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  • Olympic Cities Gather in Lausanne


    Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace is the setting for the Lausanne Summit. (Getty Images)
     Officials from the organizing committees of the next three Olympics -- Vancouver, London and Sochi -- are among the participants attending the two-day meeting at the Beau-Rivage Palace on the shores of Lake Léman. Singapore's 2010 Youth Olympic Games organizers will also attend.

    The four cities in the race for the 2016 Olympics -- Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo -- will have a minimal presence because their leaders are currently attending the Pan American Sports Organization general assembly in Acapulco, Mexico.

    Other cities attending include: Annecy, France; Busan, Republic of Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Poznań, Poland ; PyeongChang, Republic of Korea; Quebec City, Canada; The Hague, Holland.

    Jon Killoran, chief executive of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, has also confirmed his attendance.

    Joining together for the first time, the Olympic cities will share experiences to build the platform for the success of Olympic and Youth Olympic Games to come.

    "The IOC has committed to ensuring that a city understands as early as possible the importance of integrating the Olympic Games into its long-term urban development strategy, in order to leave the best possible urban and sporting legacy to the country, the city and its entire community," says IOC President Jacques Rogge in a welcome note on the event Web site.

    IOC Director General Urs Lacotte (right), pictured with IOC President Jacques Rogge, will open the Lausanne Summit. (Getty Images)
    "This is why the IOC supports the first Lausanne Summit and the General Assembly of the World Union of Olympic Cities, which will be the perfect platform to share and exchange information and knowledge."

    A Program Centered on Branding, Bidding and Staging Games

    The Oct. 9 to 11 summit is organised by the World Union of Olympic Cities (UMVO), the Lausanne-based body established in December 2002 by Athens and the Swiss city. It constitutes the official inauguration of the UMVO and marks the first step towards its growth.

    The IOC's Director General Urs Lacotte will formally open the conference.

    Key speakers on the program include Michael Knight, the former minister for the Olympics in the government of the state of New South Wales and president of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the 2000
    Gilbert Felli (right), the IOC's Olympic Games executive director, will discuss how hosting the Olympics has changed over the past decade. (Getty Images)
    Games. In a Friday morning slot, he is scheduled to speak about the political opportunities associated with staging the Olympics.

    Simon Anholt, a leading specialist in creating brand strategies for countries, cities and regions, will give a presentation on city and nation branding. Jerome Frost, head of design for London's Olympic Delivery Authority, will talk about urban and environmental sustainability.

    Friday's program will conclude with the UMVO General Assembly that will present its future activities to the cities who are interested in joining.
    Beijing's Vice Mayor Chen Gang kicks off Saturday's program with a debrief of the Beijing Olympics.

    Gilbert Felli, the IOC's Olympic Games executive director, will use his presentation to explore how the bidding, planning and staging of the Olympic Games has changed over the last 10 years.

    This will be followed by a speech about the socio-economic opportunities of staging the Olympics delivered by Geoff Newton, director of Olympic opportunity at the London Development Agency.

    With reporting from Mark Bisson.
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