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28 Oct 2011
IOC News

Highlights of the week


This week, IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Tonga for the 50th anniversary of the Tonga Sports Association & National Olympic Committee.  During his visit, and accompanied by Robin Mitchell, President of the Oceania National Olympic Committees and IOC member, President Rogge met Lord Tevita Tupou, President of the NOC, and Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau. He also met the Hon. Samiu Vaipulu, Acting Prime Minister of Tonga and other government leaders. The President attended an Educational & Cultural School Day at Mala’e Pangai Lahi and visited the TASANOC headquarters in Haveluloto.


Prince Albert II of Monaco was this week patron of The 5th Peace and Sport International Forum, held in Monaco. The summit brought together more than 500 experts and prominent figures from 100 countries, including more than 50 official government delegations, well-known sports champions, major international organisations, NGOs and other associations. Five Heads of State were present at the Forum, including Prince Albert II of Monaco, King Letsie III of Lesotho; the President of the Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza; the President of the Republic of Hungary and IOC Member Pál Schmitt; and the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov. Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport, is an international initiative based in the Principality of Monaco and founded by Joel Bouzou, the Olympic modern pentathlon medallist and current Secretary General of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM).


Representatives from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) met this week with the organisers of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 12-16 December, 2012. The organisation of the Championships was reviewed, principally matters related to venues, TV production, accommodation and transportation plans, marketing promotion and media operations. About 800 swimmers from over 160 countries are expected to attend the event. Other news from the Federation can be found at

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has announced plans to double the number of athletes participating in its 2011 Riding Camps as part of an initiative to develop them into a global project. Camps will be organised in Beijing (People’s Republic of China), Rome (Italy), Kaposvar (Hungary), Palm Springs (USA) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). All athletes who qualified for the Olympic Games in London 2012 through the 2011 qualification competitions will have the opportunity to have one-week intensive riding training with experienced modern pentathlon equestrian coaches. As in previous years, the project is entirely funded by the UIPM and the nations involved do not have to contribute to the cost of participation. More details can be found at

The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) has informed us that the prestigious annual World Athletics Gala will be hosted in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo on 12 November by IAAF Honorary President and IOC member Prince Albert II. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2011. The Gala will also give the global Athletics family the opportunity to honour other outstanding achievements during the year via a number of other awards.  Full details of the nominees for the awards and the voting procedure can be found at

Bernard Lapasset, President of the International Rugby Board (IRB), described the Rugby World Cup 2011, attended last week by IOC President Jacques Rogge, as an “exceptional event” and an “outstanding success” in achieving the key goals of furthering the profile of rugby and New Zealand across the world. Mr Lapasset said that New Zealand’s 8-7 victory over France in the final of the competition brought down the curtain on a tournament that had achieved all ticketing, sponsorship and broadcast targets. Revenues from the Rugby World Cup 2011 commercial programme, including broadcast, sponsorship and travel and hospitality will deliver an estimated GBP 80 million net surplus boost to the game. More information on the Rugby World Cup can be found at

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has released a new beach volleyball drill book for national federations and players as the sport’s governing body looks to help develop the sport further around the world. The new publication is intended to complement existing teaching material for Volleyball Cooperation programmes worldwide as well as a number of beach volleyball courses. More information about the new drill book, which is available as a downloadable PDF, can be found on the Federation’s website,

Raffaele Chiulli has been re-elected as President of the International Powerboating Federation (UIM) at the 84th Annual General Assembly, held in Abu Dhabi. Chiulli said he was proud and honoured to have been confirmed by the General Assembly as leader of the International Powerboating Federation for a further four-year term, adding that he would continue to strengthen the UIM position as the world’s governing body and driving force behind powerboating.


The German NOC is to stage a one-day conference on 2 November in Mainz on the challenge of involving greater numbers of girls and women who have emigrated to the country in sport. The event is being held in conjunction with the Federal Government and the European Commission. According to the German NOC, female immigrants are still under-represented in sports teams and the conference is intended to develop possible solutions to the problem. Further information can be obtained via the German NOC’s website at

The Spanish NOC has staged a round-table discussion in Madrid on Sport and Asthma to examine how athletes who have suffered from this chronic disease have still managed to reach the top in elite sport. The President of the Spanish NOC, Alejandro Blanco, opened discussions along with Vice President Theresa Zabell. Information on the event and those present can be found at

The Italian NOC organised a one-day seminar on combat sports this week as part of a programme of events for sports in the run-up to the Olympic Games in London 2012. The seminar was the first that the Italian NOC has organised on combat sports and was intended to examine the existing state of combat sports in the country and look at opportunities to innovate and to share knowledge across different disciplines. The seminar began with a presentation by the NOC’s Secretary-General, Raffaele Pagnozzi, who provided a detailed analysis of medal trends in combat sports. Discussions also centred on the ongoing development of youth and female participation in combat sports. Further details are available at:

The Canadian NOC has released the third of four reports into the Games-Time Impact of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The report, which examines socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts of the Games, found that Vancouver’s economy and Canadian pride were both buoyed by the Games. Canadian NOC President Marcel Aubut said the study confirmed views of the widespread positive impact of the Games. “The Games injected millions into the local economy and great strides have been made in making these events more environmentally sound,” he said. The University of British Columbia was commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee to complete the Olympic Games Impact Study. The report is available at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Sport and Sustainability website:

Australia's National Centre of Indigenous Excellence has been awarded the 2011 IOC Trophy for Sport and Social Responsibility after its nomination by the Australian NOC. The trophy is for people and organisations that have worked for social and education development within their communities. The NCIE's vision is an Australia where young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can create their own futures, with no limitations while remaining strong in their culture. The Australian NOC nominated the NCIE for its work in encouraging young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to include sport in their lives. “I am delighted that the International Olympic Committee has recognised the excellent work of the NCIE in our Indigenous community by awarding them this trophy,” John Coates, President of the Australian NOC said.


Young film-makers from around the UK were recognised this week at the prestigious Film Nation: Shorts awards ceremony in London. Presented by TOP Partner Panasonic, the event celebrated the work of the country's most promising young film-making talent. One young film-maker from each of the 10 categories won the opportunity for their short film to be shown at sporting venues during the London 2012 Games next year. The films will also be shown on the London 2012 Live Sites, ensuring their work will be seen by millions. A part of the Cultural Olympiad, Film Nation: Shorts launched in June 2010, giving 14-25 year olds across the UK the chance to make films that celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic values. Full details can be found at:


The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has been officially launched with the inaugural meeting of its General Assembly in Seoul. Jin Sun Kim, former Governor of the Gwangwon Province, where PyeongChang is located, was elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of POCOG. The Assembly also approved the nomination of Dong Hoo Moon as its Vice-President and Secretary General. Many leading figures from Korean sports attended the Assembly, including Kwang Sik Choi, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Yong Sung Park, KOC President; Moon Soon Choi, Governor of Gangwon Province; Dae Sung Moon, an IOC Member; and several Olympians, including Yuna Kim, So Hee Kim and Yi Kyeong Chun.


Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC member and the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) represented President Rogge at the Opening Ceremony of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Congress and Prize-Giving Ceremony for IOC/IPC/IAKS Awards 2011 in Cologne, Germany, on 26 October.  He gave speeches on behalf of the IOC, chaired the Congress Session on elite sports facilities and sustainability and, together with IAKS President Stephan J. Holthoff-Pförtner and IPC President Philip Craven, presented awards to the prize-winners. The IOC/IAKS Award is the only international architecture competition for sports and leisure facilities. An international jury honoured five projects with IOC/IAKS Gold Medals, nine with Silver and five with Bronze. Seven participants were awarded with an IPC/IAKS Distinction. The most successful sports facility was the Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver. The Oval won the IOC/IAKS Gold Medal as well as the IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility. 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has enhanced the electronic platform of its Play True magazine. The electronic magazine will supplement the current WADA website by providing additional insights into the Agency’s day-to-day activities and developments within the anti-doping community worldwide. As well as regular news items, the electronic Play True will include features on anti-doping and profiles of individuals, experts and athletes who are involved in the fight against doping in sport. It will also include editorials and messages from WADA President John Fahey and WADA Director General David Howman. Further details can be obtained from the WADA website:

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