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  1. There wasn't any reconstruction for the IAAF championship itself for 2018 they want to rise the capacity from 78000 to 89000 one of the choices was to demolish the stadium and build a new one we will know more information in the upcoming months
  2. Proposal by Populous - New Luzhniki Stadium 2018 http://vimeo.com/64948155
  3. RWC 2019 host preparations ramp up in Japan (IRB.COM) Monday 27 May 2013 Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament organisers Japan Rugby 2019 have today officially launched the process that will deliver the match venues that will be at the heart of a festival that will welcome and engage fans the length and breadth of Japan and around the world. Since Japan was given the right to host RWC 2019 in 2009, the organisers have received strong responses from prefectures and cities wishing to be at the heart of one of the world’s largest sports events. The process for venue selection was outlined as follows: May 27, 2013 - Launch process and distribute expression of interest pack to interested local governments June-July 2013 - Distribute RWC City and Venue Guide to cities and venues who express interest in hosting RWC 2019 matches August 2013 - Workshop with local governments and venues on process and general hosting requirements October 2013 - Distribute full set of venue and city requirements November 2013 - Workshop with local governments and venues on detailed venue requirements December 2013-September 2014 – One-on-one meetings with individual local governments and venues October 2014 - Venue tender submissions November 2014-February 2015 - Venue visits by key stakeholders March 2015 - RWC 2019 match venue selection Japan Rugby 2019 and Rugby World Cup Limited will work closely with interested venues throughout the process to ensure all parties fully understand the benefits and requirements of hosting RWC matches. Selected venues will have an opportunity to take part in the RWC 2015 observer programme in England to experience tournament operations and the hosting opportunities RWC provides. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe provided the introduction to the RWC 2019 match venue selection documentation stating: “I, as Prime Minister of Japan, support the successful Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. It is important that all citizens of Japan will work together to make sure this prestigious international sport tournament is a great success as a national project over the coming six years.” Rugby's development in Asia will be accelerated “I believe that the development of Rugby in Asia will be accelerated by having RWC 2019 in Japan. This will echo the vision of the International Rugby Board to make Rugby a truly global sport. Japan has a proud history of having successful international tournaments such as the FIFA 2002 Football World Cup and IAAF 2007 World Athletics Championship by receiving strong government support and I am sure that RWC 2019 will be a huge success with all of Japan coming together as one.” Speaking at a packed media launch where the pillars of the tournament vision were also unveiled, JR 2019 President Fujio Mitarai said: “The launch of the venue selection process represents a landmark day for the tournament. It is the day when the tournament comes alive for the people of Japan.” “Through this process, we are able to give Japan a platform to show its desire to play a significant part in hosting one of the world’s most prestigious major sports event and an opportunity to showcase our rich and diverse regions to a global audience of billions.” “The final selection of venues will celebrate Japan, its innovation and heritage while providing the stage for the world’s best Rugby players to showcase a sport that has at its core the character-building values of integrity, solidarity, passion, respect and discipline.” “We have been delighted by the interest in hosting matches that we have already received. Now we can focus on the exciting job of working with all stakeholders to deliver venues that will be great for Rugby World Cup and great for the image of Rugby in Japan and across Asia.” Earliest venue process launch Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The fact that this is the earliest venue process launch in the history of Rugby World Cup speaks volumes about the intent to host an event that will deliver significant participation and profile benefits well in advance of the opening match kicking off. The Japan Rugby 2019 organising body should be applauded for its forward thinking.” “This landmark announcement is a further boost in the delivery of the largest single sport event ever hosted in Japan and a breakthrough for Rugby World Cup in Asia, where Rugby participation has grown by 19 per cent in the past four years.” “Rugby World Cup 2019 is on track to be a wonderful success, delivering a boost to the development of the Game in Asia and around the world and generating multiple trade, tourism and economic benefits for Japan.” Director General for the Sports and Youth Bureau at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Kimito Kubo stated: “The RWC 2019 match venue selection process officially starts today. We look forward to seeing the development of the process with close communication between the local governments who wish to host the matches and JR 2019 as the tournament organiser. As the Japanese Government, we will continue our support to deliver the success of the tournament by forming a very solid scrum with all the ministries and government organisations involved.” JR 2019 also outlined the details of a tournament vision that will excite and engage fans across Japan, Asia and the world. Japan's clear tournament vision The Japan 2019 vision is to deliver a tournament that is accessible to all people in Japan, a nationwide event that unites the country through sport, friendship and Rugby’s character-building values. It will also be an event that will provide the stage to develop Rugby in Japan, across Asia and around the world through successful commercial and impact programmes. The pillars of JR 2019's tournament vision are: • We will welcome the world with ‘strong NIPPON’ • We will make the tournament even more exciting • We will introduce the spirit of Rugby to all • We will contribute to Rugby’s continuing development in Asia The announcement comes on the eve of Wales’ tour of Japan. It is the first time in 12 years that the current RBS 6 Nations champions and RWC 2011 semi-finalists have toured the country. JR 2019 and the Japan Rugby Football Union are determined to capitalise on the opportunity to promote the sport and its stars to a wider audience ahead of the final RWC 2015 qualifying push. JRFU President Yoshiro Mori said: “We are excited about the two Tests against Wales and the platform it will give us to showcase the sport, its values and our hosting of Rugby World Cup 2019 to a wider audience. We have a young team that is building towards Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification and beyond and we are all focused on achieving Japan’s strongest and best ever performances at a Rugby World Cup on our home soil.” http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/rugbyworldcup2019/news/newsid=2066972.html#rwc+2019+host+preparations+ramp+japan
  4. Tokyo 2020 supporting 77 new universities posted: May 23rd 2013 CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications (SFC) Tokyo 2020 agreed to partnerships today with 77 new universities – bringing the bid committee’s total to 82 – to study and promote sport. The universities are working to enhance the understanding of sport’s role in society to study the benefits of hosting the Games in Tokyo. “It is wonderful to see so many universities sign partnerships with Tokyo 2020,” Athens 2004 Games Judo gold medallist and Kokushikan University Lecturer Keiji Suzuki said. “I had the fortune of taking part in the Olympic Games, which is every athlete’s dream. My next dream is for my students and the younger generation to experience the Olympic Games and the power of sport first-hand." University of Tsukuba has conducted research and classes on the Olympic Values to 11 schools – from elementary schools to graduate schools. Senshu University has also offering courses on the Olympic Movement. “Our Bid is strengthened by the ability to partner with 82 leading universities which do so much to advance and promote sport and physical education in Japan,” Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer and Japanese Olympic Committee Vice President Masato Mizuno said. “Tokyo 2020 and its partner universities share the strong belief that the power of sports has hugely beneficial effect on society, so we look forward to spreading this message further.” Tokyo 2020 is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will decide the Host City at the 125th IOC Session this September in Buenos Aires. http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympicsnews/story/50309/tokyo-2020-supporting-77-new-universities
  5. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IncheonAG2014.en Twitter: https://twitter.com/incheonAG2014en Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Incheon2014
  6. Visited : London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing.( I can add Istanbul or Madrid if one of them wins 2020 bid) Hope to visit: Sydney, Melbourne. Dream to visit: Rio de Janeiro.
  7. Tokyo 2020 gearing up for key SportAccord presentation (SFC) On May 30th the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid team will be making a key presentation to the Olympic Movement at the highly acclaimed SportAccord convention to be held in St. Petersburg Russia. The SportAccord Convention is the destination for all the sports federations’ annual gathering and one of the best networking opportunities of the annual calendar. All three 2020 bid cities, Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid will all three have their moments to address the assembly to illustrate and describe their project plans to host the Summer Olympic Games. Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Olympic bid, said in a statement: "We are very much looking forward to attending the 11th SportAccord International Convention with our high-level delegation. It will be a pleasure to discuss the decisive factors of the Bid race and meet with International Federation representatives to explain our delivery foundations and compelling vision. "When the International Federations approved the Tokyo 2020 Games plan in December 2012, we renewed our promise to bring every sport into the heart of the city to realise wide exposure and amazing Games experiences for athletes, Olympic and Paralympic Families, and spectators. It will be a true honour to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. "During the SportAccord International Convention, Tokyo 2020 will make every attempt to explain why Tokyo is the best choice, and how we can guarantee to deliver superb Games which will promote the Olympic Values for new generations in this challenging and fast-changing era for sport." The Tokyo 2020 delegation will include: Tsunekazu TAKEDA - IOC Member, and President of Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Naoki INOSE - Tokyo Governor and Tokyo 2020 Chairman Masato MIZUNO - Tokyo 2020 CEO and JOC Vice President Yuko ARAKIDA - Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Yuuki OTA - Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador and two-time silver medallist in Fencing. http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympicsnews/story/50293/tokyo-2020-gearing-up-for-key-sportaccord-presentation
  8. Sponsorship deal with SOCAR Published: Friday 17 May 2013, 11.52CET UEFA has announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement with SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) – one of the largest oil companies in the world – as official sponsor of UEFA's national team competitions, including the UEFA European Football Championship. As part of this partnership, SOCAR will already be included in the commercial programme for this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship and UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final tournaments. SOCAR becomes an official sponsor of the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament, and acquires rights in connection with the European Qualifiers, which run from 2014 to 2017, and which relate to the qualification matches for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. SOCAR also becomes an official sponsor of the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which will take place in Azerbaijan. The Azeri company becomes the seventh global partner for the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship, following on from the agreements with Coca-Cola, adidas, McDonald's, Hyundai/Kia, Continental and Carlsberg. Commenting on the announcement, the marketing director of UEFA Events SA, Guy-Laurent Epstein, said: "We are very pleased to welcome SOCAR as an official partner of the UEFA national team competitions, including the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship and the 2014–17 European Qualifiers. This comprehensive sponsorship platform will offer SOCAR a unique opportunity to promote their brand and drive engagement with their target audience. SOCAR's aim to become a global energy company, and our collaboration, will bring new opportunities for the promotion of the very best of European national team football to a larger and wider group of fans." Following today's partnership agreement, SOCAR's vice-president on marketing and investments, Elshad Nasirov, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with this forward-thinking project, and SOCAR takes great pride in its association with the world of sport. Sponsorships across sport are a very significant point for us, and for SOCAR to be associated with such a large-scale and exciting competition as the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship is very important. This sponsorship provides us with a unique platform to raise the international profile of SOCAR, and reflects our vision of establishing and building a premium brand in the energy sector." UEFA Events is a wholly owned subsidiary of UEFA, created to handle the European football governing body's commercial and event operations. CAA Eleven is the exclusive marketing agency of UEFA appointed to manage commercial rights to UEFA national team competitions, including the UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA European U21 Championship, UEFA European Women's Championship, UEFA European Futsal Championship and the European Qualifiers. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/events/newsid=1953065.html
  9. What separates Africa from Asia is also a man-made Suez canal ---- New Zealand is a member of the Oceania football Confederation with the other islands in Oceania Oceania have its own confederation and it is not grouped with any other continent Australia was part of this confederation but joined Asia in 2006 if you are talking about FIFA world cup qualification they don't have a direct spot in the world cup and under the current rule the OFC champion should play against one of three (depends on qualification draw) 5th placed team in the AFC qualification 5th placed team in the CONMEBOL qualification 4th placed team in CONCACAF qualification Australia played against CONMEBOL 5th Uruguay for the 2006 world cup New Zealand played against AFC 5th Bahrain for 2010 and will play against Conmebol 5th for 2014 world cup ----- in Volleyball for example Oceania countries is part of the Asian Volleyball Confederation
  10. 2012 Annual Report on Russia 2018 preparations published (FIFA.com) Monday 13 May 2013 © LOC The Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has published its 2012 Annual Report on its preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The report can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right. The key milestone in the report is the selection of the tournament’s Host Cities that has enabled detailed planning to begin for the construction and development of Russia 2018 venues and infrastructure. Stadium selection for the opening match, semi-finals and final of the Russian edition of the FIFA World Cup was also approved, along with host cities for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. Several marketing efforts were launched in 2012, including the LOC announcing the first Russia 2018 ambassador, Igor Akinfeev, while all of the selected Russia 2018 Host Cities unveiled their official tournament posters. Commenting on the report, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin, said: “We have tried to reflect the main achievements for 2012 in the report; this is in line with our aim to be inclusive and transparent in our communications around preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.” Sorokin added: “Now we are focusing on the launch of a number of important strategic projects. These include drawing up the Infrastructure Programme in cooperation with some of our key stakeholders; monitoring the design and construction of the tournament stadiums, which will be the responsibility of Arena-2018, a special agency we set up by the LOC last year; and finalising the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bill, which should be ratified by the end of 2013. “I’m sure that this solid foundation work in 2012, along with reviewing best practice from other global sports events, will help us to deliver an outstanding tournament for the world to enjoy in 2018.” http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=2077942/index.html ---------------------------------- Russia 2018 LOC Annual Report 2012 ( PDF) : http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/loc/02/07/81/59/2012-annual-report_eng.pdf
  11. Japan Olympic Chief says no more gaffes over 2020 Tokyo Games posted on MAY 8, 2013 by IDA TORRES Japan Olympics Committee (JOC) president Tsunekazu Takeda has warned his colleagues to be careful with their words from now on to avoid the recent gaffe by Tokyo governor Naoki Inose that may affect their bid to host the 2020 Olympics. His statements, printed in an interview with The New York Times has put Tokyo’s Olympic bid in jeopardy due to an apparent violation in the bid rules, which forbids a bidding city from criticizing in public any rival city. Takeda told his colleagues in a meeting to carefully observe and follow the rules on bidding and “make sure this kind of trouble does not occur a second time.” Former IOC vice president Chiharu Igaya added that politics and religion are “complicated issues” and that all members of the committee have to be careful with whatever they say. Inose got in hot water when, during the interview, he made “inappropriate” remarks about Islam and the capability of rival candidate Istanbul to host the Olympics. This immediately prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to investigate and Turkey’s sports minister to respond that his statements are against the spirit and values of the Olympics. Even though Inose has since then apologized for his statements and the IOC has also said that there will be no sanctions against Tokyo because of the incident, many are still afraid that Inose has undone all the good work that the Tokyo 2020 bid committee has finished, and may still have a negative impact on their bid. Aside from Istanbul and Tokyo, Madrid is the other city bidding to host the games in 2020. The winner will be announced in September at the next IOC session in Argentina this September. http://japandailypress.com/japan-olympic-chief-says-no-more-gaffes-over-2020-tokyo-games-0828456
  12. What's Not on the Menu for Sochi Olympics? 06 May 2013 | Issue 5121 The Moscow Times top4man.ru Don't expect to see the Russian favorite macaroni po-flotsky on any menus. A list containing 11 forbidden ingredients that must not be served to athletes or spectators at the Winter Olympics in Sochi has been sent to the games' organizing committee in an attempt to prevent outbreaks of food poisoning. According to the document, sent by the Federal Service on Customer Rights, "caterers must not serve homemade beer, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tvorog made from unpasteurized milk, either separately or in blini, dried fish or mushrooms." Macaroni po-flotsky, a pasta dish similar to spaghetti bolognese, has also been outlawed. The federal agency, headed by Gennady Onischenko, said that the list of banned products was taken directly from regulations on food safety adopted in 2001, which also state that "companies specializing in food services must implement SanPiN (Sanitary Norms and Rules). Violation of its requirements may be punished by fines of hundreds of thousands of rubles." Although food outlets are obliged to follow SanPin regulations, some are finding ways of getting around the restrictions. Alexander Ivanov, vice president of the Federation of Restaurateurs, used the example of macaroni po-flotsky, the preparation of which will be banned, "to prevent the occurrence and spread of infectious disease and mass outbreaks of poisoning." "You won't find macaroni po-flotsky written on menus because restaurants will use a foreign name for the dish instead," Ivanov told Izvestia, which first reported about the food restrictions Monday. He added that some sanitary norms have become outdated and need to be revised after food outlets adopted new technologies that current SanPin regulations have not yet taken into account. Food safety at Sochi will be controlled by the organizing committee, Sochi-2014, although it has so far declined to say exactly how this will be done, other than to state that the official food safety codex will be followed. Catering for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will require 15 contractors to serve up 967 products from 10 different food outlet formats, and provide 30,000 seats. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/olympic_coverage/article/whats-not-on-the-menu-for-sochi-olympics/479598.html
  13. EURO 2016 steering group meets in Lille Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 18.25CET The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group held its latest meeting in the host city of Lille and heard preparations for the final tournament in France are proceeding in the right direction. UEFA President Michel Platini flanked by Lille mayor Martine Aubry and France's sports minister Valérie Fourneyron at the press conference held in the northern French city ©AFP The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group has held its latest meeting in Lille, one of the host cities for the final tournament in France in three years' time. UEFA President Michel Platini was also given a tour of the northern French city's Grand Stade Lille Métropole – which was opened in August 2012 – one of the ten stadiums that will stage matches at UEFA EURO 2016, alongside the venues at Bordeaux, Lens, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. The tournament will be held in June and July 2016. The steering group, which had its inaugural meeting in April 2011, comprises the key stakeholders in the organisation of the event: UEFA, the French Football Federation (FFF), the French government and the host cities. The body is chaired by Jacques Lambert, former CEO of the organising committee for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and of the FFF. Regular information is being exchanged between these stakeholders, who also discuss and, if necessary, propose solutions to strategic organisational issues. Michel Platini is also on the steering group, together with UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, deputy UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, UEFA Executive Committee members Borislav Mihaylov (Bulgaria) and Peter Gilliéron (Switzerland), FFF president Noël Le Graët, France's sports minister Valérie Fourneyron and host city representative Maurice Vincent. "This morning we examined the state of progress of the ten stadiums ... and globally, we are advancing very well," said Mr Lambert. "We also discussed details about various issues, such as the search for team bases. We are working to maximise the social and economic consequences of this EURO tournament in France. Everything is moving forward in the best way." "Preparations for EURO 2016 in France are proceeding in the right direction," Mr Platini said during his visit to Lille. "The construction and renovation of stadiums in France represents a fabulous legacy for the local economies. Today it is not possible to have major clubs or companies without a major stadium." "France was considerably behind as far as stadiums were concerned," added Noël Le Graët. "I think that in the next two years, we will have partly made up for lost time. This EURO is a wonderful opportunity for France." UEFA, which holds all the competition rights, and the FFF, which in particular is responsible for the safety and security of the event, have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS, to which they have delegated responsibility for the operational organisation of the finals. EURO 2016 SAS is a company under French law, with the legal form of a simplified joint stock company, owned 95% by UEFA and 5% by the FFF. Its registered head office is in Paris. Its expenses will be financed entirely by UEFA. Valérie Fourneyron assured the organisers of full government support, and added: "We have been able to discover this fine stadium [in Lille] – the first new stadium to be built afresh. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of France's great pride in hosting this competition, and the mobilisation taking place at the highest state levels to ensure that we deliver the quality that our country is known for in staging major sports events." The mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, welcomed the steering group's meeting in the city and described UEFA EURO 2016 as "an extraordinary adventure". "EURO 2016 is a great opportunity for our country," she said. "France, and especially the French people, will derive benefit." The UEFA EURO 2016 countdown: 26 June 2013: Tournament logo/branding unveiled Autumn 2013: Host city logo launch Beginning 2014: Qualifying competition draw in Nice September 2014: Official mascots unveiled September 2014: Qualifying competition kicks off March 2015: Start of ticket sales 11 December 2015: Final tournament draw in Paris March 2016: Finalists' workshop 10 June 2016: UEFA EURO 2016 kicks off 10 July 2016: UEFA EURO 2016 final ©UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=1947949.html
  14. TVA Sports to broadcast Sochi 2014 in Canada 03 May 2013 By David Cushnan CBC/Radio-Canada has sub-licensed the French-language Canadian rights to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games to TVA Sports. No further details of the level of TVA's coverage were revealed, but the broadcaster will become an official cable broadcaster of the winter Games in Canada, according to a CBC statement. CBC regained the Canadian rights to the Olympics in August last year, reaching agreement with the International Olympic Committee for the 2014 and 2016 events. The company has broadcast 19 Olympics over the past 60 years but missed out on Vancouver 2010 and London 2012, the rights for which were sold to Bell Media and Rogers Communications. "In acquiring the broadcast rights to the Sochi Olympics, one of CBC/Radio-Canada's primary objectives was to connect as many Canadians as possible with this unparalleled sporting event," said CBC/Radio-Canada executive vice-president Louis Lalande. "Our agreement with TVA Sports represents a major milestone in helping us achieve that objective." TVA Group's president and chief executive Pierre Dio added: "TVA Sports will be giving viewers the opportunity to get an up-close look at this major international competition and follow how Canada's and Quebec's athletes fare in their Olympic disciplines." No financial details were revealed. http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/tva_sports_to_broadcast_sochi_2014_in_canada
  15. RWC 2015 venues and schedule announced (RUGBY WORLD CUP) Thursday 2 May 2013 England will face the Oceania 1 qualifier at Twickenham in the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2015 -13 match venues confirmed to host one of the world’s largest sporting events -Balanced Rugby World Cup 2015 match schedule -Tournament vision celebrates Rugby and its unique values -10 English cities plus Cardiff will host 48 matches England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) and Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) today announced the full list of match venues and published the match schedule for Rugby World Cup 2015. The 13 match venues and host cities selected are: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James’ Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter). Taking the Game to 10 cities across the country enables tournament organiser England Rugby 2015 to showcase the Game to a large audience across the length and breadth of the country. The match schedule will see 25 matches played in dedicated Rugby venues, seven in multi-event stadia and 16 in football venues. This blend of stadia will provide a variety of Rugby World Cup match day experiences and more than two million opportunities for fans to engage with one of the world’s most recognisable major sports events. The tournament will open at Twickenham Stadium on Friday, September 18, 2015, where England will face Oceania 1, confirmed at the close of the qualification process in 2014. In addition to a selection of pool matches, Twickenham Stadium will also host two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the Final on October 31. Two quarter-finals will also be played in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium and the Bronze Final will be hosted at the Olympic Stadium. Confirmation of the match venues and match schedule follows approval from the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board and an extensive and thorough evaluation process, undertaken by England Rugby 2015 in collaboration with tournament owners RWCL, Host Broadcaster ITV and commercial stakeholders. The 13 match venues selected from the long list of 17 named in October 2012, plus Sandy Park added last month and the Manchester City Stadium which replaces Old Trafford, took into account geographical spread, sporting and facilities criteria, support from host cities, and capacity requirements to deliver the best possible platform for a fully engaging world-class tournament for fans and teams. England Rugby 2015 also launched the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 today outlining the tournament as a celebration of Rugby and its unique values, exciting and inspiring our nation and the world to play and support the Game. England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said: “The world can now start planning for Rugby World Cup 2015. Today, we’ve brought the tournament to life, announcing the match venues and the full match schedule. In less than two and a half years time, we will be welcoming the world to England and to a celebration of Rugby, played in a range of atmospheric stadiums right across the country.” “Rugby has so much to offer – and over the next two and a half years, we will be working hard with RWCL to deliver a tournament which celebrates the unique values of Rugby and excites and inspires the nation and the world to play and support the Game. The countdown to 2015 begins in earnest today and we look forward to welcoming the world to England in 2015.” “We are very grateful to all the cities and venues who have been part of the selection process for Rugby World Cup 2015. The support and interest shown by Coventry, Bristol, Derby, Southampton and Sunderland has been excellent and, whilst they have not been selected to host, we will continue to build upon the relationships forged throughout this process to ensure that these cities will still play a part in this truly nationwide tournament.” RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The delivery of the match schedule and match venues in collaboration with England Rugby 2015 is an important milestone for what promises to be a truly spectacular Rugby World Cup. Through this rigorous process we have been able to develop solid foundations for the best tournament experience for all participating teams, the host nation and the global Rugby community.” “We have also worked hard with all stakeholders to deliver a match schedule that is fair and balanced for all teams and that will provide the stage for the world’s finest players from 20 nations to perform to the best of their ability during a six-week festival of world class Rugby.” “Rugby World Cup 2015 is about opportunity. It is the promise of more than two million opportunities to engage with one of the world’s biggest major sports events. It is the opportunity to engage new fans the length and breadth of the country and to grow Rugby around the world in order that more men, women and children may experience the sport and its character-building values. It is set to be an exceptional event for the teams, the fans, the host nation, and the continued development of Rugby worldwide.” Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson said: “Rugby World Cup in 2015 is another great global sports event coming to the UK. It has the full backing of Government and will be fantastic for Rugby in this country, encouraging more people to get involved. There is also a great tourism opportunity to make the most of with matches being played across the country.” http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/news/newsid=2066509.html#rwc+2015+venues+schedule+announced
  16. It's Friday 3 May 2013. the ceremony will start at 15:00 Korea Time. 14:00 Malaysia Time. 06:00 GMT/UTC.
  17. Australia 2015 flag flies at the top of the world Published on Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:53 Photo: Australia 2015 LOC Sydney: An AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 flag has been unfurled at the top of the world, with Local Organising Committee Director Cheryl Bart AO completing the impressive feat this week. Bart’s quest to the North Pole completed her “Explorer’s Grand Slam” – climbing the highest peaks on every continent and the three poles (North, South and Everest). AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said Bart was always working hard and when she reached the North Pole she unfurled an Asian Cup flag. “A huge congratulations to Cheryl on her amazing efforts,” Brown said. “The Asian Cup LOC is delighted she was able to share her moment with us, ensuring the Asian Cup too reached ‘the top of the world’. “Cheryl is passionate about her role on the Asian Cup LOC Board and about raising awareness of the event wherever she travels. “We look forward to hearing all about her adventures when she returns.” Before she left Bart said the challenge and the privilege of being in the extraordinary places had driven her on in her quest to complete the Grand Slam. Bart is an accomplished business person and as well as her role with the Asian Cup, is the Chairman of ANZ Trustees Ltd, the South Australian Film Corporation, The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). She is also a non-executive Director on the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Spark Infrastructure, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd and ETSA Utilities. http://www.the-afc.com/en/afc-asian-cup-news-centre/asiancup2015-all-news/25801-australia-2015-flag-flies-at-top-of-world-250413.html
  18. Sochi 2014 Technology Lab now fully operational 30/04/2013 Atos, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, has announced that the Sochi 2014 Technology Lab is now fully operational, as technology plans for next year’s Olympic Winter Games continue. The Technology Lab is where the IT systems for every sports event and venue will be put through a series of tests. Its opening marks the launch of more than 100,000 hours of IT testing, which will include two technical rehearsals during which up to 500 different scenarios will be tested to ensure that the Atos Business Technologists, technology and procedures are ready to respond to any situation that could arise during the Games. Patrick Adiba, CEO Iberia, Major Events and Olympic Games at Atos, said: “We are confident that the technology for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is on track. The opening of the Technology Lab and the start of the IT testing marks a major milestone in our project plan and our whole team is committed to delivering our personal best to ensure a successful Games in 2014.” The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will mark the first time that myInfo+ – a service used by print and broadcast media to check information including the competition schedule, medal ranking, weather reports and news feeds – will be available on all mobile devices. Broadcasters – both in Sochi and remotely around the world – will also have access to the Commentator Information System, which provides the latest competition information and scores. Dmitry Chernyshenko, President, Sochi 2014, said: “We are committed to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games being the most digital Games ever and are delighted to be working with Worldwide IT Partner of the IOC – Atos. It is invaluable to be able to draw on the knowledge that Atos brings from its experience of delivering six previous Games.” The Atos team has been in Russia since June 2010, first based in Moscow before moving to Sochi in May 2012. The team now comprises around 70 business technologists and has already delivered the volunteer portal, which is used to manage and process all the applications for the 25,000 volunteer roles. Between now and the start of the Games, Atos will test and run the technology infrastructure and systems that will make the Games happen. This includes the solution that will deliver the results to the world’s media in 0.3 seconds and the systems to issue 220,000 accreditations that allow entry to the venues and also serve as a visa for athletes, media, sponsor and officials to enter the Russian Federation. By the time the Games arrive, Atos will manage the deployment of 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and 6,500 computers. http://www.olympic.org/news/sochi-2014-technology-lab-now-fully-operational/196046
  19. Sorokin: Russia 2018 will be a journey of discovery (FIFA.com) Thursday 18 April 2013 © LOC Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, spoke at the 76th annual AIPS Congress in Sochi on Thursday. Addressing leading sports journalists from 118 countries, he promised the tournament will be “a journey of discovery”. Sorokin’s keynote speech took place in one of Sochi’s newly built hotels, overlooking the construction site of the new Fisht Stadium – venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games, and matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and the following year's FIFA World Cup. Sorokin described Russia’s vision for the competition. He said: “Three years ago in my presentation in Zurich, I quoted Sir Winston Churchill. He called Russia, ‘A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. I believe that the FIFA World Cup will finally break these clichés and open Russia to the world on an unparalleled scale. "We expect around a million international visitors, and they will see that Russia is much more than Moscow and St Petersburg. Memories from Russia 2018 will live in their hearts, and that is the most important legacy. Russia’s first-ever FIFA World Cup will be a journey of discovery – for Russians, and for the entire football family.” Sorokin also provided the latest news on key foundational projects, including the extensive infrastructure programme: 400 individual building projects have been identified and the Federal Government will launch construction this summer. The programme will cover stadiums, team base camps, transport infrastructure, hotels, IT and communications and security. During the media Q&A after the presentation, Sorokin was asked to expand on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Law and the dedicated Fans Law, both of which recently passed their first reading in the State Duma. He said: “The Fans Law in particular is brand new – there is nothing like it in Russian law. The objective is to demand greater responsibility on people attending football matches and help implement a new culture among Russian football fans. "The 2018 FIFA World Cup Law will make the 11 guarantees we made during the bid phase part of Russian legislation. It will make organising the FIFA World Cup easier and facilitate the creation of infrastructure.” http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=2060467/index.html
  20. Russia 2018 LOC delivers update on FIFA World Cup preparations (FIFA.com) Thursday 11 April 2013 Russia 2018’s deputy CEO Alexander Djordjadze has today provided an update on the Local Organising Committee’s (LOC) preparations for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum at Manchester Central, Djordjadze stressed the LOC’s achievements in its first development phase and outlined the priorities for 2013. “The foundations for hosting a FIFA World Cup in Russia are now firmly in place and I was delighted to be able to update the football community on our progress,” said Djordjadze. "Since Russia was chosen to host the FIFA World Cup, the LOC has worked diligently with FIFA and our stakeholders and the results of these efforts can be seen by all. We have selected the 11 Host Cities, the venues for the opening match, the semi-finals and the Final are already confirmed and we also have our FIFA Confederations Cup concept in place. The LOC’s plans will soon receive Russian government backing in two ways. By June, the federal government is expected to launch the infrastructure programme for works relating to Russia 2018, while Russia’s Federal Law on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to be ratified later this year. “The LOC finishes its part of the infrastructure programme and we are now expecting the federal government to launch the project,” Djordjadze said. “Once it does, and coupled with the introduction of the Federal Law, Russia 2018’s preparations will move up a gear. “A big part of the next phase is to generate a sense of responsibility and anticipation in Russia before the eyes of the football world turn to us after Brazil 2014. I am confident that Russia will unite behind our vision of delivering an incredible FIFA World Cup experience from the whole heart of Russia.” http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=2056947/index.html
  21. Nice new information for me look like using Cartoons to promote Olympic bids is not something new! not from the same book but related to the subject :
  22. Astro Boy for Japan 2018/2022 fifa World Cup bid.
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