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  • IOC Winter Olympic Program Commission Report: Biathlon


    The International Olympic Committee has released its report on the Winter Sports from the Turin Olympics. The report, prepared by the IOC Program Commission and IOC Sports Department, is a compilation of information on the seven sports of the Winter Games, including data on the popularity and cost of staging competitions. Here is information from the report on biathlon.

    Federation: International Biathlon Union

    Number of Olympic Events: 10

    Year introduced to Olympic Games:
    Men’s – 1960; Women’s – 1992

    Number of Member Federations:

    Tickets Sold in 2006 Turin Olympics:
    42,720 (82.2% of total available biathlon tickets)

    Television Coverage:

    - Average number of viewer hours per day of competition for 2006 Olympics: 45,296,197
    - Average number of prime-time viewer hours per day of competition for 2006 Olympics: 2,154,614

    Published Articles from 1/27/06 – 3/12/06:
    830 (8% of total articles about the Winter Olympics, based on a private marketing study used by the IOC)

    Sport Page Visits on IOC Website during 2006 Olympics:
    110,194 (8% of total views)

    Gender in Sport:

    - Percentage of national federations which took part in Turin qualifying events: Men – 69.8%; Women – 55.6%
    - Federation’s Governing Body (8 members): Men – 7; Women – 1

    Athletes’ Commission:

    Number of Doping Tests in 2005:
    603 (no anti-doping violations)

    Revenues (2002-2005):

    - From Olympics: 33.8%
    - Marketing & Broadcasting: 61.3%

    Costs (as assessed by IOC experts; no benchmark figures are available):

    - Venue: Moderate if venue is new
    - Technology: Very High
    - Technology complexity: Very High
    - TV Production: $439,044 per day of competition

    Click here to access the full report at the IOC website.

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