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New York City and Cape Town:

Can you provide the precise dates for when you intend to stage the Olympic Games? (not the Paralympics)

Ideally, we would like the games to begin on National Heritage Day (September 25th). However, if a less sentimental and more rigid date is selected, the Olympics would take place from September 15th to October 22nd with the Paralympics held from October 15th to November 6th. The dates are still being looked into and are subject to change.

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MELBOURNE'S ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM THE IOC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE



1. What is your budget for Ceremonies?


The budget for the four Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies is of $130 millions.



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


Around 15,000 volunteers would take part across the four ceremonies, 7,000 for the Opening of the Olympics,



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


The opening ceremony will focus on the arts and culture of Australia and Melbourne, as the city is considered to be the country's cultural capital and an international centre for performing arts and visual arts. The ceremony will have evocations of forms of art such as dancing, painting, opera, theatre, cinema, and of course music, with a modern and spectacular twist. A large part of the ceremony will focus on aboriginal arts and heritage.


A segment will be dedicated to the 'art of nature', celebrating the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Australia.



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


Keeping in mind the main theme of the Opening ceremony, major Australian performers in their various fields would take part in the celebration, either singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or speaking. Actors such a Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman, directors such as Baz Luhrmann, recording artists representing different genres such as AC/DC, Keith Urban, The Temper Trap or Sia could take part in the Opening or Closing ceremony, one way or another.



As the Closing ceremony would have more of an international spirit, it will also include foreign performers who are popular in Australia (such as Pink).



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


Melbourne plan on implementing total transparency regarding costs and various administrative concerns leading up to the games. The local population will be informed and consulted during the planning phases.



Spending will be reasonable, by using mostly existing venues. Legacy will be our main concern when planning new venues, with future uses part of the designing process.



6. How do you intend to promote public transport over cars during the Olympic Games?

Traffic will be limited in Melbourne during the games, by implementing driving restrictions based on license plate numbers.


Olympic ticket holders will be given free rides on Metro Trains and Yarra Trams to go to and get back from the Olympic Venues.


Visitors who come to the city by car will park in temporary spaces on the outskirts of the city and get to the venues by public transport.


Venues not accessible by public transport will have a system of hybrid bus shuttles to get to the nearest train station.


7. How do you intend to bring young people and socially disadvantaged classes to the Olympic Games?

A portion of the tickets for the games will be reserved for schools across the country.


We will make sure that the Olympics are accessible to all classes of the population by selling part of the tickets at a low price, even in the most demanded venues.


8. What are your legacy plans? What's the percentage proportion of temporary vs permanent venues?

Detailed legacy plans will be revealed in the bid book, but we plan, especially by the creation of the new Olympic Park, to improve infrastructure in an under-developed part of the city. After the games, everything that has been built will find a purpose within the local community.


Out of the 10 new venues, 6 (60%) will be permanent, but with temporary elements for most of them, and 4 (40%) will be temporary.


9. What is the current capacity that your current international airport(s) can handle?

Melbourne Airport currently handles over 30 million visitors every year.


10. 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)

A rail link between Melbourne Airport and the city is currently planned and the project will be accelerated if Melbourne hosts the games, so that the new line can open before 2028.


11. In light of the highly successful volunteer programme in London 2012, how do you intend to improve on that experience

Melbourne will create partnerships with universities around the world to attract volunteers, giving them the opportunity to study in a local university for a semester before the games.



12. What will make your Olympic Torch Relay stand out?

Details regarding Olympic Torch Relay are yet to be worked out but we can already say that the Melbourne 2028 relay would involve all the populations of Australia by visiting all territories. The torch will also visit other nations in Oceania and go to Antarctica for the first time.


13. How do you want to integrate the internet in the overall visitor and audience experience?


With a heavy social media presence, and dedicated smartphone and tablet apps, both visitors and the audience watching at home will have the best digital experience possible.


A "Guide to Melbourne 2028" app will help visitors find all the information regarding the city of Melbourne and the Olympic Games (transport, schedules, things to do, where to eat etc.). The app will use augmented reality to offer even more immersion. Free Wi-Fi will be provided by our sponsor Telstra in large parts of the city.


An official app will allow people all over the world to access results and various video and photo content during the games.

Partnerships with local broadcasters will allow people to watch the games live with a multi-cam experience allowing them to choose their camera angle in selected venues.


14. 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?

Hosting the game in the second half of September didn't hurt the popularity of the Games in 2000, and we expect the games in Melbourne to be as successful as they were in Sydney.


Scheduling will be adapted so that the most popular sports in some areas of the world can get the best exposure possible. For example, Swimming finals will start at noon to air live during the North American prime-time and some Track and Field events such as the 100 meters and the marathon will be scheduled on the weekends.


Moreover, hosting the games in Australia would put in them in the best possible timezone to offer a maximum exposure in Eastern Asia, a growing market for the Olympics.



15. What new perspective can Melbourne offer on Australian identity within the Olympic Movement that Sydney couldn't?

See answer to question 3 for more.



16. How many tram/train stations will be near each of your four clusters?

Olympic Park: 1 existing train station + 1 planned; 8 tramway lines + 1 planned

Albert Park: 2 existing train stations + 1 planned; 7 tramway lines

Melbourne Park: 3 existing train stations; 4 tramway lines

Royal Park: 2 existing train stations; 4 tramway lines


17. How do you plan to involve the community in the Fisherman's Bend area in the planning and execution of the Olympic Games?


See question 5 for more.


18. Why do you think you can win the games even though the IOC already ruled out hosting an Olympics from September onwards? Yes they allowed Sydney but they have made their position pretty clear in recent years.

We believe that the success of the 2000 games in Sydney is proof that a late-september period is not detrimental to the Games.


19. How do you plan to use the recent advance of social media technology to promote your bid?

See question 13 for more.


20. Has your bid committee considered the use of a public referendum to determine support levels? Is public support a serious issue for your bid?

Public support for the bid is high and satisfying. We plan to make the process as democratic as possible, therefore the local population will be allowed to comment on some points regarding the bid during public meetings and we will make sure that any opposition is heard. This being considered, we do not think a public referendum is necessary.

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Baron and inToronto,

Please clear your inboxes of our conversation threads! I've attempting to reach you since yesterday - thanks, you guys!

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Can you provide the precise dates for when you intend to stage the Olympic Games? (not the Paralympics)

Ideally, we would like the games to begin on National Heritage Day (September 25th). However, if a less sentimental and more rigid date is selected, the Olympics would take place from September 15th to October 22nd with the Paralympics held from October 15th to November 6th. The dates are still being looked into and are subject to change.

15 September to 22 October? Or did you mean 12 October?

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Sorry, the Paralympics would be held from the 25th, not 15th.

So, you're proposing the Olympic Games to go from 15 Sept to 22 Oct 2028?

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I guess this should be the time to answer some of the questions the committee hasn't completely answered...

(tell me if I missed any)

How do you intend to bring young people and socially disadvantaged classes to the Olympic Games?

Although we have not directly stated a way to attract the younger generation, we have been offering up opportunities to all of our classes and age groups to feel apart, and be a part of, the Olympic spirit. Joining the volunteer workforce could allow opportunities of scholarships. The planning of community events and ceremonies could prioritize the importance of the youth’s planning and fresh ideas. Winning our contests could provide recognition and provide a boost to the next generation of artists and thinkers (as well as some free or discounted tickets!). We will also provide funds to numerous (prestigious or not) scholarships to help motivate students to achieve for the highest while still finding the right balance of work, inspiration, and rest.

What are your legacy plans? What's the percentage proportion of temporary vs permanent venues?

We cannot currently give an exact amount, but we plan to emphasize a hybrid of temporary and permanent at some venue locations with about 50% being permanent, 20% being hybrid, and 30% being temporary. These numbers, however, are subject to change.

So, you're proposing the Olympic Games to go from 15 Sept to 22 Oct 2028?

yes

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Toronto

  • Compared to other Applicant Cities, Toronto's subway system is somewhat still struggling. Are you planning any extensions to the subway system (beyond the ones already scheduled), and if so, where and by when?
  • Same question as for New York City: We've had the Summer Olympic Games in Montréal in 1976, followed by the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary (1988) and Vancouver (2010). How does giving the Olympic Games to Canada once again represent a new frontier worth pursuing for the IOC?
  • What measures do you intend to take to prevent a repeat of Montréal 1976?
  • What will your bid specifically do for the Olympic Movement that the other Applicant Cities cannot do?

1. We are planning to increase the capacity, speed, and capabilities of our Subway System and will be adding two new downtown lines if we are to host the games. Both will be for travel between the three main clusters.

2. The last time Canada hosted a Summer Olympic Games was in 1976, by hosting the 2024 Olympic Games in Toronto we will be able to showcase modern Canada along with our nations beauty and love for sport. Unlike Montréal, Toronto is closely located to the US-Canadian border. This border proximity will also allow our American friends and partners to enjoy the Olympic Games as well bringing the Olympics not just to one nation, but two.

3. In order to prevent the mistakes of Montréal 1976, nearly all our venues will be temporary, existing, or be built with future use in mind. This will prevent the creation of white elephant venues and create a sustainable legacy for our city.

4. Toronto will bring a new vibrancy to the Olympic movement, it will show that the games are vital to the international community and provide a model to host an affordable and sustainable games. Through our 'Dream a Dream' campaign Toronto will invite all the worlds people to dream dreams of going higher, being stronger, and achieving their goals.

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Even before the question period closes for the Applicant Cities, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your willingness to answer the questions of the Exec Committee and other IOC members. If the responses are anything to go by, we can certainly look forward to a great and competitive Candidate City Phase!

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Another 3:45 hours to go until this Q/A session is closed and the Candidate City Election begins within the Executive Board of the IOC...Stay tuned for more news tomorrow, as the day progresses!

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How do you intend to bring young people and socially disadvantaged classes to the Olympic Games?

Although we have not directly stated a way to attract the younger generation, we have been offering up opportunities to all of our classes and age groups to feel apart, and be a part of, the Olympic spirit. Joining the volunteer workforce could allow opportunities of scholarships. The planning of community events and ceremonies could prioritize the importance of the youths planning and fresh ideas. Winning our contests could provide recognition and provide a boost to the next generation of artists and thinkers (as well as some free or discounted tickets!). We will also provide funds to numerous (prestigious or not) scholarships to help motivate students to achieve for the highest while still finding the right balance of work, inspiration, and rest.

I guess I should also add that some events would be held in universities so I guess there's nothin as attractive than having fencing right next to your World History 101 class!

Also, it should be "fun" not "rest"

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This Q/A-session is hereby concluded - voting by the Executive Board has now begun!

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