IOC workshop gives Candidate Cities 2024 valuable insight into IBC/MPC, Olympic Village

IOC workshop gives Candidate Cities 2024 valuable insight into IBC/MPC, Olympic Village
2024 Bid Cities: Los Angeles (United States), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France)

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International Olympic Committee

April 8, 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday concluded a successful two-day workshop with the Candidate Cities 2024, dedicated to the Olympic Village, the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC).

Representatives from the four Candidate Cities vying to host the Olympic Games in 2024 – Los Angeles (United States), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France) – took part in the meetings at the headquarters of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) in Madrid on 6 and 7 April.

The workshops complemented those organised last November as part of Stage 1 of the Candidature Process, which focuses on Vision, Games Concept and Strategy. The Olympic Village and the IBC/MPC are two specific areas where the Candidate Cities requested further information in order to find optimal, cost-effective technical solutions best suited to meeting the long-term needs of the city while developing their Olympic projects.

This week’s technical meetings were in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which facilitates an open, two-way dialogue between the IOC and the Candidate Cities.

The meetings were led by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director – Olympic Candidatures, and OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos and their teams. Together they reviewed past Olympic Games plans, best practices and legacy case studies, and discussed how these can be applied to each individual project.

“One of the aims of the workshop was to demonstrate to the cities that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution and how early planning can lead to extensive cost savings in the long-term,” said Jacqueline Barrett.

OBS CEO Exarchos said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Candidate Cities 2024 and discuss in detail their specific IBC plans, as well as the legacy possibilities for each of the proposed structures. It is often overlooked, but IBCs from previous Games have historically been facilities that have proven to be integral to the continuing economic and cultural growth of the host city. From the workshop, it was clear that this same opportunity exists for each of the four Candidate Cities.”

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