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The activities of the Monegasque Olympic Committee were marked mainly by the participation of a delegation in the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.


The 16th General Assembly of the ANOC was held in Beijing from 5th to 8th April during which many issues were broached including anti-doping, the role of NOCs in the 21st century, Olympic Solidarity and the International Council of Arbitration in Sport...


The Organising Committees of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 also presented their reports during the working sessions.


This also provided an opportunity for the representatives of the Monegasque Olympic Committee to meet the heads of the Organising Committee and get the latest information concerning the delegation’s stay in China.


From 22nd to 24th May, the 29th Seminar of the European Olympic Committees was held in Sorrento (Italy). Four topics featured on the agenda:

  • the Olympic Games,
  • Olympic Marketing,
  • the World Anti-doping Agency and anti-doping programmes,
  • the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Certain aspects were highlighted following dynamic and constructive discussions. The meetings with the Organising Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 enabled the Head of MIssion to attend the DRM (Delegation Registration Meeting) and confirm Monaco’s participation.

As for the Mediterranean Games, the Heads of Mission seminar which was held from 25th to 27th June provided an opportunity for the representatives of the Monegasque Olympic Committee to meet the heads of the Organising Committee, to gather all the information necessary for the delegation’s trip in June 2009 and to visit the sports venues.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for – the departure for Beijing where the 29th Summer Olympic Games took place from 8th to 24th August. Five athletes represented the Principality of Monaco: Ms Fabienne Pasetti (shooting), Messrs Sébastien Gattuso (athletics), Mathias Raymond (rowing), Yann Siccardi (judo) and Romain Marcessou (weight lifting).



Last but not least, two young Monegasques took part in the Youth Camp which was held from 6th to 17th August. The camp’s slogan was “youth create the future” focused on the following topics: “harmony, tolerance, experience and creativity”. Miss Angélique Trinquier (swimming) and Mr Benjamin Boisson (fencing) were therefore given the chance of taking part in the Olympic events, visiting the Olympic village and attending a cultural programme.


As every year in October the 19th Sportel event took place during which the Prix du Livre Sportif Illustré (Illustrated Sports Book Award) traditionally takes place. The eleventh edition featured some extremely interesting books.


The final selection included:

  • for the International Olympic Committee award: « La Bicyclette : Mythes et Techniques, Passion et Design » – by Francesco Baroni – White Star Editions,
  • for the French National Olympic and Sports Committee award “The Olympic Games” by Andrew Longmore and Neil Morton – Dakini Books Ltd,
  • for the Monegasque Olympic Committee award “Ombres et Lumières, le Sport en Chine” by Gilles Bertrand – VO2 Diffusion.


The Olympic Committee of Cyprus, under the aegis of the European Olympic Committees, organised a Technical Seminar on 30th October and 1st November in Larnaca, the main theme of which was “from talent to medals - the technical sports programme for London 2012 and beyond". The symposium gave the representative of the Monegasque Olympic Committee the opportunity to follow a presentation made by Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in London 2012. A problem concerning the younger generations emerged, showing the need to find different methods to encourage youth to become more involved in the Olympic movement.


From 6th to 9th November, the Seminar of the Heads of Mission for the 9th Winter European Youth Olympic Festival was held in Slask Beskidy 2009. Mr Philippe Orecchia was appointed by the Monegasque Olympic Committee as Head of Mission and attended the meeting where he took part in various preparatory meetings for the event: programme, dates and locations, accommodation, accreditation… One athlete only would be taking part in the event - Arnaud ALESSANDRIA in Alpine skiing.

The 37th European Olympic Committees’ General Assembly took place in Istanbul from 20th to 22nd November. During the two days of meetings, various information was gathered together, including that on the future Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010 and London 2012, as well as the 2009 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival in Slask Beskidy (Poland) and the Summer edition in Tampere (Finland). The Beijing Games 2008 Organising Committee presented its final report and the cities competing for the 2016 Olympic Games also put forward their candidatures.


Following this, Brasov (Roumania) was elected for the Winter edition and Utrecht (Netherlands) for the Summer edition to host the European Youth Olympic Festivals in 2013.


Finally, Lisbon was chosen as the venue to host the 2009 General Assembly.


Sports grants were presented to the following athletes by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince:


  • Sébastien GATTUSO : Athletics
  • Mathias RAYMOND : Rowing
  • Diane DUPONT : Equestrian sports
  • Maud RAIMBERT : Equestrian sports
  • Wescelas THOMEL : Equestrian sports
  • Kévin CROVETTO : Gymnastics
  • Romain MARCHESSOU : Weightlifting
  • Yann SICCARDI: Judo
  • Alexandra COLETTI : Skiing
  • Olivier JENOT : Skiing
  • Arnaud ALESSANDRIA : Skiing
  • Fabienne PASETTI : Shooting
  • Hervé BANTI : Triathlon


During the European Olympic Committee’s General Assembly in Istanbul, Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti was awarded the “2008 EOC Olympic Laurels” by the EOC Vice-President, Mr Alexander KAZLOVSKY.




This award is presented to individuals who have actively contributed to promoting and developing with great merit sport in their country and who have played a decisive role in increasing and developing sport at every level.


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