The London Debriefing, which is the seventh edition of the event, will see the organisers of the London Games share their knowledge and experience with the organisers of future Games editions – Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, and the 2020 Candidate Cities. The week of meetings kicked off with a welcome event, which included speeches from Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Vice-President and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016; Denis Oswald, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for London 2012; Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director; Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG); Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of Rio 2016; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Luís Fernandes, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport; and Luiz Fernando Pezão, the Vice-Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
El Moutawakel explained how the event would ensure that the London 2012 Games experience would help future host cities: “We are committed to sharing previous host cities’ best practices in order to help in all possible ways. The debriefing is an extensive knowledge transfer programme which guarantees that the success of previous Games editions can be repeated or even enhanced in the following host cities.”
Carlos Arthur Nuzman underlined how important the Debriefing and the IOC’s knowledge transfer programme were to future Games hosts: “The process of knowledge transfer is continuous and transparent ― and the Debriefing event is probably the clearest example of this. I would like to thank the IOC for developing this concept, which provides crucial assistance to Organising Committees.” Sebastian Coe emphasised the role that LOCOG would be playing at the Debriefing: "We want to assist Rio and other future organisers with the London experience. We will share our learning and we are willing to help out in all areas, especially when it comes to the legacy for young people".
The opening also saw a symbolic exchange of gifts, which included the presentation by Coe of the Brazilian “petal” from the London 2012 Olympic cauldron to Rio 2016 and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman. This was followed the next morning, during the opening plenary meeting, by a symbolic transfer of a baton between London 2012 and Rio 2016. The opening plenary session also included a discussion involving Brazilian Olympic medallist Leandro Guilheiro, who spoke about what he expected from a Games as a competing athlete and encouraged Games organisers to deliver like the athletes would when preparing for a competition.
The IOC’s knowledge management programme (OGKM) was created during the preparations for the Sydney 2000 Games and, since then, has evolved into an integrated platform of services and documentation, which assists organisers in their Games preparations, lets them evaluate their progress and success, and helps to define the future of the Games. Among the activities offered by OGKM are a Games-time observer programme, technical manuals, workshops, an extranet, secondee programme, Games evaluation programme, and of course, the Games Debriefing.