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    Innsbruck 2012 Offers IOC Innovative Plan for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

    At a press conference today in Innsbruck, Leo Wallner, President of the Austrian Olympic Committee, and Martin Schnitzer, CEO of the Innsbruck 2012 bid for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic games, extolled the virtues of the Innsbruck plan for the Games as the city celebrated the submission of its Candidature File to the IOC.

    “Within the pages of these bid books,” said Wallner, “the International Olympic Committee will discover a plan that offers a high level of convenience and a significant measure of innovation,” said Wallner, “All the sports venues are concentrated in two zones in Innsbruck and Seefeld and the Culture and Education Programme has the potential to generate a digital media phenomenon in youth communities around the world.”
    “Innsbruck presents its bid to the IOC,” said Schnitzer, “with nearly everything ready to go. All of the venues exist but two, which will temporary, and the full transportation and accommodations infrastructure is in place. The City of Innsbruck and the State of Tyrol have invested more than USD225 million in venue and transport upgrades directly related to the Games in the last eight years. And the City of Innsbruck has committed to build a new Olympic Village with 2000 bids is at the heart of the plan, a project that will place all athletes within an average of 15 minutes of their competition venues and will leave a great legacy for the community in much needed social housing.”

    “Having hosted the 2005 Winter Universiade,” said Wallner, “an event 50% larger than the Winter Youth Olympic Games in many of these same venues, Innsbruck offers a plan that is proven and realistic. That’s why all three levels of government have provided all the guarantees required by the IOC.”

    The Innsbruck plan features a high level of venue concentration, with two major venue clusters—Olympiaworld and the Seefeld Arena—within the two major venue zones. In fact, 74% of the medal events on the programme will be staged in those two key venue clusters. The Culture and Education Programme, which features a high-level of athlete-generated media content, will be anchored in the Innsbruck Congress Centre, a highly modern state-of-the-art conference facility less than three kilometers from the Youth Olympic Village.

    “The IOC can trust Innsbruck to deliver a great celebration for the world’s youngest winter Olympians,” said Schnitzer. “This is a safe and trustworthy plan set in one of the most beautiful winter sport destinations in the world. It is full of innovation and opportunities for young people to excel at sport and experience the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and trust through cross-cultural creative collaboration.”

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