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27 Nov 2008
Olympic News , Beijing 2008 , Press Release

IOC Debriefing transfers knowledge from Beijing to London

Looking ahead to the 2012 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee today completed a week-long review of the 2008 Games to ensure that London and other Games Organising Committees benefit from the lessons learned in Beijing.
The IOC Official Debriefing of the Beijing 2008 Games examined all planning and operational aspects of the Beijing Games to highlight best practices, as well as the challenges that were encountered.
“We’re delighted that the Olympic Games are returning to Great Britain, the birthplace of modern sport,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. “Every Olympic Games has a distinct personality. The successful Games in Beijing were unique in many ways. London has its own unique assets that will ensure the success of the 2012 Games as well.”
Rogge has made knowledge transfer a top priority during his tenure as IOC President. The Olympic Games Knowledge Management programme was established after the 2000 Games in Sydney to ensure that knowledge is shared among host cities.
“The 2008 Games set new standards for organisation, venues and athletic performances, but we can always improve,” Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli said. “I’m confident that the London organisers will host a first-class event with a uniquely British atmosphere.”
“We were proud and delighted to come to London and share the knowledge and experiences from the Beijing Games,” said Wang Wei, Executive Vice-President of the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee. “The Beijing Games will undoubtedly have a profound and lasting effect on China, and it was our pleasure to have welcomed the world this August.”
Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said, “This summer we spent valuable time in Beijing observing and learning about live Games-time situations.  Between then and now, we have been collating this knowledge and this week has provided a unique opportunity to ask specific and detailed questions of BOCOG, the IOC and the different groups that attend the Games from athletes and media to sponsors and spectators.  We move forward mindful of the ever-changing economic environment, but remaining confident that we can stage Olympic Games and Paralympic Games that the nation wants to see – events which will capture the British spirit and will leave lasting legacies for East London, the nation as a whole as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.” 
For the Movement, the Games significantly advanced the goal of universality, with bigger audiences and broader participation than ever before. A record 204 National Olympic Committees participated and a record 87 won medals. The Games drew the largest media contingent and was the most watched Olympic Games ever.
The legacy for China includes significant improvements in public transportation and other infrastructure, steps to improve public health, environmental improvements and a new national commitment to sport.
The IOC Official Debriefing of the Beijing 2008 Games
Bringing together around 900 participants, the IOC Official Debriefing of the Beijing 2008 Games took place from 24 to 27 November 2008 in London. This event, which was attended by members of the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Organising Committees (OCOGs), as well as representatives of the 2016 Candidate Cities and other Games stakeholders, gave these future Games organisers the chance to learn from the experience and knowledge gained by their Beijing counterparts during their seven years of preparation. Comprising two plenary sessions, eight stakeholder sessions and 18 functional area workshops, the event looked at the planning, operational and technical elements of organising an Olympic Games, such as sport, accommodation, transport, culture, education and logistics. The debriefing also addressed the various stakeholders’ experience of groups at the Games like athletes, spectators, workforce and the media. A full technology debrief of the Games was also held in London from 20 to 22 November 2008.
The OGKM Programme
The Beijing Debriefing is a key component of the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) programme, which consists of three main sources: services, personal experience and information. The services include workshops, seminars and a network of experts with Games experience on a range of Olympic topics that the OCOGs are able to call upon throughout their lifecycle. The OCOGs are also able to gain personal experience on Games preparations and operations through the Games-time observers’ programme, the official Games Debriefing and a secondment programme, which allows staff members from future OCOGs to work on the current edition of the Olympic Games. The final element of OGKM is information, which includes elements like the Official Games Report, technical manuals, knowledge reports, a range of useful documents and publications and the IOC’s visual transfer of knowledge of photos and films. All this information is available to the OCOGs through an extranet that is managed by the IOC.
The History of OGKM
IOC President Jacques Rogge initiated the Olympic Games transfer of knowledge process in 1998 with the assistance of the IOC administration. This project was to become part of a vision that the President would drive forward following his election in 2001 to streamline the Olympic Games and to ensure that future Games organisers can apply successful practices to their own projects. The initial project led to the creation of a company called Olympic Games Knowledge Services (OGKS), whose services were subsequently regrouped under the responsibility of the IOC’s Olympic Games Department in mid-2005 under the name of OGKM.
For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, e-mail:
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