- 26 Aug 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 23 and 24 August, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia). During his stay, President Rogge met the President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, who awarded him the country’s highest distinction, the Pole Star Order, as well as the Prime Minister, Sukhbaataryn Batbold. He was accompanied by the NOC President, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, and honorary IOC member Shagdarjav Magvan. President Rogge also received the NOC’s Order. The President’s programme included the Naadam sports festival (wrestling, archery and horse racing), a visit to a centre for promoting the Olympic Movement and a reception organised in honour of the Mongolian Olympic family.
President Rogge then left for Daegu (Korea), where on 26 August he chaired a meeting of the Executive Board followed by a joint meeting with the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). On Saturday 27 August, President Rogge will meet the Korean Head of State, Lee Myung-Bak, as well as attending the Athletics World Championships.
Lamine Diack was re-elected as IAAF President for a four-year term at the IAAF Congress in Daegu. For his part, Sergey Bubka was elected as a Vice-President and Nawal El Moutawakel was re-elected as a member of the IAAF Council. Irena Szewinska and Frank Fredericks were also elected to the Council
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
At its 48th Congress in Daegu, ahead of the World Championships, the IAAF paid tribute to two pillars of its administration, Honorary Treasurer Jean Poczobut and Secretary General Pierre Weiss, who are both leaving the IAAF after many years of dedicated service. The new Secretary General, Essar Gabriel, former Director General of the 2003 World Athletics Championships in Paris, currently heads the IOC’s Youth Olympic Games section. More information on this Congress and the decisions taken on www.iaaf.org
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has just announced that 362 doping tests were conducted at the 14th World Championships in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) last month. No anti-doping rule violations were reported. FINA has also informed us that 42 new championship records were set at the 3rd World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima (Peru) from 16 to 21 August. In all, 528 athletes from 58 countries took part. The next edition will be held in 2013 in Casablanca (Morocco). Details on www.fina.org
The International Archery Federation (FITA) has issued a press release on its Youth World Championships taking place from 22 to 28 August in Legnica (Poland). This event is open to young archers aged up to 17 for the cadet category, and 20 for the junior category. More than 560 athletes from 57 countries are taking part. More information on www.archery.org
The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that the Latvian capital, Riga, will host the 2013 World Women’s Curling Championships from 16 to 24 March. The 12 teams taking part will earn qualifying points for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The WCF has also chosen the Tårnby Curling Club in Kastrup, near Copenhagen (Denmark), to host the World Senior Curling Championships from 14 to 21 April 2012. Read more on www.worldcurling.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
As part of the joint programme to reduce violence and strengthen social capital in El Salvador, the NOC, in collaboration with the Mayor’s office of San Salvador and UNICEF, has organised the first Olympic and social harmony festival. Some 500 children and young people from local communities took part. The aim was to encourage children and young people to take part in leisure and recreation activities to promote greater social harmony. More details on www.comiteolimpicoesa.com
The Peruvian NOC and the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences have successfully organised a forum entitled “Contributions to developing sport in Peru”, at which the special guest was US Olympic Committee Secretary General Scott Blackmun. Numerous sports personalities took part, including NOC President José Quiñones González, IOC member Iván Dibos and NOC Secretary General Francisco Boza. The NOC President presented an analysis of the situation in Peruvian elite sport, stressing the need to focus more on physical education in the school curriculum. Several athletes also attended the forum, including Edith Noeding, Rosario de Vivanco, Tony Ledgard and Teófilo Cubillas. More details on www.coperu.org
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
London’s Olympic Park has successfully staged its first major event, with the London International Basketball Invitational coming to a close on Sunday, as preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games continue. The event was held from 16-21 August at the brand new Basketball Arena, which is one of the largest temporary venues ever built for the Games, and saw hosts Great Britain take on teams from Australia, China, Croatia, France and Serbia. Read more on www.olympic.org (“News” section) and on www.london2012.com.
Last Friday, the winning project of the international competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Urban Masterplan was unveiled. This competition was coordinated by the Municipal Olympic Company, in partnership with the Brazilian Architects Institute (IAB). Developed by global service providers AECOM, the project outlines how the Olympic Park area will be used, the public spaces, squares and parks and the location of the permanent and temporary venues and the future real estate developments on the site. The plan is conceptual at the moment, but detailed planning will get under way in the next few months. The competition attracted 60 entries from firms in 18 countries. The seven-member jury consisted of representatives from Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, the IAB, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the federal government. Details on www.rio2016.com