IOC President Jacques Rogge has arrived in Singapore which is hosting the first-ever Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August.
Today, 13 August, President Rogge officially handed over the Olympic flag to the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, to whom he also awarded the Olympic Order in gold.
The following day, 14 August, a few hours before the YOG Opening Ceremony, President Rogge will present the IOC members to the President of the Republic of Singapore, S. R. Nathan. On this occasion, the Olympic Order in gold will be presented to him by President Rogge.
Next week, on 16 August, President Rogge will attend a ceremony in memory of IOC Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch. The IOC members present in Singapore will also attend.
During the YOG, you can follow the IOC’s activities on www.olympic.org.
Chiharu Igaya and Shun-ichiro Okano have received the medal of honour of the International Softball Federation (ISF), the IF’s highest distinction. This medal was presented to them by ISF President Don Porter.
Julio César Maglione, who is also President of the Uruguayan NOC, has received the “Quijote de Oro” prize from the Circle of Sports Journalists of Uruguay. This prize was awarded to him in recognition of his contribution to sport and sports administration at national and international levels.
The Athletes’ Commission has met in Singapore, chaired by Frank Fredericks. During the YOG, the Commission members will take part in the Culture and Education Programme alongside the young athletes.
On 12 August, i.e. two days before the first YOG open in Singapore, the IOC joined the celebration of International Youth Day. This Day officially marked the start of “International Year of Youth – Dialogue and mutual understanding”, proclaimed by the United Nations, and which will run until August 2011. On the occasion of the YOG and this International Year, the 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, set to be held in Durban (South Africa) from 5 to 7 December 2010, will take place under the slogan “Giving a voice to the youth”. Read more at www.olympic.org.
The IOC has granted teleSUR the broadcast rights to the 2010 Summer YOG in Singapore, the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2012 Winter YOG in Innsbruck. teleSUR acquired the rights for over-the-air TV, cable TV and radio for Venezuela. Read the press release at www.olympic.org.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
Australia, Brazil and Turkey are the three candidates to organise the 2014 Women’s World Championship in basketball. The final decision on the location of the Championship will be taken in spring 2011 by the Central Board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Info at www.fiba.com
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has just announced the death in Athens (Greece) of Eleni Polychronidou on 3 August at the age of 50. A coach and choreographer at the head of the Greek national rhythmic gymnastics team, Eleni Polychronidou held the highest responsibilities within her federation and the Greek NOC. She was also in charge of the gymnastics competitions at the Athens 2004 Games.
On 30 September, the International Handball Federation (IHF) is organising a forum in Herzogenaurach (Germany), on the theme of the future of handball. The following issues will be among those being discussed: how can our sport become more attractive?; effective presentation of our sport in the media; and new handball marketing strategies. Experts from around the world, as well as coaches, players, media representatives, and marketing and TV experts are invited to take part in this symposium. Info at www.ihf.info.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the appointment of Kelly Fairweather as CEO as of October 2010, succeeding Christophe Troendle, who leaves on 31 August. A former high-level player and coach, Kelly Fairweather was Sports Director at the IOC then Director of the European Regional Office of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA). Info at www.worldhockey.org.
As part of its environmental awareness programme, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has just published its “Environmental Illustrated Guide”, which is available in five languages (French, English, Spanish, German and Italian) from www.fim-Live.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Canadian NOC has appointed Olympic champion Mark Tewksbury as Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Games. Tewksbury won gold in the 100m backstroke at the Barcelona 1992 Games, bronze in 1992 and silver in 1988 in Seoul in the 4x100m freestyle relay. He holds 21 national titles and seven world records in swimming. Named “Canada’s Male Swimmer of the Year” four times, Tewksbury retired from competition in 1992, but has remained involved in the sports community through the NOC and Canadian media organisations. More info at www.olympic.ca.
The Finnish NOC has informed us of the death of double Olympic champion Pentti Linnosvuo on 13 July at the age of 77. Linnosvuo began his Olympic career at 19 in his home town at the Helsinki Games in 1952. Four years later in Melbourne, he won gold in the 50m free pistol event, thus becoming the first Finnish Olympic champion in shooting. In 1960, he returned from the Rome Games with a silver medal in the 25m pistol (rapid fire). In 1964, he took the gold medal in the same event in Tokyo. In Mexico City for his fifth Games, he was the flag-bearer of the Finnish delegation. He later worked as a coach in Finland, Norway, Switzerland and the former West Germany. He also served on advisory bodies of the NOC. In 1998, he received the Grand Cross of Merit of Finnish Sport and Physical Culture, the highest distinction for sports achievement in Finland.
In early July with the support of Olympic Solidarity, the Peruvian NOC organised the 4th sports administration course and the 2nd “Sport and Environment” course at the facilities of the Ica Regional Sports Council. Improving sports management at all levels was one of the themes addressed by the representatives of the sports organisations, coaches, PE teachers, sports journalists, referees and judges, sports agents and the representatives of public institutions in charge of sport. As to the “Sport and Environment” seminar, this brought together a large group of representatives from sports organisations.
A sub-regional seminar brought together about 30 teachers and national coordinators from schools associated with UNESCO (reSEAU) in Port-of-Spain from 9 to 13 August. This seminar is a joint initiative of the IOC and UNESCO, with the participation of the national commission for UNESCO and the Trinidad and Tobago NOC. Delegates from Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, learnt about the content and methodologies of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) and its “Teaching the Olympic Values” manual, which they will have to try out during the 2011/2011 school year in 17 establishments of the reSEAU and other schools, which will serve as a control group.
We have just learned that the NOC of Vanuatu organised its very first Sports Festival from 20 to 26 June in Port Vila, on the theme “Move, learn and discover”. Opened officially by the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Raphael Worwor, every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Festival offered sports activities, demonstrations and competitions. Also on the programme were quizzes on the Olympic values, information on the “STOP HIV” programme, women in sport, the athletes’ voices and the fight against doping. Over 1,500 people, including many pupils and students, took part. The Festival ended with Olympic Day, during which a fun run was held, followed by the presentation of the IOC Trophy.
On 5 August, the Rio 2016 Games Organising Committee celebrated six years to the Opening Ceremony of these Games. On this occasion, Rio 2016 announced the creation of its Sports Advisory Committee, which brings together a team of athletes and coaches with the mission of sharing their experience in areas such as promotion and legacy. The Committee’s Honorary President will be IOC doyen João Havelange. Its members will work directly with Rio 2016’s Sports and Infrastructure departments. Its personalities include Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman, Rio Governor Sergio Cabral, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Sports Minister Orlando Silva. For more info and the full list of members go to www.rio2016.com.
On 10 August, the Youth Olympic Village opened its doors. Located in a green area, at the heart of the campus of Nanyang Technological University, it will host the best young athletes of the world until 28 August. Today, 13 August (at 8.30 p.m. Singapore time, 12.30 p.m. GMT), the athlete welcome ceremony at the Village, the “WOW!Comes Youth Session”, will be broadcast live on www.youtholympicgames.org.
The “Olympic Highlights” will not be published during the period of the Singapore YOG. Information will continue to be available on www.olympic.org. You can experience the YOG live at www.youtholympicgames.org www.youtube.com/olympicsingapore2010, http://twitter.com/youtholympics and www.facebook.com/youtholympicgames. The next edition will be published on 30 August 2010.