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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

Win a ski trip thanks toInnsbruck 2012!Innsbruck 2012 haslaunched a Facebookcompetition to win a skitrip in Innsbruck orSeefeld. All you need to do is become a fan of the Innsbruck 2012Facebook page andinvite your friends to be fans too., click on"Like" and invite yourfriends! The winner willbe announced inFebruary 2011.Innsbruck 2012 MedalDesign Competition After the success whichfollowed the launch ofthe Medal DesignCompetition forSingapore 2010, the IOCis renewing the onlineexperience for Innsbruck2012. A dedicatedmicrosite will be built forthe occasion for sub-missions to be displayedand the public will beable to vote for the 10best designs. An IOCexpert group will thenchoose the winningdesign. The winner, whowill be announced inJuly 2011, will get thechance to visitInnsbruck 2012. Moreinformation will be post-ed on and www.medalde-signcompetition.comThe Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee(IYOGOC) has unveiled the sport pictogramsof the programme for the first Winter YouthOlympic Games. The pictograms representInnsbruck 2012's sports programme: AlpineSkiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing,Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, IceHockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short TrackSpeed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Cross, Ski Half pipe,Ski Jumping, Snowboard, Speed Skating. The design of the pictograms encapsulatesboth the athletic and the anatomical characteristicsof each sport. The dynamic and unique design wasinspired by the pixelated Innsbruck 2012 logo andis reflected in the angular shapes of the symbols.Each pictogram, through its quadratic shape,represents one pixel, thus emphasising theInnsbruck 2012 motto "Be a part of it!". As for thecolouring, a bright blue was chosen for thepictograms, mirroring the colour used for the sportssection on the Innsbruck 2012 website.Some disciplines and events of thisprogramme (Women's Ski Jumping and Ski Halfpipe) will be featured for the first time at anOlympic event in Innsbruck 2012. And after thesuccessful experience in Singapore 2010, mixedgender and/or NOC teams will be held inInnsbruck 2012 too, showcasing high levelathletes from different countries competing in thesame team. INNSBRUCK 2012 PICTOGRAMSLAUNCHYOUNG REPORTERSAND YOUNGAMBASSADORS IN DURBANYoung Reporters and Young Ambassadorswho attended the first Youth OlympicGames in Singapore in August, wereinvited to attend the 7th World Conference onSport, Education and Culture in Durban, SouthAfrica, from 5 to 7 December 2010. The three Young Reporters (Thiam Peng Tanfrom Singapore, Diacounda Sense from Senegaland Alan Harris from Barbados) covered the forumfrom a young person's perspective which was inline with the mission of the conference to "Give avoice to Youth". They were joined by three YoungAmbassadors, who shared their experiencesgained at the Singapore 2010 Youth OlympicGames with the conference delegates, and gavean insight into the newly developed 'Culture andEducation Programme' launched for the first timein Singapore.BelowThiam Peng Tan was one of three YoungReporters who travelled to DurbanNEWS INBRIEF18OLYMPIC REVIEW