Archive for September, 2009

IOC reaches agreement for 2010 & 2012 broadcast rights in the Caribbean

September 30th, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the broadcast rights for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games to SportsMax’s parent company, International Media Content Ltd. (IMC) in the Caribbean, it was announced today.


IMC has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone, in the following territories: Anguilla, Antigua-Barbuda, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Vincent and Grenadines, Surinam, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Speaking about the partnership, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “The IOC wants to ensure that as many people as possible around the world are able to enjoy the Olympic Games. We are very happy to be partnering with IMC to make this a reality in the Caribbean.”


Commenting on the deal, IOC Executive Board member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: “The IOC has agreed a comprehensive package with IMC that will not only ensure broad coverage of the Olympic Games in the Caribbean across all broadcast platforms, but also the promotion of Olympic sports and Olympic values beyond the 16 days of competition. We also look forward to working with IMC to making daily highlights of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games available in the region.”


Speaking about the agreement, Patrick Rousseau, Chairman of IMC, said: “It is with great pride that we add these IOC properties to the inventory of Caribbean rights that IMC currently holds. The Olympic Games is at the pinnacle of sports properties worldwide and the Summer Games in particular has seen tremendous performances from our Caribbean athletes.” He continued, “We are ecstatic about the acquisition of these rights which will allow us to increase the coverage of the Olympic Games utilising a combination of our regional free-to-air broadcast partners in each territory, as well as our SportsMax channel that broadcasts into 22 markets in the region.”


For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department:
Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:, or visit our web site at

   Tanya Lee, Regional Marketing Manager, SportsMax Limited Tel:(876) 757-6361 (Tel), (876) 901-8133 (Fax),


Main entrance into the Olympic Park takes shape

September 30th, 2009

The vast land bridge that will form the main gateway into the Olympic Park has started to be lifted into place.

London 2012

Award-winning Olympic Park programme starts second year

September 30th, 2009

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has started its second year of the successful ‘Construction Crew’ programme, which gives local schoolchildren the chance to be a part of the London 2012 project.

London 2012

UPS becomes Lead Logistics Supporter to London 2012

September 30th, 2009

UPS was today announced as the Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London 2012

A marathon for peace in Kinshasa

September 29th, 2009
“The IOC is convinced, more than ever before, that in this third millennium, sport does have a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world as it appeals to the community in general and to young people in particular. Sport can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society. This is because we all know that sport is, in essence, the only language understood by everyone. Sports activities promote interaction, tolerance and the spirit of fair play. And we all know that if our youngsters learn through sport to respect each other, they will be well equipped for their role in contributing to a better society”. This was the message from the IOC President Jacques Rogge, to the organisers and participants at an event held on 26 September in Kinshasa by the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) and the Congolese Olympic Committee, on the occasion of the celebration of International Peace Day. This year, this Day was placed under the message from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “We must disarm! We must have peace.”


Run for peace
This is the second time that the IOC has been associated with such a programme in this country. Just like the 2006 Peace Games, this new sporting event will be the opportunity for the various communities of your country not only to enjoy recreation and peace, but also to develop trust and confidence between the parties. On the programme, a marathon, in which around 300 runners took part, including some 30 Blue Berets, MONUC civil personnel and members of the Congolese National Police and Army. The main objective of this marathon was to show the way followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo towards peace: a refound peace that will start the departure of the MONUC and therefore the management of crises by the Congolese, with the help of the UNCT (United Nations Country Team). All along the route, which led the runners from the station to the cycling stadium in Kinshasa, signs and banners recalled the various steps towards peace and the necessity of disarming, each time with a reference to the following stage. Culture was also present, with musical events and shows by artists, young people’s associations and women’s groups on the theme of peace.
Events throughout the country
Besides this marathon, MONUC set up various activities throughout the country. From north to south, and from east to west, conferences and discussions, official ceremonies, prizegivings, and walks for peace brought together local authorities, leaders of various communities, young people’s associations and representatives of MONUC. Objective: to encourage dialogue towards peace and give a future to young Congolese people today and tomorrow.
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Visa unveiled as Presenting Partner for Team 2012

September 29th, 2009

Visa was today unveiled as the Presenting Partner for Team GB, offering vital support for all British Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the lead up to the London 2012 Games.

London 2012

Keeping in touch

September 28th, 2009
“The relationship between the athletes, the clubs, federations and the National Olympic Committees (NOC)” is one of the 15 sub-themes that will be discussed and debated at the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen between 3 and 5 October 2009. Maria Colon from Cuba is a true role model in this regard, however she is the exception rather than the rule. Maria is, first of all, an Olympic champion. She beat all her opponents in the javelin competition at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.


“Without the NOC, the trainer and coaches, I would have never achieved such a performance”, she says. And now she wants to give something back.  Maria coaches a group of young athletes at her former sports club. Together with the national track and field federation, she works on specific training programmes, so that the youngsters can achieve their goals, while having fun. “The fun factor is key”, she underlines. What’s more, she also supports the National Olympic Committee in its daily work, and has deployed political initiatives to give sport more weight in society. The Copenhagen debate aims to provide new ideas on how to trigger athletes’ interest in keeping in touch with clubs, federations and NOCs.





IOC Announces Video Contest Winners

September 28th, 2009
A “live” report from the 2024 Olympic Games and a heartfelt tribute to the positive power of sport proved to be the winning combination in the International Olympic Committee’s video contest for the Olympic Congress.


Vanessa Lee of Canada and Lee Kang-Eun of South Korea submitted their separate videos in response to a series of video challenges from Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and other Olympians that were posted on the IOC’s web site in August.


“I want to know what you think the future of the Olympics is going to be. Seriously,” Bolt said. French archer Berangere Schuh, British BMX champion Shanaze Reade, Jamaican hurdler Melaine Walker, British boxer James Degale and British runner Dame Kelly Holmes also called for submissions.


More than 200 people responded before the contest closed on 22 September, and more than 20,000 from around the world have visited the Olympic Congress site on YouTube. The IOC announced the winners today and will reward them with free trips to the Olympic Congress, which will take place in Copenhagen from 3 to 5 October.


Vanessa Lee, an archer who hopes to compete in the 2012 Games, presented her vision of the future in video that features an interview with her at “the 2024 Games in Sierra Leone.” Lee, 20, poses as a competitor and tells the viewing audience that it is her fourth Olympic Games.


“It’s great seeing so many athletes from developing countries really step up their game. They’re really the ones to beat these days,” she tells her interviewer, a friend who poses as a sports journalist.


Lee Kang-Eun used her video to offer her prediction that the Olympic Games would help make the dream of global harmony become a reality by 2024. Although from Seoul, she is currently studying sports marketing in Rennes, France, in pursuit of her dream of becoming an IOC member.


“I think the word ‘harmony’ is the best word to describe the future of the Olympic Games,” she says on her video. Lee, also 20, tells the video audience that the Games and Olympic athletes set an example that fosters both political and social harmony.


“The Movement sends the message that if you try your best, if you have a dream and you go for it — never give up — you can really achieve that dream,” she says.



The messages from Bolt and the other Olympians, as well other video submissions from the public, are here.  


Although the video contest is over, the IOC is encouraging video submissions from anyone who would like to share their opinion. Videos can be uploaded at



London 2012 to reduce Greenwich Park closure time

September 28th, 2009

Governor General of Canada named Olympic Truce Patron of Vancouver 2010 Winter Games – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

September 28th, 2009

Vancouver, BC It was announced this morning by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, has accepted the role as patron of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce.

“The Olympic Truce is an opportunity for all of us to contribute to a more peaceful society. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to stand with the Governor General to share this message and encourage people to express what peace means to them,” explained John Furlong, VANOC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our hope is that by reflecting on that question, we are inspired to act on it, thereby creating an ongoing legacy of the 2010 Games.”

“The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce provides us all with a wonderful opportunity to expand the circles of peace and solidarity in communities across Canada and abroad. Through a call to action, it challenges us to channel our creative energy towards ensuring that respect and tolerance prevails in our families, our schools and our neighbourhoods. I encourage all Canadians to get involved,” said the Governor General.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce Program is taking a grassroots approach through initiatives that centre on the belief that lasting peace starts at the local level. The program will promote dialogue, inclusion and mutual understanding through a number of projects, including a youth forum taking place in Burnaby, BC this afternoon. In the spirit of the Governor General’s Youth Dialogue Series, Her Excellency is calling on young people to become ambassadors of peace and solidarity and inviting all generations to ensure youth are given a pivotal role in efforts to create a more compassionate, just and fraternal world.


As part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Truce Program, two unique initiatives created by VANOC with the goal of engaging youth, were announced today and aim to extend the Olympic Truce experience beyond the Games period.

CanadaCODE Challenge

All Canadians can get involved in the Olympic Truce by responding to the question: “In your life or community, how do you “Make Your Peace?” and posting words or photos at Canada CODE is a bilingual website collecting the words and photos of Canadians to create an online portrait of the country as we welcome the world in 2010.


Make Your Peace:  An Olympic Truce Guide For Educators

Designed for classroom teaching, the guide seeks to engage Canadian youth in the Olympic Truce by learning about the value of sport and inspiring them to act on the principles of Olympism in their everyday lives through fun, interactive, and reflective school projects. Designed by /EDU, the online Canadian school portal for the Games created by VANOC, the educators’ guide will be available in the coming weeks at

A selection of some of the best poems, photos, school projects, and short text messages submitted through these projects will be displayed at Games time in Vancouver to inspire all who see them to carry on the legacy of the “Make Your Peace” message in their own lives and home countries.

The Olympic Truce
The Olympic Truce helps further dialogue and understanding based on the principle that sport can inspire peace. In 2010, athletes will set aside their political, religious and social differences and compete on a level playing field in the pursuit of excellence. Their sportsmanship and behaviour is an example of how countries and individuals can find constructive ways to uphold the Olympic values of respect and friendship.

This marks the first time Canada has been responsible for leading Olympic Truce efforts since the ancient tradition, dating back to 776 BC in Greece, was revitalized in 1992. For more information, visit


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