On 22 September in Bern (Switzerland), IOC President Jacques Rogge met with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev. At the centre of their discussions were the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and sporting policy in Russia in view of their success. President Rogge was accompanied by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for these Games, and IOC member Vitaly Smirnov. Read the news at www.olympic.org.
On his return to Vidy, President Rogge received a delegation of about 10 children who took part in the “World Kids’ Sports Summit” in Yokohama (Japan) last August. Accompanied by IOC Vice-President Chiharu Igaya, and Organising Committee Vice-President M. Nishiyama, the children gave IOC President the declaration of this Summit, which focuses mainly on the promotion of fair play in sport. Read the declaration at http://www.jtu.or.jp/yokohama/english/summit_declaration.html
President Rogge has also met the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General for Sport at the Service of Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke. The main subject of the meeting was the participation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen (Denmark). Read the press release at www.olympic.org. The IOC President has also met Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association (IWGA).
This Friday, President Rogge was at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne for the signing of the extension to the partnership between the IOC and Omega, Official Timekeeper of the Games until 2020. Nicolas Hayek Sr and Nicolas Hayek Jr, Chairman and CEO respectively of Swatch Group, as well as Stephen Urquhart, Omega President, signed this contract. News and press release at www.olympic.org.
Next week President Rogge will be in Copenhagen for the 121st IOC Session and XIII Olympic Congress. You will be able to follow the Congress proceedings live at www.olympic.org
Lambis V. Nikolaou, IOC First Vice-President will represent the IOC President at the opening ceremony of the Francophone Games on 27 September in Beirut (Lebanon).
Patrick Joseph Hickey, who is also President des European Olympic Committees (EOC) will receive the Legion d’honneur from the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, at a ceremony to be held at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris next November.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Boxing Association has informed us that 554 boxers from 133 countries took part in the 15th World Championships that ended on 12 September in Milan (Italy). Some 22 developing nations were represented for the first time thanks to AIBA’s assistance programme “Road to Milan”. Seeding was used for the first time at a major boxing competition, as well as a new scoring system which showed the individual judge’s scores. More info at www.aiba.org.
On the occasion of the World Championships that will take place from 14 to 18 October 2009 in Copenhagen, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has announced the appointment of nine experts – former high-level athletes (Olympic and world medallists) and coaches – who will analyse the instant video replay in case of disputes. This will be the first time video replay has been used at a World Championships. Full press release at www.wtf.org.
We have just learned that the Executive Committee of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held a meeting on 11 and 12 September at the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen in the framework of the “Year of Sports 2009” for Danish sailing. The discussions focused on preparations for the ISAF Annual Conference in November in Busan (South Korea). Read the press release at www.sailing.org.
The International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) is now called the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). The IF’s Executive Board has also unveiled a new logo for the IWWF. Info at www.iwwfed.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
Peter Vint has just been promoted to High Performance Director in the USOC. Peter Vint has over 20 years’ experience in this field. Since 2005, he has been Senior Sport Technologist at the USOC. Full press release at www.teamusa.org.
The Guatemalan NOC’s Sport for All Commission, with the support of the Athletes’ Commission, continued its “Motivating Guatemalan Youth through Movement” campaign. Since September, almost 290 students from the Benito Juárez School have been able to speak with karate athletes before seeing them in action. Basketballs and footballs were distributed to the students. The main aim of this campaign is to motivate young people to practise physical activity and introduce them to the values of sport.
Sochi 2014 was the main focus of the 8th International Investment Forum: “Sochi 2009”, held from 17 to 20 September in the host city of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. Alongside the major deals and discussion of investment possibilities in the Krasnodar Region, Sochi 2014 partners presented their plans to the delegates, who included representatives of the IOC, led by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for these Games. As part of the project review, the IOC delegation visited the Olympic venues under construction such as the Olympic Skating Centre, before taking part in a roundtable discussion on the legacy of these Games, the moderator of which was Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko. Two male Caucasian or Persian leopards were released into spacious pens in the Sochi National Park by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in the presence of the IOC delegation. Read the news on www.olympic.org and www.sochi2014.com.
This week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the winners of the Paralympic Awards 2009 in the fields of sport, media and science. See the names of the winners at www.paralympic.org. The awards will be presented during the IPC General Assembly on 22 November in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
The President of the International Sports Movies & TV Federation (FICTS), Franco Ascani, received from IOC member Zhenliang He, a work by sculptor Wei Fan Zeng at an awards ceremony of the 1st Beijing International FICTS Festival, which was held in Beijing (People’s Republic of China) from 10 to 15 September and the 5th Beijing International of Sports Film Week. Info at www.sportmoviestv.com.