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09 Sep 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


Last weekend, President Rogge was in Maputo, Mozambique, for the 14th ANOCA General Assembly and the Opening Ceremony of the 10th All-Africa Games. During this stay, he met the Head of State, Armando Guebuza, to whom he awarded the IOC President’s Prize, as well as Prime Minister Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali. On the programme was a visit to the Olympafrica Centre in Boane and laying the first stone of the new NOC headquarters. Read the news story on (Media section).

On 10 September, President Rogge will be in Zagreb, Croatia, where he will attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Croatian NOC. He will be accompanied by Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees and an IOC member.


This week, the Coordination Commission for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012, chaired by Gian-Franco Kasper, concluded its fourth and last visit to the Austrian host city. This visit took place after three days of fruitful meetings of Chefs de Mission from the 65 countries that will be represented in Innsbruck. News story at (Media section).


The IOC has entrusted four research centres with collecting all existing data on injuries in sport and their prevention. These centres met from 31 August to 2 September in Lausanne, under the aegis of the IOC Medical Commission, and discussed in particular prevention methods and new programmes, how to increase knowledge of them, and their impact on the rules of sport.


Six athletes have been elected to the Athletes’ Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for a four-year term of office. The election was held in Daegu (Korea) from 29 August to 1 September during the World Championships. Those elected are: Stefan Holm (Sweden, high jump), Monika Pyrek (Poland, pole vault), Koji Murofushi (Japan, hammer throw), David Oliver (USA, 110m hurdles), Manuel Martinez (Spain, shot put) and Benjamin Limo (Kenya, 5,000m). Press release at

The Annual Ordinary Congress of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) was held in Bled (Slovenia) on 5 September, following the conclusion of the World Championships. Delegates from over 60 national federations took a number of decisions, including awarding the 2015 World Championships to Aiguebelette (France) and the Under 23s 2014 World Championships to Varese (Italy). Federations from the Bahamas, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Mongolia and Namibia were admitted as FISA members, bringing the total number to 136. The next Ordinary Congress will be held on 17 August 2012 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and the Extraordinary Congress in 2013 in Copenhagen (Denmark). More info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA), has informed us that this week its President, and IOC member, Julio César Maglione, took part in the “Forum Russia: Country of Sport” in Saransk (Russia), an initiative combining sports events and talks. The Forum was attended by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. During his talk, Julio César Maglione underlined the importance of sport in Russia, as illustrated by its athletes’ performances and the many sports events organised in the country, such as the forthcoming 2nd World Aquatics Convention in October 2012 in Moscow and the 16th World Aquatics Championships in Kazan in July 2015. More info at

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has informed us that the 51st World Championships, which are currently being held in Moscow, will serve as a qualification event for the London Games. The three first athletes will directly qualify for the Games next year. Almost 200 athletes from across the world are taking part in this competition. In addition, during the 2011 European Championships in Medway Park, Gillingham (Great Britain), 16 athletes qualified for these London Games. More info at

Triathlon is set to make its debut on the programme of the All Africa Games, being held from 3 to 18 September in Maputo. Read the International Triathlon Union (ITU)’s press release at


The International Skating Union (ISU) has recently launched its social media initiative. Two Facebook pages have been created, one for the ISU and the other for figure skating. At the end of September, another page will be devoted to speed skating. A YouTube channel was also launched for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating which was held from 1 to 3 September in Riga (Latvia). Finally, the ISU has published Social Media Guidelines for all accredited persons at ISU events and championships. Read the press release at


The Australian and Russian NOCs have just signed a cooperation agreement in Sydney, Australia. John Coates and Alexander Zhukov, the Presidents of the two NOCs, signed the agreement, which is timely with the next Winter Games being hosted in the Russian city of Sochi. Under the terms of the agreement, the two countries will take part in bilateral competitions and foster cooperation in the field of athlete preparation, coaching and other specialist areas in sport. More info at

The Canadian NOC has announced the appointment of Chris Overholt as CEO and Secretary General of the NOC. He succeeds Jean R. Dupré, who is stepping down for personal reasons but will remain as a consultant. Read the full press release at

The Ecuadorian NOC has awarded the 2011 IOC “Sport and Social Responsibility” Trophy to the Bank of Guayaquil in recognition of its social and cultural work in the city’s districts and schools. The trophy was presented to Hernán Luque, Commercial Vice-President of the Bank, by Bruno Faidutti, President of the Ecuadorian Olympic Academy. More info at

French athlete Pierre Quinon, Olympic pole vault champion in Los Angeles in 1984, died on 17 August in Hyères (France). He set a world record on 28 August 1983 in Cologne (Germany), with a jump of 5.82m. He retired from competition in 1993. 

We have just learned that, at the end of July, at the Executive Committee meeting of the Lithuanian NOC, its President, Arturas Poviliunas presented the 2011 IOC “Sport and Social Responsibility” Trophy to Antanas Muraška, Director of UAB Olifeja Lottery Enterprise. An economist by profession, Antanas Muraška has devoted his career to working for social and education development within the Lithuanian sports community. More info at

During the Olympic Day celebrations in Thyolo, the NOC of Malawi awarded the IOC 2011 “Sport and Social Responsibility” Trophy to Patrick Kulemeka, Director of the “PlaySoccer Malawi” programme, in recognition of his role in the development of young people through sport.

In the framework of Olympic Solidarity’s technical course, the Uruguayan NOC jointly organised with the Uruguayan Gymnastics Federation a course for coaches. The course was led by Raimundo Blanco of the Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation. More than 20 national technicians took part from 22 to 28 August. More info at


Last weekend, the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), whose President is IOC member Philip Craven, held its 59th meeting in Budapest (Hungary). The decisions made included granting provisional IPC membership to the International Canoe Federation and the International Triathlon Union, subject to the approval of the General Assembly in December. Para-canoe and para-triathlon will make their Paralympic debut at the Rio Games in 2016. The preparations for the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games were also on the agenda. The next meeting of the Governing Board will be in December in Beijing (China), prior to the General Assembly. In addition, the chefs de mission and representatives of 108 National Paralympic Committees met in London and were informed about the preparations for the London Paralympic Games. More info at

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