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Bidding for the Games


What are the benefits of bidding for and organizing the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games? What should be considered before deciding to put forward a bid?

To help answer these questions and many others, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a two-day conference to provide interested cities and National Olympic Committees with detailed insight into the opportunities that a city, region and country can gain from hosting the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games.

The Bidding for the Games Conference will discuss the benefits of staging the Games, including the importance of developing a long-term vision and fixing objectives, well in advance of submitting a bid, to ensure a successful, lasting Games legacy. It will detail the differences between the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games (Summer and Winter), and show how each offers unique opportunities for cities, regions and countries alike.

An impressive line-up of speakers will share their experiences with participants, allowing them to tap into the best available knowledge and expertise before they officially decide to launch a bid. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr. Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and former ATHOC Senior Executive
  • Mr. Francis Chong, Co-Chairman of the Working Committee for Singapore 2010 Bid and Deputy CEO of Singapore 2010 YOG
  • Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman London 2012
  • Mr. Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014
  • Mr. Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mr. Carlos Nuzman, President of Rio 2016 and of the Brazilian Olympic Committee
  • Mr. Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director

In addition to presentations that will “set the stage” on what it takes to host the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games, the programme will also feature interactive panel discussions on themes such as the “impact of hosting the Games” or the “importance of partnerships to deliver the vision”. Numerous case studies and testimonials will also be presented.

The conference is open to all National Olympic Committees and city/government authorities and will take place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1–2 November 2011.

Online registration NOW OPEN

Bidding for the Games Conference Programme
Registration Process
Accommodation Guide

For more information, contact: biddingconference@olympic.org