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  1. Czech FA approve plan to build a Euro 2020 bid Published on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:44 September 4 - The Czech FA (FAČR) has approved a plan to bid to be one of the 13 tournament hosts of the 2020 European Championships and will be submitting an application to UEFA prior to the September 12 deadline. For the Czech bid to succeed, a new stadium will be required, and it was built into the bidding protocol that work on any new stadium must be started by 2016. The Czechs are planning on building a new stadium in Prague, probably at Strahov on the site of an old stadium currently used mainly for training and rock concerts. The minimum capacity of stadiums for Euro 2020 is 50,000, but built into the bidding criteria is the ability of UEFA to allow two exemptions for stadiums of 30,000 capacity which may bid to host bundles of two group matches and a round of 16 match. It is one of these exemptions that the Czechs will be bidding for, according to the FAČR spokesperson Jaroslav Kolar. FAČR secretary general Rudolf Repka said there was plenty of time to finalise the details of the new stadium before the deadline for detailed bids of 25 April 2014. Slavia Prague's 21,000 capacity Eden Stadium hosted the European Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea last Friday. UEFA praised the Czech hosts for their organisation of the game. UEFA president Michel Platini has highlighted one of the benefits of the multi-hosting arrangement for 2020 as being the opportunity for smaller nations to host European Championship games and has committed to taking the major UEFA competitions to more nations who might not normally experience these events. UEFA makes its final decision on hosts in September 2014. Inside World Football
  2. Some new photos - Incheon Asiad Main Stadium - August 2013 here: http://blog.daum.net/_blog/BlogTypeView.do?blogid=0Jp1E&articleno=6989026&categoryId=652366&regdt=20130828071007
  3. I was coming to post this weird video here .. seems nobody like it at least here in the forums ..! anyway this could be the last video from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee before the vote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuuV5hYbmSE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUZmWevG1egw-4bfptJWDz6Q
  4. DFB announces Munich as Germany's Euro 2020 candidate The German Football Association has selected Munich as Germany's candidate host city for matches of the 2020 European Championship. Munich beat out Berlin as Germany's nominee for the pan-European tournament. Friday's announcement came from the German Football Association (DFB) headquarters in Frankfurt. "It wasn't an easy decision for us because we had two strong candidates in Munich and Berlin that have already proved they can handle big events," said DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach. "We're sure that we have a good chance for a part of the Euro 2020 with Munich as a host city." Normally, European Championships are held in multiple cities in one or a pair of host countries (such as Poland and Ukraine in 2012, Austria and Switzerland in 2008, or Portugal in 2004). To mark what will be the 60th anniversary of the European Championship tournament in 2020, the governing body of European football (UEFA) decided to hold Euro 2020 across the entire continent, with matches in 13 cities in 13 different European countries. The final selection of the 13 cities will take place in September 2014. In Munich, games would take place at Allianz Arena, the home of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. In 2012, Allianz Arena hosted the final of the Champions League. One semi-final of the 2006 World Cup was also held there. Some matches of the Euro 1988 and the final of the 1974 World Cup (won by West Germany) were also held in Munich, but at the city's Olympic Stadium. Allianz Arena was completed in 2005. If Munich is selected to take part in the Euro 2020, it can bid for two packages. The first would involve three group stage matches and one match from the quarter-finals or the round of 16. The other option would be to host the semi-finals and the final. The second contingent is seen to be dependent on whether Istanbul receives its bid for the 2020 Olympics. Observers believe UEFA would give the Turkish city the final and semi-finals if Istanbul misses out on the Olympics. mz/hc (dpa, sid) DW
  5. Canada qualifies for Rugby World Cup 2015 (IRB.COM) Sunday 25 August 2013 Canada celebrate their qualification for Rugby World Cup 2015 - Photo: Caity McCulloch/Rugby Canada Canada is the first direct qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England after defeating USA 13-11 at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday. The victory followed last weekend’s 27-9 win in Charleston to give the home side a 40-20 win on aggregate, booking a place in Pool D as Americas 1. Canadian fans can now start looking ahead to Rugby’s showcase tournament and an event that is anticipated to attract more than 400,000 international visitors for a six-week celebration of Rugby and the host nation. In Pool D at England 2015 Canada will face Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, Italy on September 26 at Elland Road in Leeds, France on October 1 at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, before wrapping up pool play against the Europe 2 qualifier on October 6 at Leicester City Stadium. Defeat does not spell the end of USA’s chances of making it to England 2015. A much improved performance will breed confidence as Mike Tolkin’s side progress to face Uruguay home and away for the right to claim the Americas 2 place. With the Webb Ellis Cup in attendance, the USA Eagles came out of the blocks strongly chasing tries and had one attempt ruled out by the TMO before Taku Ngwenya's try gave the visitors a 5-0 lead midway through the half. Canada hit back with a penalty and try from James Pritchard, but it was USA's Chris Wyles who had the last word of the half with a penalty to leave the teams locked at 8-8. The second half was just as tight and it took a Jason Marshall try in the 60th minute to break the deadlock and give the home side the lead once more. Wyles responded six minutes later with a penalty and had the chance to steal a first victory over Canada in seven matches in the last minute, but his penalty attempt drifted wide and the celebrations started for Canada. Canada captain Aaron Carpenter said: “It is an amazing feeling to know that we will be there proudly representing Canada at Rugby World Cup.” “It caps an incredible year with more Test matches and Pacific Nations Cup inclusion and I am sure it will boost Rugby interest here. I am really proud of the guys." It was fitting that the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) IRB Regional Association should deliver the first qualified team to England 2015. The global process kicked off in the region last year with Mexico playing host to Jamaica. By its completion, some 3,000 players from 80 Unions across every continent will have participated in the 184 matches that comprise Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying. Rugby World Cup 2015 match schedule for Canada qualifier Sat Sep 19 – Ireland v Canada – Millennium Stadium Sat Sep 26 – Italy v Canada – Elland Road Thu Oct 1 – France v Canada – Stadium MK Tue Oct 6 – Canada v Europe 2 – Leicester City Stadium Rugby World Cup
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  7. Tokyo 2020 emphasises its global vision for the benefit of sport and the Olympic Movement Prime Minister Abe confirms he will lead bid delegation to IOC Host City 23 Aug. 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed he will lead the Tokyo 2020 delegation to the IOC Host City election in Buenos Aires next month, announced today at the official departure ceremony with more than 800 Tokyo 2020 supporters. The Bid marked the occasion by guaranteeing to deliver superb Games that will be a worldwide showcase of the importance and inspiration of sport. With Japan having witnessed the significant role athletes and sport can play in society over the past two years, Tokyo 2020 has underlined its strong plans to share that inspiration and promote the Olympic values in this challenging era for sport. Prime Minister of Japan and Tokyo 2020 Supreme Advisor Shinzo Abe, said: “By each and every one of the 800 passionate Tokyo 2020 supporters in this room carrying out their responsibilities, I am hopeful that when the IOC makes their decision on September 7 in Buenos Aires we will witness Tokyo 2020’s victory. I will go to Buenos Aires as well.” Tsunekazu Takeda Takeda, IOC Member and President of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), said: “We are honoured that Prime Minister Abe will lead our delegation to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, which is a strong sign of how the whole of Japan is united behind and hugely passionate about our bid. The country is tremendously excited about our plans and we feel a great momentum continuing to build for our bid. “Tokyo 2020 is the safe pair of hands that can be trusted to deliver superb Games in these uncertain times. Our global vision for the benefit of sport and the Olympic Movement is to use Tokyo 2020 to demonstrate the power of sport, capture the imagination of the world’s youngest continent and further spread this inspiration worldwide founded on the Olympic Values. “Our Bid has strong and passionate public support and is united across all levels of government, sport and business, and is ready to deliver outstanding Games that will showcase the importance and inspirational power of sport.” Along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s declaration, the following Tokyo 2020 presentation delegation for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been confirmed: •Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) •Naoki Inose, Tokyo 2020 Chairman and Governor of Tokyo •Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO •Mami Sato, Three-time Long-Jump Paralympian •Chiharu Igaya, IOC Honorary Member •Yuki Ota, Fencing double silver medallist •Yuko Arakida, Montreal 1976 Volleyball Gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 Sport Director •Christel Takigawa, ‘Cool Tokyo’ Ambassador •Yukiko Arai, Tokyo 2020 International Relations Director Reflecting the promise of hosting a Games of celebration, delivery and innovation to benefit athletes and sport worldwide, the wider Tokyo 2020 delegation includes a large number of leading athletes. They include: •Mikako Kotani, Seoul 1988 Games Synchronised Swimming double bronze medallist •Yuko Arimori, Barcelona 1992 Games Women’s Marathon silver medallist and Atlanta 1996 Games bronze medallist •Ryosuke Irie, London 2012 Games both Men’s 200m Backstroke and 4x100 Medley Relay silver medallist and 100m Backstroke bronze medallist •Hitomi Obara, London 2012 Games Women’s 48kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medallist •Rie Tanaka, London 2012 Games Women’s Gymnast During the two year bid campaign, many athletes have shown their support by serving as Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassadors and have helped to create a truly athlete-focused Games plan, where 85 % of their venues will be within 8km of the Olympic Village that will be located in the heart of Tokyo’s vibrant city. They have also inspired millions of young people in Japan through their participation in many Tokyo 2020 public events. Following the introduction of the Tokyo 2020 delegation, Bid leaders attended a gala send-off prior to their departure for Buenos Aires, joined by an enthusiastic group of Tokyo 2020 supporters, athletes, sport leaders and representatives from business, government and entertainment. Tokyo 2020
  8. UEFA EURO 2020 National Bid – abold supports the City of Munich and Allianz Arena in their bidding 19. August 2013 In May 2013 Michel Platini, President of the UEFA, expressed that “the EURO 2020 will never have better lived up to its name, it will be decidedly continental and profoundly European. The EURO of unity and shared experience…with one single language: football”. Football - a language that Munich, the Allianz Arena and abold, the Munich based bidding agency, speak very well. Therefore it was more than obvious that those three joined forces to compile in the months of June and July a convincing bid book for the DFB national selection procedure. City representatives delivered content and requested guarantees, while the Allianz Arena representatives provided all information regarding the stadium. Abold managed the project, designed and produced the bid book in time. Based on this document the DFB executive board will decide on August 30th with which of the two bidders, the City of Munich with the Allianz Arena or the City of Berlin with the Olympic Stadium, it will enter the race for one of the thirteen UEFA EURO packages the UEFA has to distribute. abold
  9. FIFA statement on Russia (FIFA.com) Wednesday 14 August 2013 In the context of the adoption of the federal law 'on prohibition of propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' in Russia, FIFA has asked the Russian authorities for clarification and more details on this new law. The FIFA Statutes (Article 3) as well as the FIFA Code of Conduct, which defines the most important values and principles for behavior and conduct in the world of football, foresee zero tolerance against discrimination based, among other, on sexual orientation. FIFA expects that all guests in a FIFA World Cup™ host country, whether they are fans, players, officials or media, experience a great FIFA World Cup irrespective of their sexual orientation. FIFA is firmly convinced that the staging of the FIFA World Cup can contribute to uniting people and having a positive social impact. Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety. FIFA trusts that the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts will deliver on this promise. FIFA
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  11. FIFA wants clarification, details from 2018 World Cup host Russia on anti-gay law Graham Dunbar, Associated Press | 13/08/13 | Last Updated: 13/08/13 3:06 PM ET GENEVA — FIFA has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for “clarification and more details” about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow. Legislation prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” has provoked an international furor since President Vladimir Putin signed it off in June and sparked growing concern at the IOC ahead of the Sochi Winter Games next February. The two most influential organizations in world sports are both now asking Russia how the law would be enforced during their marquee events. “FIFA has asked the Russian authorities for clarification and more details on this new law,” football’s governing body said in a statement Tuesday. “Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety” during the monthlong tournament, FIFA said, adding that “FIFA trusts that the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts will deliver on this promise.” FIFA has a direct link to the Russian government, as Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko serves under FIFA President Sepp Blatter on the football body’s 27-member executive board. Mutko has said that Olympic athletes would have to respect the country’s laws during the Feb. 7-23 Winter Games, and that international reaction needed to “calm down.” FIFA noted that its statutes “foresee zero tolerance against discrimination.” Article 3 states: “Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.” Russia was awarded World Cup hosting rights in December 2010, when FIFA’s board chose it ahead of England and joint bids from Spain-Portugal and the Netherlands-Belgium. That same day in Zurich, FIFA awarded hosting of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal. Blatter drew criticism soon after the World Cup votes when he suggested that gay football fans could “refrain from any sexual activities” while attending the World Cup in the Gulf nation. In May, after FIFA member countries approved tougher sanctions for discrimination, Blatter was asked by reporters what gay fans and players could expect in Qatar, and said that he could not offer “a definite answer” at this stage. The potential effect on the Sochi Olympics of Russia’s attitude toward gay rights is playing out during campaigning for the six-man race to be elected IOC president on Sept. 10. On Monday, candidate C. K. Wu of Taiwan said that “we are not joking” with Russia, and suggested that future bidders should be judged more strictly on their human rights record and follow the Olympic charter. “This should become a basic qualification if you want to apply to host the games,” Wu said. National Post
  12. Tokyo 2020 Inspired by IAAF Opening Ceremony 11 Aug 2013 The Tokyo 2020 team, following its attendance at the impressive opening ceremony of the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow today, is more determined than ever to inspire the world with Tokyo’s Bid to host an unprecedented ‘downtown’ 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda said: “The Opening Ceremony here in Moscow was a grand event. I wish to congratulate the IAAF, under the strong leadership of President Lamine Diack and the local organising committee for their work. Should we receive the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will host an Opening Ceremony where spectators and athletes will be truly united as one.” “The Opening Ceremony is without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences, and we are working closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible environment for athletes. Specifically, athletes will be able to wait comfortably in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the venue just next to the Olympic Stadium and connected through a corridor, allowing easy and safe access.“ Takeda said. He added that the athletes will be able to get seated once they enter the Olympic Stadium, ensuring that they can enjoy the Ceremony first-hand. With a passion not only for athletics but for all sport, Japan is a long-term partner of the IAAF. In fact at the current World Championships, the official broadcaster and four of the seven official partners are Japanese companies. Japan’s close relationship with the IAAF was born when it hosted the 1991 IAAF World Championships in central Tokyo’s Kasumigaoka National Stadium. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will elect the 2020 host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 Sept. 2013. Tokyo 2020
  13. Rio 2016™ unveils what is to come in the three-year mark for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 employees celebrate the 3 years to the Olympic Games countdown (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro) Three years before the Rio 2016™ opening ceremony, the Organising Committee gets prepared for the project’s great deliveries Reduce font sizeIncrease font sizeShare on facebookShare on twitterSend to a friend In 1,096 days, South America will host, for the first time, an edition of the greatest sporting event on the planet. From today, Brazil has 36 months to show the world the size of its will and the strength of its celebration. Rio de Janeiro has exactly 3 years up to the Opening Ceremony of the 31st edition of the Summer Olympic Games, scheduled for 5 August 2016. In the next three years, the pace will speed up even more while Rio 2016™ shapes what previously only existed on paper. Launching of pictograms, medals, torch, mascots, volunteers programme, license products and tickets sales, cultural and educational projects as well as sports venues. Until 2016, there are many surprises on our path and this transformation is only in the beginning. Today, in case you would like to know what we are preparing for the coming years, Rio 2016™ seizes the opportunity to update you on some of the news: 2013 2013 is not ending anytime soon and, starting in the second half of the year, a few great deliveries are expected. Representing an important stage of planning, Model Venue Exercise will end in the coming months, setting our mode venue operations as well as the base for the operational plans of more than 50 Rio 2016™ venues. The Sustainable Supply Chain programme is another important step this year, with the launch of the Procurement Portal which will inform all the Games purchase demands. Since 2013, the programme is aimed at promoting suppliers’ qualification as well as large scale economic development, counting on strategic partnerships with institutions such as Sebrae. In September, an important Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will take place in Buenos Aires, and it will present the scope of all the events related to Rio 2016™ Olympic Games’ 28 sports (besides, of course, unveiling the next host city of the Summer Olympic Games, to be celebrated in 2020). Unveiling the Games pictograms is one of the great surprises that we expect in the 1,000 days to go countdown, when everyone will get to know the Olympic sports with the characteristic features of the Rio 2016™ brand. The first Rio 2016™ licensed products will also be introduced in the end of 2013, marking sales start in our virtual shop as well as sales points all over town for the next year. Closing the year in the Committee, 600 professionals prepare to make this great project become reality in the next three years. 2014 The Games begin to materialise before the attentive eyes of people passionate about the Rio 2016™ brand during three involving events scheduled for 2014: time has come for people to get to know everyone’s favourite Games characters, the Rio 2016™ mascots; the presentation of the Rio 2016™ Look of the Games project will set the look of the whole city in 2016; finally the population’s involvement reaches its peak with the launch of the Volunteers Programme, beginning the selection of more than 70 thousand volunteers for Games-time. Sport, as a catalyst for education in Brazil, is also part of the Rio 2016™ project. The launch of the Education Programme is expected to take place in 2014, once a testing phase with more than 10 Carioca schools is concluded. Cultural diversity is also part of the agenda in 2014 and the Rio 2016™ Cultural Programme will promote Brazilian cultural features and values, culminating in a great Cultural Festival in 2016. In the end of the year, many competition venues will be ready, getting prepared for various test-events the following year. The first test event is already scheduled for 2014, with the celebration of Sailing Championships in Marina da Glória, an Olympic venue. By this time, the number of professionals in the Organising Committee will have doubled compared to the year before, totalling 1,200 transformation agents. 2015 Only a year prior to the Games, it is time to certify that everything is in place. Therefore, about 50 other test events are scheduled to take place between 2015 and 2016, checking the operations of all Games sports competitions. It will be a complex operation, involving, besides the sports area, various operational areas such as ticketing, press, transport, accommodations and spectator services, among others. And for those keen to watch this great event live, stay tuned as next year more than seven million Games tickets are also scheduled to start being sold. In the last year of preparation, the Rio 2016™ team will total more than 2,200 employees. 2016 With Rio de Janeiro ready, the mood for celebration is already in the air. About three months before the Games, the Olympic torch will be lit in Olympia and make its way before arriving at the Maracanã Olympic venue, the stage for the Rio 2016™ Opening Ceremony, on 5 August 2016. For the following two weeks, the equivalent of 41 world championships will take place, gathering around 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries. People from all over the world set their sights on Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 thousand professionals will share this experience, including 8,000 Rio 2016™ employees, 35,000 outsourced professionals and more than 70,000 volunteers. The audience will be comprised of millions of spectators that will pack the venues of four competition zones and Games live sites. Besides, people from all over the world will follow the live broadcasting of rights-holding companies from the five continents. In London 2012, for instance, the Games global reach totalled 3.6 billion people, an impressive audience. Starting on 22 August 2016, the transition process for the Paralympic Games begins, followed by the delivery of permanent venues for their future use as well as the dismantling of temporary venues according to the Legacy projects and the Sustainable Supply Chain’s waste management policy, respectively. Three values that transform Almost seven years will have passed since that unforgettable 2 October 2009, the date when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the title of “host city” for the 2016 Olympic Games. Since then, the Organising Committee has been working hard for the preparations, and not only to ensure the structures needed for the celebration of this great event, but to promote true transformation in the city and country as well. Projects dealing with legacy for sport, urban mobility and accessibility, education, culture, environmental and community conscience as well as economic development are based on the three Olympic values – Excellence, Respect and Friendship. We have three years, 36 months or 1096 days to make all this happen. Today, 5 August 2013, Rio 2016™ invites everyone to be part of this transformation. Rio 2016
  14. FIFA Decision Spares Luzhniki Demolition 05 August 2013 FIFA has agreed to City Hall's request to reduce the stadium capacity requirements for the 2018 soccer World Cup opening ceremony and final to 81,000. The decision means that Moscow's Luzniki stadium — which is more than 10,000 seats short of the 89,000 usually required by FIFA — will not have to be demolished and rebuilt, Acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Monday. The stadium was renovated as recently in the 1990s and Sobyanin was keen to avoid knocking down an "Olympic symbol" of Russia. Luzhniki was one of the main venues at the 1980 Summer Olympics. However, the seating arrangements will be altered to satisfy FIFA requirements, because not all of the seats provide a good enough view of the pitch, Acting Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin said. "The foundations, the walls and the roof of the stadium will be kept; the stands will be demolished and new ones will be built at a different angle," Khusnullin said in a report carried by Vedomosti. City Hall will put 20 million rubles ($600 million) toward the reconstruction, the report said. Luzhniki will be the main arena for the World Cup in 2018. It will be the first time Russia has hosted the tournament. City authorities are planning to close the stadium after the IAAF World Championships in Athletics finish on Aug. 18. The Moscow Times
  15. Wroclaw: We will be ready for sure! Delegates from Wroclaw, host city of the 10th edition of The World Games 2017 in Poland, presented their goals and challenges during the IWGA press conference on Saturday. Wroclaw will stage the multisport event from August 3rd until the 17th. August 2017. Wroclaw, a city with 700.000 residents, is located on the western part of Poland. Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz and the President of the Local Organizing Committee, Piotr Przygonsky, as well as General Manager Hanna Domagala said they were very impressed with the organization and the enthusiasm of the people during The World Games in Cali. Mayor Dutkiewiecz announced that the marketing for the 2017 Games will start right after the curtain comes down in Cali and regarding the financial and infrastructure topics they said they have achieved 50% already. He stated: “We will be ready in four years for sure.” IWGA President Ron Froehlich said that, as a city of sports, Wroclaw will deliver great games and will meet the challenge of organizing a multisport event with more than 4000 participants. For the official, the most difficult thing will be to compete with the response people have had in Cali: “Our biggest challenge will be to achieve the same atmosphere. The spectators in Colombia have been beautiful and I want to congratulate you for this. It will be very hard for us to have a similar result considering what we have seen from the people here”, Mayor Dutkiewicz emphasized. For the Mayor of Wroclaw there are three main aspects about the relevance of being the host for 2017: “After being one of the hosts of the European Soccer Championship in 2012, we want to demonstrate that we can execute another event of the same magnitude or even bigger. Second of all, big events make cities grow and you have witnessed this yourselves. Finally, there is something about the freshness of this event, the way people embrace it and the way athletes compete in it. This is all very interesting for me”, he concluded. The World Games
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  18. Arena-2018 presents stadium requirements handbook to Russia 2018 host cities (FIFA.com) Friday 26 July 2013 © LOC Arena-2018 in cooperation with the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) have presented the Russia 2018 Host Cities with the Stadium Requirements Handbook – a document that will form the basis for the design and construction of the Russia 2018 arenas. The workshop that took place on 23-24 July was attended by more than 60 leading specialists and experts from companies involved in the design and construction of all 12 2018 World Cup stadiums, representatives of regional ministries and departments and international consultants specialising in stadium operations. The 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium handbook is drawn up by FIFA in conjunction with Arena-2018. The handbook combines all FIFA’s most up-to-date infrastructure requirements for Russia 2018 stadiums, based on the experience of previous FIFA World Cups. The first edition of the document was issued in the spring of 2013. The final expanded version will be published in 2014, earlier than ever before in the run-up to a FIFA World Cup. Attention of participants of the workshop was drawn to the need of a special focus on the legacy programmes for the tournament stadiums. The CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin noted: “As the organisations authorised to prepare for and stage the 2018 World Cup, it’s definitely the case that the LOC and Arena-2018 have an interest above all in ensuring that the stadiums built for the tournament comply with FIFA requirements. But the success of the World Cup in Russia will depend not just on how well it is organised, but also on how effectively the facilities are used after the tournament. And international experience shows that it’s right now, in the design stage, that we must make sure the stadiums are multipurpose.” At the presentation of the new handbook, the organisers also outlined the main principles that will apply to the design, construction and use of Russia 2018 stadiums to make sure they meet the requirements of sustainable development. These principles cover areas such as energy consumption, environmentally friendly transport, compliance with environmental requirements and standards and the need to make sure stadiums are properly integrated into the cities in which they are located. International experts from two famous European stadiums – England’s Wembley and Netherlands’ Amsterdam Arena – detailed their experience of designing, building and using stadiums effectively. The workshop was also addressed by the head of the Brazilian company Arena, Carlos de la Corte, who spoke about how similar issues have been resolved during the construction of stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Arena-2018 will develop its cooperation with the Russia 2018 stadium owners by organising more workshops on stadium design and construction – and several more will be held before the end of this year. Also in October, Arena-2018 in cooperation with FIFA experts, will make inspection visits to several Russia 2018 stadiums as a part of the monitoring process. Arena-2018 was founded by the Russia 2018 LOC in April 2012. The organisation’s main task is to monitor the design, construction and reconstruction of stadiums and check that all deadlines are achieved and ensure that FIFA requirements are met. Matches at Russia 2018 will take place in 11 Host Cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow (Luzhniki and Spartak Moscow’s stadium), Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg. FIFA
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