The 2014 Games: Legacies And Transfer Of Knowledge
While addressing the 2014 Applicant Cities, John Furlong, the CEO of the Organising Committee for the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010 (VANOC) and the former President and COO of the Vancouver 2010 bid corporation, gave an overview of the Vancouver 2010 bid and explained the key points that he felt had contributed towards the success of the Canadian bid.
The vision of Vancouver 2010’s bid committee was built around creating enduring legacies for sport within Canada and for the Olympic Movement, as well as hosting outstanding Olympic Games, explained Furlong. This vision permeated Vancouver 2010’s entire bid and saw the creation of several legacies from the bid alone, as well as a strong focus on legacy for the Games themselves. From the bid, Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada now have Legacies Now, an organisation that promotes sport all over British Columbia; greater corporate commitment to sport; land for affordable housing in Whistler; renewed government support for sport and help for the First Nations. Two years on from Vancouver’s win, Legacies Now is still in operation, major new infrastructure projects have been launched and sport is a bigger priority for Canada, showing that the legacy of Vancouver 2010 has already begun.
Transfer Of Knowledge
During his speech, John Furlong paid tribute to the transfer of knowledge programme that the IOC created to assist applicant cities, candidate cities and organising committees better prepare to host the Olympic Games by passing on the knowledge and experience of former host cities, so that lessons could be learned and progress made. As Furlong said, “We read everything. It was very useful to us.” Using this knowledge made available by the IOC, Vancouver 2010 was able to produce the best bid possible without having to reinvent the wheel, explained Furlong, strongly encouraging the Applicant Cities present to do the same.
Once again, the importance and the competence of the IOC’s Evaluation Commission were reinforced by Furlong to the participants, following on from Lord Sebastian Coe’s speech on Tuesday. Furlong stressed the importance of this part of the bid process to the seven cities, as the Commission passed each 2010 bid under the microscope in order to give the best feedback possible to the IOC members. Furlong spoke of the wisdom of learning from the expertise of the IOC Evaluation Commission saying, “we accepted all of the comments made by the Evaluation Commission.”
2014The seven Applicant Cities for the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 are Almaty (Kazakhstan), Borjomi (Georgia), Jaca (Spain) PyeongChang (Republic of Korea), Salzburg (Austria), Sochi (Russia) and Sofia (Bulgaria). The decision on which cities should become Candidate Cities will be taken on 21 to 23 June 2006 by the IOC Executive Board, and the final decision on the host city for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be taken by the IOC Session in July 2007 in Guatemala City.