IOC Coordination Commission Arrives In London For Seventh Visit
The IOC Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Games will arrive in London today ahead of its seventh visit to the British capital. Led by former Olympic rower Denis Oswald, the Commission will spend the three days of meetings hearing from London 2012 and its partners about their progress, and looking at their plans in the lead-up to the Games. The Commission members are also expected to visit some of the competition venues that will be used in 2012.
Specialist Working Groups
With less than two years to go, the London organisers are becoming increasingly operational in their approach, and this is reflected in the structure of the different working group meetings that the Commission will hold during its visit. The Commission members will focus on the various groups that will take part in the Games, by examining London’s preparations for the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, spectators, media, marketing partners, and workforce, among others. These discussions will cover a myriad of areas and will allow each group’s representative on the Commission to understand what their stakeholders will experience at Games time. These sessions will complement the work that is being undertaken in the technical meetings on subjects such as marketing, brand, communications, the Paralympic Games, technology, education, and ceremonies.
A number of important milestones have also been completed since the Commission’s visit in July, with LOCOG having passed the two-year-to-go mark, launched its volunteer programme, and announced its ticket prices. These key events will also be presented to the Commission during the visit.
London was elected as the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting, taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four Candidate Cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.