Archive for April, 2015

Athletics and swimming jump up rankings for most sought-after Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets among Brazilians

April 29th, 2015

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Lillehammer 2016 putting IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 into action

April 29th, 2015

The Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee (LYOGOC) has embraced and implemented many of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations into the Games in response to President Bach’s request to “look for options to scale down the protocol at the Youth Olympic Games.” The Coordination Commission wholeheartedly supported the recent decision to move the half-pipe competitions to the existing venue in Oslo, creating more flexibility for the organisation. The decision was taken to hold victory ceremonies within the venues at the end of the competitions, reducing the protocol of a medals plaza, and a scaled down farewell party will replace the Closing Ceremony.  

IOC Coordination Commission Chair Angela Ruggiero said: “The team in Lillehammer has taken its sustainable approach to a new level with its creative and innovative ideas to not only reduce cost, but to make the YOG unique. I can feel the excitement building as the Olympic rings return to Norway in less than 300 days. With the extensive plans to engage all young people across the nation, Lillehammer 2016 will leave a great legacy long after the Games have concluded.”  She continued: “From day one, we have had a great partnership with the team in Lillehammer and long may this collaboration continue as we go towards the Games!” 

Moving away from the traditional Torch Relay, LYOGOC presented its Torch Tour concept, which will engage all 19 counties of Norway. This “road-show” will take the flame nationwide to visit nominated young “sport change-makers”. A flame event will be hosted in each county, organised by 200 young leaders who will go on to support the thousands of Games-time volunteers. 

Engaging with communities, another key Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation, has been put into practice by the local organisers and supported by government at national, county and municipal level. A total of 21,000 young Norwegians will experience their “Dream Day” at the YOG; enjoying sports competitions, participating in the “Try the Sport” programme and enjoying the music and culture festivals that are under development.   

Furthermore, LYOGOC gave an update on its projects to involve young people at all levels of the organisation, from young designers who created the mascot, pictograms and Look of the Games, to young sports presenters and competition managers. This commitment to involve young people was further supported by the decision to follow the successful Innsbruck 2012 model of free tickets to all the sports competitions. 

With legacy at the heart of the organisation, starting with the re-use of existing venues from the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, the Coordination Commission was happy with the progress made on the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), which is near to completion.  Supported by the IOC’s EUR 13.5 million investment, this venue will be used as student housing before and after the Games. Several other legacy commitments have also come to fruition, including contributing to the 10-year plan to boost Norwegian youth sport and the establishment of a Lillehammer Legacy Centre. 

Tomas Holmestad, LYOGOC’s CEO, said: “The IOC has confirmed that we are on the right track in our planning, and, with its guidance and openness to our ideas, we have created some new and exciting elements to make Lillehammer 2016 totally unique and totally awesome.”


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Cuba leads the way as first boxers qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

April 28th, 2015

Tactile model of Barra Olympic Park, heart of the Rio 2016 Games, designed for visually impaired

April 27th, 2015

From Usain Bolt’s bid for glory to the closing party: what’s on at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games between 18 and 21 August

April 24th, 2015

From the men’s 100m final to ‘women’s day’: what’s on at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games between 14 and 17 August

April 23rd, 2015

From the men’s 100m final to ‘women’s day’: what’s on at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games between 14 and 17 August 2016

April 23rd, 2015

From the start of athletics to the end of artistic gymnastics: what’s on at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games between 10 and 13 August

April 22nd, 2015

Young Ambassadors spread the word about #sport4betterworld

April 22nd, 2015

Responding to a call to action from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Young Ambassadors found creative ways to engage with their communities through projects on the ground, by collaborating with their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), or via social media. The young role models joined the IOC, the United Nations (UN) and a number of other organisations in raising awareness of sport’s universality and positive impacts on 6 April.

Acting as change-makers in their communities

Sudanese information technology student and equestrian Alaa Muntasir used this opportunity to promote peace and understanding through sport. She collaborated with her NOC and the Olympism For Humanity Team Sudan for the organisation of a sporting and educational event for 800 children in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Mayo, one of the largest centres in Sudan.

In Barbados, Young Ambassador Ryan Brathwaite, who volunteers at the National Olympic Academy, assisted his NOC with their Sports Day event which saw over 100 children take part in athletic events and football matches.

Senegal’s first Young Ambassador and fencer Youssouph Khadim Ndao used his skills behind the camera to capture the sporting activity organised in one of Dakar’s neighbourhoods, where children were invited to try out sports and meet their athlete role models.

Getting social

A number of Young Ambassadors opted for a social approach supporting the #sport4betterworld campaign. Handball referee and Serbia’s Young Ambassador, Aleksandra Kebic launched a blog entitled Sport za bolji svet (Sport for better world) in her native language to share not only her own experiences for educating and enriching lives through sport but also the stories of fellow athletes and referees. Similarly, Bosnian and Herzegovinian Edin Brankovic started a website to showcase grassroots initiatives that use sport as an instrument for social change and development.

It’s never too late to join the movement #sport4betterworld !

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From the opening ceremony to the first medal: what’s on at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games between 5 and 9 August

April 21st, 2015