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the best hit it
off in Mexico?
Is Washington a serious player in the hosting bidding
wars? The city previously teamed up with nearby Baltimore, Maryland in a bid to become the
US candidate for 2012 -- an honor that ultimately went to New York, which went on to lose
the games to London. The head of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Rome may
yet be in the running to host the 2024 Games. Dubai has ruled
out a bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics Pistorius is
back in court in S. Africa but only for a few moments. Proceedings will continue in 2014 when
the case will go to trial. Coverage of
the IAAF Worlds in Moscow were limited in the US due to their love of their summer
seasonal sports. Tokyo 2024 claim over 90 percent support for hosting the
Games Andy Murray berates the late scheduling of matches at the US
Open. London Mayor, Boris Johnson signs up to the
"Gold Standard" of disability sport. England
Cricketer Michael Vaughan is lobbying for discounted event tickets when leading players
are being rested. UEFA
President, Michel Platini is looking to shorten the transfer window. Rio's Track and Field
Olympic Stadium will stay. The World Cricket Committee have backed the Decision
Review System (DRS). The great and the good of the sport have backed the decision.
'It isn't perfect but it works'. Asafa Powell believes that he is the scapegoat for the
"supplements" saga which is putting a dark cloud over track events. Just a month
before the start of the IAAF Worlds only 45,000 seats had been sold across the 10 day
event. But when Russian athletes started to turn on the heat and win medals, the crowds
went wild and the competition turned a corner and became a sell-out event. fyi.
The legacy of Moscow's Luzhnike Olympic Stadium is one of the best examples of
Olympic Stadia still standing and delivering the goods. London can aim to aspire to
maintain its venue legacy but will it stand the test of time?. The Sochi 2014 boycott
(re. gay rights) is off... but will it rear its head during the upcoming Games? And should
the TOP sponsors play a more active role in protesting against any discrimination? David Moyes
will take over the role of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as the new manager of
David Beckham has joined forces with his mate Gordon Ramsey and opened a new restaurant,
The Union Street Cafe in South London. Expect to get a booking? No chance! Adam Scott is
the first Australian to win the Masters. A great talent and worthy golf champion aged 32. A British
poker champion gets a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of his wife in the USA sixteen
years ago. Marcus Bebb-Jones lost his appeal against extradition from the US in 2011 when
finally pleaded guilty. Following their success hosting the Eurovision Song Contest,
Baku have claimed the first prize in the race to host the first European Games in 2015
with 17 sports on the programme. Arsenal FC posts a 15 million
pound profit mainly thanks to player sales. The International Olympic Committee's executive board's
decision to recommended wrestling for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. It did not come
as a big surprise. Justin Rose
wins big. It's a Major! Glasgow unveils its vision for 2015 World Gymnastics
Championships to include an estimated 500 gymnasts from 80 countries competing across ten
days of world-class competition. Andy Murray and Tim Henman played an all-star
doubles match at the Queens Tennis Club in London to raise money for The Royal Marsden
Cancer hospital that is currently treating British Tennis player, Ross Hurchins. Tiger Woods claims his first Players Championship title in 12
Motor racings FIA World Touring Car
Championship exceeded a worldwide cumulative audience reach of 500 million viewers for the
first time during the 2012 season. Good news for elite women athletes as well as their fans as
the BBC confirms more coverage of Women's sport. The Confederation Cup kicks off . American Heavyweight, Tony Thompson claims that as doping in sport is so
wide-spread that the only way to deal with the problem is to legalize drugs, thereby
creating a level playing field. The West Indies Cricket Board has announced plans to
launch a new franchise-based Twenty20. At last Wembley Stadium stands up to the competition
with plans for a high-end retail centre to attract the "shopping" fans. Bobby
Julich who quit Team Sky after admitting to taking drugs has joined BMC racing in his
capacity as a Consultant.... presumably not advising on 'doping'! Team GB's Bronze
medallist Jonathan Brownlee returns to form by winning his first triathlon world series
race in Yokohama Japan after recovering from an ankle injury. Will Floyd Mayweather
manage to compete in 5 fights over a 30 month period following his departure from the HBO
pay-per-view stable for Showtime? Sounds like a heavy-weight gig to me! Shortly after
accepting the job of Coach for UK Athletics, the highly regarded Peter Eriksson made an
about turn. He has decided to return to Sweden for Family reasons. Eriksson was the
successful Head Coach of the London 2012 Paralympic team. Friends Life will not be
renewing their sponsorship contract re. domestic Twenty20 cricket beyond 2013. After
Frankie Detorri failed a drug test at Longchamp in September is their any elite sport left
that is drug free? Catering company Compass - big in the sports industry corporate entertainment
sector dished out 400 million pounds to investors after strong growth in N. America and a
rise in pre-tax profits in the UK but the unsteady Euro could tip the balance between
future profit and loss. FIFA has announced the appointment of
GoalControl as the official goal line technology (GLT) provider for the FIFA
Confederations Cup 2013. Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners will cut its
ownership stake in Formula One to around 30 percent following the company's IPO (Initial
Public Offering). According to Forbes magazine boxer Floyd Mayweather has outstripped Tiger
Woods in the earnings stakes. Mayweather comes in at 54.3 million pounds; boxer Manny
Pacquiao takes second place at 39.6 million pounds; and Tiger Woods rolls in at third
place with 37.9 million. The Special One is back at Chelsea FC. Despite a new rule which would limit the number of years any
one person can hold the position of President of the International Cycling Union, Pat
McQuaid has secured Cycling Ireland's nomination to stand for a third term. The 2014 IPC
Powerlifting World Championships will be held in Dubai, UAE between April 5-11
Just how much do politics play a part in elite sport?.... sometimes called 'Back Pedalling'
Focusing on cycling where politics is
often on the top of the agenda, the Swiss Cycling Federation has withdrawn its nomination
for Pat McQuaid.
Brian Cookson, and UCI Presidential
Candidate, has issued the following statement: This latest development is of real
significance to the Presidential election process. It leaves Mr McQuaid in a very
difficult position, particularly when viewed alongside his failure to receive a nomination
from his own national federation as required under the constitution of the UCI. It also
places further question marks against his other 'nominations' whose validity is in serious
doubt and remain a matter of genuine concern to many in the cycling world. No attempts at
manipulation and legal bluster can take away the doubts and questions. The important
principle in any democracy is that you must respect the rules as they are, not how you'd
like them to be. My hope remains that we have a democratic process based on the rules of
the race when it started rather than those made up half way through.
For my part I remain focussed on setting out
the policies and the vision that I believe is needed for the UCI and the sport of cycling
to move forward. I am proud of the total support I have from my own federation, British
Cycling, and the growing support I am receiving from the international cycling community
as this election unfolds.
The UFC is coming to UK and Irish
screens with a 400-hour broadcast deal that will showcase mixed martial events. The deal
with BT's new sports channels fits another slot as part of the ambitions of British
Telecom as a new rights to view brand.
The upside of the introduction of the sport to the British public is the fact that kids
and adults alike can train together while sharing the integrity and discipline of the
This young pretender of a sport has large followings in a number of countries including
Brazil with more than 30 million viewers tuning in on a regular basis.
2nd September 2013: Commenting on the news that five
national cycling federations have asked the UCI to seek a judgement from the Court of
Arbitration for Sport on the interpretation of the UCI Constitution relating to the
nomination of Presidential Candidates, Brian Cookson said: "I can totally understand
the desire by a number of National Federations to seek clarity on the UCI Constitution in
relation to the nominating procedure and how this applies to the current Presidential
election. Given the nature of the controversy it does make sense to have this matter
adjudicated by CAS so that we can have a sound and fair election that is also genuinely
the "big" legacy question around the world
The Pan American Sports Organization named La Punta
(Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Lima (Peru) and Puerto Ordaz (Venezuela) as the four cities
bidding for the 2019 Pan Am Games.
Each city is vying for its first Pan Am hosting
duties, (although Venezuela and Argentina have each hosted the event before).
While the cudos of The Pan American Games has
decreased in value over the past 30 years, as the United States and Canada have shied away
from sending their best swimmers to the meet, the continent has a higher profile as a
result of Brazil hosting the World Cup and the Olympics. And water polo is
the one sport that consistently features top-flight competition at the Pan American Games.
In terms of the host city race Santiago and Lima
appear to have the edge over La Punta and Puerto Ordaz. Both are capital cities,
with better infrastructure and transportation and access to more financial resources for
funding the construction of venues.
The Games have been held in Central and South America
12 of 17 times, with the United States last hosting the event in 1987 in Indianapolis.
Canada is set to host the event for the third time in Toronto in the next iteration of the
Pan American Games in July 2015. That event will likely not feature the top aquatic sports
stars, as the FINA world championships in Russia will start in the middle of the Pan
American Games festivities.
hot shot:the must have roof
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has
announced that the Arthur Ashe Stadium will be getting a retractable roof as part of an
extensive redevelopment project at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US$550m
project will also include the construction of two new stadium facilities.
The project, which will be implemented in three
phases, will begin following the conclusion of the 2013 US Open, with the aim to complete
in time for the 2018 US Open. The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is
estimated to cost some US$100m, is scheduled for completion in August 2017.
We have been working towards a viable design
for a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for more than a decade, said USTA Chairman of the
Board and President Dave Haggerty. Through a long and arduous process, we feel that
we now have a design that meets the criteria of being architecturally sound, aesthetically
pleasing, reasonably affordable, and buildable.
Phase one of the project will also involve shifting the existing practice courts and two
tournament courts to the north. This will enable the construction of an expanded viewing
area for the practice courts and the three new tournament courts.
The retractable roof is being designed by Rossetti, which also designed the Arthur Ashe
Stadium. Hunt Construction Group has been hired to build the retractable roof structure.
The roof will comprise flexible, translucent PTFE fabric stretched over a steel frame, and
will be supported by eight steel columns.
The projects final phase will include the
construction of a new 15,000-seat stadium. The USTA expects final design for Louis
Armstrong Stadium to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months. The completion date is set
for August 2018.
As a result of these upgrades, the NTC will be able
to accommodate an extra 10,000 people each day during the US Open, increasing attendance
by approximately 100,000 new visitors.
Tin-Tin to challenge in Europe Top 10.... not to be confused with the famous 4-legged explorer!
Table Tennis English Cadet No.1, Tin-Tin Ho, has become
the latest home-grown player to be selected for the Europe Youth Top 10 tournament, which
takes place in Terni, Italy on September 20-22, 2013
The 14-year-old, who will turn 15 shortly before the
tournament begins, has become the first female qualifier since Joanna Parker finished
sixth in Mulgetta, Italy in 2005.
Her selection is no real surprise after spending the
entire season in the European Top 10, even leading the rankings for a short period of time
earlier in the year.
Her three medals at the recent European Youth
Championships (Singles bronze, Doubles silver and Mixed silver) were a further reminder of
her prodigious talent that has seen her triumph twice on the International Table Tennis
Federation (ITTF) Cadet Singles circuit in the Portuguese Youth Open 2011 as well as a
convincing win over the world number 1 cadet to win the French Youth Open in 2012.
She starts the round-robin tournament as the fourth
seed behind firm favorite Marie Migot of France and her fellow European team mates Adina
Diaconu from Romania and Maria Malanina from Russia.
Tin-Tin, from Paddington, London, started playing
table tennis at the age of 5 and is currently the cadet, junior and under-21 National
champion as well as being ranked number 4 in Europe in the cadet rankings. She said:
"I am very happy to have been selected for the European Youth Top 10, I am always
really excited to represent my country especially as this will be my last European cadet
tournament where I will be facing the best competition that Europe has to offer"
The English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) is the governing body of table tennis in
England, responsible for representing, coordinating, administering, regulating, promoting,
marketing and developing the sport. Some 2.4 million people play table tennis within the
UK (British Market Research Bureau). The European Youth Top 10 tournament was established
in 1985 in its original format as a Top 12 tournament. The format is a round-robin
tournament which sees the top 10 ranked players in Europe for their age group compete in
what is considered the most prestigious and hardest to win youth tournament in Europe.
This year this tournament will take place in Terni, Italy. Last years tournament was held
in Romania and was won by Audrey Zarif of France. This will be Tin-Tins first time in this
Transformation of the London Olympic
Sport- a Platform for Bolt, Mo and the rest of the sporting greats
The 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and
Development opened in New York with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) honoring
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the Olympic Order.
The award was in recognition of the UN Secretary-Generals strong personal commitment
to use sport as a tool for social change, a concept brought to life through various joint
IOC-UN projects at community level. It was also under Mr Ban that the IOC received UN
observer status in 2009.
The UN Secretary-General and IOC President Jacques Rogge delivered keynote speeches at the
Forum, held for the first time at the UN headquarters. President Rogge said: As we
meet here today, sport is at work for peace and development in countries around the world.
Collaboration in this area has increased dramatically and involves a wide range of
committed partners. He added: The relationship between the IOC and the UN goes
back many years. Our organizations have two very different roles in society, but we share
some core values. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: The link between
sport, peace and development grows stronger by the year. It can be traced back in history
to the original Olympic Truce, which guaranteed safe passage to athletes and other
travellers attending the ancient Games. It is found in the bidding requirements for modern
Olympic host cities, which are asked to provide a durable social and environmental legacy.
And it is evident throughout the United Nations system, which has embraced sport as a
valuable vehicle for reaching our peace and development objectives. The International
Olympic Committee is a key partner.
The 2-day International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development took place in early June
at the UN headquarters in New York in 2013. Jointly organized by the IOC and the UN Office
on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), with the support of the United States Olympic
Committee (USOC), the event aims to assess the successes and challenges of past
initiatives and looks at how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields.
This years theme is Creating a Common Vision, and one of the outcomes
will be a declaration by all participants that will provide a roadmap in this area for the
next two years.
The two leaders also initiated the start of work on a
permanent sports exhibition in the UN building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The
exhibition will enable visitors from all over the world to better understand the role of
sport in human development and the promotion of peace.
home and away: the next new or
returning sports to enter the fray to be included in the Olympic Games in 2020 and 2024
Welcome back to wrestling
The IOC Executive Board meetings in St Petersburg
will take place between May 29 and 31, 2013
During the three days, the EB will meet with the
Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Olympic Winter
Sports Federations (AIOWF). It will hear reports on the IOCs latest activities and
receive updates on preparations for the forthcoming Olympic Games: Sochi 2014, Rio de
Janeiro 2016 and PyeongChang 2018.
Most importantly for many sports the revolving door
selection process of potential sports due for inclusion in future Games will be announced
on Wednesday 29 May. The eight candidate sports (baseball/softball, karate, roller
sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wrestling and wushu) will compete for
possible inclusion as an additional sport in the 2020 and 2024 Games. The sports
will have competed for inclusion and they will present to the EB. The EB will then decide
which of the eight sports to recommend to the 125th IOC Session for inclusion.
the USA is back in the Game!
USOC continues to consider the Olympic
potential of about ten American cities, chairman Larry Probst said officials will keep a
keen eye on the competition but.... has the game plan changed out of all recognition
Whether the stats for the cultural Olympiad in London
will be exceeded by the stats in Rio will be an open debate until the curtain drops on the
closing of the Paralympic Games.
Rio is regarded as the city that hosts many of the largest and most glamorous cultural
events around the world. And while impressive data showcases the best of London 2012
will Rio claim first place in the cultural stakes
The Cultural Olympiad in London achieved some
impressive results. Over half a million people visited Tower Bridge with its 5
Olympic rings lighting up the skyline. The London 2012 Festival was the arts and cultural
centrepiece of the Games and the events were seen by 37.4 million visitors and 5.9 million
Londoners and international cultural organizations participated in the arts and cultural
program - although it should be said that many of the highlights were focused around elite
cultural programming rather than showcasing the local talent - a lesson that may be
learnt when Rio2016 comes to town!
On the downside only 29 percent of the population had
heard of the cultural Olympiad post Games. This figure rode to 40 percent in London....
not too impressive!
And the kids were alos doing their thing!...... as an
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has
launched its competition offering fans and young designers the opportunity to make Olympic
history by designing the medal for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. People all over
the world will be able to submit their entries via the website
http://www.medaldesigncompetition.com/ until 30 November 2013. An IOC judging panel
featuring the world-renowned designer, Thomas Heatherwick, and sports names such as
Olympic short track speed skating champion Yang Yang and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic
Games 400m hurdles champion Aurélie Chaboudez, will select a winning design and two
runners-up in December. The winning design will then feature on the face of the gold,
silver and bronze medals awarded in Nanjing from 16 to 28 August 2014. The winning
designer will win a trip to Nanjing 2014 which includes tickets to the Opening Ceremony,
as well as a full collection of medals featuring their design.
Design submissions will be accepted from 2
September to 30 November 2013.
The jury will meet in Lausanne to select a winner and two runners-up on 11 December
The winner will be announced in December 2013.
A Worldwide call from basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has highlighted the the
importance of getting active on Olympic Day June 23, 2013. Bryant has joined forces with
the International Olympic Committee and posted a short video on YouTube and other social
The two-time gold medallist with the US mens
basketball team has called on people everywhere to lace up their running shoes, don their
sweatbands and take part in any physical activity they desire. And Kobe, who is currently
recovering from recent surgery to repair an injured Achilles tendon, asked people to make
a special effort on his behalf.
I cant run, I cant jump and I
cant swim yet, Kobe said. So I need you guys to pick up the slack for me
and be doubly active.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the
world take part in Olympic Day events and this year the IOC is asking people to
take a picture of their sporting activity and post it on social media. The best photograph
will win the lucky person a trip to Switzerland, the home of the Olympic Movement in
Lausanne and the refurbished Olympic Museum, which reopens later this year. (Details of
the competition and how to enter below).
65 years the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its partners in the Olympic
Movement have been encouraging people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get active
on Olympic Day.
Today, Olympic Day has evolved to become a key date
in the Olympic Movements calendar, and has gained momentum worldwide with almost 4 million participants from around the world and
over 150 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) taking part last year. It is an opportunity to
encourage the young and not-so-young, regardless of their sporting ability and their
background, to get moving, learn about the benefits of physical activity, discover new
sports and reflect on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
Many of our 204 NOCs will be organizing educational,
cultural and sporting activities under the motto Move, Learn and Discover.
Please consult www.olympic.org/olympicday for more information on Olympic Day activities
happening near you.
starting blocks: and
then there were SIX candidates
Six candidates to run for IOC
presidency as Jaques Rogge, President of the IOC steps down after around 8 years in the
role, six candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to compete in the election for
the Presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 125th IOC Session on 10
September 2013 in Buenos Aires.
The six Thomas Bach, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Denis Oswald,
and Ching-Kuo Wu officially announced their candidacies by the deadline of midnight
on 6 June.
The candidates will present their programmes, in camera, to the full IOC membership on the
occasion of the Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne on 3 and 4 July 2013.
Whether this battle for the Presidency will be a fight to the death, or a slam dunk deal
will be hard to predict. Certainly the candidates will be expected to deliver their
program for the future of the IOC and perhaps the potential game changer - integrating the
IOC and the IPC?
life after: life after: life after:life
and the next
round of classification - all change?
The International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) launched its Classification Code Review process this month, encouraging
all the Paralympic Movement's stakeholders to suggest reasonable amendments to the current
The IPC Classification Code was
adopted by the IPC Governing Board in 2007 and provides policies and procedures for
Paralympic classification that should be common to all sports and to the Paralympic Games.
This Code aims to contribute to
sporting excellence for all athletes in the Paralympic Movement by providing equitable
competition through classification processes that are robust, transparent and fair.
Peter Van de Vliet, IPC Medical and
Scientific Director, said: "The IPC Classification Code is one of the basics of
para-sport, through which each sport commits to the development of sport-specific and
evidence-based classification systems. This is achieved by identifying eligible
impairments specific to each sport, describing accurate methods of sport-specific
assessment of athletes, and detailing classification policies and procedures.
"Feedback from our stakeholders
on this Code is vital and will only help us strengthen classification across sports for
With continued development of
classification, the IPC Governing Board recognizes the need for a review of the
Classification Code, which will include two consultation rounds.
The first round will run from 1
June-30 September 2013, and the second round will run the same dates but in 2014.
Following each consultation round,
the feedback will be reviewed by the IPC Classification Committee and the IPC Governing
Board. Following the first consultative round, a first draft of the modified IPC
Classification Code will be circulated to the membership for the second consultation
The modified Code will be presented
by the IPC Governing Board as a motion at the 2015 IPC General Assembly, and the
amendments will take effect within one year of approval.
and the next round of elections
The International Paralympic Committee has
announced the names of the candidates who will stand for election to the IPC Governing
Board at November's IPC General Assembly in Athens, Greece.
In total 31 nominations for 28 candidates - two for
President, two for Vice President and 27 for Member at Large positions - have been
accepted for the elections that will take place on 24 November. Three candidates have been
nominated for two positions although can only be elected for one position.
The IPC Governing Board will consist of one
President, one Vice President and 10 Members at Large and all will be elected by the IPC
membership which consists of National Paralympic Committees, International Sport
Federations, International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSDs) and Regional
Organisations. In addition to the elected members, Todd Nicholson, Chairperson of the IPC
Athletes' Council and Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, are ex-officio members
of the Governing Board.
The nominees for all roles, listed in alphabetical
order, are as follows (Nationality and nominating body in brackets):
For IPC President (one to be elected)
* Sir Philip Craven (GBR - NPC Great Britain)
* Alan Dickson (GBR - CPISRA)
For IPC Vice President (one to be elected)
* Ann Cody (USA - NPC USA)
* Andrew Parsons (BRA - NPC Brazil)
For IPC Members at Large (10 to be elected)
* Zainal Abidin Abu Zarin (MAS - NPC Malaysia)
* Saad Alazma (KUW - NPC Kuwait)
* Mohamed Alhameli (UAE - NPC United Arab Emirates)
* Masoud Ashrafi Khozani (IRI - NPC Iran)
* Michael Barredo (PHI - IBSA)
* Prof. Jose Luis Campo (ARG - NPC Argentina)
* Ann Cody (USA - NPC USA)
* Alan Dickson (GBR - CPISRA)
* Abass Ben Djobo (TOG - NPC Togo)
* Rita van Driel (NED - NPC Netherlands)
* Monday Ochuko Emoghavwe (NGR - NPC Nigeria)
* Ali Harzallah (TUN - NPC Tunisia)
* Anne d'leteren (BEL - NPC Belgium)
* Patrick Jarvis (CAN - NPC Canada)
* Duane Kale (NZL - NPC New Zealand)
* Ratko Kovacic (CRO - NPC Croatia)
* Vladimir Lukin (RUS - NPC Russia)
* Jairus Mogalo (KEN - NPC Kenya)
* Kyung-won Na (KOR - NPC Korea)
* Andrew Parsons (BRA - NPC Brazil)
* John Petersson (DEN - NPC Denmark)
* Dr. Karl Quade (GER - NPC Germany)
* Leonel da Rocha Pinto (ANG - NPC Angola)
* Miguel Sagarra (ESP - NPC Spain)
* Wesley Worrell (BAR - NPC Barbados)
* Yasushi Yamawaki (JAP - NPC Japan)
* Jia Yong (CHN - NPC China)
All nominations have been reviewed against the
criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations.
An IPC Electoral Commission was appointed consisting of Linda Mastandrea, Chairperson, and
Mike Peters and Carla Qualtrough as Members. All three are members of the IPC Legal and
Ethics Committee and will ensure that all candidates adhere to the IPC Code of Conduct for
Candidates to Governing Board Election between now and 24 November when the elections take
Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Announcing the names of all candidates for the IPC Governing Board elections
effectively acts as the starting gun for the campaigning to begin. And once again we are
pleased with the number of nominations from the IPC membership and the geographical spread
which sees all five continents putting forward candidates."
On 22 November in Athens, two days prior to the election, each candidate will have the
opportunity to make a presentation on their candidate to the IPC membership attending the
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A future for the London 2012 venues?
what will happen to the Aquatics Centre?
a. it will be knocked down; b. the pool will be restored to the original Zaha Hadid
design; c.it will be relocated to Blackpool
2. what will happen to the Velodrome?
a. the roof will be removed; b. a one mile outdoor road cycle circuit will be added;
c. it will be taken over by two of the local schools
3. what will happen to Eton Manor?
a. It will be converted into a Hockey and Tennis Centre b. it will be
converted into a facility for 8 covered courts ; c. it will be turned into a mini golf
4. what will happen to The Olympic Stadium?
a. It will become a football ground; b. it will reduce its capacity to
60,000; c. both a and b
5. what will happen to the Olympic Handball Arena?
a. It will be relocated to Dubai; b. it will be transformed into a squash
centre; c. it will be converted into a multi-purpose facility
6. what will happen to the Media and Broadcast Centre?
a. The BBC will take over the facility b. it will be transformed into a School for
Journalism; c. It will become an IT high-tech hub
7. what will happen to Riverbank Arena? a. It will be dismantled; b.
it will moved to Sheffield; c. it will be moved 50 yards down the road
8. what will happen to The Olympic Village?
a. It will be turned into social housing; b. it will be converted into
rentals; c. both a and b
9. what will happen to The Water Polo and Basketball venues?
a. they will be demolished; b. they will be relocated to Qatar; c. they
will become permanent sports venues
10. Are Rio 2016 planning more temporary venues than London?
a. Yes; b. No c. Don't know yet
process for major events ups its game
The Buenos Aires Organising Committee
for the latest IOC Session has coordinated with the relevant authorities in Argentina and
at Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires to streamline the
process for the media travelling to Buenos Aires.
Argentina has specific and strict regulations relating to the temporary import and use of
media equipment so take note of the following:.
Arrival procedure for media
1. Prior to departure, media who are
importing equipment for use during the IOC Session, such as television cameras,
pho....tographic equipment, and other related broadcast technical equipment, should
complete the Temporary Import of Equipment Affidavit
2. Upon arrival at Ministro
Pistarini (Ezeiza) international airport in Buenos Aires, media should proceed to
immigration, where they will find a special Olympic Family Fast Track line for attendees
of the IOC Session, including media. The Fast Track line will be clearly indicated by
signs with the Olympic rings.
3. Accredited media should carry with
them a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email they received from the IOC that
their accreditation was approved, as well as proof that they are affiliated with the
specific media organisation.
4. After immigration, media should
collect their luggage from the carousel.
5. Media who are not carrying
equipment with them can proceed directly through Customs.
6. Media who are carrying equipment
with them should proceed directly through Customs and look for the sign IOC MEDIA. Here
Customs personnel and SIMEX (Customs Broker) will check the affidavit and prepare the
temporary admission of equipment (if the form has not been completed or has been left
behind, it can be completed on the spot). Estimated process time: 30 minutes.
7. It is recommended that media who
will be going through this process supply their arrival details, date, flight number and
time in advance so as to expedite this process. Email details to:
8. Once completed, media should then
proceed through Customs.
The Departure procedure requires
similar attention to the detail for media who have imported equipment. They should cancel
the affidavit to avoid Customs penalties and fines; and reconfirm by email the date and
time of departure from Argentina to the following address:
IEC in sports and Business
Concepts and Sponsorship Division (BCS) have announced an agreement with the World Fly
Fishing Championship 2013 (11-18 August). The agreement includes TV production,
sponsorship sales, media rights distribution on a worldwide basis as well as event
In case you did not know, The World Fly Fishing Championship is one of the largest
international sports events to be held in the northern part of Norway with 27 national
teams from all continents. The fishermen will compete three days in three rivers and two
" Showing the sport aspects of fly-fishing together with its natural elegance in
spectacular scenery will make this an interesting TV product. A similar TV production has
not yet been done, it´s also a sport with increasing interest.
The International Competitive Sport Association (CIPS) has over 50 million members world
It's a man's world!
To say that the sports world is a
man's world is not far from the truth and so shortsandsports always chooses to highlight
some of the discrepancies between the sexes.
So who is the fastest Jamaican sprinter? Usain Bolt of course! We all know his
times, his team mates and his podium successes.... but can you speak so fluently about the
other Jamaican 100 metre star. Just how much do you know about the diminutive
Shelley-Ann Fraser Pryce who ran the 100 metres in 2012 in 10.70 seconds. At just around 5
feet in height this 'pocket rocket' is only one of three women to have retained the 100
metre title..... so go ahead... do your research!
To mark the anniversary of the
Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) will be holding an event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
The event will include:
The unveiling of a giant Agitos at
Stoke Mandeville Hospital to mark Stoke Mandeville's role as the birthplace of the
Paralympic Movement.and an announcement on the IPC and Stoke Mandeville's role in future
Paralympic Torch relays.
When Women don't count!
Sadly the UN has cancelled Gaza's version of the London Marathon due to the fact that
Hamas has banned women from competition.
The Palestinian territory is almost exactly Marathon length from the start to end of the
Last year both sexes participated but this year the Palestine Authorities have taken a
massive step backwards.
Goal-line technology (GLT) will be
used at this year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup after FIFA launched a tender
process for proposals from companies interested in fulfilling the contract for its
The announcement came after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) gave the
green light to the introduction of GLT by approving the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems,
which were subsequently given their most high-profile tests to date at the 2012 Club World
Cup venues in Toyota and Yokohama.
FIFA said the systems were
successfully implemented at last December's tournament, but they also added an additional
two companies that are close to joining Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in securing FIFA licences. A
third system, developed in Germany, has already passed the necessary tests with the
providers in licensing discussions, while another German system has also been tested with
the results due this week.
The possibility of re-visiting skate-boarding as an Olympic sport comes at the same time
as a major discussion is taking place as to whether the area along the South Bank of
London's River Thames and home to London's street skateboarders may be replaces by a new
build extension of The National Theatre on the Southbank. Fans of what was the more
street aspects of London are protesting that this small area along the river will lose its
appeal as part of the more "street" side of the local area.
The highly anticipated WSB match
between the Cuba Domadores and the Mexico Guerreros was the first time in fifty one years
that Cuban boxers received official permission to compete in pro-style boxing from the
country's authorities. All questions about the ability of the Cubans to make the
adjustment to the pro-style game now appear to have been answered. For instance when
Yosbany Veitia became the first Cuban to box more than three rounds in half a century he
still looked fresh after the five rounds that are contested in the WSB as standard. The
same was true for the rest of the team. Not only did the Domadores cope with the extra
rounds but they also dealt with the significant physiological demands of boxing at
altitude in Mexico City.
The opening bout between Joselito
Velazquez of the Mexico Guerreros and Yosbany "El Diablo" Veitia at Light
Flyweight (49kg) set the tone for the evening. Veitia, the 2011 world bronze medallist was
looking for revenge on his Mexican opponent for the surprise defeat the Guerreros boxer
inflicted on him in the finals of the 2011 Pan American Championships. Although the bout
last night was a close run affair, with both boxers displaying dazzling skills at times,
perhaps there was a certain amount of poetic justice in the fact that Veitia was able to
take the win. As the first Cuban permitted to box pro-style since 1962, he and his result
will now go down in the history annals of the sport. But it was not the landslide victory
that many had predicted, with the Mexican Guerreros, who reached the semi-finals of the
WSB in Season III, putting up a strong performance. And Irish boxer Conrad Cummings,
pulled out an excellent win for the Guerreros when he beat 2008 Olympic silver medallist
Carlos Banteur at Middleweight (-75kg), proving that the Cubans aren't invincible.
Indications that the Cubans
might also be struggling with adjusting to the removal of head gear also became apparent
when a clash of heads saw Flyweight (-52kg) Mexican boxer Emigdio getting a cut above his
left eye. This resulted in him winning the bout through TKO in round three. The Cubans
will need to look closely at their style to allow for this change in the future,
especially since from October all male elite AIBA Open Boxing (AOB -formerly known as
amateur boxing) bouts will also be contested without head guards. Having edged out a
strong Mexican Guerreros side by three bouts to two, the Cuban Domadores team now go into
the final day of the match with a slight lead. Can they hold on or will the Mexicans
"cracks" in the infrastructure are best identified asap. The stadium - that is
currently leased to local football club Botafogo is being utilized as the citys main
football venue while the Maracana stadium undergoes redevelopment for the Fifa World Cup
They informed me that the roof has structural problems, said the Mayor of Rio,
Eduardo Paes, at a recent press conference. I asked whether this represented a risk
for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature. On
that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we receive more information.
Its simply unacceptable that a stadium which was inaugurated such a short time ago
now has to face this sort of situation.
But it should come as no suprise
to the tried and tested members of the IOC as
these dramas - and subsequent warnings from the great and the good etc. are all part of the process of hosting
major sporting events
The International Olympic
Committees Coordination Commission for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games
(YOG) concluded their second successful visit and they were very impressed with the
Organizing Committees LYOGOC) progress on building the foundations for an
During two days of informative
meetings held in Gjovik - which will host the short track events in 2016 - LYOGOC shared
with the Commission their ambitious and exciting vision for delivering an event for
young people, by young people based on their core values: playful and
determined, awesome and humble.
Staying true to these values, this
small team have brought on new members of staff namely Financial Controller, Head
of Culture and Education Program and Head of Games Operations connecting key
stakeholders with a strong network of external experts.
The Commission, chaired by Olympic
ice hockey champion Angela Ruggiero, was also pleased to receive presentations on the
overall concept of the Culture and Education Programme, legacy commitments, a review of
the Venue Master Plan and a first overview of the Marketing and Communications plans. Also
of particular note, LYOGOC gave an update on the Youth Olympic Village, which received a
green light for construction ahead of schedule, while construction of the ice hockey
training venue is well on track.
According to the team, The IOC is in no doubt they will deliver an unforgettable
experience for the young participants, local youth and beyond and we look forward to going
on this journey with them.
Other Commission members present
included Olympic skeleton racer Adam Pengilly and two-time Olympic champion short track
skater Yang Yang, who had particularly fond memories of Gjovik as the location of her
first ever World Championships in 1995.
Work to transform the stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a year round multi-use
venue has officially begun. In contracts worth over £67m (US$104.8m), London Legacy
Development Corporation, on behalf of the E20 Stadium, has started the work through
contractor Careys, who began by removing 25,000 seats and the grass field of play to
prepare the ground for Balfour Beatty Group to start taking down the existing roof later
in the autumn.
A new roof twice the size of
the original at around 45,000m2 will then be built and lifted into position by
spring 2015. It will cover every seat in the ground and improve the acoustics and
spectator experience for football matches, other sporting events and concerts.
Spring 2015 will also see the
installation of concessions, toilets, turnstiles and hospitality areas and the laying of
the pitch for the five Rugby World Cup matches that will take place at the stadium between
September and October 2015
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