- 11 Nov 2011
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
On 11 November, IOC President Jacques Rogge was in Ypres in the Belgian province of West Flanders, at the invitation of the town’s Mayor and the President of the Last Post Association, to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony marking the end of First World War hostilities. The personalities present included IOC Vice-President and German NOC President Thomas Bach; IOC member Adam Pengilly; the President of the Belgian NOC and the Chairman of the British NOC, Pierre-Olivier Beckers and Colin Moynihan; French NOC Vice-President André Leclerc; and numerous Olympic medallists.
Richard W. Pound is shortly to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of his major contribution to the Canadian and international Olympic and sports movement.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
During the 2011 Weightlifting World Championships currently taking place in Paris (France), the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), whose President is Tamás Aján, launched its “Say No! to doping” campaign, with the slogan “Lift CLEAN and jerk”. This follows on from the IWF’s joining the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) outreach programme in July this year. To increase awareness of the programme among athletes and their entourage members, the IWF has chosen two weightlifting icons, three-time Olympic and multiple world champion Pyrros Dimas and Olympic champion and multiple world champion Pawina Thongsuk. During the World Championships, visitors can take part in a Say No! to Doping quiz and obtain other important information. More details on www.iwf.net.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) informs us that the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union has appointed Elenoa Kunatuba from Fiji as the first Oceania Regional Women’s Rugby Development Officer. The position, funded by the IRB and the NOCs of Oceania (ONOC), is the first of its kind for the region. Elenoa Kunatuba has a wealth of experience in rugby as an educator, referee and coach. She has coached the Fiji women’s national team and most recently the Indian women’s team. Read the press release on www.irb.com.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the first two of the six venues that will host ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas from 2013 onwards. The two chosen are: Hyères in France (2013-2014) and Palma de Majorca in Spain (2013-2014). The venues for the regattas in Asia, Africa/Middle East, America and Oceania will be announced in due course. Details on www.isaf.org.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Albanian NOC has organised a “Sport for Development” project in Farke, a rural zone in the Tirana area. Run jointly with UNICEF Albania, the project brought together around 450 pupils from various classes over three days. The teaching team and administration of the school hosting the event were also involved. The programme included sports competitions (volleyball, basketball, football, gymnastics and athletics) as well as educational and artistic activities linked to the Olympic Games in London and Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. All the participants received diplomas. The officials present included the NOC Secretary General and Executive Committee members, and the Chairman of the Municipality of Farke. More details on www.nocalbania.org.al/.
The Austrian NOC has awarded the 2011 IOC Trophy for Sport and Social Responsibility to former Alpine skier and co-founder of the KADA athlete career association, Roswitha Stadlober. This association helps Austrian athletes to plan their professional careers during their sports competition careers and to integrate into work life after sport. During the “Day of Sports” in Vienna, NOC President Karl Stoss presented the Trophy to Roswitha Stadlober. More details on www.olympia.at.
The Belgian NOC has just informed us that, on 13 and 14 October, Brussels hosted the 14th ENGSO (European Non-governmental Sport Organisation) Forum. This organisation plays an important role in European sport, and seeks to give sport its rightful future in modern society. This 14th Forum looked at the themes of sports volunteering (to mark the European Year of Volunteering), sport and employment, and sport to promote health. Details on www.olympic.be.
US boxer Joe Frazier died this week in Philadelphia (USA) at the age of 67. Frazier was Olympic champion at the 1964 Games in Tokyo and world champion from 1970 to 1973. In boxing history, Frazier will forever be linked to his great rival, Muhammad Ali, whom he beat in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York on 8 March 1971, before losing his next two fights. Find out more on www.teamusa.org.
On 3 November, the French NOC hosted a Peruvian delegation composed of NOC President José Quiñones González and Cristina Velita de Laboureix, the new Peruvian ambassador to France. A working meeting with Jean-Pierre Mougin, NOC Secretary General, and Olivier Lenglet, Director of the NOC International Relations Department, was held on various subjects, including the forthcoming creation of a “Pierre de Coubertin Prize” to be awarded each year at the Peruvian NOC general assembly to a person or project that has promoted the Olympic values in Peru. The two NOCs also signed an MoU with a view to developing long-term cooperation in the fields of high-level sport, culture and education, and sport for all. There was also a meeting with NOC President Denis Masseglia, who was presented with the Peruvian NOC medal by his Peruvian counterpart. Details on www.franceolympique.com
The Hungarian NOC informs us that, on 20 and 21 October, Budapest hosted a major European branding strategy summit, the “BrandFestival”. One of the main topics of this 2011 edition was “engagement”. The speakers included Daniela Negreda, Marketing Services Manager with IOC Television and Marketing Services SA, and Ildikó Mihók, the Hungarian NOC’s Director of Marketing and Communication, who gave presentations on protecting the Olympic symbols, the Olympic Movement and Olympic sponsorship and marketing. Details on www.olympic-hun.org.
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.
Nine months before the Games open in London, the Uzbek NOC presented the uniforms of its Olympic team, designed and produced by the ERKE Group Company. A press conference was held on this occasion in the Museum of Olympic Glory. The uniforms feature the colours of the country’s national flag. Details on www.olympic.uz.
We have just heard that, as part of its policy to raise awareness about Olympism across the country, the NOC of Togo, led by its President, Poutoyi Nabede, held a seminar on the environment in Kpalimé. The title of the seminar was “Why sport and the environment?”. This was the starting point for a country-wide project run by the NOC’s Sport and Environment Commission, chaired by Luc Kouassi Dofontien. A clean-up operation involving cleaning sewers by removing plastic bags and other rubbish near the municipal stadium in was also undertaken on this occasion, with numerous athletes taking part. Thanks to the support of Olympic Solidarity and local sponsors, other seminars like this will be held in other regions of Togo during 2012.
ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Carried by 8,000 torchbearers, the Olympic flame for the 2012 Games will visit iconic UK landmarks including Loch Ness in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Stonehenge. The Organising Committee for these Games (LOCOG) has also named all the 1,018 cities, towns and villages through which the Relay will pass next year. The 70-day Relay, sponsored by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on 19 May 2012. The flame will then cover around 8,000 miles around the UK before arriving in London. It will then be taken down the River Thames on 27 July 2012 and into the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. More details on www.london2012.com.
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016) has appointed the consortium Cerimonias Cariocas 2016 as the executive production company for live ceremonies and major events at the 2016 Games. This consortium is composed of the Italian event, advertising and TV holding Film Master Group and Brazilian large event producers SRCOM. The core team includes Ric Birch, Master of Ceremonies; Abel Gomes, one of Brazil’s most renowned scenographers; and Marco Balich, who designed and produced the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2006 Games in Turin.
An IOC delegation led by the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2016 Games, Nawal El Moutawakel, attended the opening of the second station of the Transoeste BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line. The station was unveiled by the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, in the presence of various personalities including the President of Rio 2016, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Director General Leonardo Gryner. The IOC delegation is in Rio for the fourth project review. More details on www.rio2016.com.
As part of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) and the IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development organised a symposium for teachers from 5 to 8 November at the Coubertin Foundation in St Rémy les Chevreuses, near Paris (France).
In issue 972 of the “Highlights”, in the “members” section, a reference was made to the “Republic of Macedonia” rather than the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.