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14OLYMPIC REVIEW Less than a month after Rio de Janeiro's election as the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, a delegation from the IOC paid the new host city a visit ( 30- 31 October), as it continues to lay the groundwork for successful Games. Led by the IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, the group from the IOC administration shared with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and its local partners some of the best practices from previous Games. Speaking after the seminar, Felli said: " The fact that we have been able to come to Rio so soon after its election is a great credit to Carlos Nuzman and all the team at Rio 2016. With such an ambitious project, you cannot afford to lose any time and Rio has avoided this by setting to work again immediately after the vote in Copenhagen. The organisers also need to quickly identify their initial priorities from among the myriad of options that exist and, hopefully, this seminar will help them to make those decisions." Every medal at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a one- of- a- kind work of art. Each will feature a different crop of larger contemporary Aboriginal artworks and will be undulating rather than flat - both firsts in Games history. The dramatic form of the Vancouver 2010 medals is inspired by the ocean waves, drifting snow and mountainous landscape found in the Games region and throughout Canada. The gold, silver and bronze medals were also designed with direct input from Olympic and Paralympic athletes who shared their experiences about medals they won at past Games and what they would like to see in future medals. IOC President Jacques Rogge commented: " When we were presented with the Olympic medal design by VANOC a few months ago, we knew they had something special and inspiring to say and share with the world. These medals are a beautiful and fitting tribute to the athletes who will shine and be forever remembered as the heroes and heroines of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. They'll also call to mind the hospitality and generous spirit of all Canadians who welcomed the world in 2010 whenever they're viewed." ( Turn to page 24 for our comprehensive Vancouver 2010 preview.) The Olympic flame was lit in Olympia on 22 October, symbolically marking the beginning of the Torch Relay that will bring the flame to the shores of British Columbia. The flame was lit successfully by a Holy Priestess in front of the Temple of Hera according to the traditional ritual, using the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror. The priestess entered the Ancient Olympic Stadium with the torch and handed it over to the first runner of the Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay, Vassilis Dimitriadis. In the presence of the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Mr Spyros Capralos, and the CEO of VANOC, John Furlong, IOC President Jacques Rogge said in his speech: " It is always a special moment to be in Olympia, the birthplace of our Movement. The Olympic torch and flame are symbols of the values and ideals which lie at the heart of the Olympic Games. The relay is a message of friendship and respect to millions of people of different nationalities, races and creeds. " The longest national Olympic Torch Relay in history will create a spirit of global community and world citizenship. It will inspire new hopes, new dreams, particularly among the younger generation, to take part in the Games." VANCOUVER 2010MEDALS VANCOUVER2010OLYMPIC FLAMELITINOLYMPIA LONDON2012 LAUNCHES PICTOGRAMS LONDON STAMPS LOCOG has launched the pictograms for the 2012 Games. These visual representations of each Olympic sport will be used in the run- up to and during the Olympic Games in 2012. The 38 pictograms represent the sports and disciplines at the Games and will be used for signage, on tickets and on the field of play at Games- time, becoming an important " wayfinder" tool for spectators. The London 2012 Pictograms were developed in consultation with each International Federation and have been designed to be vibrant and accurate depictions of each sporting discipline. They will come in two different formats - a silhouette version for standard use and a dynamic version inspired by the connectivity of the London Undergound map, which will be used on merchandise, posters, signposts and wayfinding materials. Olympic Games pictograms were first used at the 1948 Games in London and have become a regular feature of the Olympic Movement since the Tokyo Games in 1964. The first set of London 2012- themed stamps has gone on sale. Designed by artists and illustrators, these stamps represent 10 Olympic and Paralympic sports. The launch was held in the presence of: Jessica Ennis, the 2009 world heptathlon champion; Nick Gillingham, double Olympic medallist; and Gregory Parker, an 11- year old swimming hopeful trained by Gillingham. Other stamps will be issued in 2010 and 2011, as well as commemorative products. RIO 2016

OLYMPIC REVIEW15 The Belgian NOC has appointed Eddy De Smedt, the NOC's director of high- level sport, as its chef de mission for the London Games in 2012. He will also lead the delegation at the Winter Games in Vancouver in February 2010. The chef de mission for the first summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 will be Gert Van Looy. The Sport and Environment Commission of the Chilean NOC has closed the 4th national draw-ing contest. More than 50 schools from all over the country took part in the contest. Educational equipment was distrib-uted to the winners of the contest, which focused on the relation-ship between sport and the environment. The NOC of Portugal has held various sport-ing and cultural events around the country to celebrate the NOC's 100- year anniversary. These included two conferences on the history of Olympism and the Portuguese Olympic Movement as part of the Olympic Day programme. The 3rd Assembly of European Athletes elected the new composition of the European Olympic Committees ( EOC) Athletes' Commission for the next four years. The participants thus elected the members, who then selected from among them-selves the Chairman and Vice- Chairman of the Commission. Antonio Rossi ( Italy, canoe/ kayak) is the new Chairman, succeeding Claudia Bokel ( Germany), who is also an IOC member. Katerina Neumannova ( Czech Republic, cross country skiing) became the Vice- Chairperson. The members of the Commission are: Gordan Kozulj ( Croatia, swimming), Marion Gabrielle Rodewald ( Germany, hockey), Jean- Michel Saive ( Belgium, table tennis), Yelena Isinbayeva ( Russian Federation, athletics), and Mads Kruse Andersen ( Denmark, rowing). LeftItalian canoe/ kayaker Antonio Rossi is new Chairman of the EOC Athletes' Commission Young students from the Reaction Institute, a social project carried out in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, further tightened their links with Olympic sports when members of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Olympic Committee ( BOC) visited the NGO directed by Flávio Canto ( Olympic bronze medalist in judo in Athens 2004) and showed an aspect of Olympic sports few people know. About 100 children watched videos on Olympic Games, received sports materials from BOC, and took part in recreational activities and judo demonstrations with idols from that sport. In addition, the Reaction Institute library received Cultural COB Seal books as a donation to its holdings. Meanwhile, Obidahunsi Oluwakemi, from Nigeria, spent three weeks at the BOC accompa-nying the organisation of the School Games. The interchange was suggested by the IOC, which indicated Brazil as a country with an outstanding school sports project. During her first days in Rio, Oluwakemi met with COB directors and managers, visited some Rio 2007 Pan American Games sports facilities as well as several tourism attractions. BelowChildren in Rio learn about Olympism NEWEOCATHLETES' REPRESENTATIVES BRAZILIANNOCPRESENTS OLYMPISMTOROCINHA SLUMCHILDREN DEBRUIJNWINS FANNY BLANKERS KOENAWARD PEREZ JOINS ECUADORNOC The holder of two Olympic 20km walk gold medals, Jefferson Pérez, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the NOC of Ecuador. Pérez is also Chairman of the NOC's Athletes' Commission. The President of the Ecuadorean Baseball Federation, Ernesto Pólit, was also appointed to the Committee. NEWS INBRIEF At the World Judo Championships in Rotterdam, the Dutch NOC presented the 2009 Fanny Blankers Koen Award to eight- time Olympic swimming medallist Inge de Bruijn. Numerous personalities were present for this occasion, including: IOC members Thomas Bach and Patrick Hickey; IOC honorary member Hein Verbruggen; the presidents of the International Cycling Union ( UCI), Pat McQuaid, and the International Sailing Federation ( ISAF), Göran Petersson; and Japanese NOC President Tsunekazu Takeda. Below Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn receieved the Fanny Blankers Koen award