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2018 bid process gets underway

July 31st, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today launched the bid process for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been invited to submit the name of a city within their jurisdiction as an applicant to host the Games in a little under nine years’ time. The key dates of the procedure are as follows:

Phase I known as the candidature acceptance procedure, involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to organise the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Cities will be asked to reply to a questionnaire. Their answers will be studied by the IOC in order to help the IOC Executive Board select the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase II.

 

15 October 2009
NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of an Applicant City

 

12-28 February 2010
Cities participate in the Vancouver 2010 Observer Programme

 

15 March 2010
Submission of Application File and guarantee letters to the IOC

 

March-June 2010
Examination of replies by the IOC

 

End June 2010
IOC Executive Board acceptance of Candidate Cities

                         

Phase II known as the candidature procedure, Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File, that is to say an in-depth description of their Olympic project, and prepare for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission. The Evaluation Commission will make a detailed technical assessment of each candidature and publish a report one month before the election of the Host City for IOC members to review.

 

11 January 2011
Submission of Candidature File and guarantees to the IOC

 

February – March 2011
Evaluation Commission visits

 

One month before the    
election of the Host City
Report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for 2018

 

6 July 2011
Election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter  Games during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban

 

                                                           

All relevant information and deadlines relating to the first phase of the 2018 bid process are contained in the Candidature Acceptance Procedure.

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VANOC launches employee loan program to fill remaining jobs for the 2010 Winter Games – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

July 30th, 2009

Vancouver, BC— As part of its efforts to find creative solutions in a challenging economy, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is offering businesses and governments the opportunity to give their employees a once-in-a-lifetime professional experience through working temporarily for the Games. 

VANOC has launched an employee loan program to fill most of its remaining 1,500 short-term jobs. Positions will last between eight weeks and six months, and the longest terms will begin as early as this September. Accommodation remains a challenge, so organizations able to loan employees already residing in the Vancouver and Sea to Sky regions are particularly encouraged to participate. Similar secondment programs have been used at previous Games, including Calgary in 1988.

Jobs are available in 32 of VANOC’s 53 departments. A small sample of the Organizing Committee’s 1,500 remaining positions include: Accreditation Coordinator, Broadcast Operations Coordinator, Performer Services Coordinator, Cultural Olympiad Program Manager, Energy Deputy Manager, Venue and Language Service Coordinator, Delivery Driver, Remote Vehicle Screening Site Coordinator, Housekeeping Representative, Rigging/Lighting Manager, Sport Writer, Venue Transportation Manager and Venue Communications Centre Manager. A list of VANOC departments requiring additional workforce is included in the attached backgrounder. 

“For the past year we’ve been implementing a limited secondment model similar to recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games. However, to proactively manage our way through the realities of the economic downturn we have decided to significantly expand this program,” said Dave Cobb, deputy chief executive officer and executive vice president. “It’s a creative solution to maintain a balanced budget and everyone from corporations to government can be part of the solution. We’re not only offering a unique opportunity for the public and private sectors, we’re navigating through an extraordinary downturn in the economy, and the use of seconded employees will ease some of the pressure on our budget.” While the final value and number of loaned employees will not be known for several months, the program will result in significant savings to VANOC’s operational budget.

“We believe the employee loan program is a win-win situation for everyone,” continued Cobb. “VANOC is looking to fill out its 2010 roster with talented people from a wide range of disciplines. Those involved in the program will get the experience of a lifetime and will take their inspired new skills and confidence back to their respective employers when it’s over, creating another lasting legacy for the Games.”

“We have 45 seconded staff from 20 different partners already part of the secondment program, such as Deloitte, the Canadian Tourism Commission and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport,” said Donna Wilson, executive vice president of human resources, sustainability and international client services at VANOC. “They are examples of how companies can make a huge contribution to the Games and benefit by gaining energized employees with supercharged skills honed at one of the largest international sporting events in the world. Loaned employees will broaden their skill set, while getting all the benefits of being a Games-time worker such as an official uniform and a lifetime of memories, secure in the knowledge that their regular job will be there to return to when the Games draw to a close in March 2010. We invite all companies in the business community to participate.”

VANOC has already been working with the BC Public Service on seconding employees to fill key roles. Building on this approach, other public and private partners will be encouraged to loan employees to help deliver the Games. “This approach is consistent with the delivery of past Games and will use available resources to their best possible potential as we all work together to ensure success,” concluded Wilson.

Interested businesses and employees can find additional information on getting involved in the program by emailing teamworkforce@workforce.vancouver2010.com.

“Numerous companies and Government Partners loaned us staff in the lead up to the ’88 Games to help ensure success,” said Frank King, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Organizing Committee for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. “From some of the most senior executives in our organization to those who had front-line jobs in Games venues, the community and our partners stepped up to give their employees the extraordinary opportunity to share the experience of working with the Organizing Committee. That was over 20 years ago and the enduring pride in the community remains strong. I still hear from people who were seconded to the Games, what it did for their careers and the memories and friendships that came with it. I strongly encourage the public and private sector to seriously consider putting people on the 2010 team, not only to help VANOC but to enrich their companies with the skills and experience gained by being part of it.”  

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

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Promotion of women in sport: Oceania in action

July 30th, 2009
After Africa in 2006, the Americas in 2007 and Asia in 2008, Oceania hosted the Regional Seminar on Women and Sport. It is in Guam that the IOC, under the auspices of the Women and Sport Commission Chairperson, also IOC member, Anita L. DeFrantz, and in collaboration with the NOC of Guam, organised this seminar for the NOCs of Oceania. 
 
To access positions of responsibility
As for the previous seminars in the second generation, the Guam Seminar aimed to strengthen the participants’ knowledge and competences in management so that they can access positions of responsibility within decision-making and administrative organs of the NOCs and other national sports organisations. The 17 NOCs affiliated to the ONOC (Oceania National Olympic Committees) were represented by 29 delegates, among whom, for the first time, were representatives from the younger generation.
 
Strong action plan adopted
A Forum allowed delegates to be informed about the changes within the continental association and also provided an occasion for the newly elected ONOC Women and Sport commission to present its 2008-2012 Action Plan, which was unanimously adopted by the participants. Through this Action Plan, the participants committed themselves to a future strategy that focuses on actions in four specific areas:
– effective and efficient management and administration
– equal opportunities for participation in all aspects of regional games
– women in leadership positions throughout the region
– contributing to advocacy and promotion for inclusion.
 
Call to action  
While delegates were also given a chance to present activities related to women’s promotion within their respective NOCs, Anita L. DeFrantz, presented the IOC Women and Sport Commission’s activities and called on them to further use Olympic Solidarity programmes and to stand for elections. To see that more women are elected to decision-making positions is one of the immediate challenges for the IOC’s Commission. And that should be one of the discussions at the 2009 Olympic Congress next October in Copenhagen (Denmark).

 

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Britain’s elite sports personalities unite to support London 2012’s international legacy

July 29th, 2009

David Beckham, Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson have joined forces to add their support to International Inspiration, London 2012’s international legacy programme for children and young people.

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Final days for Canadians to buy Phase 2 Olympic tickets Release of official curling schedule means fans can plan to see their favourite teams – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

July 28th, 2009

Vancouver, BC – Canadians who have not yet bought their tickets for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games — or who want to buy additional tickets — have just days left to do so during Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will close its second phase of Olympic ticket sales at 7:00 pm PT (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 31. The seat allocation process will then commence for those who have purchased tickets.   

Select tickets for two much-loved Canadian sports — ice hockey and curling — as well as tickets to the nightly Victory Ceremonies celebrating the day’s achievements and featuring world-class live entertainment, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

With the release of the World Curling Federation’s official curling tournament draw, avid curling fans will be able to see when their favourite teams will be in action, and purchase their tickets accordingly. The Competition Schedule has also been updated to reflect the recently released curling information — Team Canada will appear in 18 of 24 scheduled preliminary curling sessions. 

Although Olympic and Paralympic ticket sales will not be open after July 31, customers with an existing account at www.vancouver2010.com will still be able to view their information and summary of ticket purchases. To date, Phase 2 Olympic ticket sales have been highly successful, with more than 155,000 sold since the start of sales on June 6. 

A third and final phase of Olympic ticket sales will be available to the public this fall to sell any remaining inventory. Paralympic tickets will also go back on sale near this time. A VANOC ticket re-sale site to facilitate the sale and purchase of legitimate tickets will be launched shortly after Phase 3 of Olympic ticket sales. 

With fewer than 200 days until the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games start, the demand for Olympic tickets remains high. Canadians are reminded that the only official sources to purchase tickets to the Games are www.vancouver2010.com (in partnership with VANOC’s official ticketing services supplier tickets.com) and official 2010 Winter Games hospitality partners Jet Set Sports and CoSport.  VANOC cannot ensure customers that tickets purchased through any other source are legitimate or will be accepted for entry at Games venues.

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

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City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver join VANOC 2010 Community Contributor Program – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

July 28th, 2009

Vancouver, BC — In support of the 2010 Winter Games, two North Shore municipalities are offering parking lots and marshalling areas for Games-time staff and volunteers — cementing their role as the crucial linchpin connecting the mountain venues in Whistler and West Vancouver to venues in downtown Vancouver and Richmond. 

Announced today, the partnerships with the District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver fall under the Community Contributor Program created by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The program is designed to engage communities in the Games and invite their active participation in welcoming the world in 2010. To date, three municipalities (including the two announced today) and seven educational institutions have joined. A full list is included below. 

“The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver are important members of our community contributor team and we’re delighted to have them on board,” said Taleeb Noormohamed, VANOC director, corporate strategy and partner relations. “Given their strategic location at the juncture of bridges, roads and water routes linking the Lower Mainland with our mountain venues, their support is crucial, especially for our Games-time transportation system, and we look forward to working closely with them.”

The City of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale area will be a convenient and attractive location point between Vancouver, Cypress Mountain and Whistler. In Central Lonsdale, a parking lot near the Centennial Theatre will host motorcoaches used to transport ticketed spectators from departure hubs to the mountain venues. Four community spaces, including the heritage PGE Station, will also be used by the Organizing Committee to host training seminars, or marshal volunteers and staff during the Games. Meanwhile, the facilities will remain open for business to residents and the general public. 

“The City of North Vancouver is proud to partner with the 2010 Winter Games and play a key role in helping stage one of the world’s premier sporting events,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “As we welcome the world to our vibrant city, we will work to ensure that the athletes, spectators and volunteers have a memorable visit as well as a scenic and smooth journey across the North Shore.” 

The District of North Vancouver will provide VANOC with a parking area at Inter-River Park, located at Lillooet Road and Premier Street, host a dinner for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and loan staff to the Organizing Committee during the Games period. 

“We’re very pleased to partner with the 2010 Winter Games to help welcome the world to British Columbia and North Vancouver District in 2010,” said District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton. “Our communities have much to offer visitors and we especially look forward to sharing an evening with international environmental experts at the upcoming United Nations’ dinner.”

Jointly, the city and district will also provide VANOC with the use of Centennial Theatre for up to four Games-related events, and provide round-the-clock snow and ice removal if needed on key Games-time transportation routes, parking lots and pedestrian walkways.

In exchange for their support, community contributors receive a wide range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the Games, including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities.

More information on the 2010 Winter Games integrated transportation plan outlined by the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team, including maps and a fact sheet, is available at www.vancouver2010.com. Detailed transportation information will be made widely available this fall as residents and visitors to the Games Host Region begin to determine their more detailed travel plans.

Other members of the Community Contributor Program include: the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Capilano University, Douglas College, Educacentre College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, and the City of Port Moody.

About the District of North Vancouver
North Vancouver District is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, minutes from downtown Vancouver. Officially incorporated in 1891, the district has grown and changed since its early days into the dynamic community that it is today. North Vancouver District’s unique characteristics provide residents, business owners and visitors alike the benefits of a dynamic metropolitan region as well as the appealing attributes of a smaller community. With its naturally beautiful surroundings, high quality of life, amenities and services, the district is one of the most desirable places in the Lower Mainland to live, work and play.

About the City of North Vancouver
The City of North Vancouver is the urban core of the beautiful North Shore with convenient access to major regional and global centres. An award-wining sustainable municipality, its proximity to the stunning North Shore Mountains offers countless recreational opportunities. An efficient, accessible transportation system connects people within the city and beyond. The bustling waterfront with its historic pier offers spectacular scenic views, a unique tourism experience, economic potential, and access to some of the most attractive and livable neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver.

About VANOC
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Contact
If you are a member of the media, please contact mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

For all other inquiries, please contact info@vancouver2010.com

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IOC will not suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee on 1 August

July 28th, 2009
Following a Memorandum signed with the Kuwaiti Authorities on 15 July 2009 in Lausanne, a letter was received by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait confirming the decision taken formally by the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers on 20 July 2009 to ensure that the process of reviewing the national sports law and regulations in order to make them compatible with the Olympic Charter and the rules of the respective International Olympic Sports Federations will be undertaken with the Kuwaiti Parliament in due course.

 

In view of this firm commitment from the Kuwaiti authorities, and based on the agreement signed on 15 July, the IOC is pleased to announce that the decision to suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee will therefore not enter into effect on 1 August.

 

Nevertheless, the IOC takes this opportunity to point out the next step of the agreement signed on 15 July, which clearly indicates that the whole process of amendments to the sports law will have to be finalised by 31 December 2009 at the latest.

 

Therefore, the IOC, together with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), has offered its technical assistance to the Kuwaiti authorities, if necessary, in order to achieve this next step.

 

“We are very pleased that the Kuwaiti authorities are showing their willingness to implement satisfactory measures in order to avoid the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and Kuwait Olympic Movement,” said Pere Miró, Director of the IOC’s Department of NOC Relations, “This is an important step forward.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

Rule 28.9 of the Olympic Charter states that “the IOC Executive Board may take any appropriate decisions for the protection of the Olympic Movement in the country of an NOC, including suspension of or withdrawal of recognition from such NOC if the constitution, law or other regulations in force in the country concerned, or any act by any governmental or other body, causes the activity of the NOC or the making or expression of its will to be hampered.”

 

The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement. The Olympic Charter states that NOCs must preserve their autonomy and resist pressure of any kind — including, but not limited to, political, legal, religious or economic pressures — which may prevent them from complying with the Olympic Charter.

 

For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department,
Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email: pressoffice@olympic.org

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For sustainable development in Oceania

July 28th, 2009
A few months after the World Conference on Sport and Environment held in Vancouver, some National Olympic Committees of Oceania met last weekend in Apia (Samoa), to share knowledge and experience while analysing and identifying related measures/strategies about sustainable development.  Organised jointly by the IOC, through its Sport and Environment Commission, and the Samoan NOC, this Continental Seminar saw the participation of delegates from 14 NOCs, welcomed by the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliali Sailele Malielegaoi, NOC Samoa President, Vui Tapasu Leung Wai, and the Secretary General, Niko Palamo.

 

From NOCs’ actions to youth involvement
This seminar covered all the key areas concerning sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in sport, from finding solutions to meeting environmental challenges, to examples of NOC programmes and actions for sport and the environment, and the role of young people and sponsors and their involvement in sustainable development. The delegates also learned about the Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET), a joint initiative by the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) and the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and for whom the IOC is the Principal Supporting Partner. This guide provides a practical way to create a sustainable commitment and strategy around environmental, social and economic issues. 

 

Concrete commitments
The Apia seminar concluded with a list of concrete commitments for future action as well as partnerships on developing sustainable efforts. This list addresses current challenges in this field and appeals to the various stakeholders involved, such as sports and community based organisations, traditional leaders, sponsors, government and public authorities, to promote sustainable development through sport. The participants also recommended seeking the establishment of an ONOC Sport and Environment Commission, and working with that Commission across the region.  The document serves as an action plan and ensures that the fruitful discussions of the two-day meeting will be followed up.
 

Learn more about the promotion of sustainable development

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IOC Disciplinary Commissions meet on six cases

July 27th, 2009
IOC Disciplinary Commissions met today in Lausanne (Switzerland) on six pending doping cases from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

 

The meetings were convened to deal with adverse analytical findings for Yudelquis Maridalin Contreras, Dominican Republic, who placed 5th in the 53kg category in weightlifting; Rashid Ramzi, Bahrain, gold medallist in 1500m, athletics; Davide Rebellin, Italy, silver medallist in the individual road race, cycling; Stefan Schumacher, Germany, individual road race, cycling; Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greece, who placed 9th in the 20km race walk, athletics, and Vanja Parisic, Croatia, 800m, athletics.

 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission gave the athletes and their representatives the opportunity to be heard. The decision by the IOC will be taken in due course after deliberation.

 

Composition of the Disciplinary Commissions:

 

For the case of Yudelquis Maridalin Contreras
Thomas Bach, Chairman
Denis Oswald, Member
Frank Fredericks, Member

 

For the case of Rashid Ramzi:
Thomas Bach, Chairman
Denis Oswald, Member
Frank Fredericks, Member

 

For the case of Davide Rebellin:
Thomas Bach, Chairman
Frank Fredericks, Member
Gerhard Heiberg, Member

 

For the case of Stefan Schumacher:
Denis Oswald, Chairman
Frank Fredericks, Member
Gerhard Heiberg, Member

 

For the case of Athanasia Tsoumeleka:
Thomas Bach, Chairman
Denis Oswald, Member
Frank Fredericks, Member

 

For the case of Vanja Parisic:
Thomas Bach, Chairman
Denis Oswald, Member
Frank Fredericks, Member

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Background information:

These adverse analytical findings are the result of further analysis of the samples collected last summer during the Olympic Games in Beijing. As part of its zero-tolerance policy against doping, the IOC is storing samples collected during the Olympic Games for eight years. This allows the IOC to analyse samples retroactively. 

For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email: pressoffice@olympic.org

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London celebrates three years to go

July 27th, 2009
Today marks three years to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and its partners are holding a number of events to celebrate the this landmark date. These will include the opportunity for Team GB athletes to tour the Olympic Park and to travel on the new Javelin trains that will bring up to 25,000 spectators per hour into the Olympic Park at Games time.
 
Making A Difference
IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “A little over four years ago, Seb Coe presented a vision to the IOC members of Games that would make a difference. Make a difference to the athletes by giving them the experience of a lifetime, make a difference to the lives of people in London and across Great Britain through regeneration and sport, and make a difference to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. London 2012 and its partners are delivering on that vision. Their good work since Singapore is a testament to that fact, and I am in no doubt that in 2012 we will see great Games that will make a difference to us all.”
 
On Track
LOCOG has made solid progress with its preparations to stage the Game since its election in Singapore in 2005 and has now passed the GBP 500 million mark in domestic sponsorship. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is also on track and within budget, with construction on all permanent venues in the Olympic Park well underway. The external structure of the Olympic Stadium is now complete, the roof structure of the Aquatics Centre is over half way finished, and work is also progressing well on the Olympic Village, the Velodrome, the IBC/MPC and the transport and infrastructure projects needed for the Games and their legacy. 
 
LONDON 2012
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting, taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes. 

 

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