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VANOC readies for freestyle skiing and snowboard Sport Events at Cypress Mountain – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

January 30th, 2009

The top freestyle skiing and snowboard athletes competing for a podium finish
will dazzle the crowds with their best Lincoln loops, spread eagles, alley oops
and 720 Airs at Cypress Mountain starting next week.

Vancouver 2010

Renewing Traditions Through Cultural Exchange – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

January 29th, 2009

Culture morphs, expands, strips down to its roots and reaches out in unexpected
directions. The best place to see this sometimes spontaneous and exciting
cultural fusion is at the artistic showcase of Cultural Olympiad 2009,
presented by Bell, and starting this Sunday.

Vancouver 2010

Cultural Olympiad 2009’s seven-week celebration of the arts kicks off this weekend! – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

January 29th, 2009

Some of the world’s best will be in Vancouver to play, dance, sing and create
as part of the sprawling artistic showcase known as Cultural Olympiad 2009,
presented by Bell. It all starts this Sunday with a magical sea of lights and
lanterns ushering in the Lunar New Year, and a music-fuelled trip through the
zodiac following the Chinese New Year Parade.

Vancouver 2010

One year to go to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Let’s Make Some Noise Canada! – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

January 28th, 2009

With only one year to go before Canada hosts the 2010 Winter Games, the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
(VANOC) is inviting communities across the country to help celebrate the
countdown to 2010 in their own unique way.

Vancouver 2010

VANOC names Vancouver’s Patrick Roberge Productions as 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies Producer – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

January 27th, 2009

After a three-month international search, the Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today that
it has selected Vancouver-based Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP) Inc. as
producer of the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. PRP Inc. will
collaborate with VANOC to develop the overall theme and content of both
ceremonies and will create and direct both shows.

Vancouver 2010

Australian Swimming team pick Manchester as training base

January 27th, 2009

The Australian Olympic Swimming Team has picked Manchester as their training base in the run up to the London 2012 Games.

London 2012

Airwave named as London 2012 Tier Three supplier

January 27th, 2009

Airwave has been appointed the Official Private Mobile Radio Services Supplier for London 2012. They are the third Tier Three supplier to be announced, continuing the momentum of the London 2012 partnership programme.

London 2012

Meeting between Rogge and Figel’ on European Council Declaration

January 26th, 2009
Representatives of the Olympic Movement, led by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, today met with Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, and his delegation at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The meeting came as a follow-up on the action points specified in the recent European Council Declaration on Sport, which was presented in the Conclusions of the French Presidency of the European Union (EU) in mid-December 2008. In the Declaration, the heads of state call on the European Commission to strengthen its dialogue with the IOC, besides underlining the values of sport and its specific characteristics above its economic dimension. The promotion of the autonomy of the Olympic and Sports Movement as well as the protection of the integrity and fairness of the competitions has been high on the IOC’s agenda over the years.

Topics of today’s discussions included:
– the specificity and autonomy of sport,
– the financing of sport and betting,
– the application of EU competition law and of free movement principles in the field of sport,
– and the fight against doping.

During the meeting, Ján Figel’ confirmed his respect for the autonomous and self-regulatory character of sports organisations. He also recognised that sport is organised internationally and built on a worldwide pyramid system, which was to be considered in the future dialogue between the EU and the sports world. The Olympic Movement representatives stressed the need to safeguard the existing mechanisms of financial solidarity towards grassroots sport – a principle for which the European Commissioner expressed his full support. Looking into the future, Figel’ stated that his team is currently preparing for the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, which still has to be ratified and contains a reference to sport. He considered the Olympic Movement’s input as crucial in that regard.

After the meeting, the IOC President said: "The EU benefits from sport and its values. Organised sport is one of the biggest social movements in society, and its social, educational and health-promoting role is significant. At the same time sports organisations also need the support of the EU to tackle challenges like doping, irregular betting, racism and violence and to safeguard the specificity of sports structures and sporting rules. It is vital that we work closer together to tap the full potential of sport, and today’s meeting was an important step."

Commissioner Figel’ said: "I am pleased that the profile of sport has increased in the minds of government policy makers and stakeholders. Last November’s informal Sports Ministerial Meeting and EU Sport Forum gave sports an additional strong boost, and it is important that we maintain this momentum. There are important issues at stake. That is why we in the Commission welcome the new approach of having a regular, structured dialogue with the IOC. Today’s meeting is a tangible outcome of the new approach. "

List of participants in the meeting:
European Commission
Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth       
Bernd Biervert, Member of the Cabinet of Ján Figel’          
Pierre Mairesse, Director of Sport           
Michal Krejza, Head of the Sport Unit

Olympic Movement
Jacques Rogge, IOC President
Mario Pescante, IOC Executive Board member and Chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission
Patrick Hickey, IOC member and EOC President
Joseph S. Blatter, IOC member and FIFA President
Jérôme Champagne, FIFA Director of International Relations
Marco Villiger, FIFA Legal Director
Denis Oswald, IOC member and ASOIF President
René Fasel, IOC Executive Board member and AIOWF President
Patrick Baumann, IOC member and GAISF representative
Guy Drut, IOC member
Henri Sérandour, CNOSF President
Yves Vonlanthen, IIHF Administration and Legal Manager
Jean-Paul Clémençon, CNOSF Chief of Staff

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For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, e-mail: pressoffice@olympic.org

IOC

New bridge installed at Stratford International Station

January 26th, 2009

A new entrance has been put in at Stratford International Station, ahead of the station opening for high-speed domestic services in December 2009.

London 2012

United States Olympic Committee excited by London 2012 progress

January 26th, 2009

The United States Olympic Committee visited the offices of the London 2012 Organising Committee this week for a series of updates on the 2012 Games.

London 2012