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18OLYMPIC REVIEW First Public Visitors to 2012 Stadium London 2012 wel-comed 150 competi-tion winners and their guests to the Olympic Stadium site for an exclusive preview of the construction progress made to date on the Olympic Stadium. The event was organised as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend and was the first opportu-nity for members of the public to see inside the Olympic Stadium. It was one of 750 Open Weekend events taking place around the UK to enable access to excellence in sport, arts and culture, and to celebrate ' three years to go' until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The visitors viewed the inside of the Olympic Stadium from the South Stand together with Gail Emms - one the UK's most successful Badminton players and a silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. They each received a souvenir photo to mark the occasion as well as a ' three years to go' commemorative £ 5 coin. The maple leaf has pride of place on the Official Posters of the Vancouver Games, unveiled by the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ( VANOC) and Canadian athletes. " One of Canada's most cherished symbols is the maple leaf. We put it on our flag, our uniforms and even our backpacks when we travel around the world. It sums up who we are - our shared history, values and goals as a country," said Nathalie Lambert, Canada's chef de mission for the Games. " That's why it's fitting to have the maple leaf on the official posters!" Lambert, a three- time Olympic medallist in short track speed skating, unveiled the posters with Jean Labonté, a 2006 Paralympic gold medallist in ice sledge hockey; and John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. The posters - the 21st produced for an Olympic Winter Games - will have a place in history alongside past Games posters, and are sure to grace bedroom walls, boardrooms and sports facilities around the world. This same signature " look" will also be found at Games time in 2010 - on tickets, banners, venue signage and buildings - giving the entire Host Region a seamless, festive atmosphere as it welcomes the world. AboveThe official Vancouver posters Like Athens in 2004, Turin in 2006 and Beijing in 2008, Vancouver 2010 will be closely examined by a GrandTémoin de la Francophonie, this time the former President of the Swiss Confederation, Pascal Couchepin, who was appointed by the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf. The role of the Grand Témoin is to lead activities promoting awareness and observation of the French language, and increasing its use. At the announcement of this nomination, IOC President Jacques Rogge stated: " We are looking forward to working with Mr Couchepin. We have already had the opportunity of working with him in the framework of his functions within the federal government. His solid international experience and his knowledge of the sports world will certainly be valuable assets in his new role of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie." Pascal Couchepin is a key figure in the Swiss political landscape. He was President of the Swiss Confederation twice, in 2003 and 2008. Within the Federal Council, he led the Federal Department of Economic Affairs from 1998 to 2002. During this period, he represented Switzerland within the World Trade Organisation ( WTO) and served as Governor of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( EBRD). Currently Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, he will leave this post in October 2009 to devote himself to his new mission promoting the French language at the Olympic Games. VANCOUVERUNVEILS OFFICIAL POSTERS ENROUTEFORPERFECTLY BILINGUALGAMES THREEYEARS TOGOFOR LONDON The London 2012 Organising Committee ( LOCOG) celebrated three years to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July by holding a number of events to celebrate this landmark date. These included the opportunity for Team GB athletes to tour the Olympic Park and to travel on the new Javelin trains that will bring up to 25,000 spectators per hour into the Olympic Park at Games time. IOC President Jacques Rogge said, " A little over four years ago, Seb Coe presented a vision to the IOC members of Games that would make a difference. Make a difference to the athletes by giving them the experience of a lifetime, make a difference to the lives of people in London and across Great Britain through regeneration and sport, and make a difference to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. London 2012 and its partners are delivering on that vision. Their good work since Singapore is a testament to that fact, and I am in no doubt that in 2012 we will see great Games that will make a difference to us all." LOCOG has made solid progress with its preparations to stage the Game since its election in Singapore in 2005 . The external structure of the Olympic Stadium is now complete, the roof structure of the Aquatics Centre is over half way finished, and work is also progressing well on the Olympic Village, the Velodrome, the IBC/ MPC and the transport and infrastructure projects needed for the Games. BelowLord Coe with artistic performers LONDON 2012

OLYMPIC REVIEW19 El Salvador The NOC of El Salvador and the University of El Salvador ( UES) organised sports administration courses for the UES staff, the sports leaders of sever-al town councils in El Salvador and physical education students. Spread over four days ( 14, 21 and 28 August, and 4 September), these courses covered several subjects, including the structure of the Olympic Movement, the ancient Olympic Games, sports planning, budgeting and financial management. Canada and Barbados The Canadian NOC has signed an MoU with the Barbados NOC to strengthen sporting relations between the two countries. Canadian NOC Secretary General Chris Rudge and Barbados NOC President and Secretary General Steve Stoute and Erskine Simmons respectively signed this MoU, under the terms of which the two NOCs undertake to develop more solid partner-ships, focused on athletes' development, among the sports federations. IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Abuja ( Nigeria) for the 13th General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ( ANOCA), whose President is IOC member Lassana Palenfo. During his stay, President Rogge met the President of the Republic, Umaru Yar'adua, and several IOC members there for this occasion. He also laid the first stone of the permanent ANOCA headquarters in Abuja. Palenfo was re-elected as ANOCA President for a term of four years - his second term of office. LeftPresident Rogge lays the first stone of the permanent ANOCA headquarters IOCPRESIDENT VISITSNIGERIA BOAAND ROMANIASIGN AGREEMENT SPORTS ADMINISTRATION COURSE ATHLETES DONATE GEAR A Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) was signed between the British Olympic Association ( BOA) and the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee at the beginning of July at a ceremony organised at the House of Lords. BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan welcomed his Romanian counterpart, Octavian Morariu, accompanied by Sports Director Alexandru Epuran, Chief of Staff Cristian Butariu and Romanian Ambassador Jon Linga. The areas covered by this MoU include developing excellence in sport; strengthening relations between the athletes of both countries; promoting understanding between their people; developing athlete exchanges; and sharing information on best practice in sports administration. This MoU will remain in place until 31 December 2012 with the option of an additional four years. Below Colin Moynihan and Octavian Morariu shake hands after signing the Memorandum The Guatemalan NOC organised sports administration and Sport for All courses from 6 to 10 July with the support of the Higher Sports Council of Spain. Among the subjects addressed at the first course were the planning, administration and management of sports organisations, human resources, and sport and the environment. In addition, at the end of June, the first meeting on sports psychology was held, and attended by about 40 people from Guatemala, Peru and Puerto Rico, including many athletes. In cooperation with the " Athletes for Athletes" Foundation and the government, the Costa Rican NOC took part in an operation to donate sports equipment to children and youngsters in the province of Limón, 160km from the capital, San José. T- shirts, balls, shoes, shin pads and even trophies were given to some 310 young footballers, to their great delight. NEWS INBRIEF