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  • Bidding for the Games: Winter Olympic Cities Enter Race for 1st Winter Youth Olympics, 2016 Notes


    Winter Youth Olympics Deadline

    Past Winter Olympic hosts Innsbruck and Lillehammer could be the front runners in the race for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012.

    Thursday is the deadline for cities to notify the IOC of their intent to bid. The IOC says it will release a list of applicants on March 7.

    The president of the Norwegian NOC tells Around the Rings that Lillehammer will bid, winning a unanimous vote of support at a meeting Thursday in Oslo.

    A letter confirming the nomination was faxed to the International Olympic Committee to meet the March 6 deadline.

    “We think it's a very interesting concept,” Tove Paule says.

    “It's not only about competition, it's also educational and is for a certain age group which can inspire people.”

    Innsbruck, Austria, twice the host of the Winter Games, is the other bid with Olympic credentials. The Austrian NOC and government have extended their support.

    A bid from Finland would come from the winter sports center of Kuopio.

    A bid from Bulgaria is also possible, but there’s no word yet from the Bulgarian NOC.

    Around the Rings understands that the city of Turin, host of the 2006 Winter Games, will not lodge a candidacy, lacking support from CONI, the Italian national Olympic committee.

    Candidate files are due at the IOC in June with a short list of finalists to be decided in August. The winning city will be selected in a postal IOC vote similar to the one held last month won by Singapore for the inaugural YOG in 2010.

    2016 Bids Head to Jordan, Avoid Fiji

    The IOC Women and Sport conference set for Jordan March 8-10 will attract hundreds of participants, including delegates from cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics.
    Representatives from the 2016 cities make one of their first trips abroad this weekend to the IOC Women and Sport conference in Jordan.  

    Around the Rings understands that representatives from Chicago, Doha, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo will attend the event on the Dead Sea. No word from the other two contenders in the 2016 race, Baku and Prague.

    None of the 2016 cities will make the journey to Fiji next week for the annual general assembly for the Oceania National Olympic Committees. With the cities still in the applicant phase during which international activities are limited by IOC rules, the meeting is off limits. The cities selected in June to go onto the final phase of the campaign will be able to attend next year’s Oceania summit, as well as the meetings of the other four continental associations.

    But all seven are expected in Beijing next month as observers at the Association of National Olympic Committees meeting, the biggest meeting for the Olympic movement outside of IOC Sessions.

    Madrid Selects Legacy Consultant

    U.K.-based consultant pmpLegacy has joined the Madrid 16 team to provide its expertise in legacy issues for bid cities.

    “As legacy forms such a key aspect of any bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are pleased to have secured the services of market leaders pmpLEGACY to work closely with us and our Legacy Commission to ensure that this aspect is at the heart of our bid”, said Madrid bid CEO Mercedes Coghen in a statement.

    pmpLegacy has advised London 2012, as well as organizing committees for other major sports events.

    Baku 2016 Raises Profile on TV Show

    Baku 2016 leaders tell Around the Rings that their domestic PR campaign is growing public support for the Olympic bid.

    A TV program called Olympic World has been screening weekly on the national Az.TV channel over the past three months.

    Government ministers and bid officials have made regular appearances on the show to promote the Olympic bid to the population of Azerbaijan. The program also includes coverage of international Olympics news.

    According to Ilham Madatov, a spokesman for the sports ministry, the TV exposure has led to growing awareness of Baku's 2016 bid objectives.

    “We have a good feeling,” says Madatov, who has made two appearances on the TV program. “We have very good support from our people from all regions.”

    Madatov confirms that a Baku 2016 delegation will attend the Association of National Olympic Committees general assembly in Beijing next month.

    Yagub Eyubov, the government's first vice premier and the man fronting the bid, will be in the group of Baku representatives attending the Beijing meeting. The group is also expected to include NOC secretary general Aghajan Abiyev and vice-president Chingiz Huseyn-zada.

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    Written by Ed Hula

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