- 01 Jul 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
From Monaco, President Rogge will fly to Durban (South Africa), which, from 4 to 9 July, will host the IOC Executive Board meetings and 123rd Session. A full account of these meetings will be published in the next edition of the Olympic Highlights.
Chiharu Igaya received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo’s Nippon Sport Science University on the occasion of Olympic Day. In his message to the university’s students, Igaya underlined the importance of skills, patience and positive thinking, recalling his 29 years as an IOC member.
On 25 June, the IOC held a fruitful meeting with representatives of the NOC of Ghana, led by their President, Benson T. Baba, and by government delegates led by the Minister of Youth and Sport, Clement Kofi Humado. On the agenda was the issue of lifting the suspension of the NOC by the IOC Executive Board. See the press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
On 27 June, the IOC awarded the free-to-air television and radio broadcast rights in Panama for the London 2012 Olympic Games to the Corporación Medcom Panama (Medcom). See the press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
On 29 June, the IOC announced from Moscow (Russian Federation) an extension to its current Worldwide TOP Partnership with GE through to 2020. GE will thus continue as the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games.
See the press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced the launch of a new live boxing channel on YouTube, www.aibaboxingtv.com. It will feature live streaming of major AIBA competitions and free access to archive footage.
The International Fencing Federation (FIE)’s Facebook page was officially launched on Olympic Day. This page provides direct access to the latest uploads on the FIE YouTube channel, the latest pictures from competitions, and other stories from the fencing world. To join the community, “LIKE” the FIE on http://www.facebook.com/fie.org#!/fie.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has informed us that the Gymnastics Federation of Poland has been reinstated with immediate effect. This federation had been suspended on 17 June 2011 for defaulting on a payment. Read the press release on www.fig-gymastics.com.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)’s new public relations campaign, “FIVB Heroes”, was launched in mid-June at the Foro Italico in Rome (Italy). Elite athletes, including 29 beach volleyball players, from six countries, are on hand to promote the FIBV. This promotional campaign is part of an initiative aimed at re-launching the FIVB brand, using professionally produced billboards, posters and television clips to bring the sport’s top athletes into the spotlight. This campaign can also be downloaded for free on the internet (www.FIVBheroes.com) and on Facebook. More info on www.fivb.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The following is an overview of the Olympic Day activities of several NOCs. For more information and photos, click on the links.
Several Olympic medallists, including ones from last summer’s Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG), led Olympic Day activities at the headquarters of the NOC of Colombia. Children, athletes and sports leaders tried their hand at several sports activities, with musical accompaniment provided by the Colombian Air Force band. Info on www.coc.org.co.
Almost 2,500 people celebrated Olympic Day at the headquarters of the NOC of Costa Rica. Numerous children from Coronado schools were able to take part in table tennis, tennis, weightlifting, shooting, taekwondo, skating and athletics. The more intrepid among them tried out a climbing wall or trampolining. Members of the National Olympic Academy talked to the children about Olympism and its values of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Information on www.olimpicocrc.org.
In the Dominican Republic, Olympic Day was given an environmental theme. Dozens of children from schools, teams and sports clubs planted trees along the avenues of San Francisco de Macoris. They were accompanied by teachers, coaches and sports leaders. This reforestation day was led by Felicita Heredia de Vargas, the Chairwoman of the Dominican NOC’s Environment Commission. Find out more on www.colimdo.org.
Despite cold, rainy weather, thousands of El Salvador and other citizens came together to celebrate Olympic Day. Many cities throughout El Salvador participated in this event. In the capital, San Salvador, some 4,500 people took part in a run, including a former Olympic athlete at the Mexico City 1968 Games, Carlos Eduardo Hasbun, who was participating in his 23rd Olympic Day. They were all greeted by El Salvador NOC President.
Eduardo Palomo. Some 2,500 people took part in San Miguel, and 800 in Santa Ana. More information on www.comiteolimpicoesa.com.
The NOC of Spain, through its Sport for All Commission, organised Olympic Day on 18 June in Alcobendas. The municipal sports centre was transformed into an Olympic city, with several sports events being organised: rugby, kayak, basketball, handball, athletics, archery, volleyball and tamburello (an ancestor of tennis). Over 500 participants, divided into 40 groups, composed of six children and six adults, took part in each event for 10 minutes. Info on www.coe.es.
On 26 June, the Georgian NOC, in cooperation with the city municipality, organised the Olympic Day Run in Tbilisi and other regions of the country. Numerous young people and people with a disability, representing every category of the population, participated in this event. This 2011 edition was special, as Tbilisi has been chosen to host the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in 2015. NOC President Gia Natsvlishvili, Olympic champions Zurab Zviadauri and Shota Khabareli, the Chairman of the 2015 EYOF Organising Committee, Revaz Chomakhidze, and numerous athletes were present. More information on www.geonoc.org.ge.
On 26 June, the NOC of Hong Kong held a sports carnival and Olympic Day Run, as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. More than 4,600 people took part, including teams formed by companies, sponsors, national sports organisations and athletes. This year, some 270 schoolchildren participated in the Disney Youth Education Series Programme. Info www.hkolympic.org
In Peru, Olympic Day was celebrated with numerous events. These included the official presentation of the Peruvian NOC’s Hall of Fame, and the signing of a cooperation agreement between the NOC and the national fishing society, in order to improve the nutrition of Peru’s elite athletes. This agreement should concern 400 athletes from now until 31 December 2012. The traditional Run took place for the second consecutive time in San Borja’s Olympic Park. More than 4,200 people participated, including adults, veterans and schoolchildren. The opening ceremony was attended by IOC member Iván Dibos and Peruvian NOC President Francisco Boza. During Olympic Day, prizes were awarded to the winners of the NOC’s annual drawing and painting competition. See more on www.coperu.org
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Customs Organisations (WCO), which will give a significant boost to the fight against doping in sport. Signe in the WCO’s offices in Brussels (Belgium) on 24 June, this MoU will foster cooperation in activities of common interest in the areas of anti-doping and trafficking of doping substances within the organisations’ respective mandates. See the press release on www.wada-ama.org.