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  • London Olympics Debrief Heads to Finish


    (ATR) After two days of briefings about planning for the Olympics, London Olympics executives today will tell their Rio 2016 counterparts the secrets of delivering the Games.
    Olympic debrief meetings run through Wednesday. (Rio 2016)

    About 300 delegates are taking part in the week-long transfer of knowledge in Rio de Janeiro, a post-Games tradition held in the next host city.

    The debriefing includes plenary sessions on three broad themes and break-out panels on more specific topics. After discussing vision and project planning over the weekend and Monday, Tuesday will be devoted to delivering the Games.

    London 2012 leaders presenting at the debrief include chairman Sebastian Coe and CEO Paul Deighton. From the IOC are Nawal El Moutawakel, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio, Denis Oswald, chair of the London 2012 co comm, Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and other staff from Lausanne headquarters.
    Nawal El Moutawakel. (Rio 2016)

    El Moutawakel and her IOC colleagues held one of their regular project reviews of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday ahead of the London debrief. It was the first chance for the IOC team to review progress in Rio since a July report that raised concerns about deadlines and coordination of projects across various levels of government and the organizing committee.

    “The spirit of this debriefing must be one of open and frank interaction. We all must search for information and ask questions to soak-up the experience of the London team present here,” said Felli at the opening plenary session.

    The Olympics debrief ends Wednesday but will be followed by two days of work on the Paralympics, including a project review conducted by the International Paralympic Committee.
    Sebastian Coe passes the baton to Carlos Nuzman. (Rio 2016)

    Coe made two symbolic presentations at the start of the debrief. He delivered one of the burners from the now-deconstructed cauldron from the 2012 Games. And he passed a silver baton to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.

    “At the end of the London Games, we had the idea of exchanging something, and who knows if that doesn’t become common practice for future editions? We’re getting the baton from the big boss of the Games,” said Nuzman.

    Written and reported by Ed Hula.

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