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  • Youth Olympic Games 2012: Martin Schnitzer confirmed as Chief Executive Officer


    The interim CEO of the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (IYOCOG) Martin Schnitzer has now been officially confirmed. On occasion of a General Assembly of the Organising Committee Schnitzer was selected out of 21 applicants.

    Martin Schnitzer, of Merano in South Tyrol (Italy), is 32 years old and has already earned a reputation as a brilliant major event manager on occasion of the 2005 Winter Universiade in Innsbruck/Seefeld and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Recently, Martin served as Secretary General of the UEFA EURO 2008TM Host City Innsbruck.

    The President of the Austrian Olympic Committee (AOC) and IOC Member Leo Wallner is delighted by the choice: "Personally, professionally and philosophically, Martin embodies the commitment to sport and to young people that Innsbruck 2012 seeks to reflect at every level of its organisation. We are looking forward to working closely with him for the next years”, said Wallner.

    Martin earned his first degree in Sports Science at the University of Innsbruck in 2001 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Management of Sport Organisations at the University of San Marino in 2003. He also completed an Executive Master’s in Sport Organisation Management (MEMOS), a postgraduate programme officially accredited by the IOC, in 2004.

    Today Martin lectures and tutors young people at the university, while working on his own PhD on "creating legacies for major sporting events". He was also President of the Merano Local Organising Committee for the 2001 Women’s Handball World Championships in South Tyrol. Martin’s expertise developed from his passion for sports.

    At the 2005 Winter Universiade in Innsbruck/Seefeld, he was involved in every area of operations and worked as lead on-site executive for the innovative five-discipline venue cluster at the Seefeld Arena. He also oversaw 50 Winter Universiade projects run jointly with universities, including an international ‘Young Researcher Seminar' and a post-Games debriefing conference. After the Winter Universiade, Martin moved to Turin and served as TOROC’s Deputy Venue Manager for the Women’s Olympic Alpine Skiing speed events at San Sicario.

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