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NEWS IN BRIEFSkiing boost from Mongolian NOCThe Mongolian NOC, in collaboration with the Mongolian Ski Federation, has offered 400 sets of skis to 10 provinces with winter sports facilities and sports committees. NOC Vice-President Ts. Damdin and D. Surenkhorloo, Secretary General of the Ski Federation expressed their wish to discover new talents for the 2014 and 2018 Games.Sport and Social Responsibility awardsThe President of the Malaysian NOC and IOC member, HRH Prince Tunku Imran, presented the IOC 2011 Sport and Social Responsibility trophy to Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, a member of the Administration Board of the Saujana Golf & Country Club. The Slovenian NOC, whose President is Janez Kocijancic, awarded the 2011 IOC Sport and Social Responsibility trophy to cross-country skier Petra Majdic.The NOC of Brazil, whose President is IOC member Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has unveiled two new sculptures from its art collection. The works, entitled "Olympic Cow" and "Fighter of Xian", will be exhibited in the NOC's future Olympic museum. The first piece was created by Brazilian plastics artist Leandro Silva, while the second was specially created for the Beijing 2008 Games and later given to the NOC.Over 600 medallists, officials and guests celebrated the 60th anniversary of the NOC of Hong Kong in December. Commemorative medals were presented to the medal winners of the Olympic, Asian, East Asian, Commonwealth and National Games, while Hong Kong's very first Olympic champion, windsurfer Lee Lai Shan, spoke on behalf of all the athletes. The clothing collection of the Czech Olympic team has been unveiled. Modelled by rower Ondrej Synek, a medal hopeful for London 2012, the collection was inspired by a painting by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka called "Amorpha - Fugue in Two Colours", which "celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2012 and is dominated by Czech national colours", said Czech NOC President Milan Jirásek.BRAZILIAN NOC ADDS TO COLLECTIONRight Celebrations in Hong KongBelow Models showcase the collectionHONG KONG NOC MARKS 60TH YEARAbove "Olympic Cow" will appear in the Brazilian NOC's museumCZECH NOC HITS THE CATWALKOLYMPIC REVIEW 19

The NOC of Guatemala has announced that three young girls, Julieta Fernanda Cruz Chang, Ana Domenica Maselli Sánchez and María Nicole Castañeda Ralda, will be taking part in the 2012 "Dream Programme" in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. The objective of this programme is to promote the practice and development of winter sports for young people living in countries where the climate does not allow them to take part in the disciplines that require snow. The college attended by the three participants is one of the educational institutions in which the Guatemalan NOC has developed sports access and talent-spotting programmes.In December, alongside the 20th Women's World Championships in Brazil, the International Handball Federation (IHF) organised its first Women's Conference in São Paulo, bringing together representatives of the federations from more than 20 countries who participated in these Championships. Chaired by IHF President Hassan Moustafa, the Conference's primary objective was to discuss, among other subjects, the future development of women's handball, the reduction of the gap between men's and women's competitions, and the status of women within the IHF.WHO'S READING OLYMPIC REVIEW? Who: American Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, downhill gold medallist and super-G bronze medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.Where: The 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, AustriaThe International Rugby Board (IRB) has launched its strategic plan for developing women's rugby. This plan's priorities are clearly focused on competition and participation, and it aims to open the way to an unprecedented five-year growth plan.At present, there are 200,000 women players involved in competitive rugby throughout the world.'DREAM PROGRAMME' FOR THREE GUATEMALAN GIRLS IHF HOLDS WOMEN'S CONFERENCE IRB LOOKS TO BOOST WOMEN'S RUGBYBelow The IHF is targeting development of the women's gameRight Young snowboarders enjoying the 2011 Dream Programme in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea20 OLYMPIC REVIEW