SINGAPORE 2005: Olympic Programme And OCOGs On The Morning Agenda
The 117th IOC Session reviewed the Olympic Programme for 2012 this morning, as well as hearing reports from the Organising Committees of Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008. The Session also heard that an agreement had been reached between the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) to move the equestrian events for 2008 from Beijing to Hong Kong SAR.
26 Sports In The 2012 Olympic Programme
This morning, the IOC Session reviewed the Olympic Programme. A vote was carried out sport by sport according to the order that the sports appear in rule 46 of the Olympic Charter, with members voting to decide which sport should be included in the Olympic Programme for 2012. IOC members chose to include 26 sports on the programme for London 2012, with Baseball and Softball not being selected for 2012.
The Session also received a presentation from the Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy, and from the President, Supervisor and CEO of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC), Valentino Castellani, Mario Pescante and Cesare Vaciago respectively. Chairman Killy described how TOROC were moving from planning to finalising operations. He described how during the last Coordination Commission visit to Turin, the Commission visited all the Olympic venues and witnessed that they were well on their way to completion. TOROC also successfully held several sports events last winter and Killy noted that a strong integration between all the parties involved in the Games was vital to the success of the Turin Games.
The Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXVIIII Olympiad – Beijing 2008, Hein Verbruggen, also reported to the Session, after BOCOG President Liu Qi, gave an overview of BOCOG’s progress. Chairman Verbruggen once again told the Session that the work that Beijing was carrying out was all progressing well. The Coordination Commission Chairman pointed out to the Session that by the end of the year, all 14 new venues would be started. He also noted that the first tier of marketing partners would close this year with 10 partners. The new BOCOG budget was going to be just over $2 billion, which was in line with manageable expectations.
Equestrian To Hong Kong SAR
Chairman Verbruggen also announced to the Session that the equestrian events of Beijing 2008 would be moved from the Beijing area to Hong Kong SAR. The decision, which was taken after consultation between the FEI and BOCOG, was approved by the IOC Executive Board, and made in the best interest of the competition and the well-being of the horses.