Indonesia NOC President addresses ISC

Seoul, Korea, Oct 18, 2013: The President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, Mrs. Rita Subowo, who is also a member of the OCA Executive Board, was one of the invited speakers at the International Sport Cooperation Centre Conference (ISC) held in Seoul, Korea on October 8, 2013.

The theme of the conference was “Global Athlete Development” and other IOC members participating included Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, Barry Maister and Ms. Claudia Bokel.

Earlier in the day, Mrs Subowo presented a one-hour lecture to students at the Seoul National University’s Dream Together Masters Program. This program provides full scholarships to sport administrators from developing countries.

Its mission is to promote global sport development through educating those who will provide leadership in countries where sport is underdeveloped. The lecture was entitled “Global Athlete Development” and was enthusiastically received by the students of the course. —- OCA/By: Dr Greg J Wilson, PhD, Consultant, Indonesian Olympic Committee

Kuala Lumpur prepares to host Commonwealth Games relay

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The official launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games was officiated by Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, on October 9 at Buckingham Palace.

Present at the ceremony was HRH Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and also of the Commonwealth Games Association of Malaysia, as well as President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

At the launch, The Queen placed her personal message to the Commonwealth inside the Baton. The Queen’s Baton then began its 190,000 kilometer journey to 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. On completion of its 288-day journey round the world, the baton will return to the Queen at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2014. The Queen will then remove the message and read it aloud, officially declaring the Games open.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Kuala Lumpur on October 26 and the Queen’s Baton Relay will be held on Sunday, October 27 at the Taman Botanik Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur from 7.30 a.m.

The public are invited to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay in support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, HRH Tunku Imran.

Participation forms and details of the Relay can be obtained from OCM’s Website, www.olympic.org.my as well as from the Office of FTAAA and OCM.

Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) recruits ‘IAG Crew’ for English Blog

Incheon – Korea, Oct 18, 2013: The 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) launched an English-language blog (http://blog.incheon2014ag.com) to promote the 17th Asian Games to an overseas audience on September 1, 2013. To enrich the contents of the blog, IAGOC has recruited five English blog writers called the “Incheon Asian Games Crew”.

The candidates of the IAG Crew were recruited from native English speakers who live in Korea, and they were tested on their writing skills to write a sample article.

The IAG Crew had an orientation on October 14, 2013 in Songdo, Incheon, to learn more about the Incheon Asian Games and its preparations. Then they were given a few guidelines for crew activities. After the introduction, the IAG Crew had a discussion on their activities as a group and shared ideas for effective PR plans.

Each member of the first group of the IAG Crew will produce two articles each month with AG-related topics, and one collective article based on group discussion about a pre-given topic. Their period of activity is three months from October to December 2013.

The IAG Crew programme will continue with 20 members for the second group (January-May 2014) and 40 members for the third group (June-October 2014). It is planned to be expanded to include at least one correspondent from each of the OCA member NOCs. —- OCA

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(From the left) Fakhar (PAK), Paola (PHI), Franky (INA), Kohinoor (IND), Daniel (CAN).

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