POSTED: November 1st 2011

IOC: Bidding seminar gathers 25 nations interested in hosting Olympic events

The Olympic Museum will be home to many new Olympic dreams for bid cities this week in Lausanne / SFC images
The Olympic Museum will be home to many new Olympic dreams for bid cities this week in Lausanne / SFC images

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Bidding for the Games conference was opened this morning by President Dr. Jacques Rogge and Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director.

IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge said in his opening address, “The Bidding for the Games Conference reflects the IOC’s deep commitment to supporting future Games organisers via our comprehensive Transfer of Knowledge Programme.

“Amassing the necessary knowledge and expertise to launch a successful bid is crucial. Its importance cannot be understated. The process of acquiring this knowledge must start long before a city eventually decides to bid for the right to host the Games.”

There are 25 nations attending the meeting with 100 delegates overall. There are 12 cities and NOCs interested in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) bidding and 13 attending for information about hosting summer or winter editions of the Olympic Games.

Representatives from all six 2020 bidding cities are present as well (Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo).

The main objective of the orientation meeting is for cities and nations to gleen information about the opportunities that a city, region and country can gain from hosting the Olympic Games or the YOG.

There are several USA cities and states attending namely Denver, Los Angeles, North Carolina, and Reno Tahoe as much interest has been put forth for a potential American bid after Chicago lost to Rio de Janeiro for 2016. However any city wanting to bid must pass the US Olympic Committee choice and approval to actually make the application.  

Games' vision

The first day of meetings will tackle a number of themes to begin with the head of the London 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe, together with Dmitry Chernyshenko, ceo of Sochi 2014, will be talking about the importance of the “vision for the Games”. This topic will focus on the need for a clear and shared vision to capitalize on the impact of hosting the Games.

They will be joined by Francis Chong, deputy of the Singapore 2010 YOG and Eduardo Paes the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Operational staging the Games

Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director and Christophe Dubi, IOC Sports Director, will deliver to the group information on the operational staging of Olympic Games: scope and scale, product and experience (Sport, Ceremonies, Torch Relay, Culture, City Activities) and the financial model plus dealing with sponsors and stakeholders.

Youth Olympic Games

Francis Chong, Co-Chairman of the Singapore 2010 Bid Committee and Deputy CEO of Singapore 2010 YOG and Christophe Dubi, IOC Sports Director, will speak about the specifics of bidding and hosting the YOG.

Legacy impact

Then the meeting will move on to discuss planning and delivering legacy for the Games plan (namely sports development, sport facilities, social, economic, etc.). This segment will include a introduction by Richard Cashman, University of Technology, Sydney, director of the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies. Then a panel discussion will include Armand Calvo, director of the Barcelona’92 Olympic Village, Francis Chong, ceo of the Singapore 2010 YOG, Seb Coe, head of London 2012 and Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Bid stages and assessment

The second day of the meetings will start off with a presentation by Jacqueline Barrett, in charge of IOC Bid City Relations, who will outline the stages of the bid process and information about the requirements and assessment criteria at each stage of the bid. Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014, will talk about his experiences with the Sochi bid.

Stakeholder partnerships

Partnerships with stakeholders and sponsors are vital to every successful event and this portion discusses the challenges and benefits these alliances. Spyros Capralos, president of the NOC of Greece, Dmitry Chernyshenko, ceo of Sochi 2014, Francis Chong, ceo of the Singapore 2010 YOG, and Carlos Nuzman, president of both Rio 2016 and the Brazilian NOC.

Perpetuating the bid legacy

Regardless of the winning or losing of a bid, the overall effort should have a lasting effect on a city to make the overall effort worthwhile. Case studies have been carried out on bids and Jacqueline Barrett, in charge of IOC Bid City Relations, together with Philippe Furrer, Head of IOC Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM), will both deliver information on these.

This is extremely valuable as bids these days are spending in the tens of millions of dollars and the investment should be worthwhile even in the event of the loss.

Rio’s experiences

Carlos Nuzman, who was in charge of the Rio 2016 Games and at the helm of the bid, will share his insight and wisdom on what the Rio bid consequently learned throughout the whole bidding process.


The event will wrap up with conclusions by IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, and that will conclude the first bidding orientation seminar that the IOC has hosted.

Keywords · IOC · Jacques Rogge · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Seb Coe · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · Gilbert Felli · Jacqueline Barrett · Christophe Dubi

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