- 22 Jul 2011
- Olympic News
Highlights of the week
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge has continued his tour of Asia. From Japan, President Rogge went to Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), where he attended the 14th Swimming World Championships, organised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA), whose President is IOC member Julio César Maglione.
The IOC President then travelled to Hong Kong, China, where he took part in the festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the NOC, whose President is IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok. President Rogge, accompanied by IOC Vice-President Zaiqing Yu and Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, attended a meeting with Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of the government of Hong Kong. On this occasion, he presented the IOC “Sport and Social Responsibility” Trophy to Brian Stevenson, President of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (see photo above).
Denis Oswald, who is also a professor at Neuchâtel University and Director of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland, has been made an Honorary Doctor of Laws by De Montfort University in Leicester (Great Britain). The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, David Wilson, explained that this doctorate was awarded in recognition of the enormous efforts for the advancement and promotion of sports law made by Denis Oswald, who is one of the field’s leading international specialists. More details on www.cies.ch.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has concluded an agreement for the IAAF World Athletics Series of events from 2011 to 2013. The agreement will begin with live coverage of the 2011 World Championships in Daegu (Republic of Korea) from 27 August to 4 September 2011, and will also cover the next edition in Moscow (Russian Federation), from 10 to 18 August 2013. The deal also covers the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul (Turkey) from 9 to 11 March, plus the World Junior, World Youth, World Cross Country and World Half-Marathon Championships. Read the press release on www.iaaf.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)’s Hall of Fame has presented its 2011 awards, in recognition of the athletes who have made an extraordinary contribution to the sport. This year’s winners include Alexander Tkatchev (Russian Federation), Lavinia Milosovici (Romania), Leonid Arkayev (Russian Federation) and Steffi Kraeker (Germany). In addition, Michel Léglise (France), FIG 1st Vice-President and Medical Commission Chairman, was honoured with the International Order of Merit, in recognition of his contribution to sport in general and gymnastics in particular throughout his career. Read the press release on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
We have just learnt that the 2011 Congress of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), whose President is IOC honorary member Tamás Aján, was held in Penang (Malaysia) at the end of June. Delegates from 60 countries were updated on the latest IWF news, its development programme, the fight against doping and preparations for forthcoming events, including the Summer Universaide in Shenzhen (People’s Republic of China), the 2011 World Championships in Paris (France) and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More details on www.iwf.net.
Meeting in Shanghai, the FINA Bureau decided that Kazan (Russian Federation) would host the 2015 World Swimming Championships, followed by Guadalajara (Mexico) for the 2017 edition. Given the quality and high profile of all the bids, FINA decided for the first time in its history to award the organisation of two editions of its World Championships. Read the press release on www.fina.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC informs us that the German Olympic Academy recently staged a poster exhibition entitled “Fascination Olympia: Five Rings – One Idea” on the history of the Olympic Movement at the Munich City Museum (Münchner Stadtmuseum). A discussion was held at which Olympic champions Heike Drechsler (long jump) and Felix Loch (luge), together with Paralympic bronze medallist Anna Schaffelhuber (Alpine skiing), spoke on “Global Utopia Olympia”. For his part, Academy Executive Committee member Manfred Lämmer gave a talk on “Games and Idea: Demand and Reality”. The exhibition is currently on show at the German House of Sport in Frankfurt am Main.
The Australian NOC recently informed us that six Olympians joined the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, to celebrate the opening of the tuck shop at Milton State School, which was destroyed during the floods last summer. The visit was arranged following the NOC’s donation to the Queensland flood relief appeal. Olympic champions Kieren Perkins (pictured), Libby Trickett, Nikki Hudson and Chantelle Newbery, together with four-time Olympian Tanya Harding and weightlifter Damon Kelly, were present at the school assembly and got to sample some of the new healthy tuck shop snacks, meet the children and sign autographs.
The Dominican NOC, the Dominican Sports Medicine Federation, the Prisons Department and the President’s Board on combating AIDS have just signed a cooperation agreement. The main aim is to join forces and work jointly to develop and implement programmes, strategies and actions to promote awareness of and prevent sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS; prevent the use of drugs and prohibited substances; and offer access to HIV testing. The programme is scheduled to last 12 months. More details on www.colimdo.org.
From 18 to 22 July, the El Salvador Fencing Federation organised the 50th National Fencing Games. Around 160 youngsters from 48 public and private schools in San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel, La Paz and La Libertad competed in foil, epée and sabre. The Games were opened in the presence of NOC Secretary General Carlena de Díaz, Rubén Quintanilla, Technical Manager of the National Institute for Physical and Sports Education (INDES), and Patricia de López, Vice-President of the El Salvador Fencing Federation. Find out more on www.comiteolimpicoesa.com.
The Dutch NOC has been facilitating a series of Olympic talks at primary schools. Former Olympians have given interactive presentations based on the concept of “ME (excellence), YOU (respect), WE (friendship)”, during which they talked about their Olympic experiences; children listed their favourite activities and achievements; and a “wall of fame” was built together. Former IOC member Els van Breda Vriesman also launched an online Olympic database, where all kinds of Olympic information can be found. In addition, 5,000 pupils from 170 schools took part in the finals of “Mission Olympic”, a national school sports competition celebrating the Olympic values, with various well-known former elite athletes. Lastly, 20 NOC staff members climbed Alpe d’Huez in France between one and six times in June to raise funds for the Cancer Foundation. Find out more on www.nocnsf.nl.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The United Nations Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke (right of photo), was in Rio on 15 and 16 July, at the invitation of IOC member and President of the Organising Committee for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Carlos Arthur Nuzman. His visit included a presentation of the projects to improve people’s living conditions under way in Rio as a result of staging the Games. More details on www.rio2016.com. YOUTH OlympiC GAMes
On 14 July, in the heart of the city of Innsbruck, Omega, the official timekeeper for the Games, unveiled the clock which will count down the time (in days, hours, minutes and seconds) remaining until the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on 13 January 2012. The unveiling ceremony was held exactly six months out from the Games. The YOG mascot, Yoggl, was naturally present, alongside well-known Austrian champions such as gold medallists Ernst Hinterseer (Alpine skiing) and Anton Innauer (ski jumping). Read the story on www.olympic.org (“YOG” section).