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2014-11-05 09:39:00 IOC
Construction work on the new headquarters of the NOC of Burundi began in Kanyosha, a district of the capital Bujumbura, on 25 October. The Kanyosha site also houses the Olympafrica Centre. The start of the work was marked in a ceremony in which the President of the Republic, Pierre Nkurunziza, laid the first stone of the new headquarters. The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Sport, IOC member Lydia Nsekera, the Chinese ambassador in Burundi, members of the NOC Executive Committee and several national federation representatives. The IOC has given special assistance to the NOC for this construction project, which is expected to last six months.

Alejandro Blanco and Hamad Kalkaba Malboum. ©Spanish NOC

The President of the Spanish NOC, Alejandro Blanco, and the President of the Cameroonian NOC, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, have signed a cooperation agreement concerning the implementation of joint projects linked to the promotion of Olympism in the two countries. The agreement was signed at the Spanish NOC’s headquarters in the presence of its Secretary General, Víctor Sánchez, and representatives of the various institutions that will be collaborating under the terms of the agreement.

The Guatemalan delegation for the Games ©Guatemalan NOC

On 28 October, in the Mateo Flores national stadium, the Guatemalan delegation that will participate in the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) swore an oath in front of the representatives of the Guatemalan NOC, chaired by Gerardo Aguirre, and more than 3,000 spectators. Representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and presidents of the sports federations and associations were also present. 383 Guatemalan athletes will compete in 33 sports at these Games, to be held from 14 to 30 November.

©Indonesian NOC

On 23 and 24 October, the Indonesian NOC, in collaboration with the Indonesian Sports Medicine Association, organised a regional sports medicine course in Jakarta. Around 200 people from the South East Asian region took part. In her opening speech, NOC President and IOC member Rita Subowo (see photo above) encouraged the participants to share their knowledge and experience in an effort to improve the level of sport medicine practice in the region. The course was funded by Olympic Solidarity.

The participants in the ceremony held in memory
 of the Munich Games victims. ©Israeli NOC

In Tel Aviv, the Israeli NOC held the 42nd ceremony in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes who died in the terrorist attack during the 1972 Games in Munich. The ceremony was attended by the NOC leaders, including President Igal Carmi, representatives of the Israeli government and municipality of Tel Aviv, Munich Games athletes and their families, the victims’ families, athletes and members of the Rio 2016 delegation. The athletes, Yael Arad (judo, also a member of the NOC Executive Committee), Yardan Gerbi (judo) and Guy Barnea (swimming), laid a wreath in front of the monument on behalf of the Olympic athletes.

Futsal seminar. ©Peruvian NOC

A large number of participants attended the seminar on futsal coaching techniques organised by the Peruvian NOC through the Peruvian Olympic Academy. The topics covered included the rules of the game, footballers’ training, fitness training, training management and systems of play. This was the penultimate event of the year run by the NOC as part of its annual training programme. In November, a sports training management seminar will bring the 2014 programme to a close.

Ser Miang Ng and Michael Hwang. ©NOC of Singapore

On behalf of the IOC President, IOC member Ser Miang Ng presented the Pierre de Coubertin medal to Michael Hwang for his exceptional services to the Olympic Movement at a ceremony held at the Singapore Sports Museum. Michael Hwang has been involved with the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2006 and has actively contributed to the development of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for eight years. He also chaired the CAS ad hoc division at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.

Irina Peternelj, Matjaž Berger and Janez Kocijančič. ©Slovenian NOC

The Slovenian NOC celebrated its 23rd anniversary on 15 October, with participants including the first President of Slovenia, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, the President of the National Council and the NOC President, Janez Kocijančič. At the event, the 2014 IOC Sport and Culture Trophy was presented to theatre director Matjaž Berger for his numerous artistic achievements on the theme of Olympism. Matjaž Berger directed the celebrations of the 95th and 100th birthdays of Olympian Leon Štukelj, projects he entitled ‘Pariz – Amsterdam – Berlin – Novo mesto’ (in 1993) and ‘Ave, triumphator’ (in 1998).

Ceremony in honour of the Asian Games
 athletes. ©Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee

The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee held a ceremony in honour of its athletes that participated in the Asian Games in Incheon and their excellent performances (winning 51 medals). Prime Minister Jiang Yi-huah was the guest of honour at the ceremony and presented awards to the medal-winning athletes. The most outstanding performances in Incheon included three world records broken by two female weightlifters: Hsu Shu-ching in the 53kg category and Lin Tzu-chi in the 60kg category (clean and jerk). Meanwhile, the city of Taichung was chosen to host the first East Asian Youth Games in 2019 at the meeting of the East Asian Games Association council in Beijing (People’s Republic of China) on 24 October.

©Karel Novak

The Czech NOC has announced the death of Olympic champion Miloslava Rezková(photo), aged 64. At the Mexico Games in 1968, she won the Olympic high jump gold medal with a leap of 1.82m. She was also crowned European champion in 1969. After retiring in 1977, Rezkováheld various roles in the world of athletics.


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the extension of its agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the Worldwide Paralympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment category. As a result, Samsung will remain one of the Official Worldwide Paralympic Partners for the next six years (until the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020) and will expand its sponsorship category to include computing equipment after 2016.

Meanwhile, the IPC recently published the 2015 edition of its Anti-Doping Code, which will apply to all member organisations, the Paralympic Games and IPC-recognised International Federations from 1 January 2015.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Civic Initiatives Support Programme has joined forces with ‘Generations For Peace’ to expand its Jordan Schools Programme from 2014 to 2016. The programme aims to reduce violence and improve educational performance in schools in Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees. This new partnership builds on the success of a pilot programme which tested the initiative for over a year in girls’ and boys’ schools in Amman and Zarqa. The programme uses sport- and art-based activities, integrating educational messages linked to conflict resolution. The next phase of the programme will involve schools in Irbid.

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