NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has announced that women will soon play a much larger role in shaping the future of the Olympic Movement in Australia following a massive shift in the gender balance of its Executive Board. Three female Olympians will join the AOC Board after next month's Annual General Meeting: Kitty Chiller (modern pentathlon), Danielle Woodward (canoe-kayak) and Nicole Livingstone (swimming). They will join Helen Brownlee (canoe-kayak) and Kim Crow (rowing) and hold five of the 12 elected positions on the AOC Board. Info at: www.corporate.olympics.com.au/.
Bahrain Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa recently met with British Deputy Ambassador to Bahrain Russ Dixon. Among the issues discussed at the meeting was the joint coordination in organising several sports activities with the British Embassy in Bahrain.
The Executive Board of the Georgian National Olympic Committee met on 1 April at the NOC offices and reviewed a number of important topics. The Executive Board made a decision to hold the Session on 2 May. The Executive Board was also briefed on the results of young athletes participating in the European Youth Winter Festival in Brasov (Bulgaria), the renewal of the biannual sport magazine "Olympieli", and preparations for the 2013 Olympic Run to be organised on 23 June. More info on the NOC website.
The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, held the Cheque Presentation Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic House in Hong Kong. NOC President and IOC member Timothy Tsun Ting Fok presented the cheque to London bronze medallist Sarah Lee Wai Sze (cycling) in the presence of Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Sebastian Coe, elected officers of the Federation, various sponsors of the Hong Kong delegation and others. The Hong Kong delegation consisted of 42 athletes who participated in 13 events at the London Games. More info on www.hkolympic.org.
For the first time in its history, the Executive Board of the Peruvian NOC, whose President is José Quiñones González, will include four women. They are: Maggie Martinelli Montoya, Cenaida Uribe Medina, Claudia Rivero Modenesi (an athlete) and Silvia Miro Quesada (a journalist). They were sworn in at the same time as the other Board members elected until 2016 (see photo). Info at www.coperu.org.
The Swedish Olympic Committee has launched a new website for a project called OS i Skolan (Olympics at School). The site, addressing both teachers and students, is filled with knowledge about the world of Olympism and is a place where students can learn more about the Olympic Games in a fun and interactive way. Olympics at School is a project run by the NOC and the Swedish Olympic Academy since 2000 where elementary schools are able to work thematically with the Olympic Games in all subjects free of charge. Read more: www.sok.se and www.osiskolan.se.