POSTED: November 1st 2011

Capralos: Bid secret is building strong foundations with stakeholders

Spyros Capralos was executive director and chief operating officer for Athens 2004 / SFC images
Spyros Capralos was executive director and chief operating officer for Athens 2004 / SFC images

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: had a chance to speak to Spyros Capralos at the IOC Bidding for the Games seminar taking place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Capralos is chief of the Greek Olympic Committee and former Athens 2004 senior executive and comes from both backgrounds as bidder and host.  He will be speaking in the segment on the agenda tomorrow that deals with bids forging crucial partnerships with stakeholders.

When asked about his reaction to the new IOC bid orientation meeting he said, “I think this is a very interesting conference because we get to hear about the experiences of people that have gone through both the bidding and the organizational phases of the Games.

“The IOC is providing potential candidate or bidding cities information that is required at the early stages when they need to decide to put together a bid or not for the Olympic Games or for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).”

“The whole bidding process has changed and has improved tremendously and implies much more thinking in advance as to why a city would want the Games. The early thoughts are giving better results for better end results.”

“I think holding this conference is a very good idea and they put together a very good group of people that have a lot of experience around the Games."

The most important thing that Capralos says he heard this morning that resonated in his mind was the vital importance of having all the key organizations in a country behind you to create a good foundation and this is the basis for his topic for tomorrow.

He noted, “The most important thing I heard this morning was that first you have to make the decision to bid for the Games and then in order to be successful you need to put together all the forces in the country meaning all the political parties, the local authorities, and the sports people. This is what will make the bid successful.”

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