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OLYMPIC REVIEW19Coaching Course in MongoliaThe Mongolian NOCreports that the newnational coachingdevelopment coursehas got under way inUlaanbaatar under theauspices of OlympicSolidarity and the NOC, and in closecollaboration with thenational weightliftingfederation. The openingceremony was held atOlympic House inUlaanbaatar, in thepresence of theMongolian-bornOlympic Solidarityexpert TapsirMendikhan, who iscurrently SecretaryGeneral of the KazakhWeightlifting Federationand a national coach. IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Latvia from18-20 February at the invitation of Latvia'sPresident Valdis Zatlers and President of theLatvian Olympic Committee (LOC) AldonsVrublevskis. The IOC President toured theOlympic Sports Centre in Riga and metOlympians, former Olympians and young athletesaspiring to one day become Olympians. Hevisited a gymnastics school, started by Olympicmedalists Igors Vihrovs and JevgenijsSapronenko, and met javelin silver medalistsVadims Vasilevskis (2004 in Athens) and AinarsKovals (2008 in Beijing) - as well as with former Olympic javelin champions Janis Lusisand Dainis Kula. The President then spoke with young judokasand swimmers, who were training at the centre."Especially praiseworthy are Latvia's effortsfor the benefit of young people, by creating aspecial games movement, that will be the basisof future achievements," he commented."Be assured that IOC will be with you, as notonly are you active in the development of yourcountry's sports life, but also actively support thevalues of the Olympic Movement"He also met legendary basketball playerUljana Semjonova, who is currently head of theLatvian Olympians' Social Foundation. PresidentRogge and Semjonova both competed in the1976 Games in Montreal where Semjonova wonthe first of her two Olympic gold medals. During his visit President Rogge alsoattended the FIL World Cup luge event at Sigulda. BelowPresident Rogge meets young judokasat the Olympic Sports Centre in RigaThe NOC of St Vincent and the Grenadinesawarded the 2010 IOC "Sport - Inspiring YoungPeople" Trophy to Sabrina Mitchell-Sutton and IanSardine at a ceremony organised in partnershipwith the St Vincent and the Grenadines athleticsteam (TASVG). Ian Sardine and Sabrina Mitchell-Sutton were rewarded for their tireless commitmentto the development of sport among young people in the respective communities and on a nationallevel. All the details on www.svgnoc.orgPRESIDENTROGGE VISITSLATVIAIOCTROPHYAWARDED INSTVINCENT AND THEGRENADINESBULGARIAPRESENTSTROPHYTOVALENTINYORDANOVBRAZIL'STOPATHLETESThe Bulgarian NOC has held a ceremony topresent the IOC "Sport - Inspiring Young People"Trophy to Valentin Yordanov, Olympic wrestlingchampion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlantaand seven-time world and European champion.The Trophy was presented to him by NOCPresident Stefka Kostadinova, in recognition ofthe activities and programmes he has created for young athletes.AboveYordanov taking part in the Olympic TorchRelay ahead of the 2004 Games in AthensDiamond League champion Fabiana Murer (polevault) and three-time world volleyball championMurilo Endres were named best Brazilian athletesof 2010. The Brazilian Olympic award alsorecognised the best athletes in 47 disciplines, aswell as the best coaches. On 9 December, theBrazilian NOC opened the new Brazil TeamTraining Centre. This is part of the Olympic TrainingCentre, a project that will use existing facilities aswell as new ones yet to be built, and will form partof the sporting legacy from the 2016 OlympicGames in Rio de Janeiro. RightPole vaulter Fabiana MurerNEWS INBRIEF

AthleticsThe InternationalAssociation of AthleticsFederations (IAAF)announced Beijing(China) will host the 2015 WorldChampionships, bringingathletics back to theBird's Nest Stadium.Handball The InternationalHandball Federation (IHF)has chosen the worldhandball players of theyear for 2010. An expertjury, international mediaand handball fans fromall over the world casttheir votes. The winnerswere Cristina Neagu(Romania) and FilipJicha (Czech Republic).NEWS INBRIEFThe World Curling Federation (WCF) hasunanimously approved changes to thequalification system for the Olympic WinterGames. The WCF's member associations voted tocreate a two-year point qualification period and a new Olympic qualifying event. This new systemhas taken effect immediately, pending IOCapproval, for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.More details on www.worldcurling.orgISAF 2011WORLD CHAMPSAWARDED WCF ALTERS QUALIFICATION 20OLYMPIC REVIEWFIVBAND OLYMPICSOLIDARITY WORKING TOGETHERIn 2010, the InternationalVolleyball Federation(FIVB) awarded almostUS$4 million to itsnational federations, morethan during any otheryear in its history. In closecollaboration with Olympic Solidarity, a newdevelopment fund,controlled by the FIVB,has been created. It allows the federationsaffiliated to the FIVB to propose projects forfunding through their NOCs. One of the keyprojects launched last year was the BeachVolleyball Continental Cup, which launched anadditional qualifying process for the 2012 OlympicGames in London. It has seen 153 countriesparticipating in 62 tournaments throughout theworld. In previous years, the qualification processwas limited to the FIVB Beach Volleyball SwatchWorld Tour. More info on www.fivb.orgTop Over 150 countries are trying to qualify forthe volleyball competition in London next yearWHO'S READINGOLYMPIC REVIEW?Name:Martin Fourcade, Frenchbiathlete, silver medallist at the OlympicWinter Games in Vancouver in the 15kmmass start and gold medallist at theBiathlon World Cup in JanuaryWhere: IBU Biathlon World Cup, Antholz, ItalyAre you reading Olympic Review ? Send your digital pictures telling us where you are. There are prizes forthe most original!The International Sailing Federation (ISAF)has announced that the 2011 World SailingChampionships will take place at FremantleHarbour, Perth (Australia), from 3 to 18December 2011. Some 1,300 athletes willtake part in the competitions on theprogramme. At the Olympic Games in 2012in London, the sailing competition willinclude the women's match racing formatfor the first time, which will be added to thenine events that will take place in Perth.Further info on