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  1. Putin, Blatter Discuss 2018 World Cup 15:57 19.01.2013 (Last updated 17:20 19.01.2013) © RIA Novosti. Ilya Pitalev MOSCOW, January 19 (R-Sport) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA head Sepp Blatter met Satruday to discuss Russia’s preparations for hosting the 2018 World Cup, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Saturday. The pair shared their views “on current events connected to the preparations for the football World Cup in Russia,” Peskov said, without providing further details. Blatter is in Russia to visit the Commonwealth Cup in St. Petersburg, an under-21 tournament for post-Soviet states. “With the FIFA World Cup 2018, it's people from the entire world who will gather, because football is more than a game,” Blatter said in Friday in Russian in comments carried on the FIFA website. http://en.rsport.ru/football/20130119/640670372.html FIFA Happy With 2018 World Cup Progress - Valcke 20:23 19.01.2013 (Last updated 22:55 19.01.2013) © RIA Novosti. JOHANNESBURG, January 19 (R-Sport) - FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has told R-Sport that football’s governing body is satisfied that preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia remain on track. Recent months have seen design tenders launched for many of the stadiums that will be built from scratch, but also ongoing problems about the delays and soaring costs of the semifinal venue in St. Petersburg. “We have had a discussion about the current state of the construction of the stadiums in Russia,” Valcke said. “So far, all the construction fits the plans. We understands that it is, by definition, a long process.” Matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities, with two stadiums in Moscow. The capital’s Luzhniki stadium is to host the final after extensive rebuilding work in the coming years. http://en.rsport.ru/football/20130119/640734978.html
  2. Pyeongchang 2018 will destroy 'Ecological Ark of Ancient Forest' 'Save Mt. Kariwang-san, an Ecological Ark of Ancient Forest, from Ski Area Construction for the 2018 Winter Games at Pyeongchang, Korea' Summary Note on the Controversial Olympic Downhill Condemning a Treasure Mountain Written by Cho Sang-hee (contact yakbell_cho@yahoo.com) The movement named Save Mt. Kariwang-san From Olympics raises awareness of the issue of our country for the Koreans who might have simply welcomed their local province's hosting of the Olympic Winter Games in 2018. The bid for the Games was won on the third attempt by Kangwon Province for the venue of its county-city of Pyeongchang in a key project for local concerns. If not for the Seoul government's support or neither without national fervor or promotion by such corporations as Samsung, the Games with a global audience could not have been won. However when we think about the fate of the mountain shrouded with the mist of ancient forests in the back country of the Land of Morning Calm (the old-time reference to Korea) and the environmental damage caused by ski run construction, the question is about the rationality and if it is something to be cheered for? Since inception of the pro-Olympic drive at the turn of this century, the bidding officials and now the Organizing Committee have not given regards to the fact that the proposed skiing venue is the seat of an ecological treasure trove dubbed "the Ark of Forest Plants" of Korea. With the mountain forests' giant trees of a unique value that could be found in this over-populated country, so it is designated as a Genetic Resource Protection Area. The government forestry authority is sacrificing the sanctuary. The Korea Forest Service, the body responsible for national forests, followed the decision of other authorities and proclaimed that there was no other alternative to Mt. Kariwang-san. Earlier in the picture, the local authorities neglected the need for a further search of other areas as proposed by environmental groups. The possibility of modified use of the neighboring ski resorts was put forth and denied. To solve the problem of new construction of ski runs the requirements should be met in terms of altitude, length, difficulty and location of the course. Anyhow, the matters are for the speed disciplines, Men's and Women's Downhill (and four other events with a total of six golds at stake)that are over within less than two minutes in a single heat. The Province is soon to conduct an environmental impact assessment ahead of the construction. It must be noted that they set off on the wrong footing for their work on the 'seasons' plants in that snow-covered mountain. The purpose is for the mitigation of any environmental damage, not for changing of the whole work or withdrawal of it. (It has made minor alterations in the plan by doing the cross-change of the courses for men and women and shortening one of them to save some big trees on the crest at 1,400 meters.) Meanwhile, the forestry agency says they will "restore" the razed slopes of the valley of Mt. Kariwang-san by sodding some grasses and re-planting after the Games. According to a schedule to meet the FIS "demand," the first power shovels will strike the trees--for making ski runs, ropeways, motor trails and then spectators' seats-- before the snowfall of this year. In recent years, the environmental organizations, including some groups from Seoul, expressed publicly their concern about the problem, which are contradictory with the people of Kangwon Province's who have vague expectations of the benefits from the Games on their home turf and the civic pride in hosting the Olympics do not leave any room to be at any conflict with bureaucracy. Groups such as Uiryong Conservationists Club of Seoul, however, has conducted a series of field surveys while leading the strenuous campaign to save Mt. Kariwang-san. Last year they found near the proposed ski area a giant oak (measured over 130 centimeters in the chest-height diameter) believed to be the oldest alive in the country. The group's botanists also discovered in the mountains' core area the large habitats of "Wangsasre," the variant of aspen-birch tree (from Betula ermani and Betula costata), that is unique in the world. The conservationists are doing an ongoing study of the mountain to counter what could result into a deficient report by the officials. Though the local media are rather playing down the issue, some look forward with the Save Mt. Kariwang-san to drawing the attention of relevant people abroad and particularly those organizations concerned with the Games. Public discussion other than official hearings on the issue were held at home a couple of times.The conservationists here now believe it's time to seek an international coalition and support against the natural calamity involved with the sport. Winter Games at Nakano and Salt Lake City they say can be cited as good precedents. The Save Mt. Kariwang-san From Olympics names an issue of our times to realize the oft-talked slogan for the environment-friendly Games. Now, we would like to remind that it is an action being taken to the effect of saving the ultimate Olympic cause of Harmony and Peace, which embraces all living things. Our call for this, we believe in the hope, would not be a far cry and that advocacy should be extended to the very threshold of the IOC and its undertaker FIS. In the winter of 2018, the competing athletes stopping in the snow tail they've just carved upon crossing the finish line will look back at the scoreboard for their times. They would not have any idea about at what cost their competition place had been made. It is deplorable that each pole-gate on the downhill run was home to hundreds of trees and other families in the flora. In place of the Olympic rings we could be able to substitute the felled giant Birch, Oak, Aspen, Pine and Yew trees as a stark reminder as to what devastation to Nature these Games were held. Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 03/01/2013 - 14:25. http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/1934
  3. Sport-Russia toughens law against match-fixersReuters – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 7:52 AM EST MOSCOW, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Match-fixers in Russia could face seven years in jail under new legislation submitted to the state parliament by President Vladimir Putin. The new law bans officials and players from betting on sports events they are participating in. Offenders also face fines of up to one million roubles ($33,000), according to documents in parliament's database made public on Wednesday. Widespread match-fixing and corruption are rife in Russian sport, experts say, as the country prepares to host several major events including the 2014 Winter Olympics and soccer's World Cup in 2018. However, rarely has anyone been convicted or brought to trial. Last month, Russian soccer chiefs opened an investigation into November's match featuring Amkar Perm and their wealthy Premier League rivals Anzhi Makhachkala after it was reported that several former Amkar players had bet large sums of money against their former team. Anzhi scored a last-minute goal to win the game 2-1 but soccer officials said they found no evidence of match-fixing. Only one team, second division Iriston Vladikavkaz, have been found guilty of attempted match-fixing. They were thrown out of the league in 1997 but later reinstated in a lower division. FIFPro, the global union for professional players, published a survey of nearly 3,400 players from eastern Europe this year that said match-fixing in Russia was as high as 43.5 percent. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he hoped the new law would help police to bring the criminal element to justice. "It's a very serious document which gets the law-enforcement officials involved in solving this problem first-hand," Mutko, who also heads the 2018 World Cup local organising committee, was quoted as saying by local outlet R-Sport on Wednesday. However, the president of the country's bookmakers' association was sceptical about the new measures. "There's nothing wrong with this new law but the main aim should be to try to eradicate match-fixing, not the bookmakers," Oleg Zhuravsky was quoted as saying by local media. "But many paragraphs in it simply create more headaches for us instead of trying to fight corrupt officials." ($1 = 30.3142 Russian roubles) (Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Clare Fallon) http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sport-russia-toughens-law-against-match-fixers-125248674--sow.html
  4. 7 Jan. 2013 - “Living legends” of sport hand deliver Tokyo 2020’s Candidature File to IOC Headquarters in Lausanne Japan’s plan promises inspiration, celebration Tokyo 2020 today moved another step closer to its goal of delivering a dynamic celebration in the heart of Japan’s capital by submitting its complete Candidature File to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Tokyo 2020 delegation was headlined by living football legend Olympian Homare Sawa and Paralympic champion in Swimming Takayuki Suzuki. The Candidature File details Tokyo 2020’s unique plan for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and explains how the Games will help reinforce and renew the Olympic Values for a new generation.The Tokyo 2020 delegation in Lausanne consisted of Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President; Katsura Enyo, Senior Director for Planning of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Promotion Division, Bureau of Sports; Yasuhiro Nakamori, Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member. Additionally, two Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassadors joined the delegation: Homare Sawa, the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2011 and a key player on Japan’s silver-medal football team at London 2012; and Takayuki Suzuki, three-time swimming Paralympian and London 2012 Games 50m backstroke bronze medallist. The delegation officially delivered the Candidature File to the IOC at 09h00 GMT on 7 January Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: “With tremendous support from people in Tokyo and across Japan, we have celebrated a memorable milestone today with the submission of our Candidature File. Based on lessons from our bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have retained the best of that bid plan while adding important new strengths. Now that our Candidature File is complete, Tokyo is one step closer to implementing an innovative and inspiring Games plan. The Games in 2020 in Tokyo will offer athletes, spectators and Olympic and Paralympic Family members a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Tokyo 2020 will reveal highlights of its Candidature File at a press conference in Tokyo on 8 January, and a press conference in London on 10 January. http://tokyo2020.jp/en/news/index.php?mode=page&id=518
  5. 14:17 6 January Olympics: Sawa, Tokyo 2020 envoys depart for SwitzerlandTOKYO, Jan. 6, Kyodo Envoys for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid committee left Japan on Sunday for Lausanne, Switzerland, where they will present the International Olympic Committee with Tokyo's candidature file on Monday. Among those making the presentation will be bid committee CEO Masato Mizuno, silver medal-winning women's soccer player Homare Sawa and Paralympic swimmer Takayuki Suzuki. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are the three cities competing to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Each city's candidature file represents its master plan for organizing the Olympic Games. "I want to feel that deeply moving spirit from the London Games once again in Tokyo," Sawa said. "I want to do all I can." Mizuno said, "It's a superb, compact plan that utilizes civic energy and operational know-how to produce an Olympic Games the world will marvel at." When Tokyo bid for the 2016 Games, its candidature file was held in a traditional Japanese furoshiki cloth wrapping, but the 2020 candidature file was simply enclosed in a box. The final selection of the 2020 Games host city will be made at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7. ==Kyodo http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/01/202710.html
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  7. Tokyo to step up campaign for Olympic bid Shinji Hijikata and Yuji Kondo / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers The start of 2013 will signify the beginning of a fierce competition between Tokyo and its two rivals Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. In early January, the three cities will be allowed to start international public relations campaigns after submitting their master plans for hosting the Games to the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo hopes to overcome its defeat in bidding for the 2016 Games by stepping up efforts to raise the rate of public support for the bid at home and by boosting promotion activities abroad. According to a survey by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee from late November to December, 66 percent of the public expressed their support for Tokyo's bid for the Games. The bid committee consists of officials from the Japan Olympic Committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government. Perhaps partly due to the London Olympics, in which Japanese athletes won a record number of medals, the figure was above the 47 percent support rate reported in an IOC survey released in May. Still, bid committee members are not completely satisfied. "I think the figure should be a little higher," said newly elected Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose on Dec. 21, shortly after taking office. He then announced his goal of raising the figure above 70 percent. Some observers are worried because a low support rate would likely be a major hurdle for Tokyo being chosen. The bid committee is touting its plan of "ultimately compact Games," in which the main competition venues would be concentrated within an eight-kilometer radius from the athletes' village. The plan has met with praise from the IOC, but the low rate of public support is apparently a primary concern. As of May, the bid approval ratings in Tokyo's two rival cities already topped 70 percent. The support rate for Madrid's bid was 80 percent in the latest survey. The lack of sufficient support for Tokyo's bid can be partly attributed to the Japanese national character, with its tendency to avoid strong declarations, according to a source close to the Tokyo bid committee. But time is running out to win over the public, as the IOC is expected to conduct another survey on public sentiment sometime in January or February. === 3 trillion yen economic effect Promotional campaigns to boost the approval rating would come at a high cost. The Tokyo metropolitan government's failure to win its bid to host the 2016 Games despite a massive amount of public spending resulted in serious criticism. This has led the 2020 bid committee to halve the promotional budget to 7.5 billion yen. The bid committee decided to focus primarily on women in its domestic campaign activities. The IOC survey on public support is expected to be conducted via telephone and the Internet. As for telephone-based inquiries, housewives would likely be the main respondents. To appeal to women, who may have little interest in sports, the bid committee has begun spotlighting Olympic medalists in its promotion campaigns in addition to the popular idol group AKB48 and pop dance group EXILE. Inose is also making fervent efforts to win support for Tokyo's bid, having appeared live on a daytime TV variety show Tuesday. "If you're selected to answer questions from the IOC, please tell them, 'We're ready to host [the 2020 Olympics],'" Inose said. If Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games, an economic effect of about 3 trillion yen is projected for the country. The bid committee aims to enhance public support by promoting the Games as the "Reconstruction Olympics." It plans to host the soccer qualifying rounds and the torch relay, as well as Olympic trials for Japanese athletes, in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. === Appeal to foreign media The three bidding cities are required to submit their respective master plans to the IOC by Jan. 7. Beginning the next day, they will be allowed to conduct international campaign activities. At that time, the bid committee will shift its focus from domestic to overseas targets. Following successful bidding examples in the past, the Tokyo committee plans to make strong appeals to foreign media. In its bid for the 2016 Games, the committee failed to hold a press conference for foreign media after submitting its master plan. Tokyo eventually was defeated by Rio de Janeiro, which held a press conference in London. Based on such lessons, Inose and other executives of the bid committee will hold a press conference in London on Jan. 10. Overseas campaign activities will likely require the cooperation of famous persons who are widely recognized abroad. "We'd like to request the cooperation of stars who have strong international appeal," said Masato Mizuno, vice president of the Tokyo bid committee. (Dec. 31, 2012) http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121230002582.htm
  8. Rotterdam 2018 Photographic Files ( English / French ) You can download the PDF file from here : http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2012/12/11/rotterdam-2018-photograpic-files.html
  9. Happy New Year!(LOC) Monday 24 December 2012 © LOC The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) would like to wish all friends and fans of football a heartfelt Happy New Year. On behalf of the LOC team, we would like to thank everyone who has shown an interest and played their part in preparations for what will be the first tournament in FIFA’s history to take place in the world’s largest country. Russia is ready to amaze the world in 2018 by staging an unforgettable festival of football for all followers of this beautiful game. In the new year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin to take shape: the first stadiums will be handed over in Kazan and Sochi; design work for the new arenas will get under way; federal legislation on the staging of the FIFA World Cup in Russia will be passed and work will begin on the tournament’s official branding. We would like to offer all members of the footballing family our sincere best wishes in fulfilling their aspirations and achieving their goals. Very best wishes The Russia 2018 LOC http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=1977112/
  10. Rugby: New stadium is real game-changer By Michael Burgess 5:30 AM Sunday Dec 23, 2012 An artist's impression of the Tokyo stadium to be open in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. If the All Blacks reach the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, they will be playing in the most technologically advanced stadium the world has ever seen. The old national stadium in Toyko, the site of Peter Snell's glorious Olympic double (800m and 1500m) in 1964, is due to be knocked down by 2014 and replaced by the new 80,000 seat venue. The new design features a retractable roof and fully adjustable seating, which slides out to make room for an athletics track, or draws in to bring spectators close to the touchline for a rugby or football match. "I think it will be the most modern stadium in the world," Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe told the Herald on Sunday. "We can change the shape by moving the seats - that is one of the most important things and means fans will be as close as possible." Japan has a history of being able to construct sleek, modern stadia. They built several new venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and already boast a facility in Hokkaido that can switch to either a baseball or football venue. The budget for the new stadium is a cool 130 billion ($1.85 billion), which would also be the most expensive stadium on the globe, surpassing the recently constructed New Meadowlands Stadium in New York, which hosts NFL teams the Giants and the Jets. The winning design was submitted by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, after a worldwide competition that eventually attracted 49 submissions. The criteria was strict - apart from the 80,000 capacity, retractable roof and adjustable seating it also had to be environmentally efficient, complement the surrounding landscape, allow for smooth traffic and be ready for 2019. Hadid was the architect of the London Aquatic centre used at the recent Olympics, a focal point of the 2012 Games. "We hope that the new stadium will become a tourist attraction in its own right," says 2019 Rugby World Cup Organising Committee CEO Koji Tokumasu. "It should be a spectacular structure and is a superb location with five metro stations within five minutes' walk." It is ambitious undertaking and there are already some concerns about the budget, especially as the cost of the Hadid-designed Aquatic centre in London blew out from an original estimate of £72 million ($141 million) to £270 million. Still, the Japanese approach differs markedly from New Zealand's stop-gap, half-measure approach for 2011 in partially renovating Eden Park. "The National Stadium was built in 1958 so we had to update it," says Tokumasu, "you have to progress otherwise you will never get future FIFA World Cups or other big worldwide events. The most important thing in today's economy is to not spend too much money that will not last after the World Cup. If you make a stadium with extra seats and it stays forever, that will be good. But if it is just temporary that is no good." Construction of the new stadium, which will also host the 2020 Olympics if Japan's bid is successful, is expected to be completed by 2018. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10855823
  11. Rotterdam 2018 Candidature file ( pdf ) https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:MJ9gL7hg9eEJ:www.rijksoverheid.nl/bestanden/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2012/12/11/rotterdam-2018-candidature-file/rotterdam-2018-candidature-file.pdf+&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESilTQeQQCeCzD2sbDTNJXVhFyTxXO-xtJYseWfapO3l85oA_BYrHpgqkJecy1IB0wC1INaPi-Y5UrLC5vBj10a2jaVVMJ45RJ4GZBAcqdTzpJn02qDQw78eYvxaZl0nZ3HlWdK3&sig=AHIEtbTHVIwtq6Mnf6s7he_Dcs9NZfFDZg
  12. Yahoo! and Gree partner Tokyo 2020 bid 21 December 2012 | By Ian McPherson Internet portal Yahoo! and mobile social gaming company Gree have become official partners of Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Japanese companies join sports brands Asics, Mizuno, Descente, travel companies JTB and Kinki Nippon Tourist, security firm ALSOK, Kintentsu International, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines as official bid partners. According to an official press release, Yahoo! and Gree will promote the bid through ‘a dedicated online portal that will be jointly managed by Yahoo! Japan and Gree, and displayed in media advertisements, subway stations and other communication channels.’ Yahoo! Japan president and chief executive Manabu Miyasaka said: “Yahoo! Japan will fully support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic bid as problem solving engine. Under our slogan ‘What can the internet do for Japan,’ we look forward to continue providing a unique service that enables people to share and express their passion for the Olympics and Paralympics. “By leveraging the internet’s unique interactive capabilities, we intend to unite people’s passion for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yahoo! Japan is committed to creating an exciting and engaging communication environment for all sports fans,” Miyasaka continued. Gree founder and chief executive Yoshikazu Tanaka added: “Hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo would bring a major boost to Japan’s economy and industry, but not only that, it would give people in Japan a new dream and a renewed sense of optimism, and provide an arena for showcasing Japan’s cultural and technological strengths to the world. At Gree we are firm believers in the values guiding the Olympic movement, which reaches beyond borders and cultural differences to bring people around the world together in peace. We’re excited to be working with the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee and Yahoo! Japan to bring the Games to Tokyo and play our part in making this vision a reality.” Tsunekazu Takeda, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and president of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, commented: “I am delighted to introduce Yahoo! Japan and Gree, two of Japan’s information technology giants. Their enlistment as official bid partners underscores the Japanese business community’s strong desire to contribute its know how, technologies and creativity toward a fantastic Tokyo 2020. I look forward to working closely with our current and future partners who share our enthusiasm for hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/yahoo_and_gree_partner_tokyo_2020_bid
  13. Tokyo 2020 bid receives backing from all Olympic and Paralympic International Federations Wednesday, 19 December 2012 By Tom Degun December 19 - The Tokyo bid for the 2020 Games has received a major boost after it was today confirmed that all 28 Olympic and all 16 Paralympic Summer Sport International Federations currently scheduled to compete at the event have accepted the Japanese capital's sports venue plans. Since being shortlisted as a Candidate City for the 2020 event by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier this year, the Tokyo bid team has worked to develop a dialogue with the International Federations to improve the bid and the Candidature File that will be submitted early next year on January 7. Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President and Tokyo 2020 bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda said that the full backing of the International Federations gives them huge momentum heading into next year. "I would like to personally thank all International Federations for their cooperation," said Takeda, who is also an IOC member. "Our plan is the result of Tokyo 2020's will to place the needs of sport and athletes firmly in the centre of the Games. "The approvals from all International Federations for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games prove Tokyo's outstanding capacity." Tsunekazu Takeda says the full backing of the International Federations is a huge boost for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic bid Tokyo is currently bidding against Istanbul in Turkey and Madrid in Spain for the right to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The IOC will select the host city on September 7 next year at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, and Tokyo 2020 bid sports director Yuko Arakida feels his team is in a strong position following the approval of the International Federations. "From an early stage, Tokyo 2020 has sought guidance from the International Federations to ensure that the needs of every sport were met," said Arakida. "The close working relationships between the International Federations, the National Federations and our bid team have enabled a smooth and quick process. "We're very grateful to the International Federations for their participation leading to these sign offs, and are pleased to have developed an athlete-focused plan that suits their needs and we are sure that Tokyo will provide excellent exposure for all sports." http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2020/1012167-tokyo-2020-bid-receives-backing-from-all-26-olympic-and-paralympic-international-federations
  14. Byrom plc. appointed as official accommodation agency for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ (FIFA.com) Friday 14 December 2012 © LOC FIFA is pleased to announce the appointment of Byrom plc. as its official accommodation agency for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia following an open public tender process conducted by FIFA. In total, 18 companies from Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and the UK showed an interest in the public tender, with five entities from France, Poland, the UK and Switzerland submitting an offer to FIFA. The tender process took more than 12 months. “Following an extensive review of the excellent documentation submitted by all bidders, we believe that Byrom plc., with its vast experience in major sporting events, offers the best match to meet our needs in setting up the accommodation project for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” explained FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke. Byrom plc. acted as FIFA’s official accommodation agency for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and will perform the same role for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Byrom has been involved in, and assumed various responsibilities for, a number of major sporting events, including all FIFA World Cups since 1994 as well as other major FIFA Eevents since 1998, all Ryder Cups since 1997, the Commonwealth Games in 1998, the Asian Cup in 1996, and the Pan-American Games in 2007. Enrique Byrom, CEO of Byrom plc., commented: “We are delighted and honoured at by our appointment as the official accommodation agency for these prestigious FIFA events. Byrom plc. is committed to continuing to use our considerable experience and expertise in the accommodation services sector to support FIFA, and the various stakeholders in Russia, in their efforts to achieve sustainable tourism legacy objectives.” The mandate includes the evaluation of the available hotel room inventory, verification of existing hotel contracts already in place for the events, rate negotiations on the Russian market, the procurement of additional or alternative accommodation inventory, the management and non-exclusive sale of the existing accommodation inventory, the allocation and sale of accommodation inventory to FIFA and certain national and international customer groups of FIFA, and the provision of related services to FIFA and its customer groups prior to and during the above-mentioned competitions. The overriding aim is to ensure the highest possible occupancy rate for hotels and enhance cooperation across the hotel and tourism industry in the host country. At the same time, FIFA also aims to ensure fair rates on reasonable terms to make this these events accessible to as many visitors as possible, thus contributing to the overall legacy by portraying Russia as an attractive travel destination beyond 2018. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/organisation/media/newsid=1971738/index.html
  15. Sarajevo officially want to bid to host 2022 Winter Olympics -------------------------------------------- | POSTED: 09.11.2012. 06:18 | AUTHOR: S. DEGIRMENDIĆ SUPPORT THE IDEA FAHRUDIN RADONCIC, LEADERS SBBBIH The Olympics is the biggest development project BiH Radoncic: Launch a massive work PHOTO: ARCHIVE Announcement of the leaders of the Alliance for a Better Future of BiH Fahrudin Radoncic that as the largest development project BH candidacy next year will be to organize the Winter Olympics 2022nd year, has met with the approval of the BiH public. Radončić the notion that the very mass-candidacy papers to run and final out of the lethargy in which our country is there for years, agrees and Enes Terzic, former coordinator of the 14th Operations Center Olympic Games, held in the 1984th in Sarajevo. Centre world Terzic, as one of the most deserving people that even after 28 years of the Sarajevo Olympics speaks in superlatives, first mentioning of running again for organizing the Sarajevo Winter Olympics expressed optimism that the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina could be again " center of the world. " Terzic: Great idea noteworthy - This is a great and, above all, the development of ideas that they need all the support. Congratulations Radoncic what this initiative was obviously ready to put into practice. He is a businessman who has proven in several fields, and if this work we selected the best shots, and those incapable of this project apart, I believe we can successfully organize the Olympics 2022nd - Terzic said. additional impetus to this initiative are definitely a good experience from 1984. year. Organizing Olympics in Sarajevo contributed to a booming economy and tourism, not only in the capital city of Bosnia than in the wider region. Also important is the fact that he then built a large number of whole residential areas, as well as numerous sports facilities, with the adequate rehabilitation, again able to host the best athletes of the world. Radončić welcomes the idea and Marijan Kvesic, a member of the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kvesić emphasizes that both nominations and the Olympics were a good opportunity not only for the development of BH sport but also the whole society. Kvesic: Support initiative - We have plenty of Olympic capacities that should modernize and invest in infrastructure, but I think that this is a long-term profitable investment, because our mountains after the Games and other attractive tourist destination - says Kvesic. Overture good support Radončićevoj idea of running for the Sarajevo Winter Olympics 2022nd it shows Vinko Radovanovic, the mayor of East Sarajevo. He along with Sarajevo Mayor Alija Behmen said candidacy to organize the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2017th year, and that two of the organization should receive a confirmation In less than a month in the Israeli city of Eilat. Radovanovic: Double Celebration - I think that this event was a good test and an overture to the Olympics 2022nd in Sarajevo, and certainly supports the initiative for that nomination - says Radovanovic. Impressive numbers 18th May 1978th Sarajevo in the Athens Olympic Games Organizing accepted 567 projects are realized before the Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984. The 49 teams of National Olympic Committees participated in the 14th Winter Olympics 2,500 athletes and their escorts were in the Olympics in Sarajevo 7283 Winter Olympics journalists accompanied the 1984th 30,000 people were directly involved in organizing the 14th Winter Olympics 12,500 guests attended the official Olympics 2 billion people a day accompanied by a television broadcast from Sarajevo Could sometimes can today in 1968. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, based in Paris (OECD), the special project Sarajevo region declared a potential and attractive area for development zimskosportskog and inland tourism in Europe. Otherwise, Sarajevo was the first city in the history of the Winter Olympics, which as a region in development appeared in the role of the organizers of this great event. And then, even today, the organization of such games was some sort of exclusivity rich and developed countries. However, many believe that if the Sarajevo could then, and can now be hosting the biggest sporting snowy fairytale in the world. St. Moritz, Innsbruck LAKE Placid and cities that have twice hosted the Winter Olympics. --------------------------------------------------------------- note 1: it's old news ( one month ago ) but no one posted it here. note 2: the article have been translated by Google. here is the original article in Bosnian/Croatian ( not sure what language ) : http://www.avaz.ba/vijesti/teme/olimpijada-je-najveci-razvojni-projekt-bih
  16. Arena Grêmio opens despite being snubbed for 2014 World Cup Monday, 10 December 2012 By Tom Degun December 10 - The magnificent new 60,000 capacity Arena Grêmio has opened in Porto Alegre in Brazil despite the fact that it was controversially overlooked for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The $289 million (£180 million/€224 million) Arena Grêmio (pictured top) is the first of 14 new stadiums being developed ahead of Brazil 2014 and it was inaugurated with home side Grêmio securing a 2-1 victory in a friendly over Bundesliga club Hamburg SV. But following the match, club officials said they are still unsure as to why the venue will not be used for the World Cup, with FIFA instead opting to stage games at the nearby Beira-Rio Stadium which is owned by Grêmio's arch-rival Internacional. The Beira-Rio Stadium (pictured below) is currently undergoing a $159 million (£99 million/€123 million) redevelopment and it is not expected to be completed before December 2013. "That (why the stadium will not be used for the World Cup) hasn't been explained to us," said Grêmio's vice-president Eduardo Antonini. "We are the first stadium to be ready. "This city is passionate about its football and instead the World Cup has gone to other places with less footballing tradition." The Arena Grêmio is not the only new venue that has failed to make the World Cup list with Palmeiras' 45,000-seat stadium in São Paulo having a similar status. Nevertheless, Grêmio's new home has received praise from Ronaldo, the Brazil 2014 member who led the country to victory at the 2002 World Cup. "I've been in the best and most famous stadiums and the Arena is excellent," said Ronaldo, who is widely considered one of the best strikers in history. "I've only seen stadiums like this in Europe and this is up there with the best in the world." Experts believe that the Grêmio and Palmeiras' stadiums could be used as backup options by FIFA if any of the World Cup's 12 host venues fail to be ready on time. "Nobody is talking about it but I think it (Arena Grêmio) is a Plan B," said Stochos sports marketing agency President Cesar Gualdani. "The Palmeiras stadium too. "If a World Cup stadium is not on time or has problems, they have these as alternatives." http://www.insideworldfootball.biz/worldcup/brazil/11694-arena-gremio-opens-in-brazil-despite-being-snubbed-for-2014-fifa-world-cup-
  17. Russia to spend billions to please fans at World Cup 2018 06.12.2012 Leisure of Russian football fans will be organized for 3 billion rubles. This is the amount the Russian Ministry of Sports proposed to allocate for a program that would allow uniting the fans in different Russian cities during matches of the World Football Championship in 2018. The money would be spent on creation of fan zones - sites where championship games would be broadcast. It is planned to build these zones on the entire territory of Russia with the exception of Far East region where they are unlikely to attract attention of fans given the time difference and, respectively, inconvenience with matches broadcasting. The fan zones will be organized under the auspices of FIFA. The sum of 3 billion rubles requested for the initiative is significant. For comparison, for acquisition of equipment for quickly erectable sports facilities on the entire territory of Russia in 2013 the federal budget allocated the sum that is almost twice as small - 1,7 billion rubles. However, organizers believe that the expenses for construction of fan zones would be fully recouped at the expense of sale of souvenirs and beer on their territory. It appears that the organizers expect the main income from beer sales. Despite the fact that since 2005 sale of beer, as well as other alcohol beverages, is prohibited in all sports facilities of the RF, this fall before FIFA World Cup-2018 it was planned to reconsider this ban. The officials want to bring beer back to stadiums and mass sports actions. The rules of FIFA allow sale of beer in fan zones. Another issue discussed at this time is whether fans should pay an entrance fee to access fan zones. On the one hand, this would help to substantially increase profits, but on the other hand, this would adversely impact attendance of fan zones. Meanwhile, their popularity is very important for the organizers. After all, its main goal is not the economic benefit, but the decrease of level of fan aggression during the Championship. The idea to gather fans in one place and give them access to beer, at first glance, seems ambiguous. However, the consensus is that FIFA has had positive experience in this regard. The football federation has ample experience of creating such fan zones around the world. Incidentally, in terms of profitability they are second only to the sale of tickets to the matches, Izvestiya reported quoting the president of the public movement "All-Russia fan association," Alexander Shprygin. "For the development of the game, for its popularization, it is really good. Such a step as creation of fan zones will promote popularization of football," a Soviet and Russian football coach, two-time winner of the title "The Best trainer of Russia" Gadji Gadjiev told "Pravda.Ru." "As for aggression that may manifest itself during these games, I would only worry about such possibility if our team was playing. If we broadcast games, for example, between Italy and France, then there is no point to fear aggression." In order to prevent emergencies and manifestations of aggression, Gadjiev recommended that the organizers and law enforcement bodies conduct preventive and educational trainings, as well as take into account positive experience of foreign countries. "In England they managed to do it," he reminded. "We remember that the aggressive English audience was disqualified for three years from all international club competitions. This served as a good lesson. Look at the fans now: full stadiums and a hundred percent order." The only serious violation during mass broadcasts of football matches in the RF took place in 2002. Then on Manege Square in Moscow during the games between Russia and Japan mass riots ensued. According to law enforcement officials, seven to eight thousand people participated in these riots, 75 people were injured, 49 hospitalized. In addition, there were mass cases of vandalism: 107 damaged cars, several damaged trolleybuses, 36 broken shop windows and other damages. Hopefully, creation of fan zones for World Cup-2018 will not lead to similar results in Russian cities. http://english.pravda.ru/business/finance/06-12-2012/123041-football_fans_world_cup_2018-0
  18. Russia 2018: A dream taking shape (FIFA.com) Sunday 2 December 2012 © LOC Two years ago, on 2 December 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee made a historic decision, awarding Russia the right to host the 2018 FIFA World CupTM. For the first time in over 80 years since its first edition, the planet’s most important football tournament will be taking place in the world’s largest country, adding momentum to the game’s development across an area of more than 17 million square kilometres. The euphoria which followed the Russian bid’s triumph has been replaced by an appreciation of the scale of the work that needs to be done in order to achieve what is an ambitious goal: staging a FIFA World Cup. The first significant step on the path to hosting FIFA’s showpiece event was the naming of the tournament’s Host Cities. The announcement was made live on television during an eye-catching ceremony on 29 September. The whole country looked on as FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and the programme’s other guests named the cities that will be staging matches at Russia 2018. The ceremony was accompanied by jubilation and celebratory fireworks in all the cities, clear evidence of the sense of anticipation that people are feeling about the huge festival of football set to take place in Russia in 2018. One of those special guests was Brazilian legend and Korea/Japan 2002 winner Roberto Carlos, who had this to say of the experience: “Taking part in the ceremony where the list of the Host Cities for the World Cup was announced was one of my brightest memories from the past year. I was touched by how Russia’s people came together in support of the idea of hosting the tournament. "The people who came along that evening to take part in the celebrations were so full of genuine joy and warmth that I was left in no doubt: Russia will stage a wonderful tournament for admirers of football from right round the world. I’ve been living and working here for almost two years now, and in that time Russia has become my second home.” In our country we have such hospitable and warm-hearted people that I am in no doubt: Russia will stage the best World Cup in history.Igor Akinfeev That evening, among the multitude of guests taking part in the ceremony were two young heroes who can genuinely say that they too contributed to that historic victory in Zurich on 2 December 2010. Twin brothers Artem and Maxim Shpinev, who played the role of Sasha Denisov in the Russian bid’s 'Sasha, wake up!' clip, had a central role in what was a very important event on the road to Russia 2018. The boys helped some of the other people taking part in the ceremony to announce the Host Cities. But in their hearts, just like thousands of other boys right across the country, what they are hoping for is to be playing in the planet’s most important football tournament. “It was really cool to be on the same stage as President Blatter, Roberto Carlos and Fabio Capello,” said Artem. “We even managed to get their autographs as mementoes. Now we’re dreaming we’ll have the chance to get the autographs of our favourite footballers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, when they’re here in Russia for the World Cup. "Even better than that would be to be playing for Russia in 2018 ourselves. By that time, we’ll both be exactly 17. To be honest, sometimes we even dream that we’re stepping out on to the pitch at Luzhniki wearing the national team shirt. Just like that clip with Sasha." Preparations for Russia 2018 are still at a very early stage, with the tournament almost six years away, but FIFA has already handed the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) exclusive privileges regarding the use of FIFA World Cup branding. Russia has become the tournament’s first host nation to use a temporary FIFA World Cup emblem before the launch of the tournament’s official logo, scheduled for the second half of 2014. In addition, for the first time in FIFA World Cup history, the Host Cities have launched official posters at such an early stage. In decorating the posters with images such as a winged snow leopard, a mythical bird, a stone flower and multi-coloured waves lapping at the walls of the Kremlin, the Host Cities have displayed their identity and individuality, while preserving a united passion for football. The temporary Russia 2018 emblem and the posters produced by the tournament’s Host Cities are designed to create a FIFA World Cup atmosphere early on while preparations are in progress, and to give supporters and indeed all Russians the chance to get a sense of how the tournament is drawing closer. An opinion poll commissioned by the Russia 2018 LOC and carried out by VTsIOM in 42 of the country’s regions suggested that Russians are following preparations for the FIFA World Cup with interest. Almost two-thirds of Russians, 65 per cent of those surveyed, are aware to at least some extent that Russia is preparing to host the world’s largest sporting event in 2018. Moreover, 89 per cent of those polled believe that our country will be able to organise and stage a successful tournament. “The World Cup is more than just 64 matches featuring the planet’s best national teams; it’s about the unbeatable atmosphere created by fans and volunteers, and the people living in the host cities,” said Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who was the first Russia 2018 ambassador to be appointed. The 26-year-old enthused that “as a Russia 2018 ambassador, I believe my main mission is to engage as many of Russia’s football supporters as possible in the preparations for this awesome event. In our country we have such hospitable and warm-hearted people that I am in no doubt: Russia will stage the best World Cup in history.” 2012 saw the start of full-scale preparations for FIFA’s flagship event. In March, the Russia 2018 LOC set up 'Arena-2018', a specialist organisation which will monitor and advise on stadium design and construction. The organisation will be making sure that the deadlines and successive stages of the design, construction and reconstruction of stadiums are met, and that FIFA’s requirements are observed. With six years still to go until the tournament, five stadiums are already being built – the arenas in Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi, and Spartak Moscow’s stadium. Work on the design of four arenas, in Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don, will begin before the end of the year. Also optimistic about Russia 2018 and the benefit it would have on the national game was the president of the Russian Football Union Nikolay Tolstykh, who had this to say: “Russian football is developing dynamically, and that’s something that lots of fans and specialists right around the world have pointed out. We have a strong national team, talented youngsters and competitive clubs. And there’s no doubt that staging the 2018 World Cup will help Russian football move to a fundamentally new level. There’ll be modern sports infrastructure, in the form of new stadiums, training sites and team bases. "Football will attract young specialists who, thanks to the World Cup, will already have experience of taking part in competition at the very highest level. In that sense, there isn’t any other event which brings as many benefits as the World Cup can bring. And it’s nice to see such effective work from the Russia 2018 LOC, which has a superb and productive relationship with the Russian Football Union.” Russia’s national team coach Fabio Capello, who has begun the qualification cycle for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with four confident victories, was equally enthusiastic about the potential benefits of Russia 2018. “The World Cup will provide major opportunities for the development of football in Russia. And I’m not just talking about new sports infrastructure, although of course that’s extremely important as a foundation for securing important victories. I’m talking about the national team putting on a successful performance in front of their supporters. The work to build that team is already under way, on the road to the 2014 World Cup. And as the manager of the national team, I can see a lot of potential in our young players, many of whom are capable of playing a leading role in the team in 2018,” he said. This year, experts from the Russia 2018 LOC have been involved in drawing up a list of the facilities to be included in the investment programme which will provide funds to develop the infrastructure required for the tournament. This programme will help make the tournament as successful as possible and ensure there is a legacy for many generations of Russians to come. From the moment tournament preparations began, the Russia 2018 LOC has been receiving huge support from the Russian government. The drawing-up of draft federal legislation on the FIFA World Cup provides evidence of this support. In late September, the bill was tabled for consideration by the State Duma and was passed in its first reading. “The opening match of the World Cup is still five-and-a-half years away, but the LOC and the host cities are already engaged in preparing for the tournament, said the CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC Alexey Sorokin. “We have a full understanding of FIFA’s requirements in terms of World Cup infrastructure and operations. We are set to examine other countries’ experiences of hosting major events, in particular the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, both of which will be taking place in Brazil. Time is one of our advantages, and we intend to make use of it to put together a World Cup which will make all of Russia’s football fans proud,” he added, in summing up the LOC’s work in 2012. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=1960668
  19. Russia drawing up major infrastructure programme for 2018 (LOC) Friday 30 November 2012 Vitaly Mutko, chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and Russia's Sports Minister, held a series of meetings in Moscow 27-30 November with the heads of all 11 regions which will be hosting matches during Russia 2018. The meetings were attended by the heads of regional ministries involved in preparations for the tournament, the chief executives of city councils, experts from the Russia 2018 LOC and representatives of the relevant federal ministries and government departments. The aim of the meetings was to draw up an exact list of the facilities to be included in the investment programme which will provide funds to develop the infrastructure required for the tournament. The list of facilities included in the investment programme includes stadiums, training sites, team bases, airports, road infrastructure, hotels, security infrastructure, public utility and medical infrastructure, communications and information technology infrastructure, environmental facilities and the facilities required for the fan festivals. In total, the preliminary list for the investment programme covers around 1,000 facilities. The final list of facilities which will receive funds under the investment programme will be submitted to the Russian government for its consideration. The investment programme is scheduled to be approved in the spring of 2013. "We've got a lot of work to do to put the infrastructure in place by the 2018 World Cup," Mutko told the meeting in his welcoming address. "Delivering this programme successfully will guarantee a massive legacy in the form of modern sports, transport and general infrastructure for many generations of Russians. But making sure that the infrastructure is used effectively once the tournament is over is something we need to concern ourselves with right now, while the facilities are still being planned and designed," he added. In selecting facilities and projects for inclusion in the investment programme, specialists from the Ministry of Sport and the Russia 2018 LOC focused on striking a balance between considerations of cost, tournament quality and legacy. As a result, the designs for the stadiums in some of the host cities will be based on using prefabricated structures, in order to meet the capacity requirements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. These structures will be dismantled once the tournament is over, so that stadium capacities can be reduced to reflect the requirements of the host cities. The same approach will be applied to the reconstruction of airports in a number of cities. In order to ensure the required throughout capacity, organisers are considering using temporary passenger terminals. At the same time, the host cities will draw on the experience of organisers of other major other sporting events which took a similar approach to infrastructure development. In particular, as part of the 'Observer' programme, representatives of the Russian host cities visited Kharkiv during UEFA EURO 2012 in order to study arrangements for a temporary terminal at the local airport. The development of a major investment programme was one of the most important outcomes of 2012 for all those taking part in preparations for Russia 2018, along with the announcement of the host cities for the tournament. The investment programme to develop the infrastructure required for Russia 2018 will help make the tournament as successful as possible. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=1960159/index.html
  20. Bomb Squad Called to World Cup Arena Spartak stadium (archive) © RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov 20:37 26/11/2012 MOSCOW, November 26 (R-Sport) - Bomb squad officers have been called to the site of a World Cup 2018 stadium in Moscow after construction workers found an object thought to be an unexploded aerial bomb. The device was found less than 300 meters from the Spartak stadium’s south stand during work to build the 43,000-capacity stadium. “A device similar to an aerial bomb has been found,” a statement on the stadium’s official website said. “Stadium employees are awaiting the arrival of specialists in defusing aerial bombs. A police cordon is around the bomb.” Work on the stadium had not been interrupted, the statement said. Moscow was bombed by the German air force during Second World War battles near the then-Soviet capital in late 1941 and early 1942. Last month, a construction worker at the site died in a fall. The arena in northwest Moscow is scheduled to be completed next year, and has been proposed as a venue for the 2017 Confederations Cup. RIA Novosti
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