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16OLYMPIC REVIEWThe Organising Committee for theRio 2016 Olympic Games hasmarked the five-years-to-gomilestone by unveiling the first new venue- the Athletes' Park.During an event in Rio de Janeiro, Rio2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzmanpresented a progress report to assembleddignitaries that detailed the work alreadyachieved, including the start of renovationwork at venues such as the MaracanaStadium and the Sambodromo, and thesecurity improvements that are alreadybenefiting more than 300,000 people in 18 communities. "Today we are already experiencing thetransforming power of the Games," saidNuzman. "Undoubtedly the choice of Rio to hostthe 2016 competitions has been turningthe eyes of the world towards the city andthe country. I would like to reiterate myconfidence that we will successfully fulfillour mission and that, in five years' time, we will deliver excellent Games that will bethe evidence of sustainable transformationthrough sport."The following day, the Rio 2016Organising Committee unveiled theRIO2016CELEBRATES FIVE-YEARCOUNTDOWNLONDON'SOLYMPIC PARKHOSTS FIRSTMAJOR EVENTLONDON2012 TORCHRELAYROUTEUNVEILEDThe London 2012 Olympic flame will visit iconiclandmarks including Loch Ness, Snowdon,Stormont and Stonehenge as it is carried acrossthe UK by 8,000 torchbearers during the London2012 Torch Relay. In addition to these sites, theLondon 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) hasalso revealed the 1,018 cities, towns, and villageson the route of next year's relay. The 70-dayRelay, presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB andSamsung, will start at Land's End on 19 May2012. The Olympic flame will then travel anestimated 8,000 miles around the UK before itreaches London ahead of the Opening Ceremonyon 27 July 2012. During the course of the Relay,the Olympic flame will come to within 10 miles of 95% of the population of the UK.London's Olympic Park has successfully staged its first major event, as preparations forthe 2012 Olympic Games continue. TheLondon International Basketball Invitationalwas held at the brand new BasketballArena, which is one of the largest temporary venues ever built for theGames, and saw hosts Great Britain takeon teams from Australia, China, Croatia,France and Serbia.The six-team men's tournament featured several stars from America's leading NBA sides, including Britain's LuolDeng and France's Tony Parker andJoakim Noah. The French team won allfive of its games and its star players weresuitably impressed by the Olympic venue,where they will hope to compete in 2012."I think it's great," said Parker. "I cansee the excitement on people's faces.Everybody is happy. London is going to bea great host so hopefully we can qualifyand come back next year."The tournament formed part of theLondon Prepares series, which has seen the British capital's Olympic venues playhost to several world-class sporting eventsin the build-up to London 2012. The seriesis an integral part of preparations for theGames, enabling the London 2012Organising Committee (LOCOG) to test its Games-time operations.Athletes' Park, with Olympic taekwondomedallist Natalia Falavigna joining over 100 young people from community sportsprojects to experience the park for the first time. Located just 300m from the OlympicVillage, the park will provide a leisure andrest area for athletes during the Games. It will also host major events both beforeand after the Games, while also providingthe city with a new public recreation area.Eduardo Paes, the Rio de JaneiroMayor, stressed that the unveiling of thepark is further evidence that the OlympicGames are already transforming the city."The most important part of the Gamesis what they leave for the city," said Paes."And with five years to go to the OpeningCeremony, we are already giving Rio a newrecreational area."AboveRio 2016 President CarlosNuzman with young gymnasts at theunveiling of the Athletes' Park

OLYMPIC REVIEW17ORIENTATION SEMINARHELD FORPYEONGCHANG 2018A delegation from theIOC held a successfulorientation seminar withrepresentatives ofPyeongChang 2018, lessthan two months afterthe South Korean citywas elected host of the2018 Olympic WinterGames. Led by the Chairof the IOC CoordinationCommission for thePyeongChang 2018Games, Gunilla Lindberg,and Olympic GamesExecutive DirectorGilbert Felli, the IOCgroup spoke about themanagement of theGames and the keymilestones that occurduring the lifecycle of anOrganising Committee.They also laid out theframework ofpartnership that willguide preparations forthe next seven years.Lindberg said: "We areexcited to be here sosoon after PyeongChangwas awarded the rightto host the 2018 Games.Our GamesManagement processhelps cities to get upand running quickly andeffectively, which ishighly beneficialbecause the seven years between now and the Games will goby rapidly."The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)has launched a programme that offers youngpeople the chance to learn about the Olympic Truceand to take part in sporting and cultural activitiesthat help promote the themes related to the OlympicTruce in their schools and communities. The 'GetSet for the Olympic Truce' resources - which will bemade available to every school and college acrossthe UK - include films, assembly materials andactivity ideas developed to encourage young peopleto debate and discuss the themes of the OlympicTruce and to promote friendship and mutual respectthrough sport or culture in their school."With the inspiring 'Get Set for the OlympicTruce' programme, young people will discover thatsport transcends all differences; that sportcombines friendship, solidarity, fair play anduniversality; and that practising sport is a humanright," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "I would like to praise the initiative of theLondon Organising Committee of the OlympicGames which, through this programme, fulfils thevision of the Olympic Truce."All 193 member states of the United NationsGeneral Assembly have agreed to co-sponsor theOlympic Truce Resolution ahead of the London2012 Games - the most co-sponsoring states inthe history of the UN.BelowYoung people will learn about the TruceLONDON2012LAUNCHESOLYMPICTRUCEPROGRAMMEVANCOUVER2010 LEGACYFELTACROSSCANADACanada is still enjoyingthe legacies of theVancouver 2010 OlympicWinter Games, with theRichmond Olympic Ovalin Vancouver recognisedas the most successfulsports facility of 2011during the 22nd IAKS(International Associationfor Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress. TheOlympic venue was awarded the IOC/IAKS GoldMedal as well as the IPC/IAKS Distinction forAccessibility.Judged by IAKS, the International OlympicCommittee (IOC) and the International ParalympicCommittee (IPC) respectively, the IOC/IAKS Awardis the only international architecture competitionfor sports and leisure facilities, while the IPC/IAKSDistinction for Accessibility is aimed at increasingthe accessibility of all sports facilities andarchitectural projects.Hosting the Games has also created newopportunities within Vancouver. Since the Games,local interest in winter sports, such as curling, has risen significantly meaning that new facilitiesare being well used. The Vancouver Curling Club recentlycelebrated the opening of its new home, theHillcrest Centre, which includes a library, fitnesscentre, gymnasium, hockey arena, plus indoorand outdoor swimming pools. Hillcrest was theOlympic curling venue in 2010 but was built withits post-Games legacy as a community centreand rink already in mind. In addition, reportshave revealed that hosting the event can providea significant boost to the local economy. A studyby the University of British Columbia, as part ofthe IOC's Olympic Games Impact (OGI)programme to measure the impact of the 2010Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games foundthat they played a key role in attracting newbusinesses, creating jobs and encouraging anincrease in visitor spending.Above The Richmond Olympic Oval was namedthe most successful sports facility for 2011NEWS INBRIEF