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24 Jun 2011
Olympic News

Highlights of the week


On 18 June in St Petersburg, IOC President Jacques Rogge met the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev. Their discussions focused on the development of the Olympic Movement in Russia and preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

This week in Vidy, President Rogge met the President of the International Golf Federation (IGF), Peter Dawson, and Executive Director Antony Scanlon, as well as IOC members Anita L. DeFrantz, Craig Reedie and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

The IOC President also received a delegation from the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), whose Rector is Professor Chen Yulu, which conferred upon him the title of Honorary Professor. The delegation was accompanied by IOC member Ung Chang.

This weekend, the IOC President will be in Athens (Greece) to attend the opening ceremony of the 51st International Olympic Academy (IOA) Session for Young Participants and the opening of the summer Special Olympics.

Several IOC meetings have been held met in Lausanne this week: the Finance and Women and Sport commissions, the Audit Committee, the IOC-Olympic Capital Commission and the IOC Group Staff Pension Fund Foundation Board.

On the occasion of Olympic Day, the IOC presented the 2011 Women and Sport Awards at an official ceremony at the IOC headquarters, in the presence of the IOC President; Women and Sport Commission Chair Anita L. DeFrantz and the other Commission members; and numerous guests. The awards winners are former Olympic medallists, sports leaders and political leaders. The 2011 awards have gone to: Tegla Loroupe (Kenya), World Trophy; Nadouvi Lawson Body (Togo), Trophy for Africa; the Ecuadorean NOC’s Women and Sport Commission, Trophy for the Americas; Nanin Hajtass (Jordan), Trophy for Asia; Sema Kasapoglu (Turkey), Trophy for Europe; and Daphne Pirie (New Zealand), Trophy for Oceania. Read the full story on (“Media” section).


The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has just launched the web site, which will serve as the leading source for Olympic basketball news in the lead-up to and during the 2012 Games in London. The web site’s tagline is “Road to London - Your Source for Olympic Basketball”, and over the next 14 months it will report on every major development linked to the men’s and women’s basketball competitions in 2012.

Discover the relaunched web site of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) by going to With a new design and format, the site is sure to please hockey fans, who are also encouraged to make greater use social networks like Twitter.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us of the death of Swiss gymnast Karl Frei  on 18 June at the age of 94. He was Switzerland’s oldest Olympic champion. At the 1948 Games in London, Karl Frei won a gold medal on the rings. He was a member of the post-war Swiss Dream Team, with Walter Lehmann, Josef Stalder, Christian Kipfer and Michael Reusch.


The Albanian NOCtells us that the seaside city of Durres celebrated Olympic Day on 3 June, with 16 schools and around 1,600 students from the city taking part. The programme of festivities included the lighting of an Olympic torch at the opening ceremony, football, volleyball, table tennis, chess and various races, together with paintings on themes linked to Olympism and sport by art students. Other towns also celebrated Olympic Day, including Gjinar in the district of Elbasan and the southern town of Saranda.

The Brazilian NOC started its Olympic Day celebrations on 14 June. Between June and July, seven cities (São José do Rio Preto, São Luís, Rio de Janeiro, Teresina, Belo Horizonte, Maceió and Campina Grande) will be organising the activities developed by the NOC. The programme features lectures, sports sessions, seminars and cultural presentations intended to promote the Olympic values.  One of the highlights of this programme will be the presence of Olympians including Robson Caetano, Shelda, Cassius Duran, Dayane Camillo and Diogo Silva, who will be serving as sports ambassadors. The traditional Olympic Day Run will be held in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, on 26 June. More details on

The Canadian NOC, in partnership with Sport Canada, this week held its first-ever National Sport Federation Leadership Summit in Ottawa. The Summit brought together 52 of the NOC’s member organisations with a view to building a strong relationship and sense of community between the various groups; fostering dialogue and understanding between the federation leaders; and identifying tools, practices and architecture to help build a high-quality roadmap for Canadian sport. Read the press release on

The Colombian NOC headquarters recently hosted a meeting on anti-doping policy led by Jorge Alarcón, Director of the Doping Office of the Biomedical Centre in Coldeportes. The agenda included procedures for testing athletes and the legal aspects of these procedures. The participants included all the NOC’s technical staff. More information on

The Ecuadorean NOC has celebrated Olympic Week with various cultural, sports and social events. The Ecuadorean Olympic Academy held painting, writing and speaking competitions for children, and the schools’ Baron Pierre de Coubertin Cup competition was held at the Olympic high-level centre. There was also an Olympic and sports philately exhibition and a cinema forum organised by the NOC’s Women and Sport Commission. Olympic Day was celebrated by almost 1,500 people, including numerous students.  At the end of the Week, a ceremony was held to present the IOC “Sport and Environment” Trophy to the Bank of Guayaquil, in recognition of its environmental protection efforts. The volunteers of the Women and Sport Commission were also recognised for their social assistance work. More details on

Twenty-nine high-level athletes, including several Olympians, will be going to university next year, after obtaining the diploma needed to attend the university for adults (25 and over). This training was organised by the Spanish NOC and the Camilo José Cela University. In addition, the NOC this week celebrated the 50th anniversary of the IOA, in the presence of over 150 people. The ceremony was led by NOC President Alejandro Blanco, Spanish Olympic Academy President Conrado Durántez and IOA Dean Kostas Georgiadis. More details on

The British Olympic Association (BOA) is to provide British Olympians who took part in the 1948 Games with free tickets to the London 2012 Games. The BOA is also planning to host a series of special events to recognise the unique connection between the athletes of 1948 and those of 2012. These events will include a tour of the Olympic Village, lunch at Team GB House and, for some, a chance to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay. More details on

The Greek NOC celebrated Olympic Day jointly with the “Kids’ Athletics” programme, moving from the Panathenaic Stadium to Olympia. For one week, 1,400 pupils from 25 state schools in the Peloponnese and Western Greece took part in this programme, implemented by the NOC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, the Greek Athletics Federation and the International Olympic Truce Centre. The last day of the programme was combined with a celebration of Olympic Day, with an introduction to the disciplines of athletics and the Olympic ideals.

On 21 June, Italian NOC President Giovanni Petrucci and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi hosted a delegation from the Somali NOC composed of NOC President Aden Hagi Yeberow and the Head of International Relations, Duran Farah. During their meeting, the two NOCs discussed potential forms of collaboration and the possibility for Somali athletes to use the Italian NOC’s sports facilities.

On 20 June at Vilnius Pedagogical University, Lithuanian NOC President Arturas Poviliunas defended his thesis entitled “Olympic Lithuania from 1918 to 2008 – Turning Points, Stages and World Contexts”. This scientific work analyses the importance and role of the country in the development of the global Olympic Movement and defines the directions and possibilities of Olympic sport, including its importance for Olympic education and culture. Poviliunas was presented with his doctoral degree in social sciences. A few days beforehand, the NOC President had received Chingiz Huseynzada, Vice-President of the Azerbaijan NOC. The two NOCs signed an MoU aimed at enhancing their bilateral working relations and cooperation, especially in the areas of management skills and human resources development.

The President of the Peruvian NOC, Jose Quiñones González, recently signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement with his Spanish counterpart, Alejandro Blanco, covering training and promotion of the Olympic values in the two countries. The signing ceremony took place at the Spanish NOC headquarters during the Peruvian NOC President’s visit. The points covered in this agreement include sports training in several disciplines; training for coaches and physical preparation; and advice on organising the Bolivarian Games.

More than 600 pupils from 10 schools in the district of Lisbon took part in this year’s Olympic Day celebrations held at the Marquês de Pombal School in Belém. Numerous sports were on offer, and the Day began with the 12 Hours Race, featuring Olympian Rosa Mota and Portuguese NOC President Vicente Moura, who both ran the first few laps. The race revived an ancient tradition of the school, the Race for Desire, which used to last 24 hours. The Day was divided into three cycles, the first two devoted to the school population and the third more focused on the activities of clubs and organisations, to strengthen the connection with the surrounding communities. This Olympic Day celebration closed with a judo class for partially sighted and deaf-mute athletes, under the responsibility of the Portuguese Judo Federation.

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