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23 Sep 2011
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Highlights of the week


At the start of the week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in New York (USA) where he spoke about the role of sports organisations in the fight against noncommunicable diseases at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly. President Rogge met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet. President Rogge also had a meeting with Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace.

The IOC President then flew to Beijing (People’s Republic of China), which is hosting the 14th World Conference on Sport for All (see below).


Pál Schmitt also spoke at the UN General Assembly in his capacity of Head of State of Hungary.


The Experts’ Group on “Monitoring, Intelligence and Analysis” of irregular and illegal betting in sport met this week at the IOC headquarters. It will formulate recommendations to the Working Group made up of representatives of public authorities, betting operators and the sports movement.

The 14th World Conference on Sport for All is being held from 21 to 23 September at the National Conference Centre in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese NOC and the Beijing Municipal Government, this Conference is being co-organised by the IOC and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA) in partnership with SportAccord. On the agenda is the practical implementation of Sport for All programmes. For the first time, the IOC Sport for All Commission, chaired by IOC member Sam Ramsamy, is granting a subsidy to recognise and support remarkable work by entities actively engaged in promoting Sport for All, particularly in developing countries, and disseminating the benefits of sport on health and society in general. Find out the three entities that have been recognised as well as the Conference recommendations on (“Media” section). More info at (official Conference site).


The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has informed us that, for the third time, the Fencing World Championships and the World Wheelchair Fencing Championships will be held together at the same venue at the same time: from 8 to 16 October 2011 in Catania (Italy). Over 100 nations have already registered. More info at

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that the 2nd edition of the FINA World Aquatics Convention will be held in Moscow (Russian Federation) From 30 October to 1 November 2012. Every two years, this Convention brings together the aquatic family and all partners involved in the sport’s industry. The first edition was held in Punta del Este (Uruguay) in September 2010. More info at


“Enjoy sport without alcohol” is the slogan of a campaign launched by the German NOC in collaboration with the Federal Centre for Health Education. This campaign to prevent alcohol in sports clubs calls upon them to organise alcohol-free sports weekends, to set an example for the responsible handling of alcohol. German NOC President and IOC member Thomas Bach is patron of this campaign. He officially launched this campaign with the Centre’s Director, Elisabeth Pott. More info at

The Colombian NOC has informed us about the organisation of the South American Junior Athletics Championships on 23, 24 and 25 September in the “Alfonso Galvis Duque” athletics stadium in Medellín. The best athletes from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are taking part in this competition organised by the Colombian Federation and the Antioch athletics league. More info at

The Israeli NOC, in cooperation with its local sponsor Roche, recently organised a series of sports events, placing athletes at the service of the community. Thus, 70 breast cancer patients and seven Olympic athletes participated in a fun golf day in the Israeli golf centre in Caesarea. In the same vein, an Olympic  day of shooting was organised in Herzeliya, as part of a social responsibility project aimed at London 2012 Olympic athletes for the benefit of cancer patients. The instructors included Sergei Richter, the first athlete to qualify for London; his coach, Guy Starik; as well as Gil Simkovitch, who took part in the Beijing 2008 Games; and Yair Davidovich, Secretary General of the Israeli Archery Association. More info at

In a recent press release, the New Zealand NOC announced that the city of Christchurch, which was struck by a terrible earthquake in February 2011, will host the official welcome home event of the New Zealand Olympic team after the London Olympic Games next year. The NOC also indicated that Christchurch athletes will benefit from financial support to help continue their training thanks to an IOC donation and from the auctioning of a trip for two to the London Games. Finally, Christchurch will organise the inaugural mini-Olympic Games in 2012. This event will form part of the ASB Olympic Schools programme, currently operating in Auckland and Wellington. It will allow pupils to participate in sport and learn about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. More info at


On 21 September, on International Day of Peace as proclaimed by the United Nations, the Organising Committee for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has launched its “Get Set” programme for the Olympic Truce with the participation of bronze medallist at the recent World Athletics Championships Andy Turner, who was accompanied by pupils from the Swanlea School in Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets. This programme offers youngsters the chance to find out more about the Olympic Truce and take part in sports and cultural activities which contribute to encouraging peace and the Truce in their schools and communities. Read the press releases on and (Media section).

Innsbruck 2012

On 21 September, the IOC announced the list of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) chosen to mentor the participants at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from 13 to 22 January 2012 in Innsbruck (Austria). The list features some star names in sport. These ARMs have been chosen by the International Sports Federations taking part in the Winter Youth Olympic Games and by the IOC Athletes’ Commission, chaired by IOC member Frank Fredericks, who will also be on hand in Innsbruck to advise and mentor the roughly 1,000 young participants. Find out the names of these athletes at (“Media” section).


On 17 September, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved the 2012 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods at its meeting held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The new version of the List will be made official, then disseminated before 1 October 2011. It will come into force on 1 January 2012.

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