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Meeting in Prague(Czech Republic), the InternationalTimekeepers Federation(FIC) brought togetherdelegates from 35 affili-ated countries. As wellas a report on the activi-ties of the ManagementCommittee, presentedby FIC President MicheleBonante, the Congresslaunched a specialisedtraining programme for2011/2012, aiming tofacilitate direct contactsbetween timekeepersfrom throughout theworld and to promoteexchanges of experi-ence and best practice.The next Congress willtake place in London in 2012.NEWS INBRIEFJames Tomkins, legendary Australian rower and stroke of the famous "Oarsome Foursome",has been awarded the 2010 Thomas Kellermedal by the International Rowing Federation.The 18-carat gold Medal, which is the sport ofrowing's highest distinction, was presented toTomkins on behalf of the Keller family by Denis Oswald, President of FISA. Tomkins was a member of Australia's coxless four which took two Olympic gold medals in 1992and 1996 and World Champion titles in 1990 and 1991. Tomkins is the second member of this crew to receive this prestigious awardafter Mike McKay who was awarded the medal in 2007. Tomkins also rowed in thecoxless pair with Drew Ginn, winning gold inAthens in 2004."It's an incredible honour," said Tomkins"When you have a look at all the prestigiousnames on the list of past winners, youunderstand what a great honour it is."LeftJames Tomkins (front) on the way to gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games28 October is an important date in the history of judo as it is the birth date of the founder ofjudo, Jigoro Kano. On the occasion of the JudoWorld Championship by Team, held in Antalya(Turkey), the International Judo Federation (FIJ)announced that, on 28 October 2011, on theeve of the Open Judo World Championship inTyumen (Russia) the first "World Judo Day" willbe organised simultaneously throughout theworld. The theme of this Day will be "respect".For more information visit www.ijf.orgRight"Respect" will be the theme of the first"World Judo Day" next yearAUSTRALIANROWERHONOUREDBYFISAWORLDJUDODAY TOBEHELDIN OCTOBER201122OLYMPIC REVIEW21STSPORTELTAKESPLACEThe 21st SPORTEL symposium took place from 11 to 14 October in Monaco, under thehigh patronage of IOC member Prince Albert II,and the patronage of the IOC. This 2010 edition offered two symposia: "Women in Sport.The influence of women: a chance for sport?"and "What are the economic consequences ofthe current crisis on the financing of sport, what lessons can be learned and what are the alternatives?" A round table on "Online sports betting, what are the stakes for sport?"was also organised. In addition, in the framework of this 2010 edition, the "GeorgesBertellotti Golden Podium" jury honoured thebest sports slow motion sequences and imagesof 2010. The IOC Prize was awarded to "Lassila Gold"by Liam Berkery (Nine Network Australia). Duringthese Golden Podiums, the Peace and SportOrganisation unveiled the winning photograph ofthe Peace and Sport Image of the Year. Theaward was given to India's Rohan Bopanna andPakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, two tennisplayers united for peace. See the Golden Podiumwinners at www.sportelmonaco.com and thewinning image at www.peace-sport.org.Top India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan'sAisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were given a specialpeace award at the SPORTEL symposium