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  • " For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art "
  • " The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags ... this is a true international emblem. "
  • " The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. "
  • " The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens. "
  • " To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together. "
  • " The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them. "
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  • " The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete. "
  • " It has been said that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is something that an athlete will remember for the rest of their life. It is true. That moment when you walk into the Olympic Stadium as part of the Australian Olympic Team, is a moment that I will never forget. "
  • " It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication "
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Experts discuss concussion in sport

The objective of the two-day event, held at FIFA's headquarters, was to discuss and find a consensus on the best way to manage and prevent cases of concussion in sport.

Concussion, which is one of the most common injuries in sport with potential serious long-term consequences on the health of athletes, was until recently under-diagnosed and treated. It is now fully recognised as a very serious health threat, and a number of sports federations are taking measures to protect athletes from adverse effects and to ensure that players recover adequately following an incident.

The main objective of last week's expert discussions is to develop very practical, simple, easy-to-use tools that could be applied for coaches and for paramedical personnel on the sidelines and in grassroots sport, where there is little medical attention.

"Many of the 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that the IOC is involved with have issues with head injuries and that's why we are really trying to put funding into research in this area because we are trying to plug this lack of knowledge – that's why we're having these meetings," said Lars Engebretsen, the IOC's head of science and research.

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's Chief Medical Officer, said: "The three previous concussion conferences stimulated us to perform research studies which allowed us to convince the International Football Association Board to adapt the Laws of the Game to punish incidents which cause concussion, such as an elbow to the head, with a red card. This has led to a significant decrease in cases of concussion. If we compare the 2002 FIFA World Cup to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we helped to cut the frequency of concussions and head injuries by half."

The conference saw representatives from the IOC, FIFA, the NFL, the NHL, the IRB, the IIHF, the FEI, and the Australian Football League share their experience and ideas on new prevention, detection and treatment measures, with the aim of finding a common approach to this serious issue for both professional and amateur sports organisations.

The topics discussed were sideline assessment of concussion, diagnosis and return to play, difficult case management, management of paediatric concussion, long-term problems and knowledge transfer and education.

The final consensus statement paper on concussion, for which this conference provided important input, will be published in spring 2013.