- 10 Jun 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 6 and 7 June in Lausanne, IOC awarded to NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi (Russia), and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), as well as the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, whose host cities are yet to be decided. NBCU acquired the broadcast rights over all platforms including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone. The total agreement was valued at USD 4.38 billion. Negotiations were led by IOC Executive Board member Richard Carrión after presentations made by ESPN, Fox and NBCU. Read the press release at www.olympic.org (Media section).
On 8 June in Vidy, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, met the Spanish Secretary of State for Sport, Albert Soler, accompanied by NOC President Alejandro Blanco.
The Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this week paid its second visit to the Brazilian city. Led by IOC Executive Board member and Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel, the Commission was updated on the progress made in various areas linked to the Games preparations, such as venue and infrastructure construction, sport, NOC services, marketing, brand, planning and coordination. Read more at www.olympic.org (Media section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At its Council meeting held at the end of May in San José (USA) the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) decided to modify the deadlines for bids for world championship events. From now on, the affiliated federations and their candidate cities will have to tender their bids six years before the event, rather than the current four. Press release at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has confirmed that the FIVB World Cup, the first qualifying event for the London 2012 Games, will take place in Japan from 4 November to 4 December 2011. After a meeting with the Japanese Volleyball Association and Fuji Television at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne, the schedules and venues were confirmed, following an update on the status of Japan’s recovery from the March earthquake and tsunami. Press release at www.fivb.org.
The flag of the International Ski Federation (FIS) has been flown on Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848m). The team set up by the Nepalese Ski Association, which reached the summit on 21 May at 6 a.m. local time, included Chimmi Urken Gurung, Treasurer of the Nepalese NOC and President of the Nepalese Cycling Association. This initiative was launched by the Nepalese Ski Association on the occasion of the FIS centenary celebrations during its Congress in Antalya in 2010. The flag will be presented to FIS President and IOC member Gian Franco Kasper by the President of the Nepalese Ski Association, Jeevan Ram Shrestha, at the FIS Congress in 2012. More info at www.fis-ski.com. In addition, the web site of World Snow Day was officially launched on 1 June. See it for yourself at www.world-snow-day.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
James (Bill) Roycroft, a patriarch of the legendary Australian equestrian family, died, at the age of 96 at the end of May. He was Australia’s oldest living Olympian. Roycroft won a gold medal in the team three-day event at his first Games in Rome in 1960, at the age of 45 and with a broken collarbone. He took part in this event at five consecutive Olympic Games, and competed alongside his sons, Barry, Wayne and Clarke. When he won bronze at the Montreal Games in 1976, he became both Australia’s oldest medallist and oldest competitor (61 years and 31 days). Roycroft received the Order of Merit of the Australian NOC in 1978 and was one of eight Australian Olympians to carry the Olympic flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Games in 2000 in Sydney. He was also the flag bearer for his team at the 1968 Games in Mexico City. Read more at www.olympics.com.au.
The Canadian NOC recently unveiled a series of new marks for all its competition wear and merchandise. Images and a video of the new brand, produced in collaboration with Va ncouver-based designer/director Ben Hulse and designers Greg Durrell, Adam Bognar and Andrew Simpson, can be viewed at brand.olympic.ca. It should be phased in over the coming months and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. More details at www.olympic.ca.
June marks the 75th anniversary of the Colombian NOC. For this, many academic, cultural and sporting activities are being organised. These include a meeting on women and sport in Cali, the international congress on science in sport in Bogotá, and the celebration of sport. More info in next week’s Highlights and on www.coc.org.co.
The fifth federative meeting, bringing together the Dominican NOC Executive Committee and leaders of national sports federations was marked by the unanimous adoption of a resolution aimed at the government. Presented by NOC President Luis Mejía, this resolution requires the definition of a sports policy in view of the existing economic situation in the country and saving the National School Sports Games planned for next year. A posthumous tribute was paid to Roque Napoleon Muñoz and Juan Ulises García Saleta.
On 3 June, the Spanish NOC, through its Sport and Environment Commission, organised the 4th Sport and Environment Day, which was opened officially by NOC President Alejandro Blanco, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, Isaura Leal, and Commission Chairman Julio Pernas. Several talks were given on this subject, and a round table on the management of environmental best practices at sports events brought together many participants. More info at www.coe.es.
The Guatemalan NOC, whose President is Sergio Arnoldo Camargo Muralles, celebrated its 64th anniversary on 31 May at a gala dinner, in the presence of all the members of the NOC, all technical and administrative staff and many guests. Numerous awards were presented during this gala. More info at www.cog.org.gt.
The Uzbek NOC organised Olympic Day 2011 on 29 May in the Alisher Navoi national park in Tashkent and to mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence. Some 12,000 athletes and sports fans from all regions took part in the preliminary stages. Over 1,000 of them, aged 6 to 92, took part in the final event in Tashkent. Athletes with a disability were also present. As is the tradition, all the participants received an Olympic Day uniform as well as a diploma signed by President Rogge. The winners of each category received their prizes from Uzbek officials and champions.
A month after announcing the dates and preliminary locations of the Olympic Torch Relay for London 2012, on 8 June, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) unveiled prototypes of the Olympic Torch that will travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom with 8,000 torchbearers next year. An average of 110 people a day will carry the golden torch as it travels around the UK between 19 May and 27July 2012, when it will arrive at the Olympic Stadium for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Its triangular shape was inspired by multiples of three found across the Olympic Movement, including the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect and the fact that the 2012 Games will be the third Olympic Games held in London (1908, 1948 and 2012). The design also features 8,000 perforated circles, which represent the 8,000 torchbearers and the estimated 8,000 miles (12,875 kilometres) the Olympic flame is expected to travel during the 70-day Relay. More info at www.london2012.com. Read the story on www.olympic.org (Media section).
With the approach of the celebrations to mark 1,000 days to go until the 2014 Games, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced the launch of an innovative Accessibility Map project. The main aim of this project is to help people with a disability to find easily accessible locations where they can take part in Paralympic sports. The map will also provide them with information on the elements that help to create a barrier-free environments in their local area, such as ramps, hand-rails and non-slip surfaces. More info at www.sochi2014.com.
The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 (Rio 2016) has organised the first Partner Connection workshop with the aim of encouraging further dialogue with sponsors and exchanging experiences between them. Representatives of eight Olympic partners and four local Rio 2016 partners took part in this meeting. Full press release at www.rio2016.com.