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2014-10-29 16:26:00 IOC


Some of the IOC commissions met in Lausanne, tackling subjects such as Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed each commission.

The Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia 
Commission, chaired by Ching-Kuo Wu. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal

The Juridical Commission, chaired by John Coates. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal

The Sport and Law Commission, chaired by John Coates. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal




James P Naismith (photo), grandson of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, recently paid a visit to the headquarters of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Mies (Switzerland). During his visit to the ‘House of Basketball’, he answered some questions on subjects such as his famous grandfather, the recent Basketball World Cup in Spain, and the growth of basketball.

The legacy of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games lives on at the venue of the Olympic sailing competition in Qingdao. The Sailing World Cup organised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is one of many competitions and events to be held there, promoting the sport in the local community and across the People’s Republic of China.

The 2014/15 edition of the Figure Skating Media Guide has recently been updated.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) reports that the 35th ‘Forum Nordicum’, a traditional gathering of the Union of Nordic Ski Journalists, was staged for the third time in Willingen (Germany). More than 100 representatives of the media, the ski industry, local Organising Committees, the German Ski Association, the FIS and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) attended. The participants were able to meet four Olympic champions and ski jumping legends, Andreas Wellinger, Jens Weissflog, Martin Schmitt and Dieter Thoma, as well as FIS Council member and German NOC President Alfons Hörmann, who shared their respective experiences and knowledge of ski jumping and the organisation of major sports events. The next edition of the Forum will be held in Szklarska Poręba in Poland.


Presentation of Albanian OS scholarship holders. ©Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC has officially announced the names of the recipients of Rio 2016 Olympic scholarships. These scholarships are awarded by Olympic Solidarity (OS) to athletes with the potential to qualify for the forthcoming Games in Rio. The six scholarships were awarded to athletes in the sports of weightlifting, athletics, taekwondo, swimming, cycling and wrestling. A press conference was also given by the NOC President, Viron Bezhani, and the Technical Commission.

First Olympic Education Congress in Argentina. ©NOC of Argentina

The NOC of Argentina organised the first national Olympic Education Congress in the city of Concepción del Uruguay, in Entre Ríos province. More than 200 PE teachers and students attended the event, where they were able to refresh and deepen their Olympic knowledge. The speakers included the Minister of Education, Sport and Addiction Prevention, JoséLauritto, the NOC Secretary General, Mario Moccia, and Conrado Durántez Corral, President of the Pan-Iberic Association of Olympic Academies. Meanwhile, the Argentinian Olympic Academy, in collaboration with the NOC, organised its first session for journalists, which was attended by 30 participants in San Salvador de Jujuy. The 32nd Session of the Academy, which is also chaired by Mario Moccia, was attended by some 41 young participants. They discussed topics including the structure of the Olympic Movement and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. As well as lectures and working groups, the programme included various sports activities.

Arbor Day celebrations in Barbados. ©Barbados Olympic Association

‘There is more to sport than competing’. Youth Olympic Games ambassador Ryan Brathwaite put these words into practice by participating in the Arbor Day celebrations in Barbados alongside youth Olympian Sada Williams. As well as other students from their school, the Coleridge and Parry School, the two of them planted a Black Pearl tree as part of the National Olympic Academy’s environment awareness programme. It should also be noted that the Barbados Olympic Association recently hosted an Olympic Solidarity workshop and the General Assembly of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), during which a message from the IOC President was broadcast.

We have learned of the death of Nina Popova, member of the Bulgarian NOC since 1967 and of its Executive Board from 1990 to 1995. A leader of Bulgarian Olympic Games delegations from 1968 to 1992, she worked in the International Relations Department of the Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sport for 25 years. Member of the European Olympic Committees Juridical Commission for ten years and Vice-President of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, Nina Popova was the first woman to be elected to the International Volleyball Federation’s Administrative Council. She received the Olympic Order in 1997.

©Korean NOC

We were recently informed that a sports exchange agreement was signed at the end of September in Incheon (Republic of Korea) between the Korean and Sri Lankan NOCs. Signed by the NOC Presidents, Kim Jung Haeng (left in photo) and Hemasiri Fernando (right in photo), the agreement aims to provide opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience between the two NOCs and to improve international understanding among nations.

Collaboration between the NOC of El Salvador and UNICEF. ©NOC of El Salvador

With the aim of promoting and encouraging participation in sport, the NOC of El Salvador, in collaboration with UNICEF, handed out sports bags to 28 coaches from the municipality of San Martín as part of a ‘sports management skills enhancement project’ run by the municipality. The recipients coach swimming, football, judo, volleyball and basketball in San Martín’s local communities and training centres.

Inauguration of the Slovak Olympians’ memorial. ©Slovak NOC

The national memorial dedicated to the hundreds of Slovak Olympians was officially unveiled on 16 October. This project was made possible thanks to the support of the city of Martin, the NOC of Slovakia, the IOC and donations from sports organisations and individuals. Five large Tatras granite globes symbolise the Olympic rings. Some 200 people attended the ceremony, including delegations from the Austrian, Hungarian and Czech NOCs. Around 20 Olympians were also present, including double Olympic canoeing champion Michal Martikán. The memorial’s creator, Mojmir Vychodil, was presented with the IOC ‘Sport and Art’ Trophy by IOC member Danka Bartekováand NOC President František Chmelár.

©Czech NOC

The Czech and Polish NOCs signed a cooperation agreement at the start of October. This agreement, which will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise in areas such as the Olympic Games and Sport for All, was signed by the Czech NOC President, JiříKejval (left in photo), and the Polish NOC President, Andrzej Kraśnickim (right in photo).

Meeting between children from school no. 1316 and 
Olympian Khadzhimurad Magomedov. ©Russian NOC

We were recently informed that the first event forming part of the ‘Olympic Patrol’ programme was held in September at school no. 1316 in Moscow. Around 460 children of all ages were able to talk to Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Khadzhimurad Magomedov, as well as learn about the Olympic Movement and its principles. The main objective of the Russian NOC’s ‘Olympic Patrol’ programme is to teach children and teenagers about the Olympic Movement, to introduce them to Russian athletes who have won medals at the Olympic Games or at World or European Championships, and to remind them of the benefits of sport and the importance of an active lifestyle.

©Ukrainian NOC

Sergey Bubka (left in photo), President of the Ukrainian NOC, and his counterpart from the Georgian NOC, Leri Khabelov (right) have signed a memorandum of cooperation between their two institutions. The objective is to strengthen their cooperation in various fields, such as Sport for All, sports medicine, anti-doping programmes and sports venue management. Training camps and sports competitions for athletes, coaches and experts from the two countries are also covered by the agreement.

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