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Virtual Congress Over 1,000 contribu-tions were received for the Copenhagen Congress through the virtual Congress website. " We have an excellent basis for an interesting debate in Copenhagen," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. " All the contributions from the Olympic family and a selection from the general public will be edited and published in July. The participants are invited to take note of all these before they travel to Copenhagen, so that we can concentrate on the spot on a real debate." Invitations Official invitations for the 13th Olympic Congress are being sent in early April. Over 1,000 participants including IOC members; IOC honorary and hon-our members; repre-sentatives of the IFs, NOCs, the athletes and Organising Committees for the Olympic Games; athletes and athlete support staff ( coaches, doctors and medical staff); referees, judges and technical officials; the IOC's Olympic part-ners; and the media are expected to attend. Congress in Baden- Baden paved the way for the creation of the IOC Athletes' Commission. PARIS 1994 The Centennial Olympic Congress in 1994, otherwise known as the Congress of Unity, was held in Paris. The Congress proved trend- setting in an area of great interest today, the protection of the environment which was declared to be an essential component of Olympism. A survey was conducted and measures to optimise the Olympic Movement's contribution to preserving the environment were defined. Also at the 1994 Congress, for the first time the media were invited to speak in the framework of the theme on Sport and the mass media. Copenhagen will continue the move towards inclusiveness as the general public, via the internet, will now be able to take part in an Olympic Congress. " This is the first Congress of the new millennium, and the first one since the start of the digital revolution. Even if the Olympic Congress is primarily for the Olympic family, we needed to take the pulse using the modern methods available to us, and in particular open up to the public," Rogge concludes. Above: The picturesque Danish capital Copenhagen will be the host of the 2009 Olympic Congress LOGO LAUNCH PROGRAMME FOR SESSION AND CONGRESS The Organising Committee in Copenhagen has launched the logo for the 13th Olympic Congress and the 121st IOC Session. IOC President Jacques Rogge, who attended the ceremony at the world famous Tivoli Garden, expressed his high appreciation for the logo: " The slogan of the 13th Congress ' Taking the pulse' is nicely reflect-ed in the logo and shows how vital the Olympic Movement is. The red heart also stands of course for the cordial Danish population and the commit-ment with which the Organising Committee is coordinating this event." The Organising Committee has also launched the Session and Olympic Congress website, which offers useful information about the Congress and the City of Copenhagen: www. 2009congress. olympic. org The programme for the 121th IOC Session and the Olympic Congress has been finalised. More details on www. 2009congress. olympic. org 2 October 2009: 121stIOC Session: Election of the Host City for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 3- 5 October 2009: 13thOlympic Congress 7- 9 October 2009: 121thIOC Session with the election of the IOC President and a vote on the sport programme for 2016 Olympic Games. OLYMPIC REVIEW19 NEWS INBRIEF

20OLYMPIC REVIEW IOC President Jacques Rogge has officially invited the National Olympic Committees ( NOCs) of the world to attend the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The ceremony, which took place in front of a live audience at the brand new Richmond Olympic Oval, was broadcast across Canada on television and saw winter sporting great Cindy Klassen add her voice to Rogge's invitation to the youth of the world. Inviting the athletes of the world to Vancouver, Rogge said, " The Olympic Games engender dreams and inspiration in the hearts of young people everywhere. For athletes around the world the chance to compete next year in Vancouver will be their goal, the culmination of a lifetime's ambition. I wish them all good luck, and on behalf of the International Olympic Committee, I invite them to participate in the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver one year from now." A number of NOCs were invited to Vancouver to receive their invitations directly from President Rogge. The NOCs that were represented by their Presidents in Richmond were Great Britain, Russia, the United States and Canada – the NOCs of the next Games hosts and of the country that neighbours Canada. The other NOCs will receive their invitations by post, which were sent directly from the IOC's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The hour- long spectacular, which culminated in a mass celebration at 6 p. m. Vancouver time – the time at which the Opening Ceremony is exactly 365 days away – saw a number of different cultural elements, including a welcome by the children of the Four Host First Nations, a choir and vocalist singing O Canada, a fun mascot number and a huge finale. There were also elements of sport, with Klassen and some younger athletes all involved in the event. BelowLocal schoolchildren at the celebrations Following the unveiling of its Olympic Torch Relay route last year, the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee ( VANOC) took advantage of the one- year- to- go mark to unveil its Olympic Torch design, the torchbearer uniform and the first two torchbearers to be selected for the event. IOC President Jacques Rogge was also present, along with a number of other dignitaries at the unveiling event in Whistler – site of the skiing and sliding events for the 2010 Games. Speaking at the event, President Rogge said, " For most people – whether as spectators or torchbearers – the Olympic Torch Relay is a once-in- a- lifetime experience. I have seen the pride people feel when this vibrant symbol of the world's hope and excitement is carried through their own community." He continued, " Many of those who witness the Olympic Torch Relay will find it ignites a passion and inspires them to participate in sport, to give their very best in all they do." Inspired by Canada's open landscape, vast potential and smooth fluid lines left in the snow from winter sports, the torch design is ergonomic and easily handled by everyone. The torch in winter white has a red Maple leaf cut- out and the Games motto " With Glowing Hearts/ Des plus brillants exploits" engraved on it. An inukshuk, the emblem of Vancouver 2010, is also prominent. The torch measures 94.5 centimetres and weighs about 1.6 kilogrammes. The Olympic Torch Relay uniforms for 2010 were designed by renowned Canadian fashion designers Vivienne Lu and Tu Ly. The uniforms are white and accented with bright bursts of blue and green on the left arm of the jacket. The colour palette is inspired by the winter landscape and the multi- hued beauty of the dancing northern lights, as well as the breathtaking scenery of the Sea- to- Sky region. The uniforms also feature the Olympic rings on the back and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay emblem. The first two torchbearers selected through public contests were Patricia Moreno, 17, and Caleb Taylor, 35. Patricia was selected for her leadership role in her community and her dedication to youth sports programmes, while Caleb teaches hockey to inner- city youth in his hometown of Regina. BelowPatricia Moreno with the Olympic Torch VANCOUVER2010: ONEYEARTOGO TORCHDESIGN AND TORCHBEARERS UNIFORMSUNVEILED