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01 Nov 2011
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IOC hosts inaugural “Bidding for the Games” Conference

With the goal of gaining valuable insight into what it takes to bid for and ultimately host the Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games, representatives from approximately 25 cities and National Olympic Committees have gathered in Lausanne to take part in a two-day Bidding for the Games Conference that kicked off today at The Olympic Museum.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge opened the Conference with a welcoming address. He spoke of the importance of fully utilising the resources made available by the IOC to Applicant, Candidate and Host Cities so that they can gain as much information as possible from past Olympic Games organisers.

“The Bidding for the Games Conference reflects the IOC’s deep commitment to supporting future Games organisers via our comprehensive Transfer of Knowledge Programme,” said Rogge. “Amassing the necessary knowledge and expertise to launch a successful bid is crucial. Its importance cannot be understated. The process of acquiring this knowledge must start long before a city eventually decides to bid for the right to host the Games.”

For the remainder of Day 1, participants will receive presentations on the vision and long-term plans behind recent and upcoming Games from representatives of Singapore 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. That will be followed by sessions on planning for and staging the Games and the Youth Olympic Games, and a panel discussion on the various aspects of Olympic legacy.

Day 2 will feature sessions on the bidding process, the importance of building partnerships in bidding for and delivering the Games, and the potential benefits that can be gained from bidding itself, irrespective of the outcome. The Conference will conclude with an overview of Rio 2016’s Olympic journey.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Mr Armand  Calvo, former Director of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Village
  • Mr Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and former Senior Executive of the Athens 2004 Organising Committee (ATHOC)
  • Professor Richard Cashman, Director of the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Technology in Sydney
  • Mr Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee
  • Mr Francis Chong, Co-Chairman of the working committee for the Singapore 2010 bid and Deputy CEO of the Singapore 2010 Organising Committee (SYOGOC)
  • Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)
  • Mr Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director
  • Mrs Maria Silvia Marques, President of the Rio Municipal Authority for 2016 (Cidade Olimpica)
  • Mr Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Brazilian Olympic Committee

The Conference is structured to provide those in attendance with ample opportunities to put their questions to the experts, and the sessions are expected to produce enthusiastic two-way discussions as a result.

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