POSTED: November 21st 2012

IOC London 2012 debriefing wraps up in Rio

Future host cities and bidding cities had a chance to take in valuable information from the London 2012 organizers / Rio 2016
Future host cities and bidding cities had a chance to take in valuable information from the London 2012 organizers / Rio 2016

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November 21 - The final debriefing on the London 2012 Olympic Games was held in Rio de Janeiro with participants of future Games cities and bid cities coming away with some valuable insights.

“This was the seventh edition of the debriefing and we saw once again what a crucial part of our broader transfer of knowledge program it is,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. “London 2012 will leave behind many great legacies for the city of London, its citizens, the country, as well as the sports movement in general, and their active and open participation here has also ensured that the Olympic Movement will continue to benefit from London 2012 long into the future as well.”

A major point made at the conference was the need for a vision for the worldwide Games and how to implement, produce and deliver the Games in the various venues. The London committee was very forthcoming with information of how things went and what they’d do differently if given a chance to redo the Games, many attendees said.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for Rio 2016 and the other cities to learn from London,” said Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Vice-President and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016. “We saw how much time and effort London dedicated to integrating its key stakeholders, including the athletes, spectators and partners, into its vision of the Games to deliver the best possible product. The close ties London 2012 enjoyed with the different levels of government, partners and delivery agencies was also crucial. Rio 2016 is already on the right track in both of these areas and the debriefing will definitely help it refine its work going forward. Staging the Olympic Games is a complex project and there is no time to waste. Rio 2016 is aware of this and we know we will do a good job.”

Bringing public participation into the Games and pre-event planning was very important, said Denis Oswald, chairman of the Coordination Commission for London 2012.

“The very successful games this summer were the result of excellent collaboration between the IOC and London 2012 over the years,” he said. “London’s ability to create a powerful vision of the games and stick to it consistently from the day they won the right to host the Games until the day they ended is definitely something future organizers should take away from the debriefing. London 2012 and its partners also did a brilliant job engaging the local population and the worldwide Olympic audience.”

The Olympic Games Knowledge Mangement program (OGKM) was created during the buildup to the Sydney 2000 Games. The post-event debriefing is only part of the overall OGKM. The overall OGKM has since grown to be an integral part of Olympic Games planning for the IOC and the partner cities and countries. 

The OGKM also includes Games evaluations, workshops and advice from the IOC based on lessons learned at past Olympics.

“London organized fantastic Olympic Games and this debriefing was instrumental in uncovering the processes and the planning that made this successful edition of the Games possible. The baton has been handed to us and we will now apply the lessons learned during the past four days and add our contribution to the Olympic Movement, so that in four years’ time we can pass the baton to the next hosts,” said Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of Rio 2016.

The London 2012 Committee and representatives from the IOC shared information learned at the London event. The debriefing was Nov. 14-21 and had plenary sessions, breakouts and one-on-one meetings.

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