POSTED: July 2nd 2014

PyeongChang 2018 gains precious experience as Sochi 2014 transfer of knowledge meeting concludes

Sochi has now passed on all the lessons learned hosting the Games
Sochi has now passed on all the lessons learned hosting the Games

Alpensia will be home to the next Winter Olympics in 2018 / Gangwon Province
Alpensia will be home to the next Winter Olympics in 2018 / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Debriefing of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea proved to be a busy and successful week of exchange and dialogues as the Sochi 2014 organizers officially handed over their precious experience hosting the Olympic Winter Games.

The eighth edition of the Games Debriefing was a week-long (25 June – 2 July) and the theme messages for the meeting were inspire, manage, engage, empower and deliver. The transfer of knowledge was to assist the future host cities of PyeongChang 2018, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 as well as representatives from each of the 2022 Winter Games Applicant Cities.

Over 360 attendees were present including IOC President Thomas Bach, Executive Board member and chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli among other dignitaries.

The Sochi 2014 team was led by CEO Dmitry Cherneshenko and also included 65 top leaders of February’s highly successful edition of the Olympic Winter Games.

“The Olympic Winter Games have been going from strength to strength with each passing edition, and Sochi has continued that trend,” said President Bach. “For example, television audiences broke all records with a broadcast audience growth of 11 per cent from Vancouver 2010, while here in Korea, over 38 million people tuned in to watch Sochi 2014.”

 “This growth is down to an ever-improving product, which is being delivered by ever-more knowledgeable organisers, with better resources at their disposal.

“This is thanks to the support provided by the IOC, as we help Games organisers through events like the official Debriefing, services like Olympic Games knowledge management, and also financially, as we have contributed around USD 750 million to support the organisation of the Sochi Games,” he continued.

Bach is an Olympic fencing champion and after listening to other fellow Olympians dubbed the Sochi 2014 “the athletes’ Games” for their attention to the athletes. As well the stakeholder groups that have been debriefed also gave a positive report.

POCOG President Kim Jin-sun noted, “The Sochi Debriefing was a truly unique and important opportunity for us to learn and share. It motivated us to work hard in order to deliver a successful Games in PyeongChang. I hope that we’ll be able to present a great story when it’s our turn to debrief four years from now.”

“The IOC’s Debrief is an integral part of our overall Olympic Games Knowledge Management programme,” said Gilbert Felli.

“We feel it is our responsibility to help educate future host cities about how to best deliver the Games, based on the experience of those that have been there before. This should help the cities to avoid mistakes, maximise legacy, reduce costs and produce the best possible Olympic Games for all stakeholders, especially the athletes and the local population. Thanks to the openness of the Sochi team, PyeongChang, Rio, Tokyo and the 2022 Applicant Cities have had a golden opportunity this week to take advantage of an outstanding educational opportunity.” 

Gunilla Lindberg thanked her predecessor for his hard work, “This Debrief has been of crucial importance for the future host cities and, in particular, for PyeongChang, as it is hosting the corresponding edition of the Games. I’d especially like to thank my fellow Commission Chair Jean-Claude Killy for his outstanding work.

“The PyeongChang organisers can now take away what they have learnt here and apply it to their own unique circumstances. This will allow them to forge ahead with a greater sense of clarity about their own Olympic project, confident in the knowledge that they have had access to the latest knowledge about how to organise the Games and provide the best conditions for the athletes.”

And winding up the event,  CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko said: “I am proud that the IOC has outlined, at its official Debrief in PyeongChang, that Sochi 2014 delivered on its promises to the IOC, the wider Olympic family and the public around the world. Not only has Russia once again succeeded in hosting a major international event but we’ve also set a blueprint for others to follow and introduced new high standards for future hosts of the Olympic Games. A recent poll showed that 94 per cent of people praised the impeccable organisation of the Games in Sochi, and 84 per cent are proud of the result.”

He continued, “It has been an honour for us to share our expertise, knowledge and observations with the next Games’ makers. I believe that the lessons of Sochi 2014 will help to ensure that PyeongChang 2018 will be a great success. I would like to thank the IOC President, Thomas Bach, for his guidance and support in helping Russia deliver such successful Games.”

The IOC’s knowledge management programme (OGKM) was started during the Sydney 2000 Games and among the activities offered by OGKM are a Games-time observer programme, technical manuals, workshops, an extranet, secondee programme, Games evaluation programme and the Games Debriefing, which was first held 13 years ago.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Sochi 2014 · Kim Jin-sun · Thomas Bach · Gunilla Lindberg · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Gilbert Felli

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