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INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE


The President



To: the Members of the Gamesbid Olympic Family


For immediate release



London, 9 February 2015



Re: Question-and-Answer Session



As promised, the IOC is putting up a "Ask the Applicant Cities" thread to answer any questions you, IOC Executive Members or IOC Members, may have regarding each city's bid.



Only rule regarding the discussion: Keep it polite and courteous. Don't make accusations you can't back up and please argue on the substance of the proposed bid. That way, we all will end up learning from the answers.



To the Applicant Cities: Answer truthfully and creatively.



NOTE: Due to the recent issues regarding the Applicant Files posted by Paris and Toronto, these cities will (for now) not be included. Once they have posted their revised Applicant Files to the IOC's approval, they will be given an opportunity to participate as well.



The Applicant Files (in alphabetical order)


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Sapporo:

In your document you explain how you will split the Sapporo Dome in half so it can host multiple events within the same building. Will this conflict with football preliminaries taking place in Sapporo or is the stadium hosting the football preliminaries in Sapporo proper different than the Sapporo Dome, the proposed expanded Makomanai Open Stadium perhaps.

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New York City:

Due to inexperience in graphics/ designs, can a city use renderings from past bids of other cities and edit them to fit their city?

NYC: This thread is only for IOC members (Exec and other forum members) to ask the Candidate Cities. However, since you've already asked: A copy-and-paste from bid documents from other cities is not permitted. An Excel table listing the venues, capacity etc is far more preferable. That, and if possible, a map showing the zones in which the Games are to be held. For example, you could use an extract from Google Maps and shade the individual areas, save the image and insert it into your Application File. Flashy graphics are nice to look at, but not as essential as giving the IOC Exec a clear idea of what your idea is. The main thing is (and I'm emphasizing this once more), it has to be your idea. If in doubt, clear it with the IOC before submitting it.

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NYC: This thread is only for IOC members (Exec and other forum members) to ask the Candidate Cities. However, since you've already asked: A copy-and-paste from bid documents from other cities is not permitted. An Excel table listing the venues, capacity etc is far more preferable. That, and if possible, a map showing the zones in which the Games are to be held. For example, you could use an extract from Google Maps and shade the individual areas, save the image and insert it into your Application File. Flashy graphics are nice to look at, but not as essential as giving the IOC Exec a clear idea of what your idea is. The main thing is (and I'm emphasizing this once more), it has to be your idea. If in doubt, clear it with the IOC before submitting it.

I don't believe he is asking that. I believe he is asking if he can use venue renderings from old bids and edit them to fit his.

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I don't believe he is asking that. I believe he is asking if he can use venue renderings from old bids and edit them to fit his.

For the avoidance of doubt: The answer to that question is a simple "No".

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To all participating cities:

After the mess of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, how does your bid committee plan on restoring the image of the Olympic movement worldwide?

The NYOOC plans on restoring the Olympic movement worldwide by staging an sustainable and economically friendly games. There is little construction needed for hosting the games in New York, all of the money will come from private investors. We will also have many temporary venues in place so that "white elephants" won't be left around the city. New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world, so every nation will feel at home.

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To all participating cities:

After the mess of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, how does your bid committee plan on restoring the image of the Olympic movement worldwide?

The Cape Town Olympic Planning and Organizing Committee wishes to not build from scratch but rather expand from what already is great and revitalize what has deteriorated. Cape Town is certainly not a perfect city, but the games will offer a pivot point in which a breath of fresh air will shine a new light on the continent as well encouraging, and directly creating, a new stage to perform and showcase on. Our plans currently try to maintain a balance between existing venue usage, community involvement, and unification. The money spent will not be invested in vain, but rather spark a new movement and vision for the city that would harmonize and catalyze with the current one. The committee’s vision is to illuminate the Olympic movement as not simply a toy but a director and leader in a new chapter of Olympic history.

To all the participating cities:

1. What is your budget for Ceremonies?

Based on previous ceremonies, R350 Million to R400 Million would be expected to be reserved for the Opening Ceremony itself with about R1 Billion reserved for all combined ceremonies. Community input will determine the exact amount; with modest estimates as low as R290 Million for the opening. The community has also expressed interest in opting for some money to be diverted to “miniature” ceremonies that communities can host to create a more vibrant and welcoming spirit for the games.

2. How many cast members do you intend to use in the OC?

Cape Town is a city filled with spirited and passionate young adults that would be more than willing to assist the organization of the games. Estimates of cast member amount has ranged from 8k to 16k performers/volunteers.

3. Can you specify ideas and visualizations of the OC?

Current ideas include:

  • Emphasis on African History and Traditional African Culture
  • Cape Town History/Future/Geography
  • Clash of European and African accents/diversity in Cape Town/Africa
  • Love, Hope, Future, Unity
  • Technological and Social development in South Africa
  • Emphasis on Innovation and the people of Cape Town
  • Tribute to Nelson Mandela

4. Which int'l stars do you propose using for the OC and CC??

Currently, we are proposing an emphasis on African-International pop culture/celebrities but we also plan to include icons/stars originating from other parts of the world that have African roots or have shown heavy involvement in securing a future for the continent as well as heavy sport involvement.

*wishes not

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To all the participating cities:

1. What is your budget for Ceremonies?

2. How many cast members do you intend to use in the OC?

3. Can you specify ideas and visualizations of the OC?

4. Which int'l stars do you propose using for the OC and CC??

Same questions for the Paralympics.

1. The budget for the games will be $38,000,000.

2. The NYOOC is estimating between 7 and 12 thousand people will participate in the OC

3. Ideas include:

  • colonizing New York
  • revolutionary war
  • industrial revolution
  • emphasis on immigration to America (Ellis Island)
  • 9/11 tribute

4. Performers include: Beyoncé and Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Journey, Twisted Sister Rihanna, and Usher.

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Sapporo:

In your document you explain how you will split the Sapporo Dome in half so it can host multiple events within the same building. Will this conflict with football preliminaries taking place in Sapporo or is the stadium hosting the football preliminaries in Sapporo proper different than the Sapporo Dome, the proposed expanded Makomanai Open Stadium perhaps.

I have been in touch with my Hokkaidan colleagues who have advised the preliminary football events will be staged in Hakodate, Tomakodai, Sendai, Aomori and Tokyo. The semi final matches will be played in Sendai and Tokyo with the final at the Makomanai Olympic Stadium. Due to the relative proximity of Tomakodai (51km) and Hakodate (148km) and the high speed transport options between them, the Sapporo bid team have decided against staging preliminary matches in Sapporo - thus reducing the venue needs and keeping the Games costs in check.

To all participating cities:

After the mess of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, how does your bid committee plan on restoring the image of the Olympic movement worldwide?

The Sapporo bid team has made great efforts to keep the Games to a scale that is sutainable, affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. By doing away with grand architectural white elephants and utilising the entire city as an Olympic Park the Sapporo Games will be about engaging and experiencing the Olympic games - not just attending a sporting event.

To all the participating cities:

1. What is your budget for Ceremonies?

2. How many cast members do you intend to use in the OC?

3. Can you specify ideas and visualizations of the OC?

4. Which int'l stars do you propose using for the OC and CC??

Same questions for the Paralympics.

The Sapporo bid team appreciates this line of specialised questioning but can only respond in the following way - the ceremony program is of considerable importance to all of the team however the priority at this point is finalising the venue plan and athlete experience. A tendering process is under way with a number of bids from various artistic companies worldwide. Further information will be divulged in the candidate file.

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To all participating cities:

After the mess of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, how does your bid committee plan on restoring the image of the Olympic movement worldwide?

Toronto will restore the image of the Olympic Movement by showing that not only can the Olympics be hosted affordably, but that the Olympics are still the best way for humanity to come together and share our dreams and hopes for the future. The Toronto games will sustainability host the games by using a mixture of multipurpose built permanent venues, existing venues, and temporary venues for all events. For example, the Tennis Center will be sold and recycled after the games, the Convention Center will be expanded and be able to host more events,and the Olympic Stadium will be re-purposed into a community stadium. Additionally all facilities will adhere to global and IOC green standards.

The motto of the Toronto games is "Dream a Dream", aside from encouraging young and old people to dream and accomplish their dreams it encourages all of humanity to share their dreams with each other. All of us have hopes for the future and the Olympics are the best way for us to come together and share them with one another. Toronto will not only encourage this, but we will show that this is one of the most important aspects of the movement.

In short Toronto will revive the traditional Olympic spirit and help bring the world closer together.

To all the participating cities:

1. What is your budget for Ceremonies?

55, 000, 000

2. How many cast members do you intend to use in the OC?

100, 000

3. Can you specify ideas and visualizations of the OC?

Currently our ceremony will begin with a showcase of modern Canada through a typical weekday morning. It will then continue a journey through Canadian culture and nature starting with Native Americans, then the French, then the British, and finally modern Canada and its hopes for the future. The last segment will be entitled "Dreams" this segment will bring to life all the dreams we have. This will then lead into the parade of nations.

We are still working out the details and look forward to sharing more information with you.

4. Which int'l stars do you propose using for the OC and CC??

Celine Dion (Power of a Dream), James Cameron will be a co-director, Donald Sutherland will do all narrations, Michael Buble, William Shatner, Alex Trebek, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Nathan Fillion.

Same questions for the Paralympics.

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A lot of questions, but bear with me!

To all cities:

  • How do you intend to promote public transport over cars during the Olympic Games?
  • How do you intend to bring young people and socially disadvantaged classes to the Olympic Games?
  • What are your legacy plans? What's the percentage proportion of temporary vs permanent venues?
  • What is the current capacity that your current international airport(s) can handle?
  • How do you want to ensure that visitors can seamlessly depart from/arrive at the international airport(s) which you have designated to (to/from the Olympic venues)
  • In light of the highly successful volunteer programme in London 2012, how do you intend to improve on that experience
  • What will make your Olympic Torch Relay stand out?
  • How do you want to integrate the internet in the overall visitor and audience experience?

Cape Town

  • How do you want to address the criticism of South Africa's organizational capabilities after the 2010 FIFA World Cup, especially the line of argument that essentially says that Africa can't organize substantive multi-sports events?
  • More specifically, how do you want to leave a lasting legacy for the poor and other disadvantaged classes, whilst avoiding the Olympic Games becoming a refuge for the privileged social strata in South Africa?
  • How would you answer critics who might say that the lack of a underground rail system hampers transport and makes it too reliant on highways and overground rail services?
  • How would you counter critics who find that community relations in South Africa are getting worse and don't exactly offer a safe perspective?

New York City

  • America has been done before, and many times so: What makes New York City so unique, besides its multicultural atmosphere (which would also be a given in Melbourne, Paris and Copenhagen (to name three examples) that the Games should be awarded to yet another city in the United States?
  • The New York City police has been in the headlines recently, and for all the wrong reasons: How do you want to reassure visitors to the Olympic Games that incidents involving excessive use of force by NYPD officers will be minimized/preferably avoided?
  • NYC has been the victim of the worst terrorist atrocity in United States history. However, there has also been criticism of the United States regarding what many regard as excessive security measures taken in the wake of the September 11 attacks. How would you reassure visitors of a seamless experience that combines security with freedom and comfort?
  • Your bid motto is "Dream Big": Wouldn't the IOC dream "bigger" by handing the Olympic Games to either Melbourne (only third Olympics in Oceania), Sapporo (first city to host Summer and Winter Games), Paris (first city in the Francophonie to host the Olympic Games and hometown of Pierre de Coubertin) or Copenhagen (only second Olympic Games in Scandinavia, and the first to be delivered by two cities)?
  • Also, do you think your slogan is appropriate, considering that Sochi, Beijing and (arguably) Athens went quite big - and left a stain on the Olympic Movement's chances?

Melbourne

  • How do you counter critics who say that both the rather inconvenient timing of Olympic Games in Australia (seasonally - outside the holidays of most people in the Northern Hemisphere) and location of its timezone (well away from ideal TV times in Europe and Africa, for example) will actually reduce interest in the Olympic Games?
  • What new perspective can Melbourne offer on Australian identity within the Olympic Movement that Sydney couldn't?
  • How many tram/train stations will be near each of your four clusters?
  • How do you plan to involve the community in the Fisherman's Bend area in the planning and execution of the Olympic Games?

Sapporo

  • How would you address criticism regarding Sapporo's relative obscurity in Japanese summer sports? Why not hand the Summer Olympics to a city like Osaka instead?
  • You intend to host the Paralympic Games prior to the Olympic Games: How do you deal with objections that assert that the Paralympics are essentially being downgraded to a warmup for "the real thing"?
  • How do you address critics who contend that your Olympic bid, whilst forgoing an Olympic Park is essentially a) making it more difficult for visitors to travel around; B) effectively eliminating the experience of getting to know Sapporo itself and c) making it harder to develop an Olympic spirit
  • Otadu is currently seen as a bedroom community: Currently, your plans intend to host all aquatic events there - how will the town cope with the influx of additional visitors, especially as Otaru has no noteworthy public transport system within the city?
  • Doesn't the award of the 2017 Asian Winter Games demonstrate that Sapporo might have been better advised to apply for the 2022 or 2026 Olympic Winter Games, and that this summer endeavour is something of a gambit the IOC would take?

Copenhagen/Malmo

  • Bearing in mind that Olympic Games have been/are going to be hosted by major metropolises like London, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney, Los Angeles and Moscow, isn't this bid a size too much for Copenhagen/Malmo? If not, why not?
  • Any plans to modernize/expand Copenhagen Airport?
  • Isn't your promise to provide 100% green energy for the Olympic Games a little bit too ambitious? If not, why not?
  • Are the Danish and Swedish security forces well-equipped enough for terrorist incidents?
  • You are planning to place the principal Olympic Village in the vicinity of Copenhagen Airport: How do you counter critics who say that the noise for overflying aircraft approaching Kastrup might distract Olympic athletes in terms of relaxation?
  • What's your legacy plan for the new Olympic Stadium to be built in Copenhagen? Where precisely are you planning to build it?
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The Toronto 2028 campaign has now published its revised Applicant File.

Questions are now permitted for Toronto as well!


Do you have any questions for the Toronto team?

For starters, the questions in "All Cities". I (and I'm sure others as well) will follow up with questions for you later on...

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A lot of questions, but bear with me!

To all cities:

  • How do you intend to promote public transport over cars during the Olympic Games?
  • How do you intend to bring young people and socially disadvantaged classes to the Olympic Games?
  • What are your legacy plans? What's the percentage proportion of temporary vs permanent venues?
  • What is the current capacity that your current international airport(s) can handle?
  • How do you want to ensure that visitors can seamlessly depart from/arrive at the international airport(s) which you have designated to (to/from the Olympic venues)
  • In light of the highly successful volunteer programme in London 2012, how do you intend to improve on that experience
  • What will make your Olympic Torch Relay stand out?
  • How do you want to integrate the internet in the overall visitor and audience experience?

1. Toronto will promote public transport as the safest, fastest, and easiest mode of transport for guests. Additionally the venue plan is centered on Toronto's main subway lines and all venues are accessible by foot. Toronto has made it more sensible to use public transport rather than private through our dense and central venue plan and strategic placement of venues.

2. Toronto plans for the games to be easily accessible and affordable for all people. The venue clusters will be open to the public and many sports will cost only $20 dollars a ticket. Additionally Toronto is looking into spreading the spirit of the games through a large number of live sites, public contests and games, and a unique volunteer program. The heart of our bid is the public and dream for the future, and as a result Toronto will do anything and everything we can to bring the spirit of the games to every neighborhood and home.

3. As a result of the games the Toronto waterfront will continue its revitalization and become a vibrant area in the city, many permanent venues used during the games will be transformed into public and private facilities and temporary venues will be re-purposed. The Olympic Park (which is the only area new permanent venues) will see the Aquatic Centre transformed into a community and Olympic training facility, the Surfing venue will be transformed into a new mixed use centre, the Olympic Stadium will be adapted to the new home of Toronto FC, the Athletes Village will be the foundation for a new park and mixed use residential development in this area, and the lacrosse stadium will have seating removed and become part of a network of community fields that can be used for youth or professional sporting events. After the games more green space will also be created in the park. Outside of the park many venues are either existing or will be temporary, the only other permanent construction will be an expansion of the Metro Convention Centre. The percentage of new permanent venues and temporary ones is 40% New Permanent Venues to 60% Temporary Venues and the percentage of existing to temporary is 60% Existing Facilities to 40% Temporary ones.

4. Toronto has one of the largest international airports in North America and is the only North American Airport aside from New York's JFK with connection to all 6 contients. It is the nations largest and busiest and is the 18th busiest airport in the world by flights and 35th by passengers. On average it serves 36,000,000 people a year and handles 435,600 aircraft's. 75 airlines operate here and the airport serves as the hub for Air Canada and connects to a total of 155 locations globally.

5. The Toronto Pearson International Airport has a multitude of options for visitors to travel and the Toronto Committee will supply additional buses and shuttles for guests. As of right now the airport is connected to Highway 427 and Highway 409 and there is a spur off of Highway 401, Multiple Bus services including TTC (public), GO Transit (public-regional), MiWay (public), Brampton Transit (public), Can-ar Coach Service (Private-Airport). As a result of the 2015 Pan American games and city planning the airport has the Union Pearson Express rail line which connects the airport to Downtown Toronto.

6. The Toronto 2028 Volunteer Program will use the expertise and knowledge of the successful 2015 Pan-Ams and the Vancouver 2010 games. We will focus on getting the whole nation involved, especially young kids. We will accomplish this through multiple programs that will be in all Canadian schools and has already been approved by the national Parliament and city councils of Montreal, Quebec, Ottowa, Toronto, Vancourver, Edmonton, Niagara, and Calgary.

7. Our Torch relay will stand out by involving people from all former host cities and a large number of young athletes.

8. The Toronto games will be very internet friendly. All venues will have free wifi and the games will have the online campaign of "Dream Moments" or #dreammoments. This will allow visitors to share pictures from the games and allow for TOCOG to post pictures as well. More media related things will be done through You-Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and our own website

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1. Toronto will promote public transport as the safest, fastest, and easiest mode of transport for guests. Additionally the venue plan is centered on Toronto's main subway lines and all venues are accessible by foot. Toronto has made it more sensible to use public transport rather than private through our dense and central venue plan and strategic placement of venues.

2. Toronto plans for the games to be easily accessible and affordable for all people. The venue clusters will be open to the public and many sports will cost only $20 dollars a ticket. Additionally Toronto is looking into spreading the spirit of the games through a large number of live sites, public contests and games, and a unique volunteer program. The heart of our bid is the public and dream for the future, and as a result Toronto will do anything and everything we can to bring the spirit of the games to every neighborhood and home.

3. As a result of the games the Toronto waterfront will continue its revitalization and become a vibrant area in the city, many permanent venues used during the games will be transformed into public and private facilities and temporary venues will be re-purposed. The Olympic Park (which is the only area new permanent venues) will see the Aquatic Centre transformed into a community and Olympic training facility, the Surfing venue will be transformed into a new mixed use centre, the Olympic Stadium will be adapted to the new home of Toronto FC, the Athletes Village will be the foundation for a new park and mixed use residential development in this area, and the lacrosse stadium will have seating removed and become part of a network of community fields that can be used for youth or professional sporting events. After the games more green space will also be created in the park. Outside of the park many venues are either existing or will be temporary, the only other permanent construction will be an expansion of the Metro Convention Centre. The percentage of new permanent venues and temporary ones is 40% New Permanent Venues to 60% Temporary Venues and the percentage of existing to temporary is 60% Existing Facilities to 40% Temporary ones.

4. Toronto has one of the largest international airports in North America and is the only North American Airport aside from New York's JFK with connection to all 6 contients. It is the nations largest and busiest and is the 18th busiest airport in the world by flights and 35th by passengers. On average it serves 36,000,000 people a year and handles 435,600 aircraft's. 75 airlines operate here and the airport serves as the hub for Air Canada and connects to a total of 155 locations globally.

5. The Toronto Pearson International Airport has a multitude of options for visitors to travel and the Toronto Committee will supply additional buses and shuttles for guests. As of right now the airport is connected to Highway 427 and Highway 409 and there is a spur off of Highway 401, Multiple Bus services including TTC (public), GO Transit (public-regional), MiWay (public), Brampton Transit (public), Can-ar Coach Service (Private-Airport). As a result of the 2015 Pan American games and city planning the airport has the Union Pearson Express rail line which connects the airport to Downtown Toronto.

6. The Toronto 2028 Volunteer Program will use the expertise and knowledge of the successful 2015 Pan-Ams and the Vancouver 2010 games. We will focus on getting the whole nation involved, especially young kids. We will accomplish this through multiple programs that will be in all Canadian schools and has already been approved by the national Parliament and city councils of Montreal, Quebec, Ottowa, Toronto, Vancourver, Edmonton, Niagara, and Calgary.

7. Our Torch relay will stand out by involving people from all former host cities and a large number of young athletes.

8. The Toronto games will be very internet friendly. All venues will have free wifi and the games will have the online campaign of "Dream Moments" or #dreammoments. This will allow visitors to share pictures from the games and allow for TOCOG to post pictures as well. More media related things will be done through You-Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and our own website

Did I miss something or are you on the Toronto 2028 Committee now?

Otherwise, it's slightly irritating that you're replying on behalf of Toronto, especially as you have your own bid. Since you represent a competing Applicant City, it's not exactly appropriate to answer for a competing city. Everyone else here has asked some serious questions - it might be advisable for you to adopt the same approach.

Overall, I'd strongly advise that you concentrate on finishing your revised Application File.

Btw, kindly clear your inbox - there is a message waiting for you. Thank you.

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Did I miss something or are you on the Toronto 2028 Committee now?

Otherwise, it's slightly irritating that you're replying on behalf of Toronto, especially as you have your own bid. Since you represent a competing Applicant City, it's not exactly appropriate to answer for a competing city. Everyone else here has asked some serious questions - it might be advisable for you to adopt the same approach.

Overall, I'd strongly advise that you concentrate on finishing your revised Application File.

Btw, kindly clear your inbox - there is a message waiting for you. Thank you.

BR PM'ed me and asked me to post it for him, he said he was having internet problems and was having trouble posting on the forums. I forgot to add the disclaimer in that post.

I can understand how confusing that must have been.

Also, I am working on my new file. :)

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BR PM'ed me and asked me to post it for him, he said he was having internet problems and was having trouble posting on the forums. I forgot to add the disclaimer in that post.

I can understand how confusing that must have been.

Also, I am working on my new file. :)

Ah alright! I was like "Whaaaat?", but it's all cleared up now ;)

Thanks for this - and I look forward to receiving your file!

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