POSTED: Tuesday December 2nd 2008

Russian nation invited to decide flag handover to Sochi 2014

Competition launched to decide presentations at Vancouver 2010 closing ceremonies

2 December, 2008, Moscow, Russia – The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has today launched a nationwide competition to find the best ideas for the handover of the Olympic and Paralympic flags to Sochi during the Vancouver 2010 closing ceremonies. Two winning entries – one each for the Olympic and Paralympic handovers - will be selected.

A major element of the closing ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the flag handover consists of two key sections. The first is the official protocol, which is regulated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In Vancouver, this will see the city’s Mayor return the flag to the IOC President, who will in turn pass it to the Mayor of Sochi.

This is followed by the performance - during which Sochi 2014 will put on a ten-minute display showcasing the host city of Russia’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to the Olympic Movement. The Sochi 2014 competition will decide this section of the ceremonies.

Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said:

“Given Russia’s passion for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we wanted to give everybody the opportunity to participate in the planning of these key ceremonies. The flag handover sections can have a significant impact on perceptions of the Sochi Games between 2010 and 2014. This competition offers us the best means of consulting with the Russian people on presenting our nation to the world.”

The closing date for competition entries is 25 December 2008.



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Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Winter Olympics · Vancouver 2010

Name: Xenia Reizhevskaya
Organization: Sochi 2014
Phone: +7 (495) 984 2014

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