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19 Aug 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week



In a recent press release, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)  announced that it will be collecting blood samples from all the athletes taking part in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu (Korea) in an unprecedented anti-doping programme. The programme will be conducted in close cooperation with the accredited anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne, with the support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and several local partners, including the Daegu Organising Committee, the Korean Anti-Doping Agency and the Doping Centre of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. The blood testing programme will be in addition to the standard doping tests carried out during the World Championships (approximately 500 urine samples will be collected in- and out-of–competition in Daegu). Full details on

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has authorised the Department of Endocrinology at the University of Montpellier (France) to conduct research on the physical and biological maturation of high-level gymnasts during their time at the 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships between 19 and 25 September 2011. The results will be published within six months afterwards, and every nation that takes part in the research will receive a copy. Read the press release on
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) informs us that the Welsh Weightlifting Federation welcomed the Chinese national team at Bangor University, where it was taking part in a pre-Olympic Games training camp. This visit was coordinated by the Anglo-Chinese Sports and Cultural Association and the Welsh Assembly government. Composed of 43 members, including 2008 Olympic champions Long Qingquan, Lu Yong and Zhang Xiangxiang, the delegation also received a progress report on preparations for the 2012 Games in London from Matthew Curtain, the Organising Committee’s Weightlifting Manager. More details on

The 3rd International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships are taking place in Lima (Peru) from 16 to 21 August. Held in the Olympic pool of the “Campo de Marte” complex, this competition has attracted some 700 athletes from 60 countries. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of FINA President and IOC member Julio César Maglione. This is the first time that Peru has hosted a FINA World Championship. More details on

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has just relaunched its Seniors web site: The ITF has also informed us of the death of Jacob Ndombe, Vice-President of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), Vice-President of the NOC of the Democratic Republic of Congo and former President of the Congolese Lawn Tennis Federation. Read more on


The Colombian NOC and its Athletes’ Commission are inviting all the national sports federations and sports institutions to take part in a forum entitled “Modifying the disciplinary regime in sport”) on 2 September next. The forum is being organised by the monitoring office of Coldeportes, the Colombian Sports Institute. More details on

On the occasion of the NOC’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Lithuanian NOC President Arturas Poviliunas received congratulatory messages from the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite; Parliament Speaker Irena Degutiene; Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius; and the Chairman of the Parliament during the Lithuanian reintegration period, Vytautas Landsbergis. Speeches were given by several guests, who included European Olympic Committees President and IOC member Patrick Joseph Hickey; the Honorary President of the Latvian NOC, Vilnis Baltins; Estonian NOC President Mart Siimann; and the Estonian NOC Honorary President, Tiit Nuudi. Congratulatory messages were also received from the NOC leaders of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Poland and Russia. In addition, the Department of Physical Education and Sport awarded Arturas Poviliunas its highest distinction, the State Merit Award, in recognition of his services to Lithuanian sport over the years. Full details on


SOCHI 2014

An IOC delegation led by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, recently paid a two-day working visit. The idea was to see first-hand the progress being made on Sochi’s Olympic venues in the coastal and mountain clusters.  The Coordination Commission will next be meeting in Sochi from 12 to 14 September. Read the story on


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the appointment of Dimitrije Lazarovski as its new Snow Sports Manager. Based at the IPC headquarters in Bonn (Germany), he will manage Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon. Before joining the IPC, Lazarovski was Secretary General of the Serbian Skiing Federation for six years and ran a youth development skiing programme. More details on

At the recent Beijing International Sports Film Week, the President of the International Sports Movies and Television Federation (FICTS), Franco Ascani took part, in his capacity as member of the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, in the Beijing Olympic City Development International Forum. He gave a speech on “reusing Olympic legacy and the creative industry”. He also presented the FICTS’s highest award, the Garland of Honour, to the organisers of this event held under the aegis of the FICTS: the BODA (Beijing Olympic Development Association), the China Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Study Centre and the Beijing TV station. More details on

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