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30 Sep 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


At the beginning of this week, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Bucharest (Romania) for the opening of the new Romanian NOC headquarters. His also had a meeting with Romanian President Traian Basescu.

On 28 September in Baden-Baden (Germany), the IOC President gave a speech at the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Olympic Congress held in the town in 1981. This was organised by the German NOC, whose President is IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach. Numerous IOC members were in attendance. It was this Congress in which more than 20 athletes took part, and the IOC Athletes’ Commission was created just one month afterwards. Read the story.

On Thursday 29 September in Brussels (Belgium), the IOC President met the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.


Anita L. DeFrantz, who chairs the LA84 Foundation, is one of the 10 Women Who Make an Impact in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Magazine. She was selected because she has “given kids in some of L.A.’s poorest neighbourhoods the chance to play sports and dream of being an Olympian”.

Francesco Ricci Bitti was re-elected President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) at the ITF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Bangkok (Thailand) on 23 September. This is his fourth term of office.


This week, the IOC has awarded Caracol Televisión S.A. the terrestrial television and radio broadcast rights in Colombia for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The agreement also includes the terrestrial television and radio broadcast rights in Colombia for the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in January 2012. Read the press release.


The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has informed us that its President, IOC member Julio César Maglione, was in Seoul this week, where he met the Korean President and former FINA Bureau member Myung Bak Lee, as well as NOC President Yong-Sung Park and the Mayor of Gwangju, Un-Tae Kang. Their discussions included relations between FINA and the Korean sports authorities and ways to strengthen this cooperation. More details on

More than 270 delegates attended the ITF’s AGM in Bangkok this week. The agenda included elections to the ITF’s Board of Directors for the 2011–2013 period and changes to ITF membership. The 2012 AGM will be held from 11 to 13 July in Copenhagen (Denmark). Details on

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has just announced that its development initiative launched in June 2010 has enjoyed a successful first six months. Based on the model of the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity, the FIVB Development Fund has a Steering Committee chaired by FIVB Treasurer and Executive Vice-President Andre Meyer. The aim of the fund is to assist with the direct implementation of new development projects that are likely to improve the performance and situation of volleyball and beach volleyball at the national level, allowing national federations to develop and grow through close collaboration with their local stakeholders, government agencies and other private or governmental organisations. Read the story on


Jorge Herrera Barona, former President of the Colombian NOC, has died in Cali at the age of 82. He was NOC President from April 1989 to February 1997. A tennis player, horse rider and athlete, he represented his country in athletics at the Bolivarian Games in Lima (Peru) in 1947, and was a national shot-put and discus champion. His other roles included serving as Director General of the 1971 Pan-American Games in Cali and as an honorary member of the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO). More details on

The Spanish NOC recently held a seminar on “Values in sport and the armed forces”, which was attended by the Minister of Defence, Carme Chacón. On this occasion, NOC President Alejandro Blanco congratulated the Minister for her work and determination in disseminating the values of sport within the Spanish armed forces, and presented her with an NOC plaque as a sign of gratitude. A few days beforehand, the NOC President, accompanied by NOC Medical Commission Chairman Rodrigo de Mesa, opened the 13th Medicine and High-Level Sport Days at the NOC headquarters. The programme included workshops and talks on topical sports medicine issues such as the use of platelet-rich plasma, fatigue and overtraining in high-level sport, and ankle traumatology. More info on

Representatives of 13 NOCs attended the Olympic Public Relations Association Workshop sponsored by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs from 21 to 24 September. Communications staff from the NOCs of South Africa, Brazil, Croatia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and Ukraine listened to a variety of speakers, and each completed a communications plan for their NOC for the 2012 Games in London. As well as the international participants, 53 members of the USOC’s national sports federations also attended. More details on

The headquarters of the Georgian NOC is now at 11, Machabeli Street in Sololaki, a district of Tbilisi. The ceremony to inaugurate the new headquarters was attended by the Mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava; the Minister of Sport and Youth, Lado Vardzelashvili; various Georgian sports personalities and Olympic champions; Prince Albert II, IOC member and President of the NOC of Monaco; Rafaelle Pagnozzi, Secretary General of the European Olympic Committees (EOC); EOC Chief of Staff Rossana Ciuffetti; and Marius Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation. Georgia’s first Olympic champions, Mzia Jugeli and Rafiel Chimishkian, and family members of deceased Olympic champion Davit Tsimakuridze were also invited. Details on

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony to commemorate the 11 victims at the 1972 Games in Munich, 39 years ago, organised in Tel Aviv by the Israeli NOC, whose President is Zvi Varshaviak. This ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat, representing the government, families of the 11 athletes, sports leaders and past and present Olympic athletes, including Esther Roth Shachamarov, an Israel Prize for Sport winner who was in Munich in 1972; Shmuel Lalkin, head of the Israeli delegation in 1972; plus Jacob Tomrkin (swimming) and Danielle Frenkel (high jump), members of the Olympic team for London 2012. Details on

In collaboration with the national handball federation, the Lithuanian NOC organised a technical course for handball coaches from 13 to 18 September in Klaipeda. Sponsored by Olympic Solidarity, this course attracted delegates from around the country who were guided by Norwegian expert Igor Shestakov and local expert Miglius Astrauskas. The International Handball Federation (IHF) donated 30 balls to the participants, who also received a certificate signed by the IOC President, NOC President Arturas Poviliunas and course director Igor Shestakov. More details on

The President of the Mongolian NOC, Demchigjav Zagdsuren, recently presented the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, G. Munkhbayar, with the Olympic Golden Star, the NOC’s highest distinction, in recognition of his contribution to the development of sport and Olympism. Among other things, the Mayor has launched a sports infrastructure project for secondary schools, resulting in the construction of over 60 outdoor fields and three indoor facilities. More details on

The second edition of the “Man Bok Park” Champions Cup, organised by the Peruvian NOC, has been held with the support of the Ministry of Education and Samsung Electronics Peru. This event brought together the country’s 12 top education institutions, the best six private schools and the best six public schools. The aim is to promote the values of school volleyball and thus the Olympic values. Details on


The 2012 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, approved by the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 17 September, is now available. The List will come into force on 1 January 2012. The List and the main changes compared with the 2011 List can be found on

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