Highlights of the week


This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge met Antonio Espinós, President of the World Karate Federation (WKF). This Friday, President Rogge is heading to Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China), where he will attend the opening of the 16th Asian Games, as well as several competitions.

His agenda this weekend includes the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), whose President is IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah; the inauguration of an Olympic square in Nansha in the company of IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok; a visit to the “He Zhenliang” Museum in Wuxi; and the official launch of reproductions of 38 sculptures of the Olympic Suite by Rosa Serra, in the presence of the Spanish artist and members of the Chinese NOC, whose President is Liu Peng.

On 30 April and 1 May 2011, the IOC, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the NOC of Qatar, will organise the 9th World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Doha. Under the theme of “Playing for a Greener Future”, the Conference will assess the environmental success stories of the Olympic Movement; reflect on future challenges; and explore new opportunities of mainstreaming the environment in the world of sport. A highlight will be the presentation of the 2011 IOC Sport and Environment Awards, which recognise outstanding initiatives in the field of sustainable sport and environment. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2011. Read the news story.


At the start of the week, on the occasion of the World Rowing Championships in Hamilton, New Zealand, the International Rowing Federation (FISA) held its annual Congress. Delegates from 44 federations were present, as well as bid committees and future event organising committees. They were there to promote their respective venues and events. This Congress gave FISA the opportunity to present its annual reports. Three major events were awarded to the candidate cities present: the U22 2013 Championships to Linz/Ottesheim (Austria); and the 2013 and 2014 Junior Championships to Trakai (Lithuania) and Hamburg (Germany) respectively.

Secondly, James Tomkins, legendary Australian rower and stroke of the famous “Oarsome Foursome”, has been awarded the 2010 Thomas Keller medal. This award in gold, the highest in the discipline, was presented to him by FISA President Denis Oswald. More info at www.worldrowing.com.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has just announced the death, at the age of 87, of Frank Turner, a gymnast, soldier and stuntman. He competed at three Olympic Games (London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956) and also excelled at boxing, table tennis, diving and football. More information at www.fig-gymnastics.com.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has recently launched its Rules of Hockey Video Library. This is a joint project between the FIH Umpiring Committee and the Hockey Rules Board, the objective of which is to provide video clips that illustrate the rules of hockey and their current interpretations. Info at www.worldhockey.org.

In early October, after the presentations given by all candidate nations, the International Handball Federation (IHF) held a secret ballot to determine the hosts of the 2013 World Championships. IHF President Hassan Moustafa announced the results during the IHF Council meeting in Herzogenaurach (Germany). The men’s 2013 World Championships will be held in Spain (the only candidate) and the women’s 2013 World Championships in Serbia. It will be the first time that the two countries have hosted senior World Championships.

An honorary member of the IHF (since 1992) and Honorary President of the Hungarian Handball Federation (since 1993), Hungary’s Istvân Madarâsz has died at the age of 76. More information at www.ihf.info.


On 6 November, the Spanish NOC organised the 1st Technical Day on Coaching in High Performance Sport, opened by NOC President Alejandro Blanco. The ceremony was attended by over 400 high-level coaches, with the participation of prominent national and international specialists, who spoke on themes of general interest related to optimising sports performance and the performance of athletes and teams in competition.

From 27 October to 30 November, with the patronage of Olympic Solidarity, the Guatemalan NOC staged the 7th General Training Course in Applied Sports Sciences for Coaches. A total of 26 people took part in this course, delivered by teachers of the NOC’s Education Section endorsed by the High Performance Centre in Barcelona, including coaches of various national sports federations, staff of the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala, the General Department of Physical Education, educational centres with agreements with the NOC, as well as representatives of the NOCs of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Haiti.

The Peruvian NOC, under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity, has organised a Technical Course for Level 1 National Volleyball Coaches in Lima. The objective of this course, which will end on 13 November, is to strengthen the knowledge of sports specialists in this discipline, in view of the events on the Olympic calendar. NOC Secretary General Francisco Boza was tasked with opening this course, which saw the participation of 35 coaches from different regions of the country.

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