POSTED: April 9th 2016

IOC Workshop provides 2024 Candidate Cities with valuable insight

IOC holds workshop for 2024 Candidate Cities © IOC
IOC holds workshop for 2024 Candidate Cities © IOC

The LA 2024 team © IOC
The LA 2024 team © IOC

The Budapest 2024 team © IOC
The Budapest 2024 team © IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A two-day workshop with the Candidate Cities for the 2024 Olympic Games was successfully concluded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The workshop was dedicated to the Main Press Center (MPC), Olympic Village, and International Broadcast Center (IBC).

Each of the four 2024 Candidate Cities, which included Budapest (Hungary), Los Angeles (United States), Paris (France), and Rome (Italy) sent representatives to take part in the meetings. Everyone gathered on April 6-7 at the Olympic Broadcasting Services' (OBS) headquarters.

Furthermore, the workshops were a part of Stage 1 of the 2024 Candidature Process that focuses on Games Concept, Strategy, and Vision. The cities had requested more information on the Olympic Village and the IBC/MPC to find cost-effective and optimal technical solutions, which are best suited to meeting city's long-term needs while their Olympic projects and developed.

Olympic Candidatures - Associate Director, Jacqueline Barrett stated, "One of the aims of the workshop was to demonstrate to the cities that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution and how early planning can lead to extensive cost savings in the long-term."

Barrett and OBS CEO, Yiannis Exarchos led the technical meetings with their teams. As a group, they reviewed past Olympic Games legacy case studies, Games plans, and best practices, along with discussing how to apply them to each project.

"We welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Candidate Cities 2024 and discuss in detail their specific IBC plans, as well as the legacy possibilities for each of the proposed structures. It is often overlooked, but IBCs from previous Games have historically been facilities that have proven to be integral to the continuing economic and cultural growth of the host city. From the workshop, it was clear that this same opportunity exists for each of the four Candidate Cities," expressed Exarchos.  

"We are very grateful to the IOC for giving us the opportunity to participate in the workshops. We are always eager to learn from the IOC's vast experience and expertise, and it was extremely useful in giving us a greater understanding of what is required to deliver a technically outstanding Olympic Village and IBC and MPC,"  commented LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes.

Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi said, "As part of the new collaborative Olympic Agenda 2020 process, we welcome this opportunity to discuss our emerging plans in more detail. We will use the feedback to refine our preliminary designs. We look forward to further discussions as the process progresses."

Budapest 2024 Director of Architecture & Urban Planning, Sandor Finta added, "The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for us to discuss our bid projects and learn about these facilities, and understand the priorities of the key stakeholders. The timing of the workshop has been ideal to ensure we can continue our planning towards an optimal solution and ultimately present a project that will be well received by the IOC and meet the needs of the city of Budapest."

"This new candidature process that allows us to interact in this early stage of the project with experts from the IOC and OBS was definitely very useful to boost our learning curve. We were provided with invaluable advice that will help us better fulfil the needs of the various clients groups. Appropriate design and smart planning is very important to deliver the Games in the most efficient and cost-effective way," concluded Paris 2024 CEO, Etienne Thobois.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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