouts contested on 27 May and the middleweight and light heavyweight contests concluding the competition on 28 May. More info at

The Council of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), which met in San Jose, USA, this week, gave a show of support for Japanese organisers of the 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, reaffirming an event scheduled to take place from 7 to 16 October this year at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The President of the Japanese Gymnastics Association, Hidenori Futagi, applauded the decision, commenting on what he said was “a moving gesture of solidarity and encouragement for the Japanese people as a whole; a decision worthy of the international gymnastics family.” Find out more at   


On 25 May, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) and the University of Navarra signed an agreement to create an Olympic Studies Centre. Present for the signing ceremony were COE President Alejandro Blanco, Spanish Olympic Academy President Conrado Durántez and Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Academic Centre. This brings the number of Olympic Studies Centres in Spain to 22. Find out more on

Milan Jirasek, President of the Czech Olympic Committee, and Tomas Kral, President of the Czech Ice Hockey Federation, presented the IOC “Sport, inspiring young people” Trophy to Olympic gold medallist Jaromír Jágr on 27 April in Prague. At the 2010 World Ice Hockey Championships, Jaromír Jágr made an impassioned speech which encouraged his team mates to shake off their initial defeats and go on to win the tournament.

On 16 May, members of the Albanian NOC’s Executive Committee attended a seminar on “the role and function of the Council of Arbitration for Sports in Albania”. Also attending were representatives of national federations, sports clubs, the Ministry of Sports and the Sports University of Tirana, as well as various press and television journalists. 


The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is setting new standards in making the Games accessible to everyone. “Working towards an Inclusive Games”, the third annual report of the London 2012 Equality and Diversity Forum, demonstrates the steps taken towards making the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the most inclusive and accessible ever.

The aim of the Forum’s work is to deliver genuinely inclusive Games, where each venue is accessible to all and where social and economic benefits are spread across the whole of the UK. The group is also tasked with ensuring everyone has a chance to participate in the activities and opportunities that accompany the Games. More details on

RIO 2016 

On 23 May, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games welcomed representatives of the pre-selected venues after conclusion of the first stages of the Pre-Games Training Camps Registration and Selection Process. In total 355 venues were pre-selected in 150 cities of 22 states across the five regions of the country 

The Registration and Selection Process will identify sports facilities that meet the technical requirements and recommendations of the International Federations, so that the NOCs and National Paralympic Committees can send their athletes to the host country to prepare for the Games and acclimatise to local conditions. Learn more about the programme on


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)’s Athletes’ Council held its first meeting of the year last weekend, on 21 and 22 May, in Bonn, Germany. The Council was updated by the IPC Management team on various areas including Medical & Scientific, Development, Marketing, Paralympic Games and Media & Communication. Other agenda items included the election of the Athletes’ Council Vice Chairperson, as well as first discussions about the Athlete Representative Elections during the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games taking place in November and the Athletes’ Council elections during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. More Paralympic news on  

Please note that, owing to the upcoming Ascension Day public holiday, there will be no Olympic Highlights next week.  


Please note that the International Softball Federation (ISF)’s web site is in fact, as the former address was inadvertently cited in last week’s Olympic Highlights.

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