Highlights of the week


On 1 June, IOC President Jacques Rogge was awarded the title doctor honoris causa by the University of Leuven (Belgium).


This week in Oslo (Norway), 140 experts from 28 countries took part in the 4th IOC Advanced Team Physician Course. Some 25 eminent speakers talked about subjects as diverse as “Working as a team physician – challenges and strategies”, “The underperforming athlete: causes and management” and special injury patterns. This course was organised jointly by the IOC and the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre and Olympiatoppen. More details at www.olympic.org (News section).

With less than two months to go until the London Games, the IOC is determined to boot its third “Giving is Winning” campaign, a joint initiative by the IOC and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The aim of the 2012 edition in London is to exceed the 100,000-item mark. To date, close to half the target has been reached. Read the story on www.olympic.org (News section).

Alfredo Montenegro of Guatemala City (Guatemala), has been named the second winner of three grand prizes (of a trip to the London Games) awarded by the IOC as part of its Show your Best” campaign. Clips from his video will be shown in a TV spot shown in the stadiums and by broadcasters worldwide during the Games.  Read more at www.olympic.org (New section).


The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced that the “Thomas Keller medal”, the highest distinction in rowing, has been presented this year to Czech rower Vaclava Chalupa. The medal was presented on 26 May at the “Lucerne Rowing Night” gala dinner. A participant in five Olympic Games (1992-2008), Chalupa spent most of his 20-year career competing in the men’s single sculls event. A silver medallist in Barcelona in 1992, he is also a four-time silver and three-time bronze  medallist at the World Championships. More info at www.worldrowing.com.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has unveiled the Olympic competition schedule for the London Games this summer. See the list of teams competing in the matches of the men’s and women’s tournaments taking place from 28 July to 12 August by going to www.fiba.com.

This week, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) announced the death of Italian Olympic champion Edoardo Mangiarotti on 25 May in Milan aged 93. Born on 7 April 1919 to a fencing family, Mangiarotti became national junior champion at the age of 11. At 16, he took part in his first World Championships, and at 17 his first Olympic Games. From 1936 in Berlin to 1960 in Rome, he won 13 Olympic medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze), becoming the Italian athlete with the most Olympic medals. A journalist for La Gazzetta dello Sport, he was named FIE Secretary General in 1980, then a member of honour in 1984. In 2002, he received the Olympic Order, and in 2009 the Fair Play Trophy. More info at www.fie.ch.

The Organising Committee of the 15th World Swimming Championships has unveiled the official competition mascot, “Xop”. Created by Spanish artist Albert Mir, this mascot represents a drop of water, the surface of which is a mosaic in the style of celebrated architect Antoni Gaudi. Spanish synchronised swimming icon Gemma Mengual presented the mascot to the media and public at a press conference on 22 May. The World Championships will be held from 9 July to 4 August 2013 in Barcelona. Full info on the site of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), www.fina.org.


For the “Thank you, Mom” campaign being run by IOC worldwide partner  Procter & Gamble (P&G), the Colombian NOC organised an event as part of the framework of its challenge entitled “There are over 100 of us!” [¡Somos más de 100!]. Among the many personalities present at this event were leaders of the NOC, whose President is Baltazar Medina, athletes qualified for the London Games, P&G representatives and the media. Details on www.coc.org.co.

The Salvadorian NOC has unveiled its new emblem (photo), which was approved by the IOC on 7 May. The NOC has also presented its new web site and the first outline of its campaign, “We are great under Blue and White” [Somos grandes bajo el Azul y Blanco]. This campaign (www.somosazulyblanco.com) aims to encourage the whole country to support Salvadorian athletes at the London Games. Info at www.comiteolimpicoesa.com.

A sports painting and poem-writing contest has been organised in Lithuania for school and nursery children. A total of 3,308 participants, in three age groups, entered 3,058 pictures and 250 poems. On 29 May, at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters, the winners received their prizes, medals and diplomas from NOC President Arturas Poviliunas and Lithuanian Pupil and Student Sports Centre Director Ona Baboniene. Olympic champions Lina Kaciusyte and Vida Venciene were also present. Info at www.ltok.lt

SOCHI 2014

On 28 May, at the White House in Moscow, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak met UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague. The meeting focused on Olympic collaboration between the two countries. Also in attendance were Russian NOC President Alexander Zhukov; the President of the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko; and Russian Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov. The UK Secretary also met representatives of the Sochi 2014 volunteers, who gave him a “burning heart”, the symbol of the volunteer programme. Some 104 volunteers will travel to London in July 2012 for the Olympic Games. More info at www.sochi2014.com.


During the SportAccord Convention in Quebec last week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) unveiled its learning environment developed for the London Paralympic Games. The “IPC Academy Campus 2012” is a new initiative to provide a learning focus and connection point across the various Education and Knowledge Transfer programmes being run throughout this year's Paralympic Games. These programmes include: the “IPC Observers Programme”, the “IPC Academy Games Experience Programme” and the “IPC Academy Inclusion Summit”.

Also during SportAccord, the Chairperson of the IPC Alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee, Sylvana Mestre, won the “Spirit of Sport Award”. This award recognises the commitment and humanitarian spirit of SportAccord members who have made an exceptional and lasting contribution to using sport as a tool for positive social change. Sylvana Mestre has been dedicated to sport for people with an impairment and to the Paralympic Movement for more than 16 years. More info at www.paralympic.org.

Finally, the IPC has launched the first official web site of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee (ZNPC). See it at www.zimparalympic.org.

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