IOC Announces Olympic Highlights of the Week

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On 31 January, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in the Olympic Museum closing evening in Lausanne. The Olympic institution thus closed its doors for renovations until the end of 2013. However, thanks to a virtual Olympic Museum, visitors can (re)discover memories of The Museum since its inauguration, follow the evolution of the renovation work and projects, listen to interviews and watch videos

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has just launched a “Say NO! To Doping” video clip as the latest element in its awareness campaign. This campaign underlines the fundamental messages of sport - courage, respect, effort and accepting challenges

IOC ACTIVITIES
PRESIDENT
On 31 January, IOC President Jacques Rogge participated in the Olympic Museum closing evening in Lausanne. The Olympic institution thus closed its doors for renovations until the end of 2013. However, thanks to a virtual Olympic Museum, visitors can (re)discover memories of The Museum since its inauguration, follow the evolution of the renovation work and projects, listen to interviews and watch videos.

On 2 February in Lausanne, President Rogge chaired the third meeting of the Working Group on Irregular and Illegal Betting in Sport. Some 50 representatives of governments, international public organisations, the sports movement and betting operators were present. At the end of this meeting, the participants approved a series of measures aimed at increasing awareness, improving monitoring, exchanging and analysing information, and strengthening existing legislation or encouraging the adoption of new legislation and regulations likely to combat this problem. Alongside this meeting, an agreement was signed between the IOC and the ARJEL, the French Regulatory Authority for Online Games.

This week in Vidy, the IOC President has met:

  •         The Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke;
  •         The French Sports Minister and two-time Olympic judo champion, David Douillet;
  •         The President of Eurosport International, Laurent-Eric Le Lay, and the producer of Eurosport’s Olympic Magazine, Christian Seychal; and
  •         IOC members Ching-Kuo Wu, Thomas Bach and Ser Miang Ng.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
SUMMER IFS
Last week in Monaco, Lamine Diack, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), signed a cooperation agreement whose objectives include the promotion and development of athletics within military sport, on both amateur and professional levels, as well as participation in women’s military sport.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has officially launched the 2014 edition of its biggest competition, revealing its new name, at an event held in Madrid (Spain). The “FIBA World Championship” thus becomes the “FIBA Basketball World Cup”. The logo of this competition was also revealed. On this occasion, the Spanish Basketball Federation presented the six host cities of this 2014 edition: Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Grenada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Management Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) met last week in Coxyde (Belgium) on the occasion of the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. Among the decisions taken was to award the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships to Minsk (Belarus) and the 2014 edition to Cali (Colombia). Furthermore, the UCI Management Committee decided to postpone the first edition of the UCI World Cycling Forum, planned for 2012. The 181st UCI Congress will therefore be held in Maastricht (Netherlands) on 21 September 2012.

On the occasion of the Paris 2012 Judo Grand Slam, the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the French Judo Federation are organising the second edition of the Pyramid of Judogi. After the success of the first edition, at the World Championships in Paris in 2011, during which more than 800 outfits offered by 14 countries were collected and 30 champions made a donation, it was decided to repeat the operation, with the aim of extending this solidarity programme.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) have recently established a partnership, thanks to which FINA’s activities will be better promoted by sports press organisations. In practical terms, FINA will benefit from increased visibility on the AIPS website and in its magazine, and the communications possibilities between the two organisations will be strengthened. FINA will also have the advantage of AIPS assistance in verifying accreditation requests for its main competitions.

Robert Brophy, the International Rugby Board (IRB)’s Chief Financial Officer since 1996, has been appointed Acting Chief Executive of Rugby World Cup Limited. Appointed by the Executive Committee, Brophy took up his new position on 1 February, which he will maintain during the recruitment process to find a permanent successor to Mike Miller, who left the IRB on 31 January after 10 years.

WINTER IFS
On 22 January, the very first International Ski Federation (FIS) World Snow Day was held. Some 225 events were organised in 39 countries, with children, their families and the general public taking part in leisure activities in the snow. This Day was the first event held on a global scale celebrating snow sports as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging global awareness of the importance of a healthy natural environment.

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
On 23 January, the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport was created at the headquarters of the Belgian NOC. Its aim is to continue the work of the current Belgian Sports Arbitration Commission (CBAS), in order to facilitate – following the example of the Court of Artbitration for Sport (CAS) – solutions to sports-related disputes on a national level.

The fifth edition of the Olympic values dissemination campaign, “All Olympic” (Todos Olímpicos) has recently been presented at the headquarters of the NOC of Spain. This initiative of the NOC, the High Council of Sports and the Madrid City Council also includes this year the second edition of the “Olympic Heroes” (Héroes Olímpicos) campaign, a series of stories presented by elite athletes and Olympians, who explain to eight- and nine-year-old children, in a simple and didactic way, how they can also become the most successful athletes in history. These two campaigns will be presented over the next few months in educational centres throughout Madrid.

On 24 January, the Indonesian NOC organised a women and sport seminar in Jakarta. The keynote speakers included NOC President and IOC member Rita Subowo; Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sport Andi Mallarangeng; Minister for Women’s Promotion and Child Protection Linda Agum Gumelar; Member of Parliament Nurhayati Ali Assegaf; the great badminton player, Imelda Wiguna; and the Head of the NOC’s Women and Sport Commission, Pusparani Hakin. More than 100 women from Indonesia’s sports community participated in this conference. In her presentation, Rita Subowo underlined a number of development proposals in the area of training and management, aimed at improving the possibilities offered to Indonesian women in sport.

The Israeli President, Shimon Peres, was recently a guest of the Israeli Olympic Committee. He visited the Olympic museum and met several members of the Olympic team, including Lee Kurzitz, Alice Schlesinger, Arik Zeevi, Shahar Zuberi and Esther Roth Shachamarov (recipient of the Israel Prize of Sports). During the press conference held on this occasion, the NOC President, Zvi Varshaviak, and Secretary General, Efraim Zinger, announced that Shimon Peres would lead the Israeli delegation at the Games in London in 2012. IOC member Alex Gilady was also present during this visit. World windsurfing champion Lee Kurzitz presented President Peres with the official T-shirt of the Israeli delegation and an NOC gold medal.

ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
LONDON 2012
Last week, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the body responsible for Olympic constructions, handed over the Olympic Village to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). This handover marks the start of the huge process to fit out the new apartments and ready the Village to welcome the athletes and officials in six months’ time. Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mathew Pinsent attended this “bedding-in” process, which will see more than 16,000 beds being installed throughout the Village in the coming months. The Olympic Village will house 16,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games, and 6,200 athletes and team officials, as well as 1,000 referees and judges, during the Paralympic Games.

RIO 2016
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced the venues that will host the pre-Games training events. In total, 172 sports venues in 73 cities and 18 states in the five regions of Brazil were considered during selection process. An online guide to the training venues will be provided to all the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees during the Games in London.

RECOGNISED ORGANISATIONS
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has just launched a “Say NO! To Doping” video clip as the latest element in its awareness campaign. This campaign underlines the fundamental messages of sport - courage, respect, effort and accepting challenges – and has been designed so that international and national sports organisations can unite behind it in support of clean sport. To date, 16 organisations throughout the world have adopted this campaign, including the UK Anti-Doping agency and LOCOG. Click here to see the clip.

The International Sport Movies and TV Federation (FICTS) has told us that http://www.ficts.com is the new website for full information on sport, television, the world of technology and international events, thanks to the contributions of foreign correspondents from the 109 FICTS member countries.

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