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Highlights of the week

20 Nov 2009
Olympic News


On 16 November, IOC President Jacques Rogge gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the 3rd edition of the International Federations Forum, organised in Lausanne by SportAccord, the main themes of which were “Revenue generation” and “Youth and sport”. More info on this Forum at

The same day at The Olympic Museum, President Rogge met Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer , Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Protection of the Population and Sport.

Later that day, he attended the meeting with the IFs based in the Canton of Vaud at the headquarters of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in Lausanne.

On 18 November, President Rogge took part in the meeting of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) “Culture and Education” consultative group. On the agenda were projects by the Organising Committee of the 1st YOG in Singapore and the IOC’s programmes, such as Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters.

Still in Lausanne, President Rogge took part in the opening ceremony of the 2nd Summit of the World Union of Olympic Cities (UMVO), which is bringing together, from 19 to 21 November, the mayors of cities that have organised, will organise or hope to organise the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. (Official site:

Finally, the IOC President attended the donation to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne of a bronze sculpture entitled “Born Fast” by Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee. Among those present were IOC members Anton Geesink and Patrick J. Hickey, and Korean NOC President Yong Sung Park.

This week in Vidy, President Rogge has met International Softball Federation  (ISF) President Don Porter; Algerian NOC Vice-President Amar Addadi; Badminton World Federation (BWFWBF) President and Director General Young Joong Kang and Thomas Lund respectively; World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue; International Surfing Association (ISA) President Fernando Aguerre; International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) President and Secretary General Sabatino Aracu and Robert Marotta respectively; Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, accompanied by the President of the Organising Committee for the 2014 Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko; Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes, accompanied by Felipe Pois; and IOC member Craig Reedie.

The Ethics Commission met this week in Vidy under the chairmanship of Youssoupha Ndiaye. President Rogge attended to welcome the members.

On 18 November, the IOC announced the sanctions taken against five athletes who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for violations of the Anti-Doping Rules. These five athletes tested positive for mirCERA©, the third generation of EPO, a hormone that improves endurance. Press release at


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has launched its new “Real Winner” anti-doping education programme. This programme is a series of nine 5-10-minute-long interactive videos, available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German (Russian and Arabic versions will soon follow). This programme can also be played on CD or printed as a comic book. See for yourself at

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced the election of Georges Guelzec as President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) at the UEG General Assembly in Tel-Aviv (Israel). A French national, Georges Guelzec has over 40 years’ experience in national and European sports administration and organising international competitions. A former high-level gymnast, he will officially take up his role on 1 January 2010 for the next four years, thus succeeding Dimitrios Dimitropoulos. More info at

At the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)’s annual conference in Pusan (Korea), the IF’s Beppe Croce trophy was presented to America’s Bill Bentsen, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of this sport. ISAF President and IOC member Göran Petersson presented the trophy. Bill Bentsen won two Olympic medals: one bronze (Flying Dutchman) in 1964 in Tokyo and one gold (Kiel - Soling) in Munich in 1972. He was a member of the Racing Rules Committee for 25 years until 2004. Info at

The International Rugby Federation (IRB) has launched “Keep Rugby Clean”, its new anti-doping web site. Available in three languages (English, French and Spanish), this site offers the latest information and documentation on the fight against doping as well as videos and testimonies from Keep Rugby Clean ambassadors. More info at


We have just learned that the Andorran NOC has awarded the 2009 IOC Sport and the Fight against Doping trophy to Roser Bastida, former Minister for Education, Professional Training, Youth and Sport; and Victor Filloy, former Secretary of State for Youth and Sport. The trophy was presented by NOC President Jaume Martí, in recognition of their contribution to the fight against doping.

The Canadian NOC recently confirmed that over 300 Canadian Olympians are taking part in the Vancouver Games Olympic Torch Relay. Several hopefuls for the 2010 Games are also among the torchbearers. The full list is available on and features over 100 Olympic medallists, including 56 Olympic champions.
On 16 November, at the Spanish NOC headquarters in Madrid, NOC President Alejandro Blanco and the President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, signed an MoU in connection with a study on genetic cardiovascular malfunctions among high-level athletes. These malfunctions can sometimes lead to an athlete’s sudden death. Over 350 people were present at the signing ceremony. Press release at

The USOC has informed us that over 100 synchronised swimming coaches and judges from all over the USA and 28 other countries across the Americas have taken part in a retraining course to learn about new rules and other technical aspects of this discipline. This course was held at the Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs in early November. It is the first time that the US Synchronised Swimming Federation has invited foreign coaches to take part. Info at

On 12 November, the former President of the French NOC, Henri Sérandour, died in Dinard at the age of 72. He was an IOC member from 2000 to 2007 and had sat on the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education. Over his 30-year career in sports administration, he was, among other things, President of the French Swimming Federation, Vice-President of the European Swimming League, member of the Bureau of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Mediterranean Games Committee. He was elected President of the French NOC in 1993, a function he held until May 2009. President Rogge paid tribute to him in a message addressed to the French sports movement. Read more at

The Czech NOC has announced that, in early November, the uniforms and equipment of the Czech Olympic delegation for the Vancouver Games were presented. For the first time, athletes were involved in designing their uniforms. A commission of experts was created last February which included Olympic cross-country skiing champion Katerina Neumannova, European figure skating champion Tomas Verner, rowing silver medallist Ondrej Synek and the Chef de Mission for Vancouver, Frantisek Dvorak.

The Uzbek NOC recently hosted the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Technical and Rules Commission meeting. After the meeting, AIBA President and IOC member Ching-kuo Wu said he was impressed by the attention given to the development of sport, and boxing in particular, by the Uzbek government and its President.


At its meeting on 18 November, the Board of Directors of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 in Vancouver (VANOC) paid tribute to Jack Poole, the Chairman who died on 23 October. In honour of his role in the candidature for and organisation of the Games within VANOC, the Board named Jack Poole Founding Chairman. In addition, Rusty Goepel became the new VANOC Chairman. Goepel is a Province of British Columbia nominee to the VANOC Board and was also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the 2010 Bid Corporation. Press release at

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