- 05 Aug 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge has appointed IOC Executive Board Member Gunilla Lindberg to chair the Coordination Commission for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, in 2018. PyeongChang was awarded the 2018 Olympic Winter Games last month in Durban. Ms Lindberg will lead a strong, multinational team of men and women, who will be responsible for assisting and guiding the PyeongChang Organising Committee during the period leading up to the Olympic Winter Games, as well as monitoring the progress of preparations.
The IOC has awarded free-to-air television, cable and satellite television and radio broadcast rights in Mexico for the London 2012 Olympic Games to Televisa. IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “We are delighted to continue our work with Televisa in Mexico, and I would like to thank them for their continuing support of the Olympic Movement.” IOC Executive Board member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said, “This is the first time we have negotiated rights directly in Mexico and we are delighted to continue our relationship with Televisa, whom we are certain will continue to provide fantastic coverage of the Games.”
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has officially unveiled the logo for 3x3 basketball as well as the preview website, which will allow players to organise pickup games, share their results and compare themselves among one another via a worldwide individual ranking system. More information on www.3x3planet.com.
The President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Ching-Kuo Wu, who is also an IOC member, has announced AIBA’s move into professional boxing. A new programme, entitled AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) is to be launched and will feature both individual and national team bouts at national, continental and world levels. More information on www.aiba.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced that Feliks V. Karasik, long-time senior coach for Belarus’ national men’s artistic gymnastics team, died on 28 July at the age of 72. In addition to training numerous athletes at the highest levels of international competition, Karasik held a FIG judging brevet since 1993. More information on www.fig-gynmastics.com.
At its Bureau meeting in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), the International Swimming Federation (FINA) approved a pilot project for the creation of an “Athlete’s Biological Passport”. It allows the establishment of a longitudinal study and haematological profile on each athlete, with the aim of detecting if blood manipulations are done in order to carry a higher percentage of oxygen, thereby masking any intake of forbidden substances. Read the press release on www.fina.org.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that former IRB Chairman Albert Ferrasse has died aged 93. Ferrasse served twice as IRB Chairman in 1980 and 1987, was an IRB Council Member between 1979 and 1992, and was instrumental in the introduction of the Rugby World Cup. He was also made a commander of the l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for services to French rugby. More information on www.irb.com.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that Triathlon Live Sites in six cities around the UK will welcome visitors on 6 and 7 August to experience live triathlon in an unprecedented format. Each city-centre location will be transformed into a mini sporting arena where everyone can be part of the triathlon action with an endless pool, treadmills and stationary bikes. More information on www.triathlon.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
British Olympic Association (BOA) Chairman Colin Moynihan and members of the BOA management team hosted a delegation of senior officials from the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) at the BOA headquarters in London on 27 July. The COC delegation was led by Liu Peng, Minister of Sport and President of the COC. Leaders from the BOA and COC discussed opportunities for closer cooperation between the two NOCs, in particular a research project based upon the effects of being a host nation and the sporting legacy of the Games for both sporting excellence and sport for all. It was also agreed to consider furthering work on a youth sports exchange programme across a variety of Olympic sports, both summer and winter. More information on www.olympics.org.uk.
Working Session at the Olympic Council of Ireland
The delegation from the Chinese Olympic Committee also had a working session at the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) at Olympic House in Howth. OCI Vice-President Willie O'Brien welcomed the delegation as part of their recent visit to London 2012. COC President Liu Peng paid tribute to European Olympic Committees (EOC) President and IOC member Pat Hickey for his role within the Olympic and sports movement, and made reference to Lord Killanin who, back in 1979 when he was IOC President, welcomed China back into the Olympic Movement. During the visit, the delegation were given a demonstration of some of the forthcoming technical innovations included in the EOC’s new "go play today" youth well-being initiative, which will be trialled in Ireland, the UK and Italy from September onwards. More information on www.olympicsport.ie.
The President of the Guatemalan Olympic Committee, Sergio Camargo, and the President of the Guatemalan Weightlifting Federation, Antonio Coro, recently made an official visit to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) headquarters in Budapest (Hungary). The delegation had major discussions with IWF President Tamás Aján with regard to the 2012 Junior World Championships, which is also a Pan-American Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Guatemala. More information on www.cog.org.gt.
The Mongolian National Olympic Committee informs us that Chimedbazar Nasantogtokh, the head coach of the Mongolian national judo team, has been awarded the “National Hero” title by President Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj. Nasantogtokh has become the first-ever Mongolian coach honoured by this title, the highest distinction in Mongolia. More information on www.olympic.mn.
The National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan celebrated the one-year-to-go milestone until London 2012 in Tashkent. Organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Great Britain, judo, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling competitions were held in the Dinamo sports complex. The highlight of the day was the launch of the clock that counts down to the Olympic Games in 2012. More information on www.olympic.uz.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
A total of 175 elite athletes from 30 nations competed at the London 2012 Canoe Slalom Test Event at Lee Valley White Water Centre last week. The event was part of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)’s official sports testing programme. Key aspects being looked at included the field of play, athlete conditions, the condition of the water, and how teams worked together.
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta got underway last weekend. It is also one of the London 2012 Olympic Test Events. Until 13 August, all of the Olympic events will be staged, with each nation able to send one entry to each event.
The London 2012 Organising Committee also organised the Farm Mountain Bike International on 31 July. As part of the “London Prepares” series, the event allowed LOCOG to test key aspects of its operations in preparation for next year’s Games. The sold-out event attracted 5,000 spectators who watched 82 athletes compete at the Olympic Games mountain bike venue.
More details on www.london2012.com.
Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow, the official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement, has partnered with LOCOG to produce a sustainable, fabric “wrap” that will encircle London’s iconic Olympic Stadium.
The wrap consists of 336 individual panels – each approx 25 metres high and 2.5 metres wide – and will help the Stadium become the visual centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Installation will be completed by spring 2012. In keeping with LOCOG’s goal to stage sustainable Olympic Games, Dow will repurpose the wrap following the 2012 Olympic competitions. The wrap will be made of light-weight polyester fabric with a low-density Polyethylene coating that will require fewer raw materials to manufacture. More information on www.olympic.org.
The European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Trabzon, Turkey, came to an end last week. Some 4,000 athletes from 49 countries took part. At the closing ceremony, the Mayor of Trabzon passed on the Olympic flag to the Mayor of Utrecht, Netherlands, where the next edition of the EYOF will take place in two years’ time.