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Heads of Mission Seminar for the 22nd "Sochi" 2014 Winter Olympic Games from 5th to 8th February


The Heads of Mission Seminar for the 22nd "Sochi 2014" Winter Olympic Games was held from 5th to 8th February. Mr Sébastien Gattuso met the representatives of the Organising Committee and gathered all the information necessary (accommodation, transportation, accreditation) to prepare for the arrival of the Monegasque delegation. He was able to see how work was progressing on the sports venues and visit the Olympic Village.


11th European Youth Winter Olympic Festival Brasov from 17th to 22nd February


The 11th European Youth Winter Olympic Festival took place in Brasov, Romania from 17th to 22nd February. The young skier, Bryan Pelassy, took part in the Alpine skiing events.

He was accompanied by his coach, Jean-Luc Mari and the Head of Mission.

After a fall during the Slalom, Bryan finished 55th (out of 98) in the Giant Slalom


Technical Commission Meeting and Heads of Mission Seminar for the 15th Games of the Small States of Europe, 29th March


The Technical Commission for the 15th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe was held on 29th March in Luxembourg.

Presided over by Mr Jean-Pierre Schoebel, it examined the technical sporting regulations for the Games and the eligibility of foreign athletes.

During the Heads of Mission Seminar, also on 29th March, Messrs Raymond Gnutti, Head of Mission, and Sébastien Gattuso, Deputy Head of Mission, held discussions with the representatives of the Organising Committee. They visited the accommodation facilities and the competition venues.


34th Seminar of the European Olympic Committees, from 16th to 18th May in San Marino


The 34th Seminar of the European Olympic Committees was held in San Marino from 16th to 18th May.

Coupled this year with the IOC Olympic Solidarity Continental Forum, the seminar provided the maximum information with regard to global and continental programmes offered to NOCs.

Updated information on preparations for the "Sochi 2014" and "Rio 2016" Olympic Games was also provided.

One part of the seminar was wholly dedicated to the European Youth Olympic Festival, in preparation for a call for candidates for the 2019 editions.

The three days of information and discussions also covered follow-up on preparation for the "Nanjing 2014" and "Lillehammer 2016" YOG, the "Luxembourg 2013" Games of the Small States of Europe, the review process of the World Anti-Doping Agency's anti-doping code, the activities of the continental athletes' commission and preparations for the annual meeting in Croatia.

A presentation of the first European Games organised in Bakou (Azerbaidjan) was also included.


Executive Committee Meeting and GSSE General Assembly in Luxembourg on 27th May

The 15th Games of the Small States of Europe from 27th May to 1st June


In the run up to the 15th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe, which took place from 27th May to 1st June, the Executive Committee and the GSSE General Assembly were held on 27th May.

Important decisions were made:

- the sports programme for the 2017 Games to be held in San Marino was approved,

- amendments were made to the Games Technical Regulations concerning golf,

- Mr Jean-Pierre Schoebel was re-elected as President of the Technical Commission for a two-year period.

  The Monegasque Olympic Committee is proud of this re-election as this gives recognition to Mr  Schoebel's qualities and investment. For Monaco, this also guarantees involvement in all technical discussions.

In the late afternoon on 27th May, the Monegasque Olympic Committee hosted its traditional afternoon tea  in the "Cercle Cité" in the presence of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, H.E. Mr Gilles Tonelli, Ambassador of Monaco to Benelux, Mr Paul Masseron, Minister of the Interior, H.E. Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, Secretary General and all the members of the delegation.

This convivial interlude was preceded by the Opening Ceremony procession which was headed by the flag-bearer François Xavier Paquot (swimming).

For these Games, the Monegasque delegation consisted of 90 athletes representing 10 disciplines.

On the evening of Friday 31st, the day before the curtain would lower on the Games, all the members of the delegation met for one last enjoyable moment together at a cocktail party organised by H.E.  Mrs Yvette Lambin Berti.

The Principality won 28 medals:

7 gold (4 for gymnastics, 2 for tennis and 1 for athletics)

7 silver (2 for table tennis, 2 for gymnastics,  2 for athletics and 1 for shooting) 

14 bronze (1 for tennis, 3 for table tennis, 1 for volley ball, 3 for judo, 4 for athletics, 1 for gymnastics and 1 for swimming). The judoka Guillaume Ereseo won the Fair Play Award.

Monaco finished in 6th place after Luxembourg, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Montenegro. The 4th place since the creation of the Games has been maintained.


ICMG General Meeting in Mersin


The General Meeting of the International Committee of Mediterranean Games was held in Mersin, Turkey on 19th June in preparation for the 17th edition of the Mediterranean Games.

24 Mediterranean National Olympic Committees attended.

The Italian city of Pescara was chosen to organise the "1st Mediterranean Beach Games" which will take place from 21st to 30th August 2015.

The ICMG Executive Committee was renewed for the 2013-2017 period, Mr Amar Addadi (Algeria) maintaining his position as President.


17th Mediterranean Games from 20th to 30th June 2013 - Mersin


The 17th Mediterranean Games were held from 20th to 30th June in Mersin Turkey.

11 Monegasque athletes competed in the event:

On the day following the Welcome Ceremony which was held in the presence of H.E. Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti on 19th June in the Olympic Village, the Opening Ceremony took place with Anouk Doria as the flag bearer.

Two Mediterranean Villages welcomed our athletes:

-              one in Adana, close to the rowing events

-              the other in Mersin, close to the other competitions.

In taekwondo, Anouk Doria (category -49 kg) was defeated in the 1st round (6-7) by an Andorran.

Killian Platto (in the -68 kg) was also defeated in the 1st round (7-10) by an opponent from San Marino.

In Artistic Gymnastics, Kevin Crovetto finished 22nd in the overall contest (out of 56 participants). 

Consequently he qualified for the final (for the top 24). Severe pain in his shoulder prevented him from taking part. His coach, in agreement with his physiotherapist, preferred him to step down.

In judo (category -66 kg) the result of the draw proved to be tough for Cédric Bessi who was defeated in the 1st found by France's n° 3, despite displaying a great deal of valour and combativeness.

In rowing (sweep boat) Mathias Raymond and Quentin Antognelli finished in 5th place in the A finals.

In fencing, after an initial round of pools consisting of four attacks (marked by three defeats and one victory), Roland Mouflard took part in the 8th finals. He showed much resilience in the face of his Lebanese opponent but had to admit defeat (12-15).

In cycling, Nicolas d'Angelo finished 18th in the time trial (out of 24 participants) and 24th (out of 50) in the road race.

In tennis, Lucas Catarina competed in the first round with a Libyan and lost in two sets (3-6, 1-6).

In sailing (Laser category) Damien Desprat-Lerale ranked 17th out of 24 participants.

Finally, in athletics, Brice Etes finished 7th in his series of 800m (with a time of 1.50.55) and finally ranked 13th.

The Closing Ceremony took place on 30th June.


Olympic Day, 3rd July


Olympic Day was held on 3rd July.

This year the Monegasque Olympic Committee joined forces with the Monegasque Swimming Federation. A competition combining proficiency in swimming and knowledge of Olympic values was organised. Close to 220 participants aged between 5 and 20 received a medal from the Monegasque Olympic Committee in addition to a commemorative certificate from the International Olympic Committee.


12th European Youth Summer Olympic Festival from 14th to 19th July in Utrecht


The 12th European Youth Summer Olympic Festival was held in Utrecht in the Netherlands from 14th to 19th July.

Only Nicolas Grinda took part in the judo event. He was accompanied by the Head of Mission and his coach Mr Marcel Pietri.

In the -81 kg category, Nicolas was defeated in the 1st round by his Greek opponent.



4th AFCNO General Assembly in Nice on 14th and 15th September


During the 7th edition of the Francophonie Games the 4th General Assembly of the Francophone Association of National Olympic Committees was held on 14th and 15th September in Nice.

The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss key issues:

-              The creation of the Francophone voluntary sports programme

-              The signing of a framework agreement focused primarily on three topics:

• The promotion of the French language within the sports movement

• Francophone voluntary activities in sport

• The Francophonie Games

-              The possibility of developing cooperation between members and services to members, promoting Francophone culture and the use of French in the sports movement, as well as developing international recognition of AFCNO and its actions were also discussed.


UNESCO anti-doping meeting: 4th Session of the Conference of the States party to the International Convention against doping in Sport, from 19th to 20th September


The 4th Session of the Conference of the States party to the International Convention against doping in Sport was held in UNESCO's headquarters in Paris from 19th to 20th September.

Several points were discussed by the members of the International Olympic Committee and representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency:

- The promotion of the International Convention against doping in sport

- The World Anti-Doping Agency's report on the implementation of the World Anti-doping Code

- The amendment of the Prohibited List and the International Standard 

- Allocation of Fund resources for the elimination of doping in sport 2014-2015

- The monitoring of the International Convention against doping in sport: harmonisation between UNESCO, WADA and the Council of Europe.


ICMG/IOA Seminar from 2nd to 5th October in Olympia


The seminar organised jointly by the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games and the International Olympic Academy took place in Olympia from 2nd to 5th October.

Kevin Crovetto (gymnastics) took part in this event in the Olympic cradle, thus soaking up the history of Olympic values.

He shared his experience of the Mediterranean Games, expressing his opinion on the future of this competition with the other athletes present.


4th General Assembly of European Athletes - 4th and 5th October in Porec Croatia


The 4th General Assembly of European Athletes was held on 4th and 5th October in Porec, Croatia. Sébastien Gattuso attended this event. The European Olympic Committees' Athletes' Commission was elected on this occasion for the period 2013-2017. Composed of eight members (six for the summer sports and two for the winter sports) its President is the Belgian table-tennis player Jean Michel Saive. In addition to the above election, the hundred or so participants representing 34 NOCs also discussed topics such as planning a sports career, post-sport success, anti-doping measures and the upcoming European Games that will take place in Bakou (Azerbaijan) in June 2015.


24th edition of Sportel from 14th to 17th October in Monaco


The 24th edition of Sportel took place in Monaco from 14th to 17th October.

Traditionally associated with the Illustrated Sports Book Award, the Monegasque Olympic Committee award was presented to Mr Jacques-Henri Lartigue for his book "Chic, le sport!" which focuses on 5 themes related to "the emergence of sport as an individual practice and social reality".


WADA World Conference from 12th to 15th November in Johannesburg


Johannesburg played host to the 4th World Anti-Doping Conference from 12th to 15th November.

The Monegasque Olympic Committee was represented by Doctor Jack Michel and Mr Arnaud Hamon (Head of Legislative Affairs within the Office of Legal Affairs).

The meeting defined the World Code 2015, enabling the World Anti-Doping Agency to continue its anti-doping policy in sport, by tightening up sanctions, with the aim of giving WADA additional means to combat this scourge. On this occasion Sir Craig Reedie was elected President of the World Anti-Doping Agency.


No Finish Line from 16th to 24th November in Monaco


From 16th to 24th November, 24 athletes (representing various generations of Olympians) bearing the MOC colours took part in the 14th edition of the No Finish Line.

Ultimately they covered 360 laps (475.20 km in all) in an excellent show of solidarity, re-establishing ties of friendship between peers.


General Assembly of the Games of the Small States of Europe - Rome 22nd November


The General Assembly of the Games of the Small States of Europe was held, in parallel with the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees, in Rome on 22nd November

The agenda included the representatives of the 9 countries adopting the amendments proposed to the articles of association and the election of the new Icelandic president.


42nd EOC General Assembly, 22nd and 23rd November in Rome, Italy


The 42nd European Olympic Committees’ elective General Assembly took place on 22nd and 23rd November.

The results of the Association's last four years of activity were presented before the 400 participants began to discuss pending issues, including sports events in preparation.

The EOC executive committee was re-elected for 4 years. (see PowerPoint).

The 3rd Piotr Nurowski Award for the best young European athlete was presented to the Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte.

The European Olympic Laurels were awarded to five directors whose activity during their careers with their Olympic Committee and their country was particularly noteworthy.

The brand new European Games in Bakou (2015) were presented.

To conclude this Assembly the participants were received by His Holiness Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican. The Pope encouraged the directors of the Olympic family to promote, at all levels, the human and religious values that form the pillars of a society founded on justice and solidarity. He stressed the role of education, a common vector between the Church and sport, to educate athletes on the values of righteousness, moral strength and a great sense of responsibility.


Award ceremony 18th December


In the beautiful setting of the Fairmont Hotel the Monegasque Olympic Committee presented diplomas to various athletes and officials at its award ceremony in December.

In the presence of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, this was a memorable and enjoyable moment for all the athletes and officials who have taken part in various sports events (No Finish Line, London Olympic Games, "Mersin 2013" Mediterranean Games, "Brasov" Youth Olympic Winter Festival and the IOC "Art and Sport" Trophy).


Athletic Scholarships


Finally, we will finish with the athletic scholarships awarded by His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince to:

Brice ETES (Athletics) - Mathias RAYMOND and Quentin ANTOGNELLI (Rowing) – Victor LANGELLOTTI and Nicolas d’ANGELO (Cycling) - Aurore MARSAN, Mona FERRY, Flavia SILLARI, Diane ORTOLANI and Wenceslas THOMEL (Riding) – Ilona CHIABAUT, Lola COTTON, Eva ARNULF, Kévin CROVETTO and Dylan SOSSO (Gymnastics) – Cédric BESSI and Yann SICCARDI (Judo) – Louis LAMBERTI (Swimming) – Alexandra COLETTI, Arnaud ALESSANDRIA, Olivier JENOT (Skiing) –Anouk DORIA and Killian PLATTO (Taekwondo) - Lucas CATARINA (Tennis).

2nd May 2014




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