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Sports festival in Cameroon The NOC of Cameroon held its 2008 Dixiades in Yaoundé. This first edition of the country's national games attracted some 1,664 athletes, 228 coaches, 126 artists and 20 cultural officers, 400 volunteers and 309 young athletes select-ed for the Cameroon Olympic School. Prime Minister Inoni Ephraïm presided over the clos-ing ceremony at the Yaoundé multi- sports stadium. The city of Ngaoundéré will host the second edition in December 2010. Ecuador NOC awards prizes The walker Jefferson Pérez and weightlifter Alexandra Escobar received the " Citius, Altius, Fortius" prize for the best athletes of 2008 at the 3rd Olympic Gala of the Ecuadorian NOC. In Beijing, Pérez won his second Olympic medal ( silver) in the 20km race walk, while Escobar placed fifth in the 58kg category. During the Gala, the NOC also presented prizes to 103 other athletes representing 16 disciplines. The Olympic Day 2009 on 23 June will be activated under the theme: " Move, Learn and Discover". National Olympic Committees ( NOCs) across the globe are currently planning this year's activities that, like in the last years, will go far beyond the traditional Olympic Day Run. " We encourage all NOCs to keep the run, but to show the variety of the Olympic Movement, including other sports, and adding in particular educational and cultural elements," says IOC President Jacques Rogge. " It is about reaching out to the local communities as best as possible and get many people moving – regardless of age or ability." To support the NOCs in the planning and the implementation, the IOC is providing a toolkit with helpful background information on the concept, a full set of ideas for activities, useful tips for communication and promotional items such as banners, videos, and publications. As a reminder: on 23 June 1894 Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games and created the International Olympic Committee during a meeting in Paris. AboveChildren from around the world taking part in the 2008 Olympic Day Run OLYMPICDAY: MOVE, LEARN& DISCOVER! CANADA INDUCTSINTO HALLOFFAME OLYMPIC VALUES NOC PRESIDENTS RE- ELECTED On 26 March, in Vancouver, several athletes and other sports personalities will be inducted into the 2009 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. The inductees are Olympic and world champion figure skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier; the 2002 men's and women's Olympic hockey teams; Howard Firby, a swimming coach for almost three decades; and Robert Hindmarch, who has left a lasting legacy to amateur hockey in Canada. In addition, Jean Grenier will receive the Canadian Olympic Order. A past president of Speed Skating Canada and an NOC executive member, Jean Grenier was Chef de Mission for the first Winter Games to be held in Canada, in Calgary in 1988. Full details on www. olympic. ca. The Spanish NOC announced the launch of its second Olympic values promotional cam-paign, " Todos Olímpicos" (" All Olympic"). This campaign is aimed at secondary school pupils in the Madrid region. Its main aim is to familiarise pupils with Olympic and sporting values such as equality, respect and excellence. More details on www. coe. es Pál Schmitt, President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee since 1989, has been re- elected President for a sixth term. The Olympic champions, Zsolt Borkai ( gymnastics, 1988) and Zsolt Gyulay ( canoeing, 1988) were elected Vice- Presidents. Zvi Varshaviak has been re- elected President of the NOC of Israel for a further four- year term, with Efraim Zinger being re- confirmed as Secretary General. Meanwhile, the Czech NOC re- elected Milan Jirasekas as President and confirmed Peter Hrubec as Secretary General. NEWS INBRIEF 22OLYMPIC REVIEW

The International Fencing Federation ( FIE) elected Alisher Usmanov as President. He succeeds René Roch, who was named Honorary FIE President. The Congress ratified the provisional affilia-tion of the following federations: Belize, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Syrian Arab Republic, Sri Lanka and Togo. Info at www. fie. ch The International Basketball Federation ( FIBA) has announced the construction of the " Home of Basketball" in the town of Mies ( Switzerland). Work on building the new FIBA headquarters should begin in spring 2010 and end in early 2012. Press release at www. fiba. com. The International Boxing Association ( AIBA) has named Badar- Uugan Enkhbat ( Mongolia) and Katie Taylor ( Ireland) as the Best Boxers of 2008. Enkhbat won Olympic gold in the 54kg category at the Beijing Games, becoming the first Olympic boxing champion from Mongoli, while Taylor was world champion in the 60kg category. www. aiba. org The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games saw the largest cumulated TV audience in the history of the Paralympic Games. Worldwide, more than 3.8 billion people in 38 monitored countries watched the best Paralympic athletes compete in Beijing during more than 1,800 hours broadcasted. Several more broadcasting records were broken in Beijing, including more Rights Holding Broadcasters seen at the Paralympics than ever before, 64 in total. China as the host country attracted the largest cumulated audience with nearly 1.4 billion people, followed by Japan ( 670 million), Germany ( 439 million) and France ( 329 million). IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez said: " An audience of 3.8 billion is more than twice the total for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympics. These numbers confirm that there has been a great growth in interest for the Paralympic Games." The highest live audience was registered for the Closing Ceremony on 17 September at prime time on CCTV- 1 with 51 million viewers. Upon high public demand, NOS in the Netherlands re-aired the Opening Ceremony and aired the Closing Ceremony live, even though this was not previously planned. BBC received market shares of up to 10% for its daily highlight show " Paralympics 2008: Games Today", being aired during prime time at 19: 00 on BBC2. For the first time, an agreement was concluded with a rightsholder in the USA. NBC Universal Sports covered the Paralympics on their internet platform UniversalSports. com during the Games and created a 90min documentary about the Paralympics which was aired on 9 November 2008 nationwide on NBC and re- aired on NBC on 6 December 2008. Additionally, Universal Sports Television Network broadcasted 80 hours in November and will broadcast 28 hours from 24- 31 December. ParalympicSport. TV, the IPC's internet TV channel, streamed a total of 240 hours during Games time, 148 of which were live including the Opening and Closing Ceremony, and twelve Paralympic sports. Professional English commentary was provided and currently more than 150 hours of content have been uploaded as video on demand. Four million video clips were played on demand during Games time. The live stream received more than 300,000 views with an average viewing time of approximately 30 minutes. BelowThe 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games attracted record viewing figures TENNIS STARS FIFAPLAYERSOF THE YEAR 2008PARALYMPIC VIEWINGFIGURES The International Tennis Federation ( ITF) named world number ones Rafael Nadal ( Spain) and Jelena Jankovic ( Serbia) as 2008 ITF World Champions. Nadal was the winner of the Olympic title in Beijing. In the doubles, Canada's Daniel Nestor and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic were crowned for the men; while Zimbabwe's Cara Black and the US's Liezel Huber won for the women. Among the juniors, the title went to Tsung- Hua Yang ( Chinese Taipei) and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn ( Thailand). Shingo Kunieda ( Japan) and Esther Vergeer ( Netherlands) were recognised in the wheelchair tennis category. Press release at www. itftennis. com. AboveSpain's Rafael Nadal won the men's tennis Olympic gold medal in Beijing Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Marta were named 2008 World Player and 2008 Women's World Player respectively by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association ( FIFA) at the 18th FIFA Gala in Zurich ( Switzerland). Other awards were also handed out, including the FIFA Presidential Award, the FIFA Fair Play Award and, for the first time, the FIFA Development Award. Winners and full results on www. fifa. com. OLYMPIC REVIEW23 NEWS INBRIEF