In addition to their progress reports to the IOC Session, all of the Organising Committees shared their anticipation for the IOC’s upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games Education Programme, as they look to learn from the experiences gained in the planning and delivery of this year’s Games.
With less than 200 days to go, the delegation from Beijing outlined their progress towards delivering: “A simple, safe and splendid Games”.
A key milestone for Beijing 2022 has been the completion of its 22 competition venues, all of which have now been through homologation tests. The Beijing Olympic Village and International Broadcast Centre have also recently been completed, with construction of the remaining non-competition venues due to finish later this year.
The team from Beijing 2022 explained that their next key period will be between September and December when they will host 10 test events and three training weeks. As part of their preparations, they outlined their commitment to health and safety, noting their close collaboration with both international and local scientific and health experts and organisations.
In the coming months, Beijing 2022 plans to refine its volunteer programme, which has received applications from more than 1.1 million people so far. It will also continue its engagement programmes, which have seen over 300 public events held in recent months, reaching nearly 100 million people. This sets the Organising Committee well on its way to engaging more than 300 million people in winter sports by the end of the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.
The Paris 2024 Organising Committee team shared their excitement and readiness to step into the spotlight upon the handover of hosting responsibilities from Tokyo 2020 at the end of this year’s Games.
This anticipation will be reflected through 20 celebration sites across France – and in Tahiti – being organised by Paris 2024 during the Tokyo 2020 Games. These will give fans the opportunity to come together to watch and engage with all the action from Japan, as well as exclusive opportunities to celebrate the handover of the Olympic flag to Paris on 8 August.
In addition, IOC Members received an overview of Paris 2024’s initiative that will see four temporary swimming pools built in Seine-Saint-Denis, an area where one in every two children starting secondary school does not know how to swim. This will help thousands of children from the local community learn to swim over the summer months.
Details of Paris 2024’s new digital training camp booking platform for the Paris 2024 Games were also presented. This includes information about more than 700 options currently available to the National Olympic Committees.
Further updates were provided on Paris 2024’s commercial success, progress with venues, extensive engagement programmes (Terre de Jeux and Club 2024) and continued commitment to being the first carbon-positive Games.
Milano Cortina 2026
The team from Milano Cortina 2026 summarised a busy few months to IOC Members, the highlight being the launch of the official emblem in March. Since then, they have been developing their ambassador programme, which now includes Federica Pellegrini, Alberto Tomba, Bebe Vio and Francesco Totti.
The Organising Committee also told the IOC Session about the continued growth of its team, as well as the ongoing evolution of the venue masterplan. This is benefiting from close collaboration with host territories and the experience of other events taking place in Italy.
In this regard, Milano Cortina 2026 shared the success of two events held in future Olympic venues in recent months: the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Anterselva and the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
In LA28’s first in-person presentation to the IOC Session since its election, the team declared: “LA is a Games-ready city,” reflecting the planned use of existing world-class facilities as part of the venue masterplan.
Summarising key events from the past few months, LA28 highlighted the success of its brand launch last year, when it revealed its unique emblem. The team also detailed the announcement of their Athletes’ Commission earlier this month, which will serve as an advisory group to ensure athletes are at the heart of the Games; and provided updates on recent commercial partnerships agreed as they continue to build equity in their Games.
Looking towards the future, LA28 shared updates on its Youth Sports Programme. This will engage more than 100,000 young people from across the city during the 2021-22 school year. The initiative recently benefited from a USD 9.6 million grant – the single largest commitment to youth sports in California’s history.
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