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  • News | Development through sport

    Giving is winning campaign doubles success

    75,000 items of sportswear collected for refugees Some 75,000 items of casual and sports clothing were collected from the Olympic family in the run-up to and during the Olympic Games in Beijing, as part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Giving is Winning Campaign. This is more than double the results of the first edition organised during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.  Facilitating sport in refugee camps The campaign aimed to facilitate the organisation of sports activities in refugee camps, providing a semblance of normality, hope and structure to lives that have been disrupted by conflict. Feedback has shown that, especially for young refugees, the gift of sportswear associated with famous athletes is a tremendous morale-booster and a sign that the outside world does still care. Jointly implemented by the IOC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the clothes collected were distributed to various camps in Europe, Asia and Africa. Sport triumphs over conflict and disease “I am thrilled by this success and the strong support of the Olympic family. This campaign is an excellent example of how sport can bring a little joy to people living very difficult lives,” enthused IOC President Jacques Rogge. “We will continue to ensure sport has a role to play for those ravaged by war and disease, and who are disadvantaged and marginalised.”  Stunning contribution from athletes and NOCs Athletes and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were the most eager donors. Huge donations were made by the British Olympic Association, the Australian and US Olympic Committees and the NOC of the United Arab Emirates. Singapore’s donation, which included items from local schoolchildren. The German NOC developed a special “athlete passport” that also dedicated one section to “Giving is Winning”. Two IOC members, Mario Vázquez Raña and HRH Princess Hayat Bint Al Hussein, donated generously to the campaign. FOCUS - The IOC and Human Development (July 2007) Giving is Winning - leaflet in 6 languages   
    20 May 2009 | Development through sport, Olympism in action
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Rafael Nadal - Tennis - Simple Men

    Victory at the Olympic Games in Beijing proved the crowning glory of an unforgettable 2008 for Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. Nadal had already enjoyed a career-defining season, having secured his fourth French Open title in Paris and edged Roger Federer in the fading light at the Wimbledon final in a match widely regarded as the greatest of the modern era.
    17 Aug 2008 | Beijing 2008, Tennis, Spain, NADAL, Rafael
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Roger Federer - Tennis Men - Double

    For all Roger Federer glittering achievements, by the time the Olympic Games in Beijing came around there were two major prizes still missing from the Swiss maestro’s trophy cabinet; a French Open title and an Olympic gold medal. Within the space of 12 months, both spaces were filled.
    16 Aug 2008 | Beijing 2008, Tennis, Switzerland
  • News | Olympic News

    So Agassi!

    Andre Agassi celebrated yesterday his 37th birthday. In a 20-year career, the gold medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Games strongly marked the public and the history of tennis. Let’s look a little closer at the career of the man considered today as one of the darlings of tennis.
    30 Apr 2007 | Olympic News, AGASSI, Andre, BOLAND, John
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