- 11 Jul 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
IOC President Jacques Rogge arrived in Durban (South Africa) at the beginning of the week to chair the Executive Board (EB) meeting on Monday afternoon. The EB confirmed, inter alia, the inclusion of ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom on the sports programme of the 2014 Games in Sochi, and approved a number of changes to the sports programme of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. As part of its fight against irregular and illegal betting in sport, the IOC approved the rules of application regarding the prohibition of betting activities linked to the 2012 Games in London. Finally, the city of Lima (Peru) was selected as the host city for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All in 2013.
On 5 July, the 123rd IOC Session was officially opened during a vibrant ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in the presence of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
A few hours previously, President Rogge met the heads of state and government of the countries of the three candidate cities bidding to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, each accompanied by the bid committee chair and IOC members from their respective countries. He therefore met the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff, for the Munich bid; the French Prime Minister, François Fillon, for the Annecy bid; and the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-bak, for the PyeongChang bid.
On 6 July, only one item featured on the agenda of the first day of the Session: the election of the host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. PyeongChang was elected in the very first round of voting, in which it received 63 votes, ahead of Munich (25) and Annecy (7).
The next day was devoted to the presentation of reports by the Organising Committees of the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games and the respective Coordination Commissions, as well as reports on the Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, Innsbruck, Nanjing). These were followed by the presentation of the reports of the different IOC commissions and the IOC administration.
9 July was Election Day. As far as the EB is concerned, Gunilla Lindberg was elected for a four-year term, replacing Gerhard Heiberg, who had reached the end of his term. Phil Craven was re-elected as an IOC member for a period of eight years. Three new IOC members were elected: Gerardo Werthein as an individual member, José Perurena López as President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and Olympic gold medallist Barbara Kendall as an athlete. Meanwhile, Phillip Walter Coles, Chiharu Igaya, Shun-ichiro Okano, Arne Ljungqvist, Antun Vrdoljak and Lassana Palenfo will become IOC Honorary Members on 1 January 2012. In addition, Honorary Members Fernando Lima Bello and Kipchoge Keino were awarded the Olympic Order. The Olympic Cup was awarded to the South African Olympic Committee and the people of Durban.
It should also be noted that the Giving is Winning campaign, which aims to collect at least 100,000 sports articles and items of clothing for refugees and displaced people in UNHCR camps throughout the world, was launched during this Session. This joint initiative is being led by the IOC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG). President Rogge and Keith Mills, LOCOG Deputy Chair, started the ball rolling by handing over a parcel of sports clothing to UNHCR representative Joyce Mends-Cole.
All the news, videos and photos from the meetings in Durban are available at www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
Flor Isava Fonseca has been honoured by the French Embassy at the headquarters of the Alliance Française in Caracas (Venezuela). This tribute was paid on the occasion of her 90th birthday, the 30th anniversary of her election as an IOC member (the first female member) and 20 years since the creation of her Foundation. A photographic exhibition at the Alliance Française retraces her life as an athlete, sports administrator and mother.
On 4 July, the IOC announced several agreements concerning Olympic Games broadcast rights. ARD and ZDF were awarded the broadcast rights in Germany for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. SBS acquired the exclusive broadcast rights in the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 Games, all of which had yet to be awarded to a host city. Meanwhile, France Télévisions received the exclusive broadcast rights in France for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2018 and 2020 Games. See press releases at www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
On 1 July, the Executive Committee of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) announced the provisional exclusion of the Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand following its failure to organise new presidential elections. More information at www.aiba.org.
The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) has announced that the 2011 Biathle World Championships will take place on 25 September in Sofia (Bulgaria). More than 300 athletes will participate in categories ranging from 10 and under to 70 and over. More information at www.pentathlon.org
At its 49th Congress, the Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc (FITA) took a series of important decisions for the future of the organisation, including a change of name to “World Archery Federation”. Seven countries became members of FITA (Ghana, Kosovo, Niger, Central Africa, Congo, Kuwait and Senegal), while four were expelled (Guam, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nigeria and the Solomon Islands). Meanwhile, Korean Kim Soo-Nyung and American Darell Pace were named Athletes of the Century, while tributes were paid to two outstanding personalities from the archery community, Honorary President Francesco Gnecchi Ruscone and 1st Vice-President Paul Paulsen. All the decisions (which will enter into force on 1 April 2012) and election results can be found at www.archery.org
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that the 2013 Junior World Championship will take place in France. The 2011 edition was held in Italy and the 2012 edition will be hosted by South Africa. See media release at www.irb.com
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
This year, the Argentinian NOC celebrated Olympic Day in Concordia, in the province of Entre Ríos, which was the first province to sign an agreement with the NOC to include Olympism in the school curriculum. Organised by the NOC and the Association of Participants of the Argentinian Olympic Academy, the event was attended by the NOC President, Gerardo Werthein, the Mayor of Concordia, Gustavo Border, Olympic cycling champion Juan Curuchet and world and pan-American speed skating champion Nora Vega. Both athletes talked to physical education teachers, athletes and media representatives about their successes and experiences in sport. Despite the cold weather, thousands of people took part in this Olympic celebration on bicycles, foot or roller skates. More information at www.coarg.org.ar
More than 2,000 people participated in the Olympic Day Run over 5 and 10km in São José do Preto, São Paulo. Franck Caldeira, marathon gold medallist at the 2007 Pan American Games, presented the medals to the 5 and 10km champions. The Brazilian NOC also organised activities, including lectures, seminars, cultural presentations and sports clinics, in seven other cities. NOC staff also participated in events such as an “Olympic Family Afternoon”, during which they and their families and guests were able to watch a puppet show and play games based on Olympic sports. A presentation was also given on the projects run by the “Ronald McDonald” organisation, including the “Happy McDay”, which the NOC will support this year. More information at www.cob.org.br
On 3 July, the Colombian NOC celebrated its 75th birthday, with numerous activities held in Bogota to mark the occasion. At 27 different venues across the city, the public were able to meet elite athletes, ask for their autographs and have their photo taken with them. The NOC, the National Paralympic Committee, the Olympic Academy and Coldeportes organised an academic day, which included the launch of a commemorative stamp. More information at www.coc.org.co
A regional sports administration course has been held in San Francisco de Macoris by the Dominican NOC, with the support of the Olympic Solidarity programme. The programme covered 16 themes relating to the values and challenges of the Olympic Movement, such as resource management, protection of the environment and Olympic selection. The speakers included NOC President Luis Mejía and Secretary General Antonio Acosta. More information at www.colimdo.org/
To celebrate Olympic Day, the NOC of El Salvador organised a marathon and mini-marathon for the second time. Around 20 people entered the marathon and nearly 100 participated in the mini-marathon. All the runners received medals at the end of the race. More information at www.comiteolímpicoesa.com
In a recent press release, the British NOC announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian NOC to identify areas of mutual cooperation and strategic partnership ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Signed by the two NOC Presidents, Colin Moynihan and Marcel Aubut, the agreement aims to benefit sports and aspiring Olympic athletes in both countries. The two organisations will cooperate in the development of excellence in sport performance and Olympic preparation. See press release at www.olympics.org.uk
Over a one-month period, the Mongolian NOC organised several activities to mark Olympic Day. Organised in cooperation with the national sports federations and Olympic councils, these activities included an event entitled “10,000 Olympic steps for health”, a hike open to everyone, a motorcycle rally, baseball and rugby matches for beginners, children’s volleyball competitions and painting contests. More information at www.olympic.mn
For the first time in Serbian Olympic history, athletes who participate in the London Games will be supported by a mascot. 2012 also marks the centenary of Serbia’s first participation in the Games. The mascot, a baby griffon vulture, was chosen through a public competition organised by the Serbian NOC. It was created by Ivan Arandjelović, a young designer from Belgrade. The mascot’s name, “Srećko” (“Lucky”), was chosen by the public in an online poll. More information at www.oks.org.rs
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that the Joint Declaration on Cooperation in the Fight against Doping in Sport between WADA and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) was endorsed by the Biotechnology Industry Organisation (BIO) at the latest BIO International Conference in Washington DC. The declaration aims to facilitate the development of voluntary cooperation between WADA and the IFPMA in order to identify compounds with doping potential, minimise the risk of misuse of medicines still in development, improve the flow of relevant information and facilitate the development of detection methods in the context of the fight against doping in sport. See press release at www.wada-ama.org
The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) will organise a conference entitled “Sport as a Mediator between Cultures” from 15 to 17 September 2011 at the Wingate Institute in Israel. Under the leadership of the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, this international development and peace conference is being organised by the ICSSPE, the Wingate Institute and Zinman College, in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Regional Cooperation and the German Federal Institute of Sport Science. Meanwhile, the next International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS 2012) will be held from 19 to 24 July 2012 in Glasgow (Great Britain), a few days before the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. The aim is to leave a learning legacy that will increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of all sport and exercise sciences. Full details at www.icsspe.org