16OLYMPIC REVIEWOlympic Orders were delivered by IOCmember Lambis V. Nikolaou to four Greekpersonalities in Athens in June for theirparticularly distinguished contribution to theOlympic Movement. Freddy Serpieris,Yannis Theodorakopoulos and GeorgiosAndreadis received their Olympic Ordersduring a ceremony at the inauguration ofthe 50th Session of the InternationalOlympic Academy on the hill of Pnyxopposite the Acropolis. Yannis Sgouros, thePrefect of Athens, also received an OlympicOrder the previous day.Freddy Serpieris, an equestrian athlete,was a member of the Hellenic OlympicCommittee for 14 years and its 2nd Vice-President for four years and served asPresident of the International OlympicAcademy from 1993 to 1997. Yannis Theodorakopoulos has coveredseven Olympic Summer Games and twoeditions of the Winter Games as a sportsjournalist, served on the Executive Board ofthe European Sports Press Union and wasVice-President of the International SportsPress Association (AIPS) from 2001 to2009. Sailer Georgios Andreadis took partin the Olympic Games in Mexico City in1968 and Montreal in 1976 and also actedas Team Leader for the Greek OlympicSailing Team in Moscow in 1980.Andreadis held several positions within theInternational Yachting Racing Union (IYRU),now the ISAF, of which he has been Vice-President since 1998. The Olympic Order is the highest awardof the Olympic Movement, created by theInternational Olympic Committee in 1974. Above IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou(left) with Yannis Sgouros, the Prefect of Athens; Below (left to right)MrNikolaou with Georgios Andreadis, ISAFVice-President; former President of theInternational Olympic Academy FreddySerpieris and sports journalist YannisTheodorakopoulos Representatives of more than 200 NOCsmet with their sports ministers during thefirst World Olympic Sport Convention,organised by ANOC (Association ofNational Olympic Committees) on 23October in Acapulco, Mexico.The discussions concentrated ontopics of common interest such as thefight against doping; Olympic education;women and sport, sport and socialdevelopment; and the training of high-level athletes. Maintaining a cooperativeand productive relationship between theOlympic Movement and public authoritiesis critical in all these areas, a fact whichwas emphasised by IOC PresidentJacques Rogge during his speech at theOpening Ceremony."Our goal is a mutually beneficialrelationship that advances our sharedgoals", he said. He elaborated on the keyopportunities and challenges: "Sport is amagnet for young people, and it can beused to deliver important messages aboutvalues and health - in schools andbeyond. We can use sport to encouragephysical activity and to educate youngpeople about the dangers of HIV/AIDSand how to prevent it. We also have amutual interest in fighting the scourge ofdoping and irregular betting. Both aredirect attacks on the integrity and valuesof sport." OLYMPICORDERSAWARDEDINGREECEFIRSTWORLDOLYMPIC SPORTSCONVENTIONBelowMore than 240,000 people answered thecall for London 2012 volunteersVOLUNTEERSPUTTHEIRHANDSUPOver 240,000 people have applied to beLondon 2012 Games Makers,volunteering at the Olympic andParalympic Games. The London 2012 OrganisingCommittee has received applications from peoplefrom all backgrounds and communities across theUK. Up to 70,000 Games Makers will be neededto stage a successful Olympic and ParalympicGames. The process now starts to selectdedicated and passionate people who willundertake a wide variety of roles - from athleteescorts to stewards to radio operators.Those who are successful through a selectionand interview process will attend at least threetraining sessions to ensure they are fully preparedfor the Games. Mayor of London Boris Johnson isalso recruiting up to 8,000 London Ambassadorsto help and advise all the visitors who will travel toLondon at Games time. Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said:"We're thrilled with the response we've had to datefor our volunteering programme and would like tothank the 240,000 people who have pledged togive their time during the Games in 2012. "Now we begin the task of finding the rightpeople and ensuring that we match them to themost appropriate roles. This is a long process andwill take time but we're asking people to bepatient - this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity isreally worth it!"
OLYMPIC REVIEW17London TicketsOn 15 October, LOCOGannounced the pricesof the tickets for the26 sports on theprogramme of theGames. In all, 8.8million tickets will beavailable, and 75 percent of these will go onsale to the public inMarch 2011.Sochi MediaVillageOn 30 September, theOrganising Committeefor Sochi 2014announced the start ofconstruction work onthe Media Village forthese Games, with thelaying of the firststone. Located inKrasnaya Polyana, thisvillage will be able tohost over 2,000journalists comingfrom across the worldto cover the 2014Olympic andParalympic Games.As Sochi 2014 reaches themidway mark in its preparationsfor the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the IOCCoordination Commission paid its fourth visit to theRussian host city from 12 to 14 October. TheCommission praised Sochi's progress and saidthat, with 1,212 days to go, the Russianorganisers remain on track to host great OlympicWinter Games in 2014.Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy said:"Once again we have been impressed by thequality of the work that Sochi 2014 and itspartners have presented to us during our visit. Asthey reach the halfway point in their preparations,we can see the progress that is being made, withsporting venues rising from the ground, newsections of road being used by the public, andenvironmental initiatives being undertaken."Killy continued: "It is also reassuring to see that the Sochi team has understood what stillneeds to be delivered, both in terms ofinfrastructure and in services to the athletes andothers attending the Games. With the highlycompetent team they have in place, I have nodoubt that this will be the case." The Commission also met Russian PrimeMinister Vladimir Putin during its visit, withChairman Killy and Gilbert Felli, IOC ExecutiveDirector for the Olympic Games, joining him on avisit to a village built for local relocated residentsand some infrastructure projects related to theGames. Putin underlined to Killy that these newroads and railway lines would be used by Sochiresidents for more than 70 years.While preparations for Sochi 2014 remain ontrack, the Commission underlined that thereremained areas that needed to continue to becarefully monitored by the local organisers.Killy said: "Here we are talking aboutconstruction - in particular of accommodation -workforce recruitment and training; and thecoordination of Games operations. The organisershave underlined to us that they know that theymust pay close attention to these areas, and I amsure that they will not let us down."During its visit, the Commission saw a numberof venues and infrastructure projects in the Adlerregion, including the Bolshoi Ice Palace, OlympicStadium, Olympic Skating Centre, the combinedroad Adler - Alpika Service, and the newInternational Airport Terminal. AboveIOC Coordination Commission ChairmanJean-Claude Killy on site in SochiSOCHIPREPARATIONSONTRACKRIOONE YEARONSaturday 2 October 2010 marked oneyear since the city of Rio de Janeiro waselected by the IOC Session inCopenhagen as the host city of the OlympicGames in 2016. While the Games OpeningCeremony was still 2,133 days away when Riocelebrated the first anniversary of its success,there has already been a lot achieved by the localorganisers as they prepare to welcome the worldin six years' time. Following Rio's successful bid - consisting oftwo years of planning and including theproduction of a comprehensive candidature fileand a visit by the IOC's Evaluation Commission -the Rio team wasted no time in setting to work increating the Organising Committee that woulddeliver the Games. Since its first meeting with theIOC, on the morning following the election, Riohas, among other things, officially created the Rio2016 Organising Committee; participated in anIOC-run orientation seminar; appointed a newCEO; taken part in the IOC's observation anddebrief of the Vancouver Games; created a sportsadvisory committee; developed a new brand lookthat will be launched at the end of the year; beeninvolved in the creation of the Olympic DeliveryAuthority (APO); and welcomed the first visit ofthe IOC's Coordination Commission. While the progress made by Rio 2016, withthe assistance of the IOC, has been impressive,there have also been a number of advancesmade in more concrete areas thanks to thestrong partnership that exists between theOrganising Committee and its local partners.Recent initiatives include the confirmation of thevenues for the 26 sports on the Olympicprogramme at the time of Rio's election; the startof construction on the Rio metro expansion; andwork on the new BRT Transoeste line that will linkSanta Cruz to the Barra area of the city. All theseareas will be essential to Rio's ability to delivertop-quality Games. As Chairwoman Nawal ElMoutawakel said during the first visit of the IOC'sCoordination Commission: "Rio has made a goodstart to the project. It has laid a solid foundation,but the scope of the Olympic project is immense,and it is important that no time is wasted." NEWS INBRIEF