MEETINGS OF THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT
On February 9th, The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) hosted ‘PyeongChang Day' at the PyeongChang House inside the Sochi Olympic Park. The event marked the opening of the House and celebrated “Four Years to Go” until the Games begin in PyeongChang 2018. Amongst the guests attending were IOC President Thomas Bach; ANOC Secretary General and PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; POCOG President, Kim Jun-Sun; Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) President, Kim Jung-Haeng; as well as a number of IOC Members and NOC Representatives.
Speaking from PyeongChang House, Gunilla Lindberg said:
“I am delighted to be here and supporting the PyeongChang Organizing Committee and Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) as they celebrate four years to go until the Games in 2018. As the Chair of the Coordination Commission I have been impressed on my last two visits to the country with the progress that has been made. There is a real sense of cohesion between the Organizing Committee, the KOC and all levels of government and this collaboration will be vital in ensuring the successful delivery of the Games.
“From the discussions I have had with the Organizing Committee I am confident that they are placing the needs of NOCs and their athletes at the very top of their agenda. There is of course a long way to go but PyeongChang will profit hugely from the transfer of knowledge that they will enjoy by being here and observing the Sochi 2014 Games.”
IOC President Thomas Bach hosted the EOC Executive Committee for its first meeting of the year at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne on 17 January 2014. The meeting was chaired by EOC President Patrick Hickey and addressed issues and matters of policy for the coming four years, as well as the upcoming events in Europe's sporting calendar.
The celebrations were followed on Saturday by the 32nd OCA General Assembly and the OCA Awards Ceremony. Major topics covered over the two days included a review of the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, future continental events, the recognition of new sports, and the announcement of Turkmenistan as the host of the 2015 OCA General Assembly.
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On November 22nd, the 42nd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees was held in the Italian Capital, Rome. On this occasion, elections took place to choose the new Executive Committee of the EOC until 2017.
Patrick J. Hickey, IOC EB Member and ANOC Senior Vice-President, was reelected as President of the EOC for a third term by acclamation.
Composition of the new EOC Executive Board 2014-2017
Mr. Alejandro BLANCO, Spain
Mr. Spyros CAPRALOS, Greece
Mr. Frantisek CHMELAR, Slovakia
Lord Sebastian COE, Great Britain
Mr. Alexander KOZLOVSKY, Russian Federation
Mr. Andrzej KRASNICKI, Poland
Mr. Zlatko MATEŠA, Croatia
Mr. Niels NYGAARD, Denmark
Mr. Marc THEISEN, Luxembourg
Mr. Michael VESPER, Germany
Mr. Efraim (Ziggy) ZINGER, Israel
Mrs Gunilla LINDBERG, Sweden (ANOC Secretary General, ex-officio Member)
Mr Jean-Michel SAIVE; Belgium (Athletes Representative, ex-officio Member)
ANOC President H. E. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah participated to the event as well as ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and SportAccord President Marius Vizer. The Rome Assembly also brought together three former EOC Presidents, Franco Carraro, Jacques Rogge, and Mario Pescante, today Honorary Presidents. The Opening Ceremony was marked by a particularly moving moment with the posthumous presentation of the Order of Merit to Olafur Rafnsson, the recently deceased President of the NOC of Iceland.
On November 23rd, the participants at the 42nd General Assembly of the EOC were received by Pope Francis at a private audience held in the Vatican's Sala Clementina. Pope Francis greeted the leaders of the Olympic Family of Europe and called upon them to promote human and religious values at all and every level, values that are fundamental to a just and equitable society, and combine the educational roles of the Church and sport so as to teach athletes the moral values these two institutions share. On this occasion the EOC made a donation to the Church, for charitable purposes, and the President of the IOC awarded Pope Francis the Order of Merit.
The first Afro-Asian Women and Sport Forum ended on 20 November in Kuwait City. Organised jointly by the IOC, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), this Forum brought together 98 African and Asian NOCs, as well as delegates from United Nations agencies, NGOs, the IOC, OCA, ANOCA and national and continental associations.
The participants included the Presidents of the OCA and ANOCA, respectively IOC member and ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and IOC honorary member Lassana Palenfo; the Chairwoman of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, Anita L. DeFrantz; and IOC members Nawal El Moutawakel, Gunilla Lindberg, Claudia Bokel and Kirsty Coventry. An action plan was drafted, reaffirming the delegates' determination to include female representatives within all committees; to closely follow and promote women's participation in sport on every level; and to organise such a Forum every two years.
Lausanne, 4th November 2013: H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH, President of ANOC and Mr. Marius VIZER, President of SportAccord signed a partnership agreement at the Opening Ceremony of the International Federations Forum taking place in Lausanne from the 4th to the 6th November 2013.
During a speech addressed to representatives of all International Federations, the President of ANOC praised the commitment for solidarity within the Olympic Movement and congratulated the IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach and the SportAccord President, Mr. Marius Vizer on their elections. He also thanked them for their valuable contribution to the development and promotion of sport for Athletes and Youth all over the world.
On November 2nd 2013, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah participated in the 2nd Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne with Senior Representatives of the Olympic Movement's key stakeholders.
“On this occasion, the subjects addressed included the fight against doping, the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting, the sports calendar and autonomy and good governance in the Olympic Movement” said IOC in its News. “With regard to the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting, participants agreed to increase their coordinated efforts, under the IOC's leadership, in order to preserve the basic principles of the Olympic Movement and the integrity of sport.”
“With respect to the Sports calendar, the participants agreed that any new initiative has to respect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games. It means that neither the Olympic Programme nor Games revenues should be adversely affected in any way.”
“IOC President Dr Thomas Bach presented subjects that are part of his mandate's priorities, such as the sustainability of the Olympic Games through reconsidering the bidding procedure, reviewing the Olympic programme and leaving a positive legacy; protecting the athletes' health and integrity and caring about their life after their sporting career; and developing a strategy for bringing young people into sport.”
ANOC EC Members were present at this meeting among others: Mr Patrick J. Hickey, ANOC Senior Vice-President representing ANOC in the IOC Executive Board, Mr Julio C. Maglione, ANOC Vice-President who attended the meeting as FINA President and Mr Lawrence Probst III, ANOC EC Member representing the United States Olympic Committee. A third Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting will be held in the first half of 2014.
The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) has welcomed new students from Kazakhstan as part of a commitment to help shape a vibrant sports legacy for the country.
Ten students are attending for two months the RIOU Sport Management Program, having been awarded the Bolashak Scholarship which became a “kind of guarantor of the graduates' successful professional growth” and was established in 1993 by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Nazarbayev.
These scholars were selected for their contribution to sport in Kazakhstan and already have experience as coaches and instructors with a multitude of Kazakhstani sports organizations, including the Astana Rugby Club and the School of Top Sportsmanship.
Source: RIOU Media Team / RIOU Website
RIOU was established in 2009 and will offer many sport–related fields of study, as promised by Sochi in their bid. Indeed, thanks to a Master's degree in Sport Administration (MSA) drawing on the expertise of Olympic organizers and leading Russian and foreign experts, RIOU students will become a new generation of sports managers with both strategic and operational skills needed across the Olympic Movement.
RIOU CEO Prof. Lev Belousov commented:
“Our aim is to train the next generation of sports leaders by drawing on the vast Olympic knowledge and experience that RIOU's teaching staff, visiting experts and the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee possess.”
Furthermore, thanks to a partnership between ANOC and RIOU, three junior staff members from National Olympic Committees have been awarded scholarships to follow the MSA program and become part of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
Concluding this event, Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee underlined:
“The University's Olympic Education Program will produce a new constellation of professional sport managers equipped with the right knowledge to stage major sport events. They will become not only top class specialists, but ambassadors of the Olympic and Paralympic ideals and values as well”.
Source: RIOU Press Release, Sochi
On July 12th and 13th 2013, the 15th edition of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The Agenda of the meeting included elections.
The delegates from the 52 attending National Olympic Committees re-elected Intendant-General Lassana Palenfo for a third term as President of ANOCA. Elections of the 4 Vice-Presidents, Secretary General and Treasurer were also submitted to voting and the following persons have been elected for a 4-year term.
First Vice-President: Mr. Mustapha BERRAF (Algeria)
2nd Vice-President: Mr. Joao Manuel DA COSTA ALEGRE ALFONSO (Sao Tomé and Principe)
3rd Vice-President: Mr. Philippe Hao Thyn Voon HA SHUN (Mauritius)
4th Vice-President: Mrs. Matlohang MOILOA-RAMOQOPO (Lesotho)
Secretary General: Mr. Thomas SITHOLE (Zimbabwe)
Treasurer: Mr. Abu Ahmed GUMEL (Nigeria)
During the General Assembly reports were also given by the different commissions of ANOCA as well as ANOC, Olympic Solidarity, WADA and Rio 2016.
The next ANOCA General Assembly will take place in 2015.
ANOC President H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah as well as IOC President Mr.. Jacques Rogge were presented by H.E. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, in a ceremony held on 12th July 2013 in Abidjan, with the insignia of Grand Commander of the National Order of Côte d'Ivoire for their service in the international Olympic Movement.
ANOC President H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah also received the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa's Merit Award from the hands of ANOCA President Général Intendant Lassana Palenfo.
An ANOCA Merit Award was also awarded to ANOC Secretary General Ms Gunilla Lindberg, Olympic Solidarity Director General Mr Pere Miró, and FINA Honorary President Mr Mustapha Larfaoui.
The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 hosted the Chefs de Mission Seminar on February 6-8th. 75 National Olympic Committees participated in the meetings and venue tours. The representatives of the NOCs were also invited to the One Year To Go Ceremony in the Bolshoy Ice Dome where a very nice cultural show took place. The ceremony was opened by President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Jacques Rogge. The NOCs of Brazil, Canada, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation received on the stage their invitations to the Games from the President of the IOC.
On February 2013, IOC President Jacques Rogge made his first visit to the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The IOC President was accompanied by the IOC Coordination Commission Chairperson Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, the President of the Organizing Committee Mr. Jin-Sun Kim and the President of the Korean Olympic Committee Mr. Yong-Sung Park. The visit was very successful and the IOC President was impressed by the concept and the preparations of the Organizing Committee.
On October 29-31, the first IOC project review for the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 took place. Under the leadership of the Chairperson of the Commission, IOC Member and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg, meetings took place with the POCOG 2018 about the progress done.
The course for the alpine speed events in Jungbong was discussed with the designer of the course Mr. Bernhard Russi, President of the POCOG 2018 Mr. Jin-Sun KIM, IOC Expert Mr. Grant Thomas as well as Mr. Gilbert Felli, IOC Director for the Olympic Games.
At the end of October, ANOC President, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad Al-Sabah, was in Moscow for the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention held in the Russian City from October 30th until November 1st. Upon the invitation of the International Swimming Federation, President of ANOC delivered a speech on October 30th during the Opening of the Convention.
Source: Olympic Council of Asia
Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah wants to express his warm thanks to FINA for organizing this event since 2010, to bring together all partners of the International Federation such as National Federations, Coaches, Referees and Sponsors to have the possibility to put various subjects forward in relation with the Aquatic Movement.
ANOC President was pleased to observe that over 140 National Federations were present to this Convention and emphasized that “to give the best environment for our athletes is essential that everybody in the Sport Movement work and cooperate together (IFs, NOCs, NFs, Coaches, Referees & Officials etc.).”