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14OLYMPIC REVIEWThe NOC of Serbiaorganised a seminar inthe framework of theIOC Athlete CareerProgramme (ACP), incollaboration withAdecco Serbia. Some60 active or recentlyretired athletes learnthow to exploit theirsporting success in thejob market and how tosucceed in their careerchange after theirsports careers. The British OlympicAssociation recentlyannounced the launchof its new Athletes'Commission. Made upof 12 Olympians, it wascreated to fulfil a simplebut crucial objective: tobring the perspective,expertise and talent ofthese athletes to themany NOC programmesand initiatives. The Argentinean NOCand the province ofEntre Rios, representedrespectively by NOCPresident GerardoWerthein and GovernorSergio Urribarri, havesigned an agreementfor Olympism to betaught in schools in theprovince. The eventtook place in the city ofParaná, the birthplace ofone of the 13 originalmembers of the IOC,José Benjamin Zubiaur. The Indian Olympic Association organised its veryfirst national seminar on the Olympic ValuesEducation Programme (OVEP) from 22 to 26 Marchin Delhi. This IOC programme was officiallylaunched by the IOC President during theCommonwealth Youth Games in October 2008 inPune. During the workshop, national delegates fromthe various Indian states and union territories wereintroduced to the Programme and its educationalresource, "Teaching Values: an Olympic EducationToolkit", and were given tips on how to use thismanual effectively. They also had the opportunity tovisit the headquarters of the Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee and some sports venues, inthe presence of NOC President Suresh Kalmadi andSecretary General Randhir Singh, who is also anIOC member. The participants received theirparticipation certificates from Randhir Singh and IOC Director of International Cooperation andDevelopment T.A. Ganda Sithole.BelowSuresh Kalmadi (left) and Randhir SinghThe NOC of Brazil has been awarded the insigniaof the Order of Rio Branco by the Ministry ofForeign Affairs. The President of the Republic,Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, attended the ceremony.The NOC was represented by the Chairman of itsAthletes' Commission, volleyball player BernardRajzman, silver medallist in Los Angeles in 1984.This distinction was awarded in recognition of thejoint work with the Ministry (Itamaraty) for thevictorious candidature for the 2016 Games (right)and of the positive image of Brazil given on thisoccasion to other countries.INDIANSEMINARONOLYMPICVALUESAWARDFORBRAZILIANNOCFESTIVAL OF SPORTSPORTSCOURSEThe 53rd Bank of China (Hong Kong) Festival ofSport took place in mid-March in Hong Kong. On the programme of the two days of festivities,organised by the NOC of Hong Kong, China,were sports demonstrations and games toencourage people to participate in varioussports. The 74 national sports associationsparaded at the opening of this Festival, whichwas officially opened by NOC President and IOCmember Timothy Tsun Ting Fok. With itstraditional theme of "Sport for All", the Festivalencourages the general public to practise sport and thus have a healthy lifestyle. The Peruvian NOC has begun training activities atnational level with a sports administration course in the city of Chiclayo. Organised with the supportof Olympic Solidarity, this course brought togetherrepresentatives of the region's sportsorganisations, coaches, PE teachers, sportsjournalists, referees and events organisers. Thespeakers included NOC President José QuiñonesGonzalez; the technical adviser of the PeruvianInstitute of Sport, Rudy Montero Quispe; andarcher Mariana Quintanilla. Subjects included: theOlympic Movement, administration, management,women and sport, communications methods,doping-free sport, challenges for developingcountries, and the values and ethics in sport.NEWS IN BRIEF