OCOGs: Reports On Beijing, Vancouver And London To IOC Executive Board
The Coordination Commissions for the Games of Beijing, Vancouver and London all reported to the IOC’s Executive Board (EB) in Lausanne today on recent progress in the host cities.
Presenting on behalf of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008, Gilbert Felli spoke to the EB about the IOC’s visit to Hong Kong and Beijing in August and preparations for the 5th Coordination Commission meeting in Beijing in November, when the commission will also visit the Qingdao sailing venue. Felli also outlined Beijing’s progress on venue construction; Games services; sport; culture, image and communications; and finance and marketing. He was able to point out to the EB some of the benefits that the Beijing Organising Committee had been able to draw from the IOC’s transfer of knowledge programme, as well as the secondee and observer programmes that are implemented for future OCOGs at each edition of the Games. In addition, Felli mentioned the major progress that had been reported by the President of the Beijing Organising Committee at the first World Broadcasters Briefing on working conditions for the international media during the Beijing Games.
IOC Coordination Commission Chairman René Fasel gave the EB a brief overview of the IOC’s project review visit in September to Vancouver, the preparations for a project review visit in January and the 3rd Coordination Commission visit in June 2006. He outlined the progress being made in several areas by Vancouver 2010, notably, Games services, authority relations, sport, media & broadcaster services, transport, technology and transfer of knowledge. Chairman Fasel drew particular attention to the good relationships between Vancouver 2010 and its local partners, the fact that construction work has begun and all competition venues are expected to be completed by 2008, the Canadian Own the Podium initiative and the very advanced state of Vancouver 2010’s marketing programme.
Reporting for the first time to the EB as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012, Denis Oswald outlined his activities. Since his appointment in August, Oswald and a small group from the IOC have visited London and are already building strong relationships with the London Organising Committee. These relationships will be further reinforced during an orientation seminar scheduled for November and the first full visit of the Commission, which is expected to be in April of 2006. Oswald commented to the EB on his satisfaction with the current activity during London’s transition phase from Candidate City to OCOG, including the fast introduction of the Olympic Bill to Parliament and the initiative of the City of London in order to facilitate the initial construction project launch. The EB also decided that the Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (OBO) for London 2012 would be controlled by the IOC.
Coordination Commissions for the Olympic Games