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AboveBeijing will host the 2011 WorldConference on Sport for All from 20-23September this year14OLYMPIC REVIEWIOC President Jacques Rogge met withAndroulla Vassiliou, EuropeanCommissioner for Education, Culture,Multilingualism and Youth, at the IOCheadquarters in Lausanne in January.The aim of the meeting was toexchange views about the newcommunication paper Developing theEuropean Dimension in Sport, which waspublished by the European Commissionearlier this month. With the Lisbon Treatyproviding a legal basis for sport andrecognising its specific nature for the firsttime, the document contains a set ofproposals on initiatives to be taken by theEU in the field of sport.The EU Commissioner presented thedetails of the communication paperaddressing the societal role of sport, itseconomic dimension and its organisation.The representatives of the OlympicMovement attending the meetingwelcomed the Commission's support for the collective selling of media rights as a means to ensure financialsolidarity and redistribution mechanismswithin sport. They also praised theCommission's approach to the protection ofintellectual property rights owned by sportsorganisations, which are an importantrevenue source for sport. In addition, support was expressed for the Commission's intention to further define the specific nature of sport. While the communication paper clearlyrecognises sport as a tool for socialinclusion, the representatives of theOlympic Movement expressed concern thata new dedicated EU funding programme forsport has been put on hold. Participantsstressed the importance of a specificbudget line for the promotion of the socialrole of sport, especially at grassroots level.The IOC President took the opportunityto update Commissioner Vassiliou on theOlympic Movement's latest initiatives in the fields of good governance, irregularbetting and athletes' career management -areas that are also addressed in the EUcommunication paper.After the meeting, the IOC Presidentsaid: "With the Lisbon Treaty and an articleon sport now in force, it is time to makesure that the role of sport in Europe isfurther strengthened. Today's meeting withCommissioner Vassiliou was veryproductive and gave us the opportunity to discuss how we can mainstream thesocial role of sport in various fields, and, at the same time fight the threats to sport's integrity, such as doping andirregular betting. I am looking forward tocontinuing the dialogue with theCommissioner in the future."Commissioner Vassiliou added: "TheIOC is clearly a very important stakeholderfor us, and I would like to thank the IOCPresident and the Olympic Movementrepresentatives for their valuable feedbackon how we can move things forward. Themeasures that we have formulated in ourrecent communication paper highlightsport's contribution to our society andoutline a number of challenges which wewant to tackle in close coordination with themember states and the world of sport."ROGGEANDVASSILIOUDISCUSSEUANDSPORTMATTERSWORLDCONFERENCEONSPORT FORALLBeijing (China) will be the host of the 14th WorldConference on Sport for All, which will take placefrom 20 to 23 September 2011, under the lead ofSam Ramsamy, Chairman of the IOC's Sport for All Commission. The focus of this edition will be onthe practical implementation of Sport for Allprogrammes, and speakers from around the worldas well as high profile personalities will attend toshare their expertise in this field. The event will alsolook at academic studies on the cultural importanceand health benefits of physical activity. The formatof the Conference will see emphasis placed uponthe sharing of knowledge and the exchange of bestpractices, including workshops, panel discussionsand networking opportunities for the participants.In particular, discussions will centre on thefollowing themes: follow-up of the 2010 WorldConference on Sport for All; health and socialbenefits of physical activity; programmes andpolicies:the practical and theoretical foundations of Sport for All; and development and promotion of Sport for All, in particular the roles of differentstakeholders and future directions.The attendees will have the opportunity to hear case study presentations in which presenterswill share their secrets on the successfulimplementation ofSport for Allprogrammes. Furthermore, theConference willprovide participantswith the opportunity to meet the experts andleaders of the global Sport for All movement, withspecific times set aside for networking andcommunication. The academic content of theConference will be supplemented by a number ofsporting and social events in which participants will be able to gain first-hand impressions ofBeijing's Olympic legacy. Learn more and registerat www.sportforall2011.orgAbove left EU Commissioner AndroullaVassiliou and IOC President Rogge

The IOC Executive Board (EB) held its firstmeeting of 2011 in Lausanne. The EBkicked off its two-day meeting byconvening with the IOC Athletes'Commission. Topics on the agendaincluded the promising development of the IOC Athlete Career Programme -which has so far involved 6,800 athletesfrom 27 National Olympic Committees(NOC); the fight against doping; thesuccess of the first Youth Olympic Games(YOG) last August in Singapore; and the5th International Athletes' Forum, whichwill take place in Colorado Springs, USA in October. The EB and the athletes'representatives also exchanged theirviews on the Entourage Commission,which was recently established based onthe recommendation of the 2009 OlympicCongress and met for the first time inDecember. The Commission is tasked withaddressing matters related to managingall aspects of an athlete's career, whichincludes those related to coaches,managers, parents and sponsors.The EB also agreed on a timeline forthe bidding process for the 2020 OlympicGames, which the IOC distributed to allNOCs at the end of January. The NOCshave until 1 September 2011 to submitthe name of an applicant city, and thesecities will then be required to submit theirapplication files and guarantee letters tothe IOC by 15 February 2012. Theelection of the Host City of the 2020Olympic Games will be made on 7September 2013 during the 125th IOCSession in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Finally, Spanish Ambassador andSecretary General of the Union LatineJose Luis Dicenta Ballester was appointedfor a four-year term as a member of theEthics Commission, replacing former UNSecretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.EXECUTIVEBOARDHOLDSFIRST2011MEETINGIOC AWARDS BROADCAST RIGHTSIN CUBA FOR LONDON2012 OLYMPIC GAMESThe IOC has awarded free-to-air television andradio broadcast rights in Cuba for the London2012 Olympic Games to the Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión (ICRT).IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "Cuba hasa strong Olympic tradition, and over the yearsCuban athletes have achieved incredible feats atthe Olympic Games. We look forward to continuingour partnership with the ICRT to make the London2012 Olympic Games available on free televisionand radio to sports fans in Cuba."IOC Executive Board member Richard Carrión- who led negotiations - said: "I am delighted wewere able to continue our partnership with ICRTand would like to thank them for their cooperationin making this announcement possible."President of ICRT Danylo Sirio said: "Thebroadcast of the Olympic Games in Cuba is greatlyenjoyed by our hard working people. We arepleased with this agreement with the InternationalOlympic Committee, and we will continue to worktogether for the benefit of sports."BelowCuban sports fans will be able to enjoycoverage of the 2012 Games in London OLYMPIC REVIEW15IOCANDUNHOSTCONFERENCECANDIDATECITIES SUBMITFILESThe second edition of the InternationalForum on Sport, Peace and Developmentwill take place at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Geneva(Switzerland) from 10 to 11 May 2011.Co-organised by the InternationalOlympic Committee (IOC) and the Officeof the Special Advisor to the UNSecretary General on Sport forDevelopment and Peace, the event willoffer the opportunity to review policiesand practices in this field, strengthen thecooperation between the various entities,and agree on future action.The recommendations given duringlast year's forum will also be followed up.Strong focus will be placed on how sportis contributing to the MillenniumDevelopment Goals (MDGs) -whichaddress the world's most pressing issuesand require the support of everyone.As the leader of the OlympicMovement, the IOC strives to act as acatalyst for collaboration with theultimate objective of making the world abetter and more peaceful place throughsport. By using sport as a tool, the IOCand its partners implement variousactivities across the globe in fields suchas humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, theenvironment and the fight againstHIV/AIDS, hence contributing to theachievement of the UN MillenniumDevelopment Goals. The decision in2009 to grant the IOC UN observerstatus pays tribute to these efforts and isa sign of the strong bonds between theIOC and the UN. The IOC said that it has received theCandidature Files of the three CandidateCities bidding to host the 2018 OlympicWinter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy(France) and PyeongChang (South Korea)*all delivered their files by the deadline of11 January 2011.The IOC Evaluation Commission,chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg,analysed the Candidature Files and made site inspections as follows:?Annecy: 9 to 12 February?PyeongChang: 16 to 19 February?Munich: 1 to 4 MarchThe Commission will then prepare areport that will be published to coincidewith the 2018 Briefing for IOC Members,which will take place in Lausanne on 18 and 19 May 2011. The election of theHost City will take place on 6 July duringthe 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. Please note that the IOC willnot release the Candidature Files, but hasinformed the Candidate Cities that theycan make their files public and post themon their websites if they so wish. * Citiesare listed in the order of drawing of lots.