Anita L. DeFrantz was recently inducted into the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) at a ceremony in Orlando (USA). The NCAS is committed to creating a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power and appeal of sport to positively effect social change.
Nicole Hoevertsz was recently sworn in as Permanent Secretary to the Council of Ministers of Aruba.
Ching-Kuo Wu last week received a distinguished alumni award from Tunghai University (Chinese Taipei) in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement in Chinese Taipei. He was also named an honorary citizen of the City of Xiamen, in recognition of his helping to found the first Olympic Museum in the People’s Republic of China.
The Museum in his home province of Zavkhan has just paid tribute to Shagdarjav Magvan, by dedicating a commemorative stand to him, thus recognising his important contribution to the Olympic Movement and the development of sport in Mongolia. Among the many personalities present at the opening ceremony in Uliastai were NOC President Demchigjav Zagdsuren, the governor of the province, Ya. Sanjmyatav, and Beijing Olympic boxing champion E. Badar-Uugan.
On 30 October at the IOC headquarters in Vidy, the medical and scientific group of the IOC Medical Commission, chaired by Arne Ljungqvist, held its annual meeting. On the agenda were reports on the various activities of the IOC Medical & Scientific Department to protect athletes’ health and discussions on the directions to take in terms of sports sciences. Besides the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, the Medical & Scientific Department set itself the mission to organise two consensus meetings on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in sport and on practising sport in extreme conditions (altitude, heat, cold and humidity).
The Sport and Law Commission, chaired by Thomas Bach, met on 5 November in Vidy.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The first edition of the new information letter of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) has just been published. Entitled “Inside Boxing”, this is a monthly publication.
In a press release at the end of October, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced the election of two artistic gymnastics representatives to its Athletes’ Commission. Elected by their peers during the World Championships in London (Great Britain) were the US’s Nastia Liukin, Olympic (all around) champion in Beijing and Finland’s Jani Tanskanen, world (horizontal bars) champion in Lausanne in 1997. Press release at www.fig-gymnastics.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Netherlands Antilles NOC has informed us that a technical course for table tennis coaches was recently organised by the national federation. This level 1 course (according to International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) criteria) was led by ITTF Development Director Leandro Olvech, and brought together 20 future coaches from five different islands.
From 31 October to 6 November, the Belgian NOC organised its traditional autumn course for young elite athletes. This multidisciplinary course was to prepare for participation in, among other things, the European Olympic Youth Festival and the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010. Some 135 athletes, aged 12-18, took part in this course, which was held in two French cities: Vittel, for athletics, gymnastics, swimming and triathlon; and Mulhouse, for rowing, badminton, cycling, fencing, judo, kayak, table tennis and archery.
The sports administration course recently organised by the city of Chillán and the Chilean NOC Department of Training was a real success, with the participation of many local and professional education and health managers and civil servants from the 21 municipalities in the province. The themes addressed included the structure of the Olympic Movement and sports organisations; budget and finance management in sports organisations; identification of talented athletes; and the management and administration of a sports event.
The 2009 IOC Sport and the Fight Against Doping Trophy was presented to Jens Elers by Danish NOC President Niels Nygaard at the end of October during the Denmark-Georgia women’s football match in Vejle, Elers’s home town. He was a member of the NOC’s Anti-Doping Commission from 1978 to May 2009, and its Chief Medical Officer for the summer Olympic Games from 1972 to 2000. Broadcast on national TV, this ceremony was also watched by the 3,000 people present in the stadium. The Danish NOC also awarded Jens Elers its highest distinction, the NOC’s honorary medal.
On 4 November, the Spanish NOC renewed its agreement with the Adecco Foundation in the framework of the IOC Athlete Career Programme. This agreement was signed by NOC President Alejandro Blanco and Adecco Foundation President Emilio Zurutuza. For 10 years this Foundation has worked with professional athletes. This programme aims to facilitate high-level athletes’ insertion in the labour market, both during and after their sports career. It also covers education and socio-professional skills to help athletes in the various transitions that punctuate their sports career.
At the end of October, the village of Badiauri hosted the Georgian Wrestling Cup, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Georgian NOC. This wrestling festival brought together athletes from eight regions of the country as well as a team from the Ministry of Defence. Hundreds of spectators were able to marvel at the performances of Olympic and other champions such as Zurab Zviadauri, Valeri Liparteliani, Netsor Khergiani, Zviad Khanjaliashvili, and Aleksi Davitashvili. NOC President Gia Natsvlishvili presented the winners’ cup to the team from Shita-Kartli.
More than 600 people attended the 9th edition of the Olympic Gold Ball, held this year at the Natural History Museum in London. British NOC President The Princess Royal, who is also an IOC member, welcomed the guests, who included over 50 Olympic medallists such as Matthew Pinsent (rowing), Jayne Torvill (figure skating), Tim Brabants (canoe), Denise Lewis (athletics) and Sarah Webb (sailing). Young hopefuls for the next Olympic Games in Vancouver, London and beyond were also present that evening. More info at www.boa.org.
At the end of October, the Uruguayan NOC announced the results of the national Olympic Sport and Literature Contest, placed under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. In the presence of Olympian Alejandro Foglia (sailing), the finalists, accompanied by their parents and teachers from educational centres, took part in the diploma- and prize-giving ceremony. The contest themes - the Olympic values and the Olympic spirit - were addressed by the young participants through stories, essays and narratives. All of them linked the values of sport to everyday life and society in general, calling for peace, friendship and understanding between people.
On 4 November, exactly 100 days before the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the final countdown to these Games was launched. To celebrate this occasion, various announcements were made and events held by the Organising Committee for these Games (VANOC) and its partners. Info at www.vancouver2010.com.
On 31 October, celebrations were held to mark 1,000 days to go until the start of the 2012 Games. The Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games (LOCOG) thus organised numerous events such as the launch of a photography exhibition on the Games at the National Portrait Gallery as well as an event at the iconic BT Tower. Many LOCOG partners took part in their own way throughout the day. In addition, LOCOG has asked the public what it hopes to accomplish over the next 1,000 days. The results of this “survey” will then be broadcast at the London 2012 Live Sites across the whole country. More info at www.london2012.com
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi has announced that Bosco Sport, the Russian sportswear brand, has been awarded General Partner status for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in the apparel category. In accordance with the agreement, this company will provide the official uniforms of the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Games, as well as those of the staff and volunteers representing Sochi 2014 at the Games. Press release at www.sochi2014.com.
This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched its new web site to coincide with its 10th anniversary on 10 November. See the new site at www.wada-ama.org