POSTED: November 21st 2012

London 2012 experiences should be adapted for Madrid 2020

Sports Features Communications

November 21 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that the Olympic bid committees for the 2020 Games take in the lessons from the London Games during the Rio debrief and apply that information to the unique conditions in their own communities.

Theresa Zabell, the CEO for International Relations at Madrid 2020, was attending the meeting in Rio and this was the core message that she took away from the discussions.

“Weʼre very grateful for the open manner in which the team from London have shared their experience. They havenʼt hidden anything. In fact, they have gone even further, telling us how they would do things if faced with hosting the Games all over again,” said Zabell, a gold medal-winning sailor at the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Games.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe, CEO Paul Deighton and the IOCʼs Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli discussed the London Games experiences in Rio de Janeiro with a group of about 500 people. Rio will host the 2016 Olympics.

“The talks from Lord Coe, Paul Deighton and Gilbert Felli were as inspiring as we expected,” Ms. Zabell said. “The cultural education, the torch relay, protocol, ticketing and many other areas in London were of the highest level. Without a doubt one of the main reasons for the success of this yearʼs Games was the organizing team.”

The Madrid committee will next attend the IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture in Amsterdam Nov. 25-27.

2014 Winter Games host Sochi, Russia and 2018 host PyeongChang, South Korea also had representatives at the meeting.

Keywords · London 2012 · Rio 2016 · Madrid 2020

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