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22 August 2009 – Guinea – Creation of a National Olympic Academy
Guinea now has a National Olympic Academy, inaugurated in Conakry on August 22, 2009 in the presence of Mr Ibrahima Barry, Secretary General of the Ministry for Youth and Sport and the Promotion of Youth Employment. The President of the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Guinea, Mr Naby Camara, highlighted on this occasion that "Olympism, which is concerned mainly with education, sport and culture, is yet to be understood by many sports people, artists and leaders. For this reason, the establishment of a National Olympic Academy was awaited.... It will enable the implementation of training and follow-up programmes throughout the country." Funding was provided by the IOC for the infrastructures of the Academy, and by the Japanese Embassy in Guinea for the outfitting of the premises.

10-19 August 2009 – Benin – Support to Archery
The National Olympic and sports Committee of Benin brought its support to an Archery officials and coaches further development seminar, organized by the National Federation of Benin from 10th to 29th August 2009. Supervised by an expert sent by the I.F. of this sport, the participants, from six different countries (Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, Togo) thus had an opportunity to improve their capacities to provide assistance to athletes in this Olympic discipline.

13-21 July 2009 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Olympic Activities
On July 13, 2009, the Olympic Experience Museum was officially inaugurated in Tel Aviv. The event was attended by various international Olympic personalities. On this occasion, IOC member in Israel Mr Alex Gilady donated 8 Olympic Torches to the Museum.

Visitors at the new Museum : from left to right, Ms Erica Terpstra, President of the Dutch NOC ; Mr Efraim Zinger, Secretary General of the Israeli NOC ; IOC member Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the German NOC ; Mr Alex Gilady, IOC member in Israel ; IOC member Ms Gunilla Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish NOC and Secretary General of ANOC ; IOC member Mr Patrick Hickey, President of the Irish NOC and of the EOC.

The next day, the Olympic Committee of Israel held a ceremony in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The Munich Torch was handed to Ms Iliana Romano, widow of one of the 11 victims and the representative of the victims' families. Ms Ankie Spitzer, whose husband was also murdered in Munich, said on behalf of the families : "We have to speak up, we have to remember … We ask you never to stop telling the story … hoping that what happened in Munich will never happen again."

Ms Iliana Romano receiving the Munich 1972 Olympic Torch from the hands of IOC member in Israel Mr Alex Gilady (centre) in the presence of German NOC President Dr. Thomas Bach.

On 16 July 2009, an agreement of cooperation was signed by the Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Israel, Mr Efraim Zinger, and the President of the German Olympic Committee Dr. Thomas Bach for exchanges of information between the two NOCs in the fields of Science in Sport, Coaching, Jurisdictional matters and Anti-doping. Mr Zvi Varshaviak, President of the Olympic Committee of Israel commented that this agreement "will develop the bonds between the Sports Federations of the two countries."

Left to right : Dr. Thomas Bach, Mr. Zvi Varshaviak, Mr. Efraim Zinger.
Left to right : Dr. Thomas Bach, Mr. Zvi Varshaviak, Mr. Efraim Zinger.

On 21 July 2009, a reception was held on the occasion of the the Maccabiah Games, hosted by the Isreali NOC, the Israeli Maccabi Association and the Sports Authority, during which Dr. Jack Asherov, Chairman of the "Anti-Doping Committee" received the NOC's Trophy for Sport and Fight Against Doping, in consideration of his action in this field and for education.

23-27 June 2009 – Cameroon – Organization of the Olympic Week
The National Olympic and Sports Committee of Cameroon celebrated the Olympic Week from the 23rd to the 27th of June 2009 throughout the whole national territory, under the slogan "Moving, Learning, Discovering". Among the activities proposed by the Regional Olympic and Sports Centres ("CROS") were an athletic march, exhibitions of collective sports, a round table on the theme "Participation of the youth in sport", an open-doors day at the various CROS headquarters, an "Environment Day", an Olympic Day Run, as well as a "Sport and Literature" contest.

29 April 2009 – Netherlands – New NOC Website
On April 29, 2009, the Netherlands Olympic Committee / Sports Confederation inaugurated its new website, which offers the latest news as well as information on various projects of interest to this NOC. The new website address is :

15-19 April 2009 – Portugal – Lusophonia Mini-Games
Organized for schoolchildren, Lusophonia Mini-Games were held in Lisbon from the 15th to the 19th of April 2009 within the framework of reach-out activities in the lead-up to the 2nd Lusophonia Games to take place in July next in the Portuguese capital. This event gathers nine member NOCs and three associated NOCs (Portuguese-speaking countries or regions). Lisbon is also to host the 38th EOC General Assembly in November next.

9 April 2009 – Egypt – Activities of the Egyptian Olympic Committee
The Egyptian Olympic Committee is currently working in coordination with Olympic Solidarity on two important projects :
- the first project is the renovation of the Olympic Museum, which is among the oldest sports museum in the world.
- the second project is the publication of a bilingual Arabic-English Encyclopaedia on Egypt's Olympic and Sports History.
The National Olympic Academy, following the inauguration of its new headquarters in 2007, is now regularly applying an educative programme.

25 March 2009 – Gambia – Retirement of NOC President Alhaji B. Dandeh-Njie
Alhaji Abdoulie Badara Dandeh-Njie, President of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, announced through a press released on March 25, 2009 that having served the NOC as President for almost 20 years and sports in the Gambia in general for 50 years, he will not stand for re-election in any capacity in the new Executive Bureau at the next NOC Assembly General scheduled for May 30th, 2009.
Among many other functions in the service of sport, Alhaji B. Dandeh-Njie was President of the West Africa Cricket Conference, ANOCA Treasurer General, Chairman of the ANOCA Marketing Commission, and has been active with the Commonwealth Games Federation. He was also instrumental in promoting Women in Sport especially at management and administrative level. He was notably an ANOC Executive Council member for Africa from 1996 to 2002, and was awarded the ANOC Merit Award in 2006. He is also a recipient of the IOC Centennial Gold Medal.
ANOC expresses thanks to Alhaji B. Dandeh-Njie for his constant cooperation along the years and wishes him a happy continuation.

March 2009 - Puerto Rico – Distinctions to the Best Athletes 2008
The Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico recently held its XLIII Awards Ceremony to honour its most outstanding athletes in 2008. A total of 59 athletes representing 32 sports federations were distinguished. Among them was Taekwondo female competitor Asunción Ocasio, who placed fifth at the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008, Basketball player José Juan Barea, World Junior Flyweight Boxing Champion Jonathan González, [picture] and young woman boxer Kiria Tapia [picture].
Mr Henry Neumann, Secretary of the Department for Recreational Activities and Sports and Dr. David Bernier, President of the NOC [to the right on the photo] delivered the messages of congratulations to the athletes. During the ceremony, a token of special recognition was also offered to the past President of the Olympic Committee and current President of the Central America and Caribbean Sports Organisation, Mr Héctor Cardona.

24 February 2009 – Spain – Presentation of "Sport and Sustainable Management " Programme
The "Sport and Sustainable Management" programme was presented at the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee on February 24, 2009 in the presence of the President of the NOC, Alejandro Blanco and the Director General for Sports of the Madrid Municipality, Miguel de la Villa. Through this programme, the NOC and the city of Madrid aim at providing support to sports organizations who wish to implement sustainable development strategies while respecting the environment.

20 February 2009 – European Olympic Committees – Inauguration of the EOC European Union Office
The European Olympic Committees' Office for the European Union – which now gathers 27 countries – was inaugurated on February 20, 2009 in Brussels, seat of the Union, in the presence of EOC President Patrick Hickey, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, the European Union Commissioner for Sport Ján Figel, as well as many IOC members and other sports personalities, among them nearly 80 representatives from European NOCs and sports confederations.

18 February 2009 – Croatia – NOC Publications meet with success
The Olympic Committee of Croatia has just published five booklets in a series entitled "Budding Athletes" whose objective is to help the young and their parents in selecting a sport for practice. These pamphlets have been distributed in particular with the main local daily, Vercernji List. The initiative was supported by Olympic Solidarity and the Ministry for Culture. Given its success, the NOC would like to expand this experience to other countries.

February 2009 – Barbados – National Olympic Academy's educational, health and environmental activities
The focus of the Barbados National Olympic Academy's activities in 2008 was on education, emphasizing for instance programmes aimed at broadening the general knowledge of athletes, coaches and National Federations, while also developing activities for the primary and secondary school system. Efforts were made through various programmes to encourage more healthy lifestyles. Environmental awareness received the support of several member National Federations with a "Beach Clean Up" action in November.

16 January 2009 – Spain – NOC / University Collaboration Agreement
The President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Mr Alejandro Blanco and the Dean of the Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) in Madrid, Mr Rafael Cortés Elvira signed on January 16th, 2009 a collaboration agreement to ease up access to courses for athletes from various sports federations while pursuing their activities in the practice of their sport, thereby facilitating their academic training with a view to their professional integration at the end of their sports career.

15 January 2009 – Costa Rica – Agreement with Mexico
The NOC of Costa Rica signed an agreement with the NOC of Mexico in order to have its athletes spend periods at the Mexican Olympic Training Centre without cost for accommodation, coaching and meals.

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