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Future Olympic hosts observing and learning at Rio 2016

18 Aug 2016
Olympic News
Teams of observers from three future host cities are getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s knowledge transfer initiative.

The Olympic Games Knowledge Programme (OGKM) was created in advance of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000  to ensure that Games Organising Committees get the benefit of lessons learned at previous Games.

“OGKM gives Organising Committees extremely valuable insights that help ensure the successful delivery of their Games,” IOC Head of Olympic Games Knowledge Management Chris Payne said. “They can learn what worked and what didn’t, as well as how to address any challenges that arise.”

The OGKM programme has three main elements: information in the form of Olympic Games Guides and other documents; services such as workshops and seminars; and personal experience through the Observer Programme.

More than 370 representatives from the three future Games — PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 — are in Rio de Janeiro to observe the Games-time operations and activities of different functional areas. Other future Games organisers are working side-by-side with the Rio 2016 team as part of the OGKM secondment programme.

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OGKM participant Masa Takaya, Communications Director for Tokyo 2020, said the programme has given the Tokyo 2020 team insights that they could not have acquired any other way.

“Tokyo 2020 staff members have been investing great effort on Games operation planning, but the majority of them had never seen the Games on site before,” he said. “This is a very unique and last chance to observe exactly what is going on in the Games. These experiences are absolutely more than precious and will certainly contribute to refining our plans in the lead-up to the next Games in Tokyo.”

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said the on-site experience also builds personal connections.

“Sharing knowledge is built into the Olympic experience,” he said. “I have no doubt that members of the Rio 2016 team will remain available to offer advice and answer questions from future hosts long after these Games end.”

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