Beijing, 2 November 2004. Three days of briefing meetings organized by the IOC were successfully concluded in Beijing today, where Athens organizers have been sharing the lessons of their successful summer. Under the auspices of the IOC’s Transfer of Knowledge programme, the Organising Committee of the Athens Olympic Games of the XXVIII Olympiad (ATHOC), lead by ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos Daskalaki shared insights and experience on areas including sports, finance, Games identity and vision, venue planning and operation, Games-time operation, test events and the Paralympic Games. Past, present and future organizers of the Olympic Games were represented, with teams from Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and the Candidate Cities bidding for the summer Games of 2012 joining executives from all levels of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
“The Olympic Games have now been held three times in this third millennium, and Sydney Salt Lake City and now Athens were all great successes,’ said IOC Olympics Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. “After each of those Games, we have held debriefing meetings, with transfer of knowledge becoming a key step in the IOC’s work to ensure the Games continue to go from strength to strength. Transfer of knowledge plays a key part in work being lead by IOC President Jacques Rogge to manage the size and complexity of the Olympic Games, whilst maintaining their quality.”
The IOC’s Transfer of Knowledge programme consists of a knowledge base, accessible via extranet, comprising key reports, plans and information from every area of Olympic Games management. An observers’ programme organized during the Games provides a framework for future hosts to fully grasp the work done by each organizing committee. A second programme ensures executives and staff gain first-hand experience by working in key Games organization roles.
“To be most effective, our Transfer of Knowledge programmes are constantly adjusted in a client-focused way.” Said Felli. ”The best opportunity for us to add future value to the knowledge gained from past Games is to make sure it is presented in the most useful way possible. We tailor workshops, seminars and documents to the needs of different organizers in a way that best suits their cultural, socio-economic and professional environments.”
ATHOC CEO Marton Simitsek said, “Over the past 3 days we briefed our friends of the Beijing Organising Committee on all aspects of Olympic Games preparations. This sharing of information is always key to the success of the Games. Just as Greece gave the Games to the world, we have been delighted to work with the IOC and the BOCOG to help pass on key lessons of ATHENS 2004.”