International Olympic Committee : Newshttp://www.olympic.org/_Templates_/Pages/Feed.aspx?newspage=111589&subsection=b49fde4e-58a9-4dd1-82ee-0993ff3f879c&lang=lang_en&require=googlepagetype:article.(relatedpageref:47606)&get=googlepageid&id=75434&epslanguage=enWWW.OLYMPIC.ORG - Official website of the Olympic Movement - NewsCopyright CIO. All rights reserved.enhttp://www.olympic.org/Resources/Images/layout/olympiclogo.gifInternational Olympic Committeehttp://www.olympic.org/_Templates_/Pages/Feed.aspx?newspage=111589&subsection=b49fde4e-58a9-4dd1-82ee-0993ff3f879c&lang=lang_en&require=googlepagetype:article.(relatedpageref:47606)&get=googlepageid&id=75434&epslanguage=enSaudi Arabia joins Brunei Darussalam and Qatar in sending female athletes to London 2012 <p>The decision to send Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani (judo, + 78kg) and Sarah Attar (athletics, 800m) follows earlier confirmation by Brunei Darussalam and Qatar -- the only other NOCs yet to send female athletes to the Games -- that they would also have female athletes competing at London 2012.</p> <p>The two Saudi athletes, invited to the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the official deadline of 9 July.</p> <p>Attar, 17, said she was honoured by the prospect of competing for her country at London 2012. “A big inspiration for participating in the Olympic Games is being one of the first women for Saudi Arabia to be going,” she said at her training base in San Diego, USA. “It’s such a huge honour and I hope that it can really make some big strides for women over there to get more involved in sport.”</p> <p>The news was also welcomed by IOC President Jacques Rogge, a long-time advocate of gender equality in sport. “This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks’ time,” he said. “The IOC has been working very closely with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and I am pleased to see that our continued dialogue has come to fruition. The IOC has been striving to ensure a greater gender balance at the Olympic Games, and today’s news can be seen as an encouraging evolution. With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei Darussalam, it means that by London 2012 every National Olympic Committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games.”</p> <p>Brunei Darussalam has entered Maziah Mahusin (athletics), while Qatar has entered Nada Arkaji (swimming), Noor Al-Malki (athletics), Aya Magdy (table tennis) and Bahiya Al-Hamad (shooting).</p> <p>Qatar’s Al-Hamad has been tapped not only to compete at London 2012 but also to carry her country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony. “I’m overwhelmed to have been asked to carry the Qatari flag at the Opening Ceremony,” she said. “It’s a truly historic moment for all athletes.”</p> <p>The IOC has worked for many decades to promote women in sport, both on and off the field of play. The goal of gender equality is enshrined in the Olympic Charter, the guiding document for all Olympic organisations, while defining strategies to dismantle gender barriers is the primary goal of the IOC’s Women and Sport Commission. </p> <p>Fifteen years ago at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, 26 NOCs had yet to include female athletes in their delegations. Four years ago in Beijing, the figure had dropped to just three – the three NOCs that have confirmed they will be sending female athletes to London 2012, thus marking a historic milestone in Olympic history. </p> <p>The Olympic Games have seen female participation rise from 1.8 per cent at London 1908 to 9.5 per cent at London 1948 and more than 42 percent at Beijing 2008. The latter figure is expected to be improved upon again this summer.</p> <p>Another milestone in the fight for gender equality in sport at London 2012 will be the inclusion of women’s boxing on the Olympic programme, ensuring that women will compete in every sport for the first time in the 116-year history of the modern Olympic Games.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p>Broadcast quality footage of Sarah Attar (Saudi Arabia), Bahiya Al-Hamad (Qatar), Nada Arkaji (Qatar), Maziah Mahusin (Brunei Darussalam) and the IOC President will soon be <a href="http://www.ap-corporateservices.com/multimedia-newsroom/partner-content/3/international-olympic-committee-ioc">available free-of-charge here</a>. <br /><br />For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team: <br />Tel: +41 21 621 6000 e-mail: <a href="mailto:pressoffice@olympic.org">pressoffice@olympic.org</a>, or visit our web site at <a href="http://www.olympic.org">www.olympic.org</a>.</p> <h5>Videos<br /></h5> <p>YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/iocmedia">www.youtube.com/iocmedia</a></p> <h5>Photos<br /></h5> <p>For an extensive selection of photos available shortly after each event, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/iocmedia">please follow us on Flickr</a>.<br />To request archive photos and footage, please contact our Images team at: <a href="mailto:images@olympic,org">images@olympic,org</a></p> <h5>Social media<br /></h5> <p>For up-to-the-minute information on the IOC and regular updates, please follow us on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/iocmedia">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/olympics">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Olympics">YouTube</a>.<br /></p>7/12/2012 1:38:00 PMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167962Saudi female athletes to compete in London 2012<p>The two athletes are:</p> <p>-&nbsp;<strong>Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani</strong>&nbsp; - judo, women’s +78kg<br />-&nbsp;<strong>Sarah Attar</strong> - athletics, women’s 800m</p> <p>The athletes, invited by the IOC, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the official deadline of 9 July.</p> <p>“This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. ”The IOC has been working very closely with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and I am pleased to see that our continued dialogue has come to fruition. The IOC has been striving to ensure a greater gender balance at the Olympic Games, and today’s news can be seen as an encouraging evolution. With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei Darussalam, it means that by London 2012 every National Olympic Committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games,” he added.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p>Broadcast quality footage of Sarah Attar (Saudi Arabia), Bahiya Al-Hamad (Qatar), Nada Arkaji (Qatar), Maziah Mahusin (Brunei Darussalam) and the IOC President will be available later on today <a href="http://www.ap-corporateservices.com/multimedia-newsroom/partner-content/3/international-olympic-committee-ioc">here</a>. <br /><br />For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team: <br />Tel: +41 21 621 6000 e-mail: <a href="mailto:pressoffice@olympic.org">pressoffice@olympic.org</a>, or visit our web site at <a href="http://www.olympic.org">www.olympic.org</a>.<br /></p>7/12/2012 11:50:00 AMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167956Ana Sofía Gómez Porras hopes to shine in London 2012<p><strong>How did you get started in gymnastics?<br /></strong>The sport had always caught my attention, plus I had a lot of energy when I was little, which helped me a lot in <a href="http://www.olympic.org/artistic-gymnastics">gymnastics</a>.</p> <p><strong>How has the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship helped you?<br /></strong>For the moment, the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/olympic-solidarity-commission">Olympic Solidarity Scholarship</a> is helping me to continue my studies.</p> <p><strong>You competed in the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/content/YOG_/SINGAPORE-2010-/#/GameZone">Youth Olympic Games in Singapore</a>. What was that like for you?<br /></strong>It was one of the best experiences of my life because it was my first international competition and the standard was so high.</p> <p><strong>How much do you think your experiences in Singapore have helped your career?<br /></strong>I think it was very important because while I was there I competed against very talented rivals who I will face regularly in the future. It also helped me realise that I have the potential to compete at an international level.</p> <p><strong>What has been your greatest sporting achievement so far?<br /></strong>Qualifying for the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/london-2012-summer-olympics">Olympic Games</a> and winning the silver medal in the all-around event and the gold medal in the balance beam at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011.</p> <p><strong>What are your targets for the London 2012 Olympic Games?<br /></strong>I want to do my best in the competition and hopefully win a medal.</p> <p><strong>What is a typical training week like for you?<br /></strong>It is a week that is full of challenges and opportunities!</p> <p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?<br /></strong>I love watching TV and trying out new gadgets. I also listen to all sorts of music.</p> <p><strong>Do you use social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, to keep in touch with people?<br /></strong>Yes, I use these social networks to find out what people are doing and also to see if anyone has been in touch with me.</p> <p><strong>Did you have any sporting heroes when you were younger?<br /></strong>I have always admired <a href="http://www.olympic.org/rafael-nadal">Rafael Nadal</a> very much. He is a great tennis player.</p><br /> <h5> <div class="iocCopyGreyBox">Olympic Solidarity <br /><font size="2" face="Arial"><br />Olympic Solidarity is the body that ensures that talented athletes, regardless of their financial status, have an equal chance of reaching the Olympic Games and succeeding in the Olympic arena. <br /><br />It is responsible for administering and managing the National Olympic Committees’&nbsp;share of the revenue from the sale of broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games. <br /><br />Working in particular with the most disadvantaged NOCs and their Continental Associations, Olympic Solidarity uses this money to develop a range of assistance programmes. <br /><br />Within its total budget, USD 61 million is earmarked to provide support to athletes for the 2009-2012 Olympic Solidarity quadrennial&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;period.</font></div></h5>7/12/2012 10:16:00 AMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167955London 2012 Festival lights up Stonehenge<p>Each evening from 10-12 July, the World Heritage-listed site has been transformed into a ‘Fire Garden’ by French outdoor alchemists Compagnie Carabosse, with fire sculptures flickering across the landscape, candles lining the pathways and flaming fire pots lighting up the ancient stone circle.</p> <p>The striking installation forms part of the London 2012 Festival, which is currently taking part across the UK ahead of the Olympic Games. Running until 9 September 2012, the Festival features a wide variety of art forms, bring together more than 25,000 leading artists and performers from the UK and across the world.</p> <p>Other recent highlights have included the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 season at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Barbican in London. The month-long season featured 20 sell-out performances of ten critically acclaimed productions that celebrated the late influential choreographer Pina Bausch.</p> <p>The Barbican has also hosted a series of exclusive collaborations performed by some of America’s finest jazz musicians, which run until 26 July, while events have been taking place across the UK as part of Big Dance 2012 – the country’s biggest ever celebration of dance – which runs until 15 July.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the Universe of Sound – which runs until 31 July – is giving members of the public the chance to conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 105 musicians to perform Holst’s ‘The Planets’. </p> <p>This extraordinary free interactive digital installation uses giant screens, projections and movement-based interaction to allow visitors to take part as musicians, conductors, arrangers and composers.</p> <p>In total, more than 12,000 events will be held before 9 September, with 10 million free tickets and opportunities to take part. The 12-week festival is the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, which plays an integral role in the Olympic Games.</p> <p>Culture has traditionally been an important part of the Games and this is continued today through Olympic cultural programmes such as the Cultural Olympiad, which sees host cities organise a series of cultural events in the build-up to the Games, as well as during the Games themselves. The programme spans myriad art genres and often includes plays, concerts, ballets and exhibitions, which are held within the host city and across the nation.</p> <p>These artistic and cultural experiences contribute to setting the Olympic Games apart from other sporting events as they allow everyone – sports fans and non-sports fans alike – to get involved and enjoy the magic of the Olympic experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>7/12/2012 12:45:00 PMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167961IOC meetings prior to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games - Information for the Media<p><font size="2"><strong>IOC Executive Board meetings: 21 and 22 July 2012<br /></strong>The Executive Board (EB) will hear the reports from IOC commissions and directors, as well as updates on preparations for the imminent Olympic Games in London and forthcoming Olympic Games: Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 and upcoming Youth Olympic Games: Nanjing 2014 and Lillehammer 2016.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>124th IOC Session: 24 – 26 July and 12 August 2012&nbsp;<br /></strong>The 124th IOC Session will make decisions on key policy issues and areas under its authority and will hear reports from all commissions and IOC departments.</font></p> <p><strong><u><font size="2">Programme</font></u></strong></p> <p><strong><font size="2">IOC Executive Board meetings: 21 and 22 July 2012</font></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Saturday 21 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">8.50 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Pooled by a limited number of media to be determined by the IOC</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">9 a.m. - 6 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">IOC Executive Board meeting<br /><em>No media access</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">6.30 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Press briefing with IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Sunday 22 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8.50 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Pooled by a limited number of media to be determined by the IOC</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">9 a.m. - 1 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">IOC Executive Board meeting<br /><em>No media access</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">2 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">IOC President’s Press Conference</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">MPC</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Monday 23 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8.20 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Pooled by a limited number of media to be determined by the IOC</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8.30&nbsp; – 10 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">IOC Executive Board and Athletes’ Commission joint meeting<br /><em>No media access </em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">11 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">Visit to the Olympic Village by the IOC Executive Board and Athletes’ Commission<br /><em>Selected media only, to be determined by the IOC</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Olympic Village</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="281"> <p><font size="2">Opening Ceremony of the 124th IOC Session <br /><em>Upon invitation only</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Royal Opera House</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><strong><font size="2">124th IOC Session: 24 – 26 July and 12 August 2012</font></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Tuesday 24 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">8.45 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Photographers and cameramen only</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">9 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">124th IOC Session - </font><em><font size="2">Proceedings<br />available on closed-circuit TV at the Grosvenor House and at the MPC</font></em></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">6.30 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Press briefing with IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Wednesday 25 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">8.45 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Photographers and cameramen only</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">9 a.m. – 6 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">124th IOC Session - &nbsp;</font><em><font size="2">Proceedings<br />available on closed-circuit TV at the Grosvenor House and at the MPC</font></em></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">6.30 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Press briefing with IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Thursday 26 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">8.45 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Photographers and cameramen only</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">9 a.m. – 1 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">124th IOC Session -&nbsp;</font><em><font size="2">Proceedings<br />available on closed-circuit TV at the Grosvenor House and at the MPC</font></em></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">1.30 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Press briefing with IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Grosvenor House Hotel</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><strong><font size="2">London 2012 Olympic Games: 27 July – 12 August 2012</font></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Friday 27 July 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">10 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">IOC President’s Press Conference</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">MPC</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">9 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Olympic Stadium</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Saturday 28 July to Saturday 11 August 2012, inclusive</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2"><strong>Time (CET)</strong>&nbsp;</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="112"> <p><font size="2">11 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">IOC and LOCOG joint press briefing</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">MPC</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="551" colspan="3"> <p><strong><font size="2">Sunday 12 August 2012</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><strong><font size="2">Time (CET)&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><strong><font size="2">Meetings/Events&nbsp;</font></strong></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><strong><font size="2">Place</font></strong></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8.15 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Photo opportunity<br /><em>Pooled by a limited number of media to be determined by the IOC</em></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">8.30 - 10 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">124th IOC Session </font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">10.30 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">IOC Athletes’ Commission meeting</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Hilton Park Lane Hotel</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">11 a.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">IOC President’s closing press conference</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">MPC</font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="113"> <p><font size="2">9 p.m.</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="282"> <p><font size="2">Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="156"> <p><font size="2">Olympic Stadium</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p><em><font size="2">All times are in local time, British Summer Time (BST) and are subject to change</font></em></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Media access: Hilton Park Lane Hotel, Olympic Family Hotel (OFH)<br /></strong>Media access to the Hilton Park Lane Hotel is very limited. However, day passes will be available during the IOC meetings and the Games, subject to a valid reason and a formal request to the IOC Communications Department at least 24 hours in advance.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Media who require a day pass to access the Hilton Park Lane Hotel should send an email to: </font><a href="mailto:pressoffice@olympic.org"><font size="2">pressoffice@olympic.org</font></a><font size="2"> and must include the following information:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font size="2">- Full name and name of media organisation<br />- Reason for requesting a day pass<br />- Date the day pass is required for (including the time you plan to arrive at the hotel)<br />- London 2012 accreditation number(s).</font></p> <p><font size="2">Please note that the OFH media day pass will give you access to the lobby of the hotel - NOT to the meeting rooms.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Kindly be aware that there will be no media working area at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Media access: Grosvenor House (sub-media centre) <br /></strong>If you plan to cover the IOC Executive Board meetings and IOC Session, your London 2012 accreditation will allow you access to Grosvenor House, where the IOC Session will take place from 24 to 26 July, and a media working room will be set-up.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Proceedings of the IOC Session will be available via close-circuit TV at Grosvenor House as well as at the MPC.</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="2">###</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>IOC Press Office<br /></strong>Phone: +41 21 621 6000<br />Email: </font><a href="mailto:pressoffice@olympic.org"><font size="2">pressoffice@olympic.org</font></a></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>IOC Media Relations Team contacts in London (from 20 July 2012):</strong><br />Emmanuelle Moreau, Head of Media Relations&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;+41 79 637 3017<br />Sandrine Tonge, Media Relations Manager&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;+41 79 250 9850<br />Andrew Mitchell, Media Relations Manager&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +41 79 666 4591<br />Nimtaz-Tanya Noordin, Media Relations Officer&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +41 79 666 6838</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Historical and factual information on the Olympic Games<br /></strong>If you are looking for historical or factual information on the Olympic Games and Olympic Movement, kindly contact the IOC Reference Service: </font><a href="mailto:reference@olympic.org"><font size="2">reference@olympic.org</font></a><font size="2">.</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="2">###</font></p> <p><font size="2">For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team: <br />Tel: +41 21 621 6000 e-mail: pressoffice@olympic.org, or visit our web site at </font><a href="http://www.olympic.org/"><font size="2">www.olympic.org</font></a><font size="2">.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Videos<br /></strong>YouTube: </font><a href="http://www.youtube.com/iocmedia"><font size="2">www.youtube.com/iocmedia</font></a></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Photos<br /></strong>For an extensive selection of photos available shortly after each event, please follow us on </font><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/iocmedia"><font size="2">Flickr</font></a><font size="2">.<br />To request archive photos and footage, please contact our Images team at: </font><a href="mailto:images@olympic.org"><font size="2">images@olympic.org</font></a></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Social media<br /></strong>For up-to-the-minute information on the IOC and regular updates, please follow us on </font><a href="http://www.twitter.com/iocmedia"><font size="2">Twitter</font></a><font size="2">, </font><a href="http://www.facebook.com/olympics"><font size="2">Facebook</font></a><font size="2"> and </font><a href="http://www.youtube.com/Olympics"><font size="2">YouTube</font></a><font size="2">.</font></p> <p><font size="2"></font></p>7/11/2012 11:30:00 AMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167931OMEGA celebrates London 2012 Olympic Games with ‘Start Me Up!’ campaign<p>The television commercial, which is set to the Rolling Stones’ 1982 hit ‘Start Me Up’, stars Chinese diver Qiu Bo, US swimmer Natalie Coughlin, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis, US sprinter Tyson Gay, South African swimmer Chad Le Clos and US pole vaulter Jenn Suhr – all Olympic hopefuls and <a href="http://www.olympic.org/sponsors/omega">OMEGA</a> Brand Ambassadors. <br /><br />Filmed in South Florida and produced in 30- and 60-second versions, the spot focuses on the athletes’ routines and concentration in the pivotal minutes and seconds before competition.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.olympic.org/london-2012-summer-olympics">London 2012 Olympic Games</a> has particular significance to OMEGA. It marks the 25th time the brand has assumed the role as Official Timekeeper and the 80th anniversary of OMEGA’s first Olympic Games.<br /><br />For more information about OMEGA and to watch the ‘Start Me Up’ commercial visit: <a href="http://www.omegawatches.com">www.omegawatches.com</a><br /></p>7/11/2012 11:16:00 AMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167930Olympic Flame greeted by the Queen at Windsor Castle<p>The British monarch and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh watched as Torchbearer Gina Macgregor, 74, carried the Flame into the castle’s grounds, where she was met by London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.</p> <p>The day began in Oxford where athletics legend Sir Roger Bannister was the first Torchbearer of the morning, carrying the Flame on the site of his greatest sporting achievement – the Iffley Road track where he became the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, on 6 May 1954.</p> <p>Later, five-time Olympic gold-medallist Sir Steve Redgrave carried the Flame one-handed while rowing in an eight-man boat on the River Thames, while the afternoon saw the Torch Relay visit Ascot racecourse, where 2,000 Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis handed the Flame to jockey Frankie Dettori.</p> <p>Other Torchbearers on the day included celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc, and former England footballer Ray Wilkins, while an Evening Celebration was held at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading, where fans were entertained by British rock band Young Guns.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/partners/">Find out more about the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners.<br /></a><br /><a href="http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/">Find out more about the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay</a>&nbsp;</p>7/11/2012 2:30:00 PMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167936Third Winner Announced in IOC’s “Show Your Best” Campaign – Mozambican Judo Practitioner Wins Trip to London 2012<p>Kathy Jamisse of Maputo, Mozambique, has been chosen as the third winner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s <a href="http://www.olympic.org/showyourbest">"Show Your Best"</a> initiative. Jamisse, who demonstrated her ability in judo, has been awarded a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games, granting her the opportunity to achieve a lifelong wish. </p> <p>A student who studies sports psychology and practises judo in two-hour training sessions several times a week, Jamisse switched from swimming to martial arts 12 years ago in search of a sport that could teach her a new philosophy of life. Her <a href="http://bit.ly/Nbcf6D">winning entry</a> was selected from among hundreds of videos submitted by people from over 55 countries worldwide. Among the finalists were entries showing their best efforts in sport, music, art, and charity work.</p> <p>Asked why she loves the Olympic Games, Jamisse said: “The Olympics are the top celebration of sports. Even though I’m not going as a participating athlete, as a sports person I feel I’m achieving a dream.” After the Games, Jamisse hopes to go on to earn a Masters degree and to help raise the level of sport in Mozambique.&nbsp;</p> <p>The decision was made by the IOC and former and future Olympic athletes, including Charmaine Crooks (Canada), Pernilla Wiberg (Sweden), Fabiana Murer (Brazil) and Yang Yang (China). Submissions were judged on how well the video represented the Olympic values (excellence, friendship and respect); how well it demonstrated the idea of “Showing Your Best”; and how inspiring the video was overall. </p> <p>The “Show Your Best” campaign is a global video competition aimed at engaging young people in the Olympic Movement and creating the next generation of Olympic fans by encouraging people around the world to demonstrate their personal best. Entrants continue to have the chance to win a number of prizes from Worldwide Olympic Sponsors, such as Swatch Olympic watches, Samsung Galaxy phones and Panasonic Lumix cameras. Users can record, upload and share their talents and skills – whatever they may be – at <a href="http://www.olympic.org/showyourbest">www.olympic.org/showyourbest</a>. The competition continues through to 15 September.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p>For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team: <br />Tel: +41 21 621 6000 e-mail: <a href="mailto:pressoffice@olympic.org">pressoffice@olympic.org</a>, or visit our web site at <a href="http://www.olympic.org/">www.olympic.org</a>.</p> <h5>Videos</h5> <p>YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/iocmedia">www.youtube.com/iocmedia</a></p> <h5>Photos</h5> <p>For an extensive selection of photos available shortly after each event, please follow us on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/iocmedia">Flickr</a>.<br />To request archive photos and footage, please contact our Images team at: <a href="mailto:images@olympic.org">images@olympic.org</a>.</p> <h5>Social media</h5> <p>For up-to-the-minute information on the IOC and regular updates, please follow us on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/iocmedia">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/olympics">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Olympics">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>7/11/2012 3:48:00 PMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167941Energy Centre to provide important legacy for London<p>The state-of-the-art Energy Centre will provide an efficient low-carbon heating and cooling system for venues across the Olympic Park during the Games. After 2012, it will support the new buildings and communities that will develop in the area.</p> <p>Having been operational since October 2010, the facility has already been providing an early legacy of sustainable energy across the site, helping to reduce the carbon emissions of the Olympic Park well before the Games. </p> <p>The project is the largest energy centre scheme to be built so far in the UK and features a gas-fired Combined Cooling Heat &amp; Power (CCHP) plant to capture the heat generated by electricity production. It also includes biomass-fired boilers that use sustainable biomass fuels (such as woodchip) to generate heat and deliver low-carbon energy.</p> <p>“The opening of the Energy Centre is a significant milestone for the Olympic Park and demonstrates the sustainability features that underpin this project,” said Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins in October 2010. “The Energy Centre will deliver essential services throughout the Olympic Park well before the Games begin and ensure a lasting legacy of green power for generations to come. The delivery of this facility is a considerable achievement and sets a model for future urban regeneration schemes.”</p> <p>Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, added at the time: “The Energy Centre will be a core part of our long-term sustainability aims, meeting all future energy needs of the Olympic Park including the five new neighbourhoods that will be developed. Not only will it be more energy efficient by eliminating the need for boilers in each home, but it has the capacity to supply the areas surrounding the Park and, in turn, leave an even bigger legacy for east London.”<br /></p>7/11/2012 2:18:00 PMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167935IOC announces winner of I copy u contest<p>“'When I found out I won, at first I laughed – it was a combination of shock and utter excitement! Now I can count down the days until I get to be there, see and feel the atmosphere of athletes proving themselves, and crowds going crazy for records and medals. That has to be the best thing I have ever tweeted!” said Manley. </p> <p>Hundreds of people worldwide entered the <a href="http://icopyu.olympic.org/">ICOPYU contest</a>, which required entrants to photograph themselves mimicking the iconic poses of their favourite Olympic athletes and to share the photos via Twitter. Some of the other entries included:<br />&nbsp;</p> <h5>Nadia Comaneci<br /><br /></h5> <p><img alt="" src="/Global/Images/News/2012-07/11/ICU_nadia_done.jpg" /><br /><br /></p> <h5>Usain Bolt<br /></h5> <p><img alt="" src="/Global/Images/News/2012-07/11/ICU-Usain_Bolt.jpg" /><br /><br /></p> <h5>Yuna Kim<br /></h5> <p><img alt="" src="/Global/Images/News/2012-07/11/ICU_yuna-kim.jpg" /></p> <p>Congratulations, Lucy, and a big thank you to everyone else who participated in the contest!</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.olympic.org/london-2012-summer-olympics">London 2012 Olympic Summer Games</a> will take place between 27 July and 12 August 2012. 10,500 athletes from <a href="http://www.olympic.org/national-olympic-committees">203 National&nbsp; Olympic Committees</a> were invited to participate in these Games.</p> <p>Follow the Olympic Games on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/olympics">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/olympics">twitter</a>, <a href="https://en.foursquare.com/olympics">Foursquare</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/olympics">YouTube</a>. </p>7/11/2012 11:59:00 AMhttp://www.olympic.org/sport-for-all?articleId=167934