- 02 Sep 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge is on the African continent. On 1 September, in Kigali, Rwanda, President Rogge participated in the closing ceremony of a seminar on sport and peace, which brought together more than a dozen NOCs. He was accompanied by the President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and IOC member, Lassana Palenfo; the Rwandan Sports Minister, Protais Mitali; and NOC President Charles Rudakubana. President Rogge was also received by the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. More info on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
The next day, the IOC President was in Bujumbura, Burundi, where he visited the Olympafrica centre and met the Head of State, Pierre Nkurunziza, accompanied by IOC member Lydia Nsekera and NOC President Evariste Ndayishimiye. He also participated in the launch of a new sports centre for young people in Gatumba. This centre is jointly financed by the IOC, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Burundi. Read the news story on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
This weekend, President Rogge will go to Maputo, Mozambique, for the 14th ANOCA General Assembly and the Opening Ceremony of the 10th All-Africa Games. Full report in next week’s Olympic Highlights.
Less than two months after the election of PyeongChang as the host city of the Olympic Winter Games in 2018, an IOC delegation met representatives of the Organising Committee during an orientation seminar from 29 to 31 August. Led by the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, Gunilla Lindberg, and the Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, the IOC team met the local delegation to discuss Games management and the key stages of the life of an Organising Committee. Full press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
On 2 September, the IOC announced that six cities have been officially presented by their respective NOCs to apply to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. These cities are, in alphabetical order: Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan). Read the press release on www.olympic.org (“Media” section).
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s ecology project is being celebrated at the World Championships in Daegu (Korea) through an exhibition. During the Opening Ceremony, speeches were made by IAAF President Lamine Diack, who was accompanied by Vice-President Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad; Hae-Nyoung Cho, the Co-President of the Championships Organising Committee; and Byong Hyon Kwon, the President of “Future Forest”, a non-governmental environment protection organisation. This exhibition brings together 150 works, including ones by famous humoristic artists, which are exhibited in the Daegu stadium Experience Zone. Also, on 30 August, the President and other members of the IAAF Council participated in a tree-planting ceremony. More info on www.iaaf.org.
In a press release on 24 August, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) informed us that the suspension imposed on the Yemeni Federation had been lifted with immediate effect. Furthermore, and in conformity with the FIG statutes, the federations of Paraguay, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Seychelles remain suspended. Info on www.fig-gymnastics.com.
Echoing the IOC’s Youth Olympic Games project, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has decided to hold annual Cadet World Championships for 16 to 17 year-olds. The first edition took place in Szombathely (Hungary) from 23 to 28 August, with the participation of more than 600 athletes representing 50 countries. Full information on www.fila-wrestling.com.
The registration process for the International Skiing Federation (FIS) 48th International Congress in Kangwonland (Korea) has opened. Meetings of the technical committees, the FIS Council and FIS General Assembly will take place from 27 May to 2 June 2012. This is the first time in the FIS’s history that the Congress will be held in Asia. Registrations can be made on line on www.fis-ski.com until 15 January 2012.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC of Colombia has informed us that Bogotá will host the South American School Games from 1 to 7 December 2011. Some 1,600 athletes, representing the 10 South American countries, are expected. On the programme: athletics, chess, basketball, handball, indoor football, swimming, volleyball and sport for people with disabilities (three athletics events). The Games will take place at the high-level centre (CAR), the sports palace, and the “El Campin” stadium. More info on www.coc.org.co.
In the framework of the alliance between the Dominican NOC and the Dominican Paralympic Committee, the national basketball league teams “Titanes” and “Leones” took part in a match for athletes with a disability. On this occasion, NOC President Luis Mejía underlined the NOC’s interest in supporting the development of national Paralympic sport. Among the other speakers was the President of the Dominican Paralympic Committee, Eladio Agramonte.
The NOC of New Zealand has just informed us that the Prime Minister’s second Olympic gala dinner held on 11 August brought together numerous business leaders, deciders and Olympic and Commonwealth athletes. This dinner raised funds for the NOC. There was also an auction of an exclusive London 2012 Games lot, the proceeds of which will go to support elite athletes based in Christchurch. At the inaugural dinner, the sum collected helped the NOC to send teams to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and to promote the Olympic values of excellent, respect and friendship. Thus, thanks to these funds, the “ASB Olympic Schools” project was launched, creating sports opportunities and promoting the Olympic values among young people in New Zealand. See more information on www.olympic.org.nz.
The President of the Republic of Peru, Ollanta Humala Tasso, has appointed Francisco Boza Dibós as President of the Peruvian Sports Institution. Born in Lima in 1964, Francisco Boza Dibós is currently Secretary General of the Peruvian NOC and Chairman of its Olympic Athletes’ Commission. A silver medallist in shooting at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, he participated in every edition of the Games from Moscow in 1980 to Athens in 2004.
On 25 August, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) published its guidelines on social media for people accredited at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. The IPC strongly encourages athletes participating in the Games to use social media to share their experiences with as wide an audience as possibly via the online community. This publication is available on www.paralympic.org/Paralympic_Games/London_2012. The Paralympic Games will take place from 29 August to 9 September 2012. More than 4,200 athletes will take part in the 20 sports on the programme. Tickets will be put on sale on line on 9 September 2011 at www.tickets.london2012.com.