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  1. 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/
  2. 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
  3. Sochi receives massive makover for Winter Games Russia is creating breathtaking facilities that will serve its athletes beyond Olympic spectacle BY BEV WAKE, VANCOUVER SUN DECEMBER 21, 2012 A general view of Iceberg Skating Palace and the Fisht Olympic Stadium construction site at the Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Dec. 9, 2012. The Olympic Park will be able to accommodate about 75,000 visitors when full, and all the ice arenas will be within walking distance of one other. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph by: Mikhail Mordasov , AFP/Getty Images KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia There’s dust in the air in Sochi. And cranes. And workers on roofs. And sounds of the construction that’s transforming this section of Russia into the face the country will present to the world when the Sochi Olympic Games begin in February 2014. This is no minor project. With a reported budget of $18 billion, these will be the most expensive Winter Olympic Games in history. By comparison, Vancouver-Whistler required a minor facelift at one-third of the cost: improvements to the Sea to Sky Highway here, the new Canada Line there. Touch-ups to Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, a new Olympic oval, curling venue and convention centre. In Russia, everything is being built exclusively for the Games. That includes not only every venue for the ice events that will be contested in a coastal cluster on the Black Sea, but an entire mountain resort at Krasnaya Polyana to host the alpine events, and new hotels to house the athletes, media, officials and spectators. A few years ago, nothing existed in these mountains. Now, there are ski hills, a sliding centre, ski jumps, a halfpipe tunnel, and a cross-country and biathlon centre. Not only are existing roadways being improved, but work is underway on a new rail line and highway linking the coast to the mountains. It’s a 48-kilometre journey from the coastal cluster of venues to the mountain cluster, making these the most compact Games in Winter Olympic history. Meanwhile, improvements to the transportation system between Moscow and Sochi, which is 1,300 km south of the capital on the Black Sea, should cut the travel time in half. “You’re visiting one of the most exciting parts of the world, in terms of what’s happening,” Kevan Gosper, chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s press commission, told journalists at the World Press Briefing in Sochi last month. “What Russia is doing with Sochi to showcase itself to the world is very much like what the Chinese did with the Beijing Olympics. Russia is making a new presentation of itself to the world through these Games. ... It’s one of the most extraordinary transformations of a community I’ve ever seen. It’s one of the fastest-changing landscapes not just in Europe, but on the globe.” Sochi, post-Olympics For Russians, these Games are about much more than the face they present to the world in 2014 — a year that marks the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections held in the country since 1917. It offers a chance to re-establish itself as a sporting power. When the Soviet Union broke apart, the country lost many of its winter sport venues when Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia gained their independence. Since topping the tables at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer — when 11 of the team’s 23 medals were golden — the best Russia has finished at a Winter Games is third, dropping to 11th in Vancouver with just three gold medals and 15 overall. These new venues, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov said, will create the basis for athletes to compete successfully at future world championships and Olympic Games. “We have never had good enough facilities for them to train and dream,” he said. Indeed, plans are underway post-Games to make the region a year-round training centre for elite athletes, even creating a school for them while they train. “These are unprecedented events that are taking place in our city. Clearly, through the Olympics, Sochi is becoming our winter sport centre,” said Pakhomov. “There was a need to provide the winter athletes of Russia with quality sporting venues,” echoed Gosper. “With the coming of the Russian Games, you watch the Russians build their Olympic performance like London did with Team GB.” Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of Sochi 2014, said bidding for big events — from the Olympics to the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018 — “is a deliberate strategy from our nation and leaders to start the process of redevelopment in our country for a greater way of life.” And the impact, he said, will go well beyond sports. These Games will “enhance the quality of lives of millions of Russians, not only in Sochi but across the country.” Not everyone would agree. There has been much public outcry about the forced evictions of Sochi residents whose homes were on land needed for Olympic venues and infrastructure. Indeed, Human Rights Watch has criticized Russian authorities for their treatment of some of the families. According to The Moscow Times, the Russian government has spent more than $300 million to resettle residents or compensate them for their losses. Houses still stand empty, in some cases derelict, waiting to be plowed down in parts of the coastal Olympic Park. Some of the homes were in prime locations, just a stone’s throw from the Black Sea. The dead were treated a little differently, with a small cemetery preserved in a corner of the Coastal Cluster of venues. But the impact the development is having on the local economy is obvious. One need only look at the construction in the area on hotels and roadways. According to Chernyshenko, more than 76,000 workers have been employed in the leadup to the Games. More than 27,000 new hotel rooms are being built, along with 74 social infrastructure venues and 567 kilometres of rail and auto roads, with 22 tunnels. Four new schools have been built in Sochi, while 36 have been renovated. Two hospitals are being built, along with a trauma and surgery centre. “This is a very good example of how venues of sport and a sport event can change a whole city, a region, or even a country or the world, for the better,” Pakhomov said. The green approach The development of the region has also provided an impetus for the Russians to improve the way they do business. Having endured criticism early on for the environmental impact of the construction projects, organizers have of late won praise for their efforts. “We’re going green where before it didn’t exist,” Chernyshenko said. “This is a legacy of the Olympic process.” The Sochi 2014 organizing committee received recognition at the International Sports Event Management Awards Conference for their efforts at sustainable development and environmental protection. The venues have been certified as being “green,” while organizers have pledged a climate-neutral Games. While accessibility wasn’t a priority pre-Olympics, the Paralympics have changed the way venues are built — and led to improvements in existing facilities, with more than 500 sites reviewed for accessibility. And the volunteer movement — which was non-existent in Russia before Sochi won the 2014 Olympics — is thriving. While fewer than one per cent of Russians previously volunteered, that number has climbed to between two and nine per cent, according to Sochi 2014 figures. More than 130,000 people applied for 3,000 Olympic positions when a call for volunteers went out in February, and 26 volunteer centres have now been set up throughout Russia. “We started the volunteer movement in our country, which I’m ashamed to say didn’t exist before,” Chernyshenko said. “Thanks to that, the volunteer movement has started to operate very productively in our country and after the Games there will be millions of volunteers. In my opinion, that is the best intangible legacy of the Games.” When the eyes of the world turn to Sochi in 2014, they will see those volunteers. They will see the new venues, the new roads, the new railway. They will see a city previously known as a summer resort — basking in a sub-tropical climate, protected from Arctic air by the Caucasus Mountains, with 300 sunny days per year — transformed into a modern winter mecca. They will see, Chernyshenko said, “the new Mother Russia.” “Every Olympic Games should surpass the one before,” he said. “To organize the Games after Vancouver, London and Beijing is a big challenge, but we will succeed.” He’s not alone in that opinion. “I personally believe that Sochi in 2014 will deliver one of the great Games — not just one of the great Winter Games — of our times,” said Gosper. http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/2012-summer-games/Sochi+receives+massive+makover+Winter+Games/7735317/story.html
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Sochi 2014 challenged by IPC to raise awareness of Paralympics Friday, 14 December 2012 By Duncan Mackay December 14 - Russia should use the strength of its team to help raise interest at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, they have been told. That was one of the key recommendations to emerge from the latest project review carried out by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) following the meeting with Sochi 2014 in Moscow today, along with ensuring that the test events, which are due start with the World Wheelchair Curling Championships on February 16. "Next year is vitally important with test events in all five sports taking place to fully test some of the operational assumptions, the launch of tickets sales and the challenge of engaging and communicating with Russian, and especially Sochi citizens, about the Games," said Xavier Gonzalez, the chief executive of the IPC. "In addition to capitalising on next year's test events, Sochi 2014 must use all of next year's World Championships in winter sports to further raise awareness of the Games and complement the work already planned within the Paralympic Awareness programme." Russia won more medals at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver than any other country, claiming a total of 38. But they finished only second on the overall medals table because their 12 gold were one less than Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the team the target of finishing top at Sochi 2014, which is due to be held between March 7 and 16. "Looking at the competition results of the last two years, Russia is likely to have one of the strongest teams competing at the Winter Paralympics in 2014 and have a very good chance of winning many gold medals," said Gonzalez. "It is important that the Organising Committee uses this strength to their full advantage between now and the Games." The project review also included updates on sport, broadcasting, communications, venues and accommodation, look and brand, transport, ticketing, commercial and sponsorship, National Paralympic Committee services and Paralympic Torch Relay. "Preparations for Sochi 2014 are really stepping up now with many of the venues and infrastructure coming online," said Gonzalez. http://www.insidethegames.biz/paralympics/winter-paralympics/2014/1012109-sochi-2014-challenged-by-ipc-to-raise-awareness-of-paralympics
  8. 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
  9. CoSport, U.S.O.C. announce opening of reservation process for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games packages Packages and individual ticket information available to public beginning Friday, Dec.14, at 12 p.m. EST at cosport.com United States Olympic Committee: FAR HILLS, N.J. (Dec. 11, 2012) - CoSport, as the Official Hospitality Supplier of Sochi 2014, announced today that fans of the United States Olympic Team interested in attending the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be able to reserve hotel and tickets packages, and tickets and hospitality pass packages starting Friday, Dec. 14, at 12 p.m. (EST) at cosport.com. CoSport also will launch an "expression of interest" opportunity for individual Olympic Winter Games tickets that will remain open through Jan. 7, 2013. Due to the demand for individual Olympic Winter Games tickets, the initial stage of the ticket purchase process consists of three steps: the expression of interest, the confirmation of ticket availability and the completion of the ticket purchase. Only when CoSport can confirm ticket availability and pricing details from the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will the account holder be able to purchase requested tickets. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is expected to supply the inventory and pricing information needed to confirm orders in February of 2013. At that time, fans will be able to decide what they intend to purchase. Please note the initial expression of interest for individual tickets is non-binding to the CoSport account holder and there is no financial commitment at this point. While individual tickets can be purchased as early as February 2013, the physical tickets are estimated to be printed and distributed by the host country at the end of 2013 and in early 2014. Ticket purchasers will be informed of their seat assignments at that time. "Tickets to an Olympic Winter Games give fans of Team USA a chance to see inspiring American athletes competing in one of the world's most exciting events, and in 2014, to also explore one of the most interesting and soon-to-be discovered regions in Russia," said Lisa Baird, chief marketing officer of the USOC. "CoSport is a proud supporter of the U.S. Olympic Team and has a long history of managing this complex process. The company works to ensure fans have the best possible experience." "We are customer-focused, so our aim is to provide an experience to fans that is on par with the excellence of the Olympic Games," said Robert Long, President of CoSport. "We understand how to work with customers to ensure a great experience in the end. Serving the Olympic Movement is the core of our business, which is why we are the Official Supplier of the Sochi Organizing Committee, and Authorized Ticket Reseller and sponsor of eight National Olympic Committees, providing expertise and revenues to the benefit the Games and the athletes." In recognition of Visa's support of the Olympic Games, the USOC and CoSport are proud to accept only Visa for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ticket and hospitality package purchases. http://boxscorenews.com/cosport-usoc-announce-opening-of-reservation-process-for-sochi-ol-p52196-68.htm
  10. 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
  11. Hotel prices to be frozen for Sochi 2014 Published: 10 December, 2012, 17:59 A room in the five-star Radisson Blu Congress & Resort Sochi, which will accommodate members of the International Olympic Committee during the 2014 Olympics.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Mokrushin) The Russian Government has issued a decree, which will regulate the maximum price for accommodation and services in Krasnodar Region hotels during the Sochi Winter Olympics. According to the document, a daily fee for a standard room in a two or one star hotel mustn’t exceed 2936 roubles (around $95) for a single and 4600 roubles (around $150) for a double. And those, who are used to luxury, won’t have to cash in more than 13,896 roubles (around $450) for a luxury suite. “Of course, it’s only a temporary measure for the Olympics, but, nevertheless, it’s a case when the State takes responsibility for the prices contrary to the market vision,” Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev is cited as saying by the Interfax news agency. “Our people are tricky or even quirky. So we must see to it that the tour operators and hotels won’t come up with any substitute fee, which won’t be directly related to the cost of living, but would still have to be paid so that they could compensate for their losses.” Sochi will host the XXII Olympic Winter Games from February 7-23, 2014, but accommodation prices will remain frozen from January 1, 2013 till July 1, 2014. The Krasnodar Region’s administration has been ordered to inform local hotels owners of the ruling. 47,000 hotel rooms will be accepting tourists during the Sochi Games, with 27,000 of them being built especially for the Olympics. http://rt.com/sport/sochi2014-hotels-olympics-prices-724/
  12. 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-
  13. Sochi Olympic development to serve Russia beyond 2014 – Putin Dec 8, 2012 18:57 Moscow Time Sochi Photo: RIA Novosti The Olympic development in Sochi must be accomplished on time and on budget. Moreover, the Olympic venues and infrastructure must be built with a view to using them long after the 2014 Winter Games in the interests of the national holiday industry and social and economic development in southern Russia. President Vladimir Putin spoke about this to officials accompanying him on a test high-speed rail ride Saturday from Sochi to the Alpine skiing complex of Krasnaya Polyana. He also said he hopes the Sochi Olympics will dispel the doom and gloom of the current global crisis. Over 80% of Russia’s expenditure on the Sochi Olympics will go to improve the infrastructure. President Vladimir Putin has used a new 48-kilometre rail service connecting the next Winter Olympics host city Sochi with the Alpine skiing complex of Krasnaya Polyana. On the way, he chaired a meeting on the progress of Olympic preparations in Sochi. The service will become regular next April with a capacity of 8,500 passengers an hour. A parallel motor road will be capable of carrying 11,500 people an hour. http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_08/Sochi-Olympic-development-to-serve-Russia-beyond-2014-Putin/
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Sochi 2014 awarded "internet Oscar" for Accessibility Map Tuesday, 27 November 2012 By Duncan Mackay November 27 - Sochi 2014 have won a Russian "internet Oscar" for its revolutionary Accessibility Map for disabled people. Officials picked up the Runet Award - which celebrates advances in technology and the internet - in the category of Health, Entertainment and Leisure. The project was launched on October 23, 500 days before the Paralympics are due to open in Sochi, and was up against a number of nominees in the field of sports information, video hosting, translation services and services for young mothers. The award was accepted by Sochi 2014 Ambassador and double Paralympic swimming champion, Olesya Vladykina, at the award ceremony in Moscow. The Map is designed to find places locally where they can practice sport in a barrier-free environment. The Sochi 2014 Accessibility Map is helping to revolutionise the lives of disabled Russians Since the project's launch more than 1,250 venues across Russia have been added to the map. "The main objective of the project's organisers is to move further towards creating a barrier free environment," said Vladykina, who won gold medals in the SB8 100 metres backstroke and 100m breastroke at London 2012. "As we draw closer to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, we have a real chance to get the whole country involved in helping change our society's attitudes towards people with disabilities. "I'm grateful to everyone who is supporting the 'Accessibility Map' project, and to everyone who voted for it." Sochi 2014 will be the first time the Paralympics have ever been held in Russia and the Map is seen as a powerful social tool that will act as a legacy after the Games are finished. "Each day there are new accessible venues being added to the map and we are determined that our efforts to promote the Paralympic venues will be a step towards changing society's attitudes towards people with disabilities," said Dmitry Chernyshenko, the President and chief executive of Sochi 2014. insidethegames
  18. 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
  19. Flare Spat Won't Affect Russia 2018 - Minister Anton Shunin © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Fedorenko 13:34 24/11/2012 MOSCOW, November 23 (R-Sport) - Russia's sports minister insists the country's World Cup 2018 plans won't be blown off track by a controversial flare-throwing incident that has shaken Russian football to the core. Champions Zenit St. Petersburg are appealing a default 3-0 defeat handed down by the Russian FA after their league match with Dynamo Moscow was abandoned when Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin was injured by a flare thrown from the crowd. It brought football hooliganism under the spotlight once again in a country that is preparing to stage the sport's marquee event in 2018, but Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko called for calm. "This cannot influence the 2018 World Cup," he said in televised comments. "It affects the image of the country - everything we do affects the image of our country. But on the issue of organizing the World Cup, here we can be absolutely calm." Zenit's general director Maxim Mitrofanov has threatened to pull the club out of the championship over the decision, which also saw the club fined and ordered to play two home games behind closed doors. Dynamo were also fined and told to play one game without spectators. Referring to the Shunin incident, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said in St. Petersburg earlier this week that "I can assure you nothing like this will happen at the World Cup." Police have arrested a female fan they suspect of throwing the smoke bomb that injured Shunin. The Russian government is trying to push through legislation that would toughen sanctions for football hooligans. RIA NOVOSTI
  20. Russia 2018 to Attract More Visitors than Brazil Alexei Sorokin © RIA Novosti. Alexander Utkin 15:50 22/11/2012 MOSCOW, November 22 (R-Sport) - Russia is set to attract more fans from abroad than South Africa did in 2010 or Brazil will in 2014, organizers for the 2018 edition said Thursday. Alexei Sorokin, head of the organizing committee, said up to 1 million foreign supporters were expected to attend the games in 11 cities. "It's hard to predict the exact figures until the draw is made," Sorokin said. "But we are expecting very good attendances." FIFA had assured Sorokin's team that "more foreigners will come to Russia than traveled to South Africa and will travel to Brazil," and Sorokin explained why. "It's not far from South America, Asia is our neighbor, and Europe's right next door," he said. Sorokin said foreign fans are expected to make up one-third of the overall stadium audiences. About half a million supporters traveled to South Africa in 2010 - far fewer than originally expected - while Brazil has said it expects upwards of 600,000 visitors in 2014. RIA NOVOSTI
  21. Tokyo 2020 sizing up London 2012 and looking for comparibles Sports Features Communications November 16 – A high level delegation from the Tokyo 2020 bid is also attending the London 2012 debrief in Rio November 17-21 as many of the pointers from last summer’s successful Olympics will be brought to light. The focus of the fact finding mission will be to find the parallels between the two cities that will enhance the Tokyo bid plan they will consign to the IOC on January 7th. The Tokyo team will be led by ceo and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President, Masato Mizuno, together with Tokuaki Suzuki, Tokyo 2020 Deputy Director General of International Relations and Communications, Itaru Fukuda, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) Senior Director for Venues Planning, Akiko Nagano, TMG Deputy Director of Planning Division, Kenji Manaka, TMG Senior Staff Member of Planning Division, and Koji Nakamura, as well as TMG Staff Member for Venues Planning. "We know based on what we saw first-hand in London this Summer that when a world-class capital city hosts an event such as the Olympic Games, infrastructure that is already in place is tried and tested,” said ceo Mizuno. “In addition, of course, new buildings and temporary venues must be ready on-time and on-budget. Thousands of volunteers must be in place to help make the Games, and spectator engagement must be primed. “Most would agree that the London Games were outstanding. Just as London was ready nearly seven years ago, Tokyo is ready to deliver a spectacular celebration in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities." The debrief will target three main areas: Vision development & implementation; Product and experience; and Delivering the Games. Mizuno added, "We are delighted to attend the IOC Debriefing of the London 2012 Games, and appreciate the invitation from the IOC. Having the chance to meet face-to-face with the LOCOG members will enable us to grasp exactly what is expected from the Host City, and we intend to demonstrate what sets Tokyo 2020 apart. “The Olympic Family's insights will be invaluable as we finalise our Candidature File, and we anticipate that many of our concepts will be validated based on the information shared in Rio." Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid are all three bidding for the chance to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The IOC will convene in Buenos Aires in September to choose their final winner. sportsfeatures
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