- 04 Nov 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week IOC President Jacques Rogge unveiled French freestyle skier Kevin Rolland as the latest Youth Olympic Games Ambassador for the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck from 13 to 22 January 2012. President Rogge described Rolland as a gifted athlete who embodied the passion and energy of his sport and would have a huge impact on athletes he mentored as YOG Ambassador.
President Rogge opened the first Bidding for the Games seminar. The event was attended by 100 delegates representing 25 cities and NOCs considering making a bid for a future edition of the Olympic Games or YOG. Themes of the two-day event included vision, operational matters, YOG-specific issues, legacy and details of the bidding process itself. Speakers at the event included Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and former Senior Executive of the Athens 2004 Organising Committee (ATHOC); Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG; Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games Organising Committee and Carlos Nuzman, Chairman of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and IOC member.
Representatives of cities that have been put forward by their respective NOCs to apply to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 attended a two-day Applicant City Seminar at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne this week. Six cities have been put forward to apply to host the 2020 edition. They are, in alphabetical order: Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan).
The IOC organised an experts meeting on “education and prevention” and on “monitoring and analysis” with representatives of the Olympic Movement, governments, international organisations and betting operators. The recommendations of these experts will be submitted to the Working Group on 2nd February 2012.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will next week announce the successful bidder for the 2017 World Athletics Championships. The IAAF’s Evaluation Commission visited the bidding cities, London and Doha, last month, and each is due to make a final presentation to the IAAF Council’s meeting in Monaco before its decision is announced on Friday. Further details can be obtained from: www.iaaf.org.
The International Sailing Federation(ISAF) Annual Conference took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico this week. The programme included discussions on policy issues and a wide range of other matters, including piracy, sailing rankings, racing rules and events. The Conference was attended by ISAF Member National Authorities, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and others. To find out more about the ISAF Annual Conference and to view papers and submissions go to: http://www.sailing.org.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Academy Programme reached a significant milestone last week as the 3,000th coach took part in one of its 111 academies. The latest, a Level 2 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Pretoria, South Africa, covered all the competitive events included under the FIG trampoline competitions: trampoline, double mini-tramp and tumbling. The Academy was attended by 18 coaches from five different federations: Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Chinese Taipei and Zimbabwe. The FIG Academy Programme continues with seven more courses before the end of 2011 – men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics in Mexico, Japan and Chile; rhythmic gymnastics in Japan; acrobatic gymnastics in Venezuela; aerobic gymnastics in Senegal; and a Gymnastics for All Foundations of Gymnastics course in Colombia. Further details can be found at: www.fig-gymnastics.com.
Seven countries have bid to host FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQT) for men and women. For the first time ever, the list of bidders includes countries from outside Europe. The FIBA Central Board will decide on both organisers of the OQTs during its meeting on 10 and 11 December in Madrid, Spain. Bidding countries for the men’s OQT are Angola, FYR of Macedonia, Lithuania and Venezuela, while the Women’s Tournament bidders are Argentina, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Further information on the bidding process is available at: www.fiba.com.
The first Annual Congress of the International Softball Federation (ISF) to take place in the USA for 10 years has concluded in Oklahoma City, with delegates from 70 countries attending meetings covering both on- and off-field activity. The event included a presentation by International World Games Association President and IOC Programme Commission member Ron Froehlich on softball's Olympic reinstatement efforts. Softball is one of eight sports on the shortlist produced by the IOC for the 2013 vote on the 2020 Olympic Games Programme. Further details on the ISF Annual Congress can be found at www.internationalsoftball.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The German NOC’s 46th Board meeting, held in Frankfurt am Main, has studied the interim findings of its major report “Doping in Germany from 1950 until today – a historical sociological review in the context of ethical legitimacy”. NOC President Thomas Bach said: “We see a confirmation for our initiative for this project, because this report creates for the first time a comprehensive summary of doping practices in elite sports in West Germany and at the same time initiates a discussion about the topic.” Both research teams involved have been asked to produce a joint final report summarising their results and conclusions. This will include an outline of sociological structures which have enabled doping or which have made it easier to dope. If applicable, the results will then be used for improving doping prevention, the NOC said. Further details at: www.dosb.de.
The Czech NOC has hired British actor John Cleese, one of the six members of the legendary “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” group, to promote the Czech Olympic Team in a series of Monty Python-inspired TV adverts screened from now until August 2012. Cleese, 72, was the main actor in 10 30-second spots, including spoofs on the British traditions of telephone booths, five o’clock tea, hats and the English innovation of miniskirts. Czech NOC President, Milan Jirasek, said Cleese would appeal to Czechs' dry sense of humour. “We were looking for someone to help boost interest as we think London will be a traditional Olympics and special atmosphere, so we were looking for some British character. John Cleese was our first choice,” he added. Cleese said that the idea of encouraging Czech people to come to London to see their competitors taking part in the Olympic Games had particularly appealed to him.
The 6th European Athletes’ Forum takes place on the shores of Lake Como in Italy as from the 4th November. The Forum is being organised by the European Olympic Committees and supported by the Italian NOC (CONI) and the sports unit of the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s financial police. Its theme is “Rights, duties and potential of a national athletes’ commission”, and the main focus will be on athletes’ responsibilities as role models. The event is hosted by CONI, EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and Olympic canoe-kayak champion Antonio Rossi, Chairman of the EOC Athletes’ Commission. Those attending will include Frank Fredericks, Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, who will deliver a report on the International Athletes’ Forum recently held in Colorado Springs. Claudia Bokel, who chaired the last European Athletes’ Commission and is now Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, will also join representatives from the 49 European NOCs.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Hundreds of international artists are to converge on the Southbank Centre in London next summer for the Festival of the World programme as part of the London 2012 Festival. Inspired by the cultural vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Festival of the World will feature a number of projects to celebrate the arts and its power to transform lives. Highlights include the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, with poets from each of the 204 competing Olympic nations coming together in London for a week-long celebratory gathering. Other highlights include: Africa Utopia, led by renowned Senegalese singer and human rights champion Baaba Maal; a performance by 150 dancers and 50 singers over the age of 60 in Dancing Voices; plus the highly-anticipated return of Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra for a four-day Sounds Venezuela residency. Full details can be found at: www.london2012.com.
The Clean Sea for Clean City environmental initiative concluded in Sochi this week. Organised by the Sochi City Administration, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and The Coca-Cola Company, the worldwide IOC partner, it included an educational roundtable dedicated to raising environmental awareness and culture. The World Black Sea Day and the World Clean-Up Day were joined by 16 Sochi 2014 volunteer centres in 12 Russian cities. More than 3,500 volunteers across the country undertook clean-ups as well as a number of creative and social projects. More information on the initiative can be found at www.sochi2014.com.
INNSBRUCK 2012 YOG
YOG ski jumping star Gregor Schlierenzauer has been revealed as the face of the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Torch Relay. The relay is an 18-day tour across Austria and starts on 27 December. Schlierenzauer described the Torch Relay as a particular highlight and said he was honoured to be a part of the Relay and to be raising awareness about the 1st Winter YOG in Innsbruck. The Innsbruck YOG website is at: www.innsbruck2012.com/en.
The Organising Committee of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio issued a statement congratulating Aldo Rebelo on his appointment to head the country’s Ministry of Sport. The OCOG said that the partnership between itself and the Ministry of Sport, the Brazilian NOC, sports federations and clubs and sport associations in the country would continue as before. More news and information is available at: http://www.rio2016.org.
Franco Ascani has been re-elected President of the International Federation of Cinema and Television Sports (FICTS) at its Congress in Milan this week. Franco Ascani, who is a member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, will serve a four-year term until 2015. The 29th Milan International FICTS Festival, organised alongside the Congress, serves as a global showcase for sports film producers, sports broadcasters, television networks, production companies, film-makers, NOCs and International Sports Federations. It featured 150 separate film screenings, side-events, workshops, meeting sessions and 30 awards.
WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, has published a Sport Physician's Tool Kit which contains all the necessary documents and information for sports physicians to develop their own anti-doping education programmes for local cultures. The tool kit contains ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations, a number of relevant articles and cast studies to test physicians’ knowledge. Modules in the kit include: Doping and Sports Medicine Ethics; Health Consequences of Doping; The Doping Control Process; The Prohibited List; Performance Enhancement without Doping; Athlete’s Biological Passport; and An Introduction to Gene Doping. The Sport Physician’s Tool Kit can be found in the download centre on the WADA website at www.wada-ama.org.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is inviting cities from across Europe to bid for three major sporting events in 2013. The events include the IPC Shooting European Championships, which will attract nearly 300 athletes and officials; the IPC Powerlifting European Championships; and the IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships. Shooting made its Paralympic Games debut in 1976 and has enjoyed rapid growth, now being practiced in nearly 60 countries. The last Shooting European Championships, held in 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia attracted nearly 250 athletes from 43 countries. The IPC said that although Wheelchair Dance Sport is not part of the Paralympic Sport programme, it has benefited significantly from the growth in popularity of TV dance shows and regularly attracts sell-out crowds. Details of how to make a bid application can be found at separate websites: