- 17 Jun 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 15 June in Geneva (Switzerland), IOC President Jacques Rogge met Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. President Rogge was accompanied by IOC members Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Games; René Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); and Gian-Franco Kasper, President of the International Ski Federation (FIS). The Russian delegation comprised Russian Deputy Prime Ministers Dmitry Kozak and Alexander Zhukov, who is also President of the NOC; as well as the CEO of the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko.
The same day, at the IOC headquarters in Vidy, President Rogge met with Michaëlle Jean, Grand Temoin de la Francophonie for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and former Governor General of Canada.
Still in Lausanne, President Rogge led a meeting on illegal and irregular betting in sport. This meeting brought together members of the Working Group created on 1 March for this purpose. This group is made up representatives of governments, international organisations, the sports world and betting operators. The Working Group agreed that more needed to be done to strengthen the cooperation. Groups of experts will be formed to work on the following areas: education; monitoring, intelligence and analysis; and legislation and regulations. Read the full press release at www.olympic.org (Media section).
Also this week, President Rogge went to the Swiss Press Club in Geneva, where he met many journalists.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced the death in May of hammer thrower Romuald Klim, at the age of 78. Born in Khvoevo (Belarus), Klim won two Olympic medals for the former Soviet Union: one gold medal in Tokyo in 1964 and one silver in Mexico City in 1968. European champion in 1966, he also held the world record with a throw of 74.52m at an athletics meeting in Budapest (Hungary) on 15 June 1969.
In a press release dated 13 June, the International Rugby Board (IRB) informed us of the implementation of an educational programme on the dangers of doping during the Junior World Championships, which will take place from 10 to 26 June in Italy. The young players will thus have the chance to ask any questions on this theme and receive information to help them understand better the IRB’s zero-tolerance doping policy. More info at www.keeprugbyclean.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
In collaboration with the UNICEF office in Albania, the Albanian NOC recently implemented a “sport for development” project in the Lezha District Municipality of Balldren. The event brought together about 400 students from 25 to 30 May. The programme included volleyball, basketball, football, gymnastics and athletics competitions, educational and artistic activities, as well as demonstrations by the Albanian Red Cross, Olympic quizzes and shows. Each participant went away with a diploma. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Albania organised the “Children’s Fair 2011” in which the NOC took part with a promotional stand. This stand comprised five sections: Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games, Olympic education in schools, Olympic Day/week, sport as a tool for development and education, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Various materials and publications for children were distributed during the three-day fair.
The Belarusian NOC has awarded the 2011 IOC Trophy “Sport and Social Responsibility” to Ivan Semianenia, creator and organiser of the national charitable campaign “Athletes helping children”. The ceremony was held on 8 June at the “Minsk-Arena” sports complex during the qualifying match between Belarus and Denmark for the 2012 European Men’s Handball Championships in front of 10,000 spectators. The trophy was presented by the NOC’s First Vice-President, Igor Zaichkov, and Secrteray General George Katulin.
The national meeting on women and sport, initiated by the Women and Sport Commission of the Colombian NOC, with the support of Coldeportes, Indervalle, the National School of Sport and the largest sports and leisure institutions in the country was successfully organised recently in Cali. A total of 252 people came from all the regions, municipal sports entities and sports secretariats which had signed up for this meeting. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Rector of the National School of Sport, Jose Fernando Arroyo; the Deputy Technical Director of Coldeportes, María Claudia Muñoz Zambrano; the Director of the NOC’s National Women and Sport Commission, Miryan Leonor Suarez, and the Director of Indervalle, Luis Fernando Martínez Arce.
On 9 June, the winners of the 6th edition of the sports painting for children contest were rewarded during a ceremony organised at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters. A total of 888 paintings were entered. The winners are: Migle Marmokaite, aged 6, for the youngest category; Matas Sepikas, aged 10, for the under 11 category; Ruta Karaliunaite, aged 15, for the 12-15 category; and Tomas Luksys, aged 18 for the eldest category. Speeches and the awards were given by NOC President Arturas Poviliunas and Director of the Lithuanian Pupil and Student Sports Centre Ona Baboniene. Olympic champion Lina Kaciusyte wished the winners the power of creation and imagination in their future paintings.
Olympic scholarship holders for the London 2012 Games were welcomed by the President of the Mongolian NOC, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, at the NOC’s Olympic House. The Mongolian NOC has obtained 10 scholarships for London 2012 in boxing, judo, shooting and wrestling, and, for the first time, in archery and weightlifting. Three years ago, all eight Olympic scholarships holders obtained their places at the Beijing Games, and won one gold and one silver medal and two diplomas.
The Peruvian NOC has announced that the 21st edition of its drawing and painting contest was placed under the theme “Olympism, childhood and youth”. Organised on 12 June at the San Borja Olympic Park in Lima, the aim of this contest was to discover creative talent in young children and adolescents, at the same time as introducing them to the various Olympic sports and disseminating the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Hundreds of youngsters, aged 6 to 16, from schools all over the country, took part in this 2011 edition.
The Olympic Day 2011 celebration in Serbia was a great success, with record participation. Besides the traditional races for children and the 3.6km race, two more races were held – a family race and a sponsors’ relay. The Serbian NOC relay team was made up of its President, Vlade Divac, Secretary General Djordje Visacki, and potential members of the Olympic team for the 2012 Games: Olivera and Nikolina Moldovan (kayak), Milica Mandic (taekwondo) and Nikola Stojic (rowing). Silver medal-winning basketballer in Atlanta Dejan Bodiroga, read out a message from President Rogge.
11 June marked 1,000 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. Among the many festivities, Sochi volunteers took part in scores of events to draw the attention of Russian society to the problems of people with a disability and to support and disseminate the Paralympic values of courage, equality, dedication and inspiration. The festivities took place in 14 Russian cities: Sochi, Moscow, Krasnodar, Ufa, Novorossiysk, Pyatigorsk, Volgograd, Tver’, Arkhangelsk, St Petersburg, Khanty Manssiysk, Omsk, Tomsk and Kazan. Info at www.sochi2014.com.
A press release from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has informed us about the signing of a cooperation agreement between the IPC and the International Ski Federation (FIS) that will see the two collaborating more closely on the development and technical aspects of a number of FIS and IPC disciplines. The main focus is centred on technical cooperation through the FIS Sub-Committee for Skiers with a Disability, chaired by former top Alpine skier Steve Podborski from Canada. Detailed info at www.paralympic.org.
The International Sports Movies & TV Federation (FICTS) will organise the “Movies & TV Football International Festival” from 28 October to 2 November 2011 in Milan (Italy) on the occasion of the FICTS Elective Congress. This Festival will take place in the framework of the 29th edition of the International Sports Movies & TV Festival. Full info at www.ficts.com.