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  • Youth Olympic Games Bid Profile: Turin


    01/08/08

    Turin’s 2006 legacies, such as the new airport terminal, help its YOG bid scores. (ATR)  
    Turin’s Youth Olympic Games bid is strong where legacies of 2006 are concerned, but questions over a brand new facility for the Youth Olympic Village dragged the city’s score down in the evaluation by the International Olympic Committee panel of experts.

    Choosing a Home

    Turin proposes an Athletes Village at a new housing complex being built by the city of Turin. Construction at the Parco Colonnetti is scheduled to begin in April 2008 and finish by April 2010. The IOC experts underlined the risk involved in finishing such a pivotal project by games-time. They also lacked information about the layout of the actual apartments, writing that Turin’s plan seemed to make apartment living rooms into triple bedrooms. Turin’s Youth Olympic Village concept ranked between 4 and 5 on a 10-point scale.

    After the IOC report, Turin came up with two other housing ideas: a village in the Turin suburb of Villaggio Settimo or accommodation in the city’s university dormitories. But the bid committee argues that the Parco Colonnetti is still the best idea because it is closest to the venues and is adjacent to a park that has extensive training facilities. The committee also clarified that some athlete housing will be in triple-occupancy bedrooms, but that no beds will be put in living rooms.

    Financing Questions

    Turin proposes a games on a budget of $112 million. Some 38 percent of revenue will come in the form of a national government subsidy. Another 23 percent will come from domestic sponsorships and supplier agreements. The IOC experts rate the revenue plan between 4 and 6. They note that accumulating some $28 million in domestic sponsors and suppliers is a challenging target. “Turin could reduce certain cost line items to reduce revenue needs,” they write, but do not specify the items in question.

    Turin’s largest expenditures are workforce costs, at
    The Oval Lingotto will require significant temporary overlay to host YOG handball, fencing, table tennis and modern pentathlon. (ATR)  
    some $16 million; accommodations at $14 million and ceremonies at over $11 million.

    Olympic Legacy a Plus for Venues, Infrastructure

    Venues built or refurbished for the 2006 Games – including the Oval Lingotto, Palasport Olimpico, and Stadio del Ghiaccio Tazzoli – will host many sports. The IOC experts give Turin’s venues a 6.5 to 8 on quality.

    Most venues lie within Turin’s public transport network, which was expanded for the 2006 Games. The IOC experts note that 4 km of additional subway line will link the Lingotto to the rest of the system. Only the canoeing, rowing and sailing cluster –
    "Turin’s cultural program would help to create festive atmosphere in the city,” write the IOC experts.  
    90 km outside of the city on Lake Viverone – is outside of the city.

    The city has more than adequate accommodation for YOG needs, and both Turin and nearby Milan are well-linked airline hubs, according to the IOC report.

    Culture Online

    Before the games begin, Turin proposes to reach out to youth worldwide with an extensive online presence. A website would have places for chat, user-generated content and other interactive features. Young musicians, visual artists and writers will be invited to join a contest to help design certain aspects of the games. During the games, Turin proposes cultural competitions and free youth passes to the city’s cultural and sport centes. But the education portion of the plan is geared a little too much toward Italian youths rather than athletes, the IOC experts write. They give Turin’s education plan a 5 to 7.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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