Olympic Highlights 03/12/2021

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IOC ACTIVITIES

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The 76th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York adopted by consensus the resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. It was co-sponsored by 173 Member States.

The resolution calls for the observance of the Olympic Truce for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Beijing 2022, from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games, on 4 February 2022, until seven days after the end of the Paralympic Games. The resolution “calls upon all Member States to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

IOC Member and Permanent Observer for the IOC to the UN, Luis Alberto Moreno, delivered a speech on behalf of President Bach, who could not be present due to the current pandemic situation.

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The IOC very much welcomed “the great support for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 by all the UN Member States, expressed through the adoption by consensus of the Truce Resolution. This is a great recognition of the mission of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to unite the best athletes of the world in peaceful competition, standing above any political dispute.”

The President’s speech stressed the importance of peace and solidarity in our divided world: “By adopting this resolution, you are supporting the mission of the Olympic Games to unite the best winter sport athletes of the entire world, without any discrimination whatsoever, in a peaceful and respectful competition. This bond of our shared humanity is even more relevant in our polarised world today. We can only accomplish this mission if the Olympic Games stand above and beyond all political, cultural and other differences. This is only possible if the Olympic Games are politically neutral and do not become a tool to achieve political goals.”

President Bach’s speech also reminded the UN General Assembly about the consequences of the pandemic and the challenges the world is facing today. “This has taught us one lesson: we can only go faster, we can only aim higher, we can only become stronger, if we work together. This is why the IOC amended the Olympic motto to: Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.  The word ‘together’ tells us: We need more solidarity. More solidarity within societies and more solidarity among societies. Because: there is no peace without solidarity,” his speech concluded.

The full text of the IOC President’s speech delivered by Luis Alberto Moreno can be found here.

Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), had this to say about the importance of the resolution: “At the International Paralympic Committee, our vision is to make for a more inclusive world through Para sport[…]. When the world comes together in friendship we send a powerful message that we are celebrating difference, displaying the best of humanity, and showing that there is unity in diversity.”

The resolution was co-sponsored by 173 out of 193 UN Member States. Full text of the resolution here. Read the full news release here.

Earlier, President Bach had taken part in a videocall with the UN Group of Friends of Sport, which is co-chaired by the Permanent Representatives of the Principality of Monaco and of Qatar to the United Nations. He was joined from New York by Luis Alberto Moreno who was at the UN General Assembly.

On 2 December, the  IOC  issued  a statement on the situation of three-time Olympian Peng Shuai from China. Read here the full text of the statement.

Members

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IOC Vice-President Nicole Hoevertsz was re-elected as Secretary General of the Aruba Olympic Committee during the recent NOC Extraordinary General Assembly. She has occupied this post since 1998 (see also under “NOCs”).

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IOC Member Juan Antonio Samaranch was re-elected first Vice-President of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) at the IF’s Annual General Meeting, held remotely on 27 and 28 November (see also under “International Federations”).

Other Olympic news

Tracking down lost tapes and recovering missing television footage from the XIV Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo were among the highlights of the Olympic World Feed Project led by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH), which has recently been featured in the major peer-reviewed Journal of Digital Media Management.  Find detailed info on this project to recover the audio-visual archives here.

International Federations

Summer Ifs

World Athletics

Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway have been named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021. The ceremony was held virtually on 1 December. Thompson-Herah retained her Olympic 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and added a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay. Warholm claimed gold in the 400m hurdles in Tokyo, in a stunning world record of 45.94. The full list of award recipients can be found here.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) held its first FEI Hybrid General Assembly in mid-November, combining an onsite audience of over 230 delegates in Antwerp (Belgium) with a comprehensive online presence. A total of 117 National Federations of the FEI’s 136 registered for the Assembly. The Olympic and Paralympic qualification systems for Paris 2024, the budget, the statutes, the FEI committees’ membership and the allocation of youth championships were some of the key topics on the agenda. More details here. The FEI Awards Gala followed the Assembly, honouring the stars of equestrian sports for 2020 and 2021. Individuals and organisations in five categories were celebrated and revered for their outstanding contribution to equestrian sport and the global community. The full list of the winners is here.

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Alisher Usmanov was re-elected for a fourth term as President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) during the Elective Congress in Lausanne on 27 November, in the presence of the IOC President. A former sabre fencer, he was first elected as President in 2008, before being re-elected in 2012 and 2016. The delegates also elected members of the FIE Executive Committee and various FIE commissions until 2024. More details here.

On 2 December, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) revealed the calendar for the 2022 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series and the 2022 FINA Diving World Series. See the full calendar here. In addition, over 260 participants from 25 countries aged 15 to 19 will compete at the 23rd FINA World Junior Diving Championships, taking place in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 2 to 9 December 2021. The event, initially planned in 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full info here.

UIPM

Klaus Schormann was re-elected to serve an eighth term as President of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) at the 71st UIPM Congress, held virtually on 27 and 28 November. The delegates approved 11 National Federations’ applications for membership of UIPM. The agenda included the 5th Discipline consultation process and range of motions relating to the UIPM’s Code of Ethics, Competition Rules, Election Rules, Medical Rules, and Rules of International Organisation as well as horse welfare and gender equality. Full details here.

Winter Ifs

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that the city of Leeuwarden in Netherlands is hosting the Olympic Qualification Event from 5 to 18 December 2021. The event will determine the final teams that will complete the fields in the three curling disciplines at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Fourteen mixed doubles teams will compete for the two final places in Beijing, while nine women’s and nine men’s teams will compete for the final three places in the women’s and men’s team events. More details here.

National Olympic Committees

Albanian NOC

In Tirana, the Albanian and Hungarian NOCs recently signed a cooperation agreement in the as part of a strategic plan for the 2021-24 Olympic cycle. The agreement consists of organisational development, resource generation, strategic planning and development, exchange of knowledge related to educational programmes, training and development of sports, implementation of best sports practices, and development of joint training camps for athletes. Alongside Albanian NOC President Fidel Ylli and Secretary General Gerti Shima, were Hungarian NOC President Krisztian Kulcsar and General Secretary Balint Vekassy. In the framework of regional cooperation, the President and Secretary General of the Kosovo NOC, Ismet Krasniqi and Besim Aliti respectively, were also invited. In addition, the leaders of the Hungarian and Albanian NOCs met Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Sports Minister Evis Kushi and Mayor of Tirana Erjon Veliaj. More info at www.nocalbania.org.al

Aruba Olympic Committee

Wanda Broeksema was elected President of the Aruba Olympic Committee during an Extraordinary General Assembly held a few weeks ago, becoming the first woman to hold this position. A new Executive Board was also elected for the period 2021-2024. Four of the Board's seven members are women. More info here.

SF&OC

The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) installed six commemorative plaques for the Hong Kong medallists at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in recognition of their effort and outstanding performances. The plaques were jointly unveiled during a ceremony held on 21 November at Olympic House, by Timothy Fok, President of the SF&OC, Lee Wai Sze, bronze medallist in the women's sprint, and Pui Kwan Kay, Chef de Mission for Tokyo. More details here.

Moroccan NOC

The Moroccan NOC organised the second high-level coaches’ training module, attended by 31 coaches, from 25 to 27 November in Bouznika. The training aims to give coaches professional and sporting skills to help them devise, manage and provide expertise for training programmes and optimise sporting performances. More info here. In addition, a video conference on the theme “The importance of oral health for athletes” was organised by the NOC’s Digital Olympic Academy on 23 November.

Organising committees for the Olympic Games

Paris 2024

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 will organise a job fair dedicated to recruiting people with a disability, from 8 to 10 December. This fair will be held virtually, and the interviews will be held by phone or online chat. Nearly 70 jobs are available, mainly for qualified positions (architect, project manager, sports manager, analyst, etc.), as well as internships and work-study contracts (procurement, marketing, IT, etc.). Since its creation, Paris 2024 has committed to recruiting, integrating and supporting employees with a disability. This commitment was made official though the signing of an agreement with Agefiph (a French agency to promote the employment of workers with a disability) in November 2020. The press release is here.

Recognised organisations

On 29 November, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called upon interested cities and countries that may be interested in hosting a Sixth World Conference on Doping in Sport in November 2025. A decision regarding the host city will be taken in May 2022 by WADA’s Foundation Board. Full details here.

ISOH

The International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) has celebrated its 30th birthday with a pledge to become more digital, more sustainable and more open. Held at the Fondation Coubertin just outside Paris (France), the meetings were also streamed live online. For the future, the ISOH would especially like to welcome younger members to further uncover the untold stories in Olympic history. The ISOH also presented its new strategy, positioning the organisation for a serious approach to Olympic history, and unveiled its new corporate design. More info at www.isoh.org


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