Representatives from the Organising Committees for the upcoming Olympic Games in London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro, and the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck and Nanjing presented activity reports to the IOC Executive Board (EB) in Lausanne today.
Among today’s decisions, the EB agreed to London 2012’s proposal to include a short visit to Ireland on the Olympic Torch Relay route, while a drawing of lots to determine the official order of the cities bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games saw Istanbul (Turkey) being drawn first, followed by Tokyo (Japan), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar) and Madrid (Spain).
This order will now be used for all presentations, including the final one on 7 September 2013 just prior to the host city election at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The next step for the six Applicant Cities will be to submit their Application Files and guarantee letters to the IOC by 15 February 2012.
Shining a Light
Following the EB’s decision on the Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic flame will now visit Dublin, Ireland, on 6 June next year, as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the London 2012 Games. The details of the historic visit of the Relay to the Irish capital will be confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) next year.
The EB also congratulated LOCOG on its work to date and underlined how a number of important events had been held with success this year, such as the Chefs de Mission seminar, the one-year–to-go celebrations, and the numerous sports events used by LOCOG to test its Games-time planning.
Rapid progress in Sochi
Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko and Sochi 2014 Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy reported that rapid progress was being made in the Black Sea resort town, with 55,000 workers currently working on the completion of venues. Sport is also coming to Sochi, with a number of sports events to be held in the city this winter, under the responsibility of the Russian Ministry of Sport, which will be the first time that most of the venues have held sports competition in earnest.
Sochi has also had great success over the past year with its volunteer hubs, which will leave a great legacy to Russia in the field of volunteerism, and with the Cultural Olympiad, which is expected to reach about one million people by the end of this year.
Rio 2016 spoke about its general progress, updated the EB on the progress being made in venue development, and mentioned the close relationships that were allowing the Organising Committee and its partners to deliver the 2016 Games.
The Board also heard from PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg that the Organising Committee had now been formally created under the leadership of its Chairman, Jun-Sun Kim, and its Secretary General, Dong Hu Moon.
Next Stop - Innsbruck
With only 36 days until the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games get underway, the EB heard from Innsbruck CEO Peter Bayer about the state of preparations. Mr Bayer confirmed that all the venues were complete and that a full Culture and Education Programme would be delivered to the participating athletes. There has also been a lot of interest in helping out at the Games, with 1,400 volunteers expected to help deliver this inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The host of the next Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 – Nanjing – also reported that it had launched its volunteer programme and updated the EB on the launch of the emblem and slogan.