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OLYMPIC REVIEW17Athletics World PlanThe InternationalAssociation of AthleticsFederations (IAAF) hasannounced that, as partof its "Athletics WorldPlan", the activitieslinked to the "Kids'Athletics'' and "School and Youth" programmes havecriss-crossed the globe,from Australia to theArabian Peninsula, fromSpain to Russia andfrom Haiti to Algeria,Egypt and Uganda. Theobjective of this plan isto introduce athletics in school programmesworldwide and to raiseawareness, particularlyin the 9-15 age group.Visit formore information.WADA ConferenceThe World Anti-DopingAgency (WADA) is call-ing on cities interestedin organising the fourthWorld Conference onDoping in Sport at theend of 2013. ThisConference will be theculmination of the nextreview of the WorldAnti-Doping Code,which WADA will launchin 2012. The deadlinefor proposals is 27August 2010. The hostcity will be selected bythe WADA FoundationBoard on 21 Novemberthis year.Barcelona has been confirmed as the sixthand new venue for theBasketball WorldChampionship to beplayed in Spain in 2014.This decision was takenby the Central Board ofthe InternationalBasketball Federation(FIBA) meeting in SanJuan (Puerto Rico).Another Board decisionwas to award the Under-19 World Championshipsin 2011 to Latvia (men)and Chile (women). LeftBarcelona will hostthe 2014 BasketballWorld ChampionshipBARCELONATO HOSTFIBAEVENTSPORTTOPUSHUNMILLENNIUMDEVELOPMENTWCFELECTSFIRST FEMALEPRESIDENTANTI- DOPINGCAMPAIGNSports officials and UN representatives met inLausanne to assess how sport can best be usedto make progress in the fields of humandevelopment, youth empowerment, genderequality, health and peace-building. The OlympicMovement's development goals largely matchwith the eight UN Millennium DevelopmentGoals. These range from halving extremepoverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS andproviding universal primary education, by thetarget date of 2015, and form a blueprintagreed to by all the world's countries and all theworld's leading development institutions. Theaim is to maximise the impact of variousactivities through new partnerships. Forinstance, the Forum brings together several UN Country Teams and National OlympicCommittees (NOCs) from developing countriesto encourage new initiatives at national level.Below Sport can be used to assist genderequality and other important issuesAt its General Assembly inCortina d'Ampezzo (Italy),the World CurlingFederation (WCF) electedits first female President,in the person of KateCaithness. She succeedsLes Harrison. Vice-President of the IF since2006, Caithness hasstrongly contributed to thedevelopment of wheelchaircurling, which played anessential role in the sportbeing included on theprogramme of theParalympic Winter Gamesin Turin in 2006. The International IceHockey Federation (IIHF),in partnership with theWorld Anti-DopingAgency (WADA), hasdeveloped a new educa-tion and awareness-rais-ing campaign for playersunder 20. The logo ofthis campaign is a greenpuck with the motto "Sayno!", which encouragesplayers to refuse anyprohibited substance.The launch of this cam-paign coincided with theWorld Championships in Germany.NEWS INBRIEF

HOW SPECTACULARADVANCES IN SCIENCEAND TECHNOLOGYBENEFIT SPORTThe effects of scientific developments canbe felt in sport at every level. New knowledgegives athletes a better understanding oftheir bodies and their limitations, whiletargeted research is helping create newmaterials. State-of-the-art audiovisual andcomputer-generated programmes assist in training, refereeing and umpiring, while also making sport more enjoyable forspectators. This interactive exhibition at TheOlympic Museum in Lausanne gives visitorsa simple, spectacular and light-hearted lookat what goes on behind the scenes insports science and technology, at the sametime reminding them of the one aspect thatprogress cannot change - it is first andforemost the athletes themselves who driveperformance. Full of discoveries andscience made simple for non-specialists,Athletes & Sciencewas designed in closecollaboration with the University ofLausanne (UNIL), Lausanne Polytechnic(EPFL) and Omega.Here's what those who helped set up theexhibition say about it:The way in which sports science develops isunique because performance-orientatedathletes are often the first to approve andadopt new a technology. The relationshipbetween human beings and technology iscrucial to sport. It can influence performance,but any innovation must remain within thebounds of fairness and safety.Professor Jan-Anders MÃ¥nson,Laboratoryof Composite and Polymer Technology,EPFL, President International Academy ofSports ScienceExhibitions are an effective means ofexplaining complex phenomena anddevelopments. Sport is a driving force fortechnological development because differentdisciplines call upon a wide range ofscientific knowledge. Using the athlete asour starting point, planning the exhibitiongave us the opportunity to consider thecontributions of the many people involved in sport, to identify the tools they use, toexamine approaches they adopt and theknowledge they acquire. Pascal Vuillomenet,Deputy Director,Innovation and Development, EPFLIn taking part in this exhibition the Laboratoryfor Design of Mechanical Systems willunveilits contribution to improving materials. Ourvibration analysis process is helpful not onlyto athletes but to participants in all sports,especially snowboarding. From the design ofspecific processes to the creation of newmaterials, from the laboratory to tests on thepiste, the measurement of vibrations enablescompetitors to gain those vital hundredths. Dr Alain Schorderet,Deputy Director,Laboratory for Design of MechanicalSystems EPFL18OLYMPIC REVIEWAs Athletes & Sciencewasspecifically intended to beinteractive, the organisers issuevisitors with a PerformanceNotebook in which to record theresults of tests carried out duringtheir visit, such as height, weight,fat mass, etc. They will also be ableto pedal an exercise bike at 374metres (the altitude of Lausanne)and then at 1,800 metres (thealtitude of Colorado Springs (USA),and to test their visual acuity,memory, reflexes and reaction time.Visitors can take part in otherexperiments that do not feature inthe Performance Notebook. The aimof all these tests is to find outwhich visitors have the makings of a champion.Right and below TheAthletes & Scienceexhibition examineshow scientificdevelopments aredriving athleticperformanceATHLETES &SCIENCE