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16OLYMPIC REVIEWThe Vancouver 2010 OrganisingCommittee (VANOC) announced that it hadachieved a balanced budget and alsoreleased its final sustainability report,which shows that the 2010 Winter Gameswere more than just "green". VANOCdecided to look at areas beyond theenvironment pillar in order to deliver manyother legacies from its Games, both locallyand globally. As a result, VANOC's workalso covered social and economicopportunities that have produced lastingbenefits for the host region.IOC Executive Director for the OlympicGames Gilbert Felli commented onVANOC's work: "For nearly two decades,the IOC has been encouraging andworking with the Olympic Movement toimprove the sustainability of sport. Witheach edition of the Games, we take newstrides forward, and VANOC hasundoubtedly raised the bar once again.Vancouver 2010 showed that the Gamesand sport can be truly sustainable andleave great legacies to the hostcommunity. We are confident thatVANOC's work will leave a solid foundationfrom which future Organising Committeescan build upon. Congratulations to thewhole VANOC team for a job well done."As part of its legacy for futureorganising committees, VANOC created anew sustainability governance model forlarge sports event organisations, reportingframeworks and a sustainable sportsevent tool kit for mega sports events. Italso demonstrated how a venueprogramme can be designed for legacyuse and built to minimise environmentalimpact; how partnerships with aboriginalpeople can make a Games stronger; howsocially and economically disadvantagedgroups can participate in and benefit fromthe Games; and how greenhouse gasemissions can be reduced.BelowThe report shows how theOlympic Games can leave lasting andsustainable legacies for host regionsThe London 2012 Organising Committee(LOCOG) has unveiled the full sportscompetition schedule for the 2012Games. The schedule covers the 19 days of sporting competition andincludes the times and venues for over640 sessions, across more than 300events, in the 39 disciplines of the 26sports on show next year. The announcement came one month beforeticket sales began for the LondonGames, giving fans wanting to attend the opportunity to explore different possibilities and decide which eventsthey want to see.The schedule, which was approvedby the IOC and the 26 differentInternational Federations, will now allowfans and athletes alike to start fine tuning their preparations for the Games.Sebastian Coe, LOCOG's Chairman, commented: "Publishing the Olympicsports competition schedule means that everyone - athletes, coaches, spectators,broadcasters and everybody who wantsto be part of London 2012 - can nowstart planning their Games. "The world's greatest athletes inevery one of the 26 Olympic sports arenow honing their preparation to a specific point of time on a specific datein July and August 2012." A total of 6.6 million tickets will beon sale to the public from 15 March to26 April 2011. Fans from outside the UKshould contact their National OlympicCommittee to find out about buying tickets. For more information visitwww.london2012.comVANOCRELEASESFINALSUSTAINABILITYREPORTLONDON2012SPORTS SCHEDULEUNVEILEDWORLDWIDE TOPPARTNER GEDONATES TO LONDON2012 HOSPITAL British Olympic gold medallist DeniseLewis opened a new state of the art£12.5 million Maternity and NewbornCentre, featuring £4.8 million worth of equipmentdonated by Worldwide TOP Partner GE, atHomerton Hospital in east London. GE hasdelivered a range of equipment to the unit that willprovide clinicians with some of the very latest,most advanced technology to improve patientoutcomes. This includes a £1 million MRI scanner,new advanced technology high-resolutionultrasound units, foetal monitoring systems,neonatal x-ray units, and top-of-the-range Giraffeincubators complete with radiant warmers andphototherapy lights which help to reduce theamount of unnecessary handling of very lowweight premature babies.Commenting at the official opening of the unitPeter Foss, President Olympic Sponsorship andCorporate Sales, GE, said: "As a partner of London2012 and a significant UK employer, GE iscommitted to helping London deliver a sustainablelegacy. We decided to make this donation toHomerton Hospital because it is one of thedesignated London 2012 hospitals. We chose tofocus on Maternal and Newborn care to address amajor local issue - infant mortality. We hope this will help to create a brighter future for the people of east London for generations to come." Lewis added: "As a mother and an Olympian, I think it is great to see such an investment in theimprovement of maternal and infant care. This willbe a great legacy for the people of east London."BelowDenise Lewis with some of the newmaternity equipment at Homerton Hospital

OLYMPIC REVIEW17David Cameron, the UK'sPrime Minister, turnedon the lights of London'snew Olympic stadiumfor the first time on 21December 2010. Thelighting-up ceremonymarks yet anotherimportant milestone forthe London 2012Games, as the aim is tofinish the stadium in2011. The OlympicDelivery Authority (ODA),which is in charge ofLondon's Olympicconstruction, has alsoannounced that theinstallation of thespectator seating hasbeen completed in thestadium, bringing venuecompletion even closer.The stadium has beenunder construction sinceMay 2008 and has 14towers weighing around35 tonnes apiece, whichsupport a maximum of44 floodlights each. The top of each lightingtower reaches 70mabove the field of play.The stadium's runningtrack will be laid thissummer.The Hare, the Polar Bear, and the Leopard have been chosen as the new official mascots of the Sochi 2014Olympic Winter Games. The decision was made bythe Russian public following a live television show"Talismaniya Sochi 2014 - The Final". The Leopard collected 28% of votes, while the Polar Bear picked-up 18%, andthe Hare 16%. IOC Coordination CommissionChairman Jean-Claude Killycommented on the Olympicmascot result, "I would like tocongratulate the Russian peopleand the Sochi 2014 OrganisingCommittee for choosing the Hare, Polar Bear and Leopard as mascots. I have no doubt that this tremendoustrio will bring the Games to a whole new generation, helping to promote Sochi2014 and the Olympicvalues across Russia and the world."The Russia-wide contest to select the Sochi 2014 Olympic and ParalympicWinter Games mascot designs ran from 1 September until 5 December 2010. A total of 24,048 submissions were receivedduring the competition. An expert panel thenselected a group of 11 mascot ideas that wentthrough to the second stage of the contest: theHare, the Dolphin, the Polar Bear, the BrownBear, the Bullfinch, the Leopard, theSnowflake, the Sun, the Ray of Light,Father Frost, and MatryoshkaDolls. The final images ofthe candidates werepresented to the Russianpeople on 7 February2011 on the TV show"Talismaniya - Thebeginning" after beingcreated by professionalanimation artists. The final voteand show were conducted on26 February 2011.Above and left The threeSochi mascots SOCHIINTRODUCESTHREE2014MASCOTSRIO2016UNVEILSNEWEMBLEMOn a packed Copacabana Beach in Rio deJaneiro, IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOCCoordination Commission Chairwoman for2016 Nawal El Moutawakel, and Rio 2016President Carlos Nuzman unveiled the new emblemof the Rio 2016 Olympic Games shortly beforemidnight on 31 December. Composed of multi-coloured figures holding hands over the Olympicrings and the words Rio 2016, the emblem marksthe beginning of a new stage in Rio's journey tohosting the first Olympic Games in South America. Rogge said: "I would like to congratulate theRio team for its choice of design for the Rio 2016emblem, which I find very innovative and creative. It truly reflects Rio's and Brazil's vision for theseGames, Brazilians' passion for sport, and thecoming together of different cultures around one project - the Olympic Games." The new Rio 2016 emblem is inspired by theorganisers' vision, which is: "All Brazilians uniting todeliver the greatest festival on earth and proudlyadvancing our national promise of progress." It has,as its essence, the concepts of passion andtransformation, which both reflect modern-dayBrazil - a country full of passion that is in theprocess of transforming itself into a world leader.This positioning is supported by four pillars:harmonious diversity, contagious energy, exuberantnature, and the Olympic spirit. NEWS INBRIEFAbove Carlos Nuzman; Jacques Rogge; RioMayor Eduardo Paes; Nawal El Moutawakel;Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Director