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IOC highlights of the week of 1 June 2009

2009-06-06 09:40:00 IOC


Last weekend, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, was in Marrakech (Morocco) for the 4th International Athletes’ Forum, which was chaired by IOC Athletes’ Commission Chairman Frank Fredericks. The Forum was organised by the Moroccan NOC, on the initiative of Olympic champion and IOC member Hicham El Guerrouj, and with the support of the Minister of Youth and Sport and IOC member, Nawal El Moutawakel. President Rogge met the members of the Athletes’ Commission.

On 29 May, the Athletes’ Commission met in Marrakech, ahead of the 4th International Athletes’ Forum.


The World Junior Championships in boxing, which have just been held for the first time in Erevan, in Armenia, were a success in terms of both participation (a record 42 countries) and the number of firsts, with 11 countries making their junior debut; four countries winning their first championship titles; and four their first championship medals. The President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Ching-Kuo Wu, who is also an IOC member, congratulated the Armenian President, Serzh A. Sargsyan, and Armenian Boxing Federation President Arman Muradyan, on this successful 2009 edition. More details and results on www.aiba.org

On 29 May at its headquarters in Corsier-sur-Vevey (Switzerland), the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) opened an exhibition entitled “The Golden Age of Bulgarian Wrestling”, the first in a series on the national wrestling federations affiliated to FILA. Numerous Olympic and world champions were there, together with Bulgarian personalities, including Tzeno Tzenov, a FILA Bureau member and President of the European Wrestling Council (CELA); Valentin Jordanov, President of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation; and Atanas Pavlov, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Switzerland, who read out a message from the Bulgarian President, Gueorgui Parvanov. As well as the exhibition, those present could appreciate the sculptures of the two-time Olympic champion (1964 and 1968) and 1967 world champion, Boyan Radev. Radev was there to receive from FILA President Raphaël Martinetti the FILA Golden Chain, the IF’s highest honour. More details on www.fila-wrestling.com

On the occasion of the Archery World Cup stage in Antalya (Turkey) this week, the International Archery Federation (FITA) officially launched its new brand and logo: “World Archery”. Represented by the new logo, the World Archery brand unifies all of the IF’s activities, events and members under one brand name, to be centrally promoted by FITA and its continental associations. The World Archery logo will be used for forthcoming events such as the Youth, Para-Archery and World Archery Championships. See the logo at www.archery.org


At the first international Basque pelota seminar held recently in Madrid (Spain), one of the subjects covered was the “Women and Ball” conference held by the Spanish Pelota Federation in Logroño, at the beginning of May, in collaboration with the International Basque Pelota Federation (FIPV) and the Rioja Federation, under the patronage of the Spanish Supreme Council of Sport (CSD). FIPV Executive Committee member Maite Ruiz announced the forthcoming creation of a Women’s Commission within the FIPV, and encouraged member federations to do the same. Maite Ruiz recently received the Bronze Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit. More details on www.fipv.net


The Costa Rican NOC, whose President is Henry Nuñez, has informed us about its first-ever workshop on women and sport. Numerous athletes, sports leaders and local community representatives attended. The speakers included Sylvia González, Secretary General and Chair of the NOC’s Women and Sport Commission; Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC member and Chair of the Pan-American Sports Organisation’s Women and Sport Commission; and Sylvia Poll, a swimming silver medallist in Seoul in 1988. The subjects covered included equal opportunities for men and women, the socio-economic situation of women in Costa Rica, and sexual violence. Find out more at www.olimpicocrc.org.

On 1 June, the USOC announced three appointments to its leadership structure. Mike English has been named Chief of Sport Performance; Desiree Filippone has become Director of Government Relations; and John McWilliams is Chief Human Resources Officer. Mike English and John McWilliams will be based at the NOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, while Desiree Filippone will be based in Washington, DC. Details on www.usolympicteam.com.

French Olympic snowboard champion Karine Ruby (photo) died on 29 May after a fall on the Mont Blanc massif. Aged 31, she won the first gold medal in the parallel giant slalom at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, then a silver medal four years later in Salt Lake City. During her sports career, Karine Ruby won six world championship titles, with 67 World Cup wins and 122 podium finishes. Karine Ruby ended her competition career after the 2006 Games in Turin to become a mountain guide.

On 27 May, the Guatemalan NOC held its annual Olympic dinner, during which numerous awards were presented. The “Columna de Olímpia” sporting excellence trophy, the highest distinction an athlete can receive, was awarded to Jacqueline Arleny Solís Gutiérrez (judo) and Kevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo (badminton). In all, 46 high-level athletes from different national federations and sports associations were honoured for their performances between April 2008 and April 2009. More details on www.cog.org.gt

The Slovakian NOC, whose President is Frantisek Chmelar, in cooperation with the Bratislava Law School, organised an international conference entitled “Sport and Law within the European Territory” on 22 May. Legal experts from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia shared their knowledge and opinions on various legal problems linked to contemporary sport with the participants from Slovakian sport and state institutions, as well as teachers and students from the law faculty. The speakers included Slovak European Commissioner Ján Figel’, who is responsible for education, training, culture and youth, and the NOC President and European Olympic Committees Executive Committee member, Janez Kocijancic. More details on www.olympic.sk

The Swedish NOC has informed us that Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang (photo) will be taking an NOC flag on his next space mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery on 6 August 2009. According to Fuglesang, the Olympic Games have always been very special to him. His first memories are of the 1964 Games in Innsbruck and Tokyo. “It is wonderful to be able to give something back to the Swedish Olympic Committee for all the exciting moments, and I hope that the standard will bring good luck and Swedish success at the Winter Games in Vancouver and in the future”, Christer Fuglesang said. More details on www.sok.se


The Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has announced that over 150,000 tickets for the Winter Games will go on sale on 6 June. The Canadian public can still buy tickets for all events, including the gold medal ice hockey matches, curling and the opening, closing and medals ceremonies. Full press release on www.vancouver2010.com.

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