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16 Sep 2011
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Highlights of the week


During his trip to Zagreb (Croatia) last week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was awarded the country’s highest distinction, the “Grand Order of Queen Jelena with Sash and Danica” (Morning Star), which was handed over by the Croatian Head of State, Ivo Josipović. President Rogge was accompanied by Patrick Hickey, the President of the European Olympic Committees and an IOC member, who was also awarded the same distinction. 

On 14 September, in Vidy, President Rogge welcomed a delegation from Niger composed of the Sports Minister, Hassane Kounou, NOC President Mamadou Talata Doulla, and NOC Secretary General Issaka Ide.

The following day, a Colombian delegation visited President Rogge. This delegation was led by the Vice-President of the Colombian Republic, Angelino Garzon, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Medellín, Alonso Salazar, IOC member Andres Botero, NOC President Baltazar Medina, NOC Secretary General Alberto Ferrer and Colombian Ambassador to Bern Claudia Turbay.

The IOC President also met the following people this week: IOC members Lambis V. Nikolaou, Nat Indrapana, Samih Moudallal and Philip Craven, who is also the President of the International Paralympic Committee, as well as the President and Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency, John Fahey and David Howman respectively.

Next week, President Rogge will be in New York (USA), where he will address the UN General Assembly.


We have just learnt that Nat Indrapana has received an honorary doctorate degree (in sports science) from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, which is Thailand’s oldest university and one of the most prestigious in Asia. 

As President of the International Ski Federation (FIS), Gian-Franco Kasper has won the 2011 “Best of the Alps®” trophy. This reward honours people, companies or institutions for their remarkable contribution to the economic, cultural, social and political life of the European Alpine region. He will receive this distinction on 15 December in St Moritz (Switzerland).


The sixth meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, whose Chairman is Jean-Claude Killy, was held from 12 to 14 September. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee informed the Commission members of the progress in their preparations in key areas of the Games, and linked to the various client groups including the athletes, spectators, media, NOCs, IFs and marketing partners. Other subjects addressed were construction, communications, culture and education, transport, accommodation, sustainability, workforce and technology. Read the news story on (“Media” section).

The IOC Medical Commission, led by Arne Ljungqvist, has published a consensus declaration entitled “Health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport”, a concrete result of the Conference that was held in Lausanne in January 2011, attended by medical experts, exercise physiologists, epidemiologists, and policy experts from around the world. Full article and declaration text on (“Media” section).

The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education met this Friday in Lausanne, chaired by Lambis V. Nikolaou. President Rogge greeted the Commission members at the start of the meeting.


On 13 September, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that the 2011 edition of the men’s Championships Trophy would be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 3 to 11 December. Info on

For the first time, the Rugby World Cup, which is taking place at the moment in New Zealand, will be broadcast live in Antarctica. The International Rugby Board (IRB) has informed us that the 48 matches can be followed live by the 13 New Zealanders, Australian man and Irishman stationed at Scott Base. Full press release on


Denis Masseglia, President of the French NOC, was awarded the Legion of Honour by the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, at a ceremony held on 14 September at the Elysée Palace. More info on

The British Olympic Association has introduced Pride the lion, the official Team GB mascot for the London 2012 Olympic Games. These will be Pride’s second Olympic Games, after he was created just before the Beijing Games in 2008. Pride will take part in all sorts of activities in the run-up to the Games, and will support the athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. More info on

At the end of May, the Czech NOC launched the biggest communications campaign in the history of Czech Olympism. Entitled “Living London” (Žijeme Londýnem), this campaign entered its second phase in September. Its objective is to show the public the atmosphere and values of the Olympic Games. With its road-show format, “Living London” visits each region of the Czech Republic, offering a great number of activities for all generations. Olympic athletes of yesteryear and today will be present throughout the campaign, including Katerina Neumannova, Olympic cross-country skiing champion at the 2006 Games in Turin. Another ambitious project of the Czech NOC is the “Czech House”, which will be situated in the Islington district of London and will welcome visitors throughout the 2012 Games.

Rio 2016

The Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced that Ernst & Young has been selected as the first official supporter (Tier 2) of the Games in the Professional Services category. The company will provide Rio 2016 with a range of consulting services to meet the Organising Committee requirements.

Furthermore, more than 50 young athletes aged 12 to 18, who participated in Brazil’s School Paralympics, visited the Rio 2016 headquarters on 7 September, exactly five years before the opening of the Maracanã stadium. They were welcomed by the Rio 2016 President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Director General Leonardo Gryner. They heard accounts from Paralympic champions André Brasil (swimming) and Roseana Ferreira dos Santos (shot put and discus), and world champion and Paralympic medallist  Yohansson do Nascimento Ferreira (100m and 200m). Full info on

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