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02 Jul 2007
IOC News

Playing Games

Whilst in the hotel lobbies and streets of Guatemala attention is turning to 2014, with the election of the host city just two days away, focus in the Executive Board meeting room was on Games a little closer to home - Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.
Over the course of the morning, reports from the organizing committees, BOCOG, VANOC and LOCOG were delivered.  BOCOG kicked off proceedings, with BOCOG Executive Vice President and Secretary General Wang Wei showcasing to the members the progress across the board being made in the Chinese capital.  From venue construction – all, with the exception of the National Stadium, due to be finished by the end of the year -  to details on the test events to be staged next month,  BOCOG ran through the status of the Games preparations and gave the EB members good cause to feel confident that things are nicely on track.  Specific attention was given to ease concerns on the subject of the environment, in particular air quality.  BOCOG explained that they will use the August test events to try out contingency plans which they could use if needed for Games time next year.  Between 17th and 20th August, for example, the authorities aim to reduce the number of cars on the Beijing streets by around a million.
VANOC were next to take the floor, with Chief Executive John Furlong, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications Dave Cobb and Member of the Board of Directors Charmaine Crooks, highlighting key elements achieved in the past months since the IOC was last in town, such as the release of the VANOC Business Plan and Sustainability Report. Progresses in Accommodation and in plans for Ticketing were also presented.
LOCOG wrapped up the morning with responsibility for delivering the London 2012 update falling on the shoulders of Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Jackie Brock-Doyle. Why so? An electrical storm had forced a diversion of the plane carrying LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe and CEO Paul Deighton who therefore found themselves in Acapulco rather than Guatemala City!  New flight bookings, however, should ensure they are safely here in time to deliver their presentation to the entire IOC membership later in the week.
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