A girl poses for a picture at the horticultural show, backdropped by a logo for the 2008 Olympic Games, in the PurpleBambooGarden in Beijing August 3, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua)
A horticultural show has opened in Beijing to select flowers for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The exhibition, which is being held in the PurpleBambooGarden, showcases 413 types of flowers, including genetically modified chrysanthemums.
Earlier, nine kinds of fruits, such as cherry, apricot, plum and apple, were shortlisted from 204 candidates as recommended fruits for the sport gala due to their appearance, taste and pollution-free nature.
A bee hovers among flowers at the horticultural show, backdropped by an Olympic logo, in the PurpleBambooGarden in Beijing August 3, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua)
Visitors enjoy watching flowers at the horticultural show in the PurpleBambooGarden in Beijing August 3, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua)
IOC Executive Board welcomes idea of Youth Olympic Games
26 April 2007
Yesterday, the IOC Executive Board unanimously welcomed the idea to organise Youth Olympic Games (YOG). This means that the concept of this event will be put forward for consideration by the IOC Session in Guatemala City in July. The Youth Olympic Games are conceived, in conjunction with other initiatives, to address the decline in the relevance of sport amongst the younger generation and to give them an education based on values.
No mini Games
The purpose of the YOG is to complement the Olympic Games and “not to create mini Games,” explained Jacques Rogge. It would have a different character, and target youngsters aged between 14 and 18, adapted to the different sports. By creating a special occasion which places as much, if not more, emphasis on the manner in which things are achieved, rather than the sporting achievement itself, the YOG would be true to the vision of educating young people through the values sport teaches. Sports events would be carefully chosen to protect the health of the young athletes. The YOG would be a demonstration of the IOC’s commitment to young people by providing for them an event of their own in the spirit of the Olympic Games.
The Summer and Winter Youth Games would alternate every four years, the Summer events would be staged in the years of the Olympic Winter Games and vice versa. The first edition of Summer YOG is envisaged for 2010. Estimates around participant numbers range from 3,000 for the Summer YOG and 1,000 for the winter counterpart. The organisational effort for a city to host the YOG would be significantly lower for the Olympic Games. However the details of the concept still need to be defined in close cooperation with the members of the Olympic Movement. Experience can be gathered from events like the European and Australian Youth Olympic Festivals.
Education through Sport The YOG would create a true community for young people to participate in sport, to learn, and to share experiences with their peers. Moreover the event would offer an excellent platform to learn what the Olympic values are, what they mean and why they matter in a contemporary world. Jacques Rogge also emphasised that the YOG would serve, alongside providing a special event for youth competition, to let young people understand the dangers of doping in sport, the risks associated with extremes – such as a sedentary lifestyle or overtraining – the benefits of a having a balanced diet and the advantages of finding a healthy balance between sport and other social and educational activities. Young people who live the YOG experience would either go on to become future Olympians, or simply ambassadors in society for sport and Olympic values, having learnt their relevance and meaning today.
3 May 2007 Speaking at the Sport Accord 2007 conference in Beijing last week, the IOC’s Deputy Executive Director for the Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, took a look at legacy and how the Olympic Movement, in particular through the process for hosting and staging the Games, encourages long term beneficial impacts in a number of areas. Whether it is sport, the environment, socially or economically, the Games are able to produce lasting benefits to host cities.
This concept of legacy can already be seen taking shape in many of the current Olympic Games Organising Committees (OCOGs) – Beijing, Vancouver and London. For example in Beijing, thanks to much of the environmental work being carried out by the Organising Committee and the local authorities, many more green spaces are being created, drinking water standards have improved and large polluting factories are being moved from the city and new cleaner factories built. These initiatives, which are part of a much bigger programme are already improving people’s quality of life and will continue to provide benefits for many years after the Games are over. The same can be said for Vancouver and London, where sustainability plans are being put in place in order to leave as positive a legacy as possible from the Games.
Legacy is an important topic for the Olympic Movement and cities that wish to host the Games or that have already been elected as host city’s are today able to find information and learn from previous experiences through a number of different Olympic sources, notably the Olympic Charter, the IOC’s candidate city procedure and questionnaire, the IOC’s Agenda 21, the Host City Contract, Technical Manuals, and a wide depth of knowledge contained in the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) programme. As the IOC continues to work on this topic, it will continue to invest in and develop case studies and other tools that will allow the Olympic Movement to remain at the forefront of this important field.
HISTORY Missions, support and successes of the Olympic Museum Lausanne
HISTORY OF TODAYS OLYMPIC MUSEUM
The Olympic Museum is the museum of an idea. This idea was 99 years old on the inaugural day, 23rd June 1993, and this date coincides with the foundation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The conception is called Olympism which is the philosophy of uniting sport, art and culture. The creation of today's Olympic Museum was sparked by the resolve to give this union concrete form.
Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games, had the idea of creating an Olympic Museum. He proposed it for the first time in 1915 after setting up the headquarters of the IOC in Lausanne. The baron felt the museum should not only be the legacy of the newly restored Olympic Games, but should equally embody the ideals of Olympism.
OLYMPICS COME ALIVE
When Juan Antonio Samaranch became President of the IOC in 1980, he made it a major priority to create a vast, first-rate Olympic Museum and Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne which would genuinely correspond to Pierre de Coubertin's wishes and promote the Olympic Spirit.
Samaranch's goal was to make the museum a living cultural centre endowed with modern audiovisual and computer-based presentation techniques. The construction of the present museum began in 1988 following the acquisition of properties located on the slopes overlooking Lake Geneva at Ouchy.
President Samaranch's aspirations were recognised in 1995 when the Olympic Museum was honoured with the "European Museum of the Year Award", under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The museum has now become Lausanne's main permanent attraction and has welcomed more than 1,900,000 visitors since its opening (as of 31.12.2001).
On the 23rd of June, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the then IOC President, inaugurated the Olympic Museum with Katarina Witt, who lit the Olympic fire in the cauldron in the park, in front of a considerable crowd of people.
THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM IN 10 EVENTS...
Baron de Coubertin announced in Lausanne (where the IOC had just been established) his intention to create a Museum for the IOC archives, as well as a public information centre on the Olympic Movement. The very first Museum, which was not open all the time, found a home in a room in the Montbenon Casino.
The Museum moved into the Villa Mon-Repos, in the centre of Lausanne, which would also house the IOC headquarters until 1969. At first, the Museum only had one exhibition room, before expanding over the years and regularly adding to its collections.
23 June 1982
Setting up of the "provisional" Museum at 18 avenue Ruchonnet, also in the centre of Lausanne, which welcomed up to 10,000 visitors per year. The provisional Museum’s main mission was to add to its collections.
9 December 1988
President Samaranch kicked off the building works of the current Museum, with the words "I want people to say that this is the most beautiful museum in the world". The event represented the culmination of a long process of negotiations to find the ideal spot to build the Museum.
23 June 1993
Inauguration of the Museum, on the same day as the IOC celebrated its 99th anniversary and following on from the 100th IOC Session, whose sole theme was "Olympism and Culture". The whole of the city of Lausanne was associated with the event and numerous political, cultural and sporting personalities came together in Ouchy.
The Council of Europe awarded the Olympic Museum the European Museum of the Year prize, over 45 institutions in some 15 countries.
23 June 2001
The Museum had a facelift with the "Museum 2000" concept and its new permanent exhibitions with their state-of-the-art computer and audiovisual technology, responding better to its visitors' expectations, with extraordinary audiovisual shows. The inauguration was sumptuous and on the same day, President Samaranch awarded the Olympic Order to ten champions, including Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), Pirmin Zurbriggen (Switzerland), Cathy Freeman (Australia), David Douillet (France), and Kazuyoshi Funaki (Japan).
20 July 2001
Elected a few days previously, at the IOC Session in Moscow, President Jacques Rogge received the keys of the Museum from Judge Kéba Mbaye, First Vice-President of the IOC, in the presence of numerous personalities from the Confederation, the State of Vaud and the City of Lausanne, IOC members and representatives of international sports federations.
22-23 June 2003
The Olympic Museum officially celebrated its 10th anniversary. Open doors on Sunday 22 June for visitors of all ages, and special events for young people on Monday 23. A real festival for the people.
End of 2004
2.2 million people have visited the Olympic Museum since it opened. In just a few years, the Olympic Museum has become the second most
The New Treasures of the Olympic Museum exhibition
Until 10 June 2007
Throughout the past year, the Olympic Museum has continuously enriched its collections through donations, purchases, deposits and bequests. 2006 was an important date as the collecting was punctuated by two major events: the Olympic Winter Games, which were held in Turin, and the 12th Olympic Collectors’ World Fair in Lausanne, during which the Museum used the exchange method. In all, in 2006 the various teams of the IMD and the Museum collected: 1406 items and shares, 7235 images, 2700 hours of film, 1372 books, 3000 archived files!
The Mind makes a Champion exhibition
Until 2 September 2007
From childhood dream to winning performance, the athlete's journey is strewn with pitfalls and obstacles which, to be surpassed, require a special ability to keep the finishing line in sight and maintain one’s mental equilibrium. The Olympic Museum offers you the chance to follow in their footsteps and see into the "minds of champions". This special exhibition takes you on a journey through the secrets, formulae and values that come together to give these exceptional people the mental agility they need to achieve their goals: The Mind makes a Champion. The numerous testimonies will help visitors to identify with this human adventure in sport at the very highest level and to discover themselves as they set out to achieve that distinctive mindset which promotes creativity and success.
Educational programme (for children aged 12 - 16)
Educational kit, visits and workshops on the following subjects: motivation, stress management, memorisation, self-fulfilment
It was a historic moment today in Johannesburg, when IOC President Jacques Rogge and the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, shook hands. Nelson Mandela is a strong supporter of sport as a tool to contribute to a peaceful world. “He is an icon of the world and I have great respect for him. As a former boxer he is very close to sport. Nelson Mandela was present at the 1992 Games in Barcelona where South Africa returned to the Olympic Games. He has played a very positive role for sport and the Olympic Movement”, Rogge declared. The IOC President was accompanied by IOC Executive Board member Sam Ramsamy.
Sport for Peace
During their long awaited meeting, the two men had a lively discussion on how sport can be used as a vehicle to promote peace. “Sport can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst in our society”, both strongly agreed. Nelson Mandela showed particular interest in two “Sport for Peace” projects the IOC, together with UN peace-keeping forces and further partners, recently implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia. The IOC President concluded: “Sports activities promote interaction, tolerance and the spirit of fair play, and can help especially youngsters of developing countries in their daily lives, bringing them hope and educating them. If youngsters learn through sport to respect each other, they will be well equipped for their role in contributing to a better society.”
A non-racial South Africa through sport
In South Africa, the country where Mandela became the first President to be elected in fully representative democratic elections, “sport has contributed to changing the country into a Rainbow Nation”, said Rogge. “The Olympic Movement was the first to welcome a non-racial South Africa, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela. The renaissance of South Africa through sport is a reality.” The IOC President also congratulated Nelson Mandela on the successful staging of major sports events in his country, recalling the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the African Games in 1999 and the Cricket World Cup in 2003. Such events play an important role in the development of South African sport, the two men agreed. Looking into the future, Rogge expressed his best wishes for the staging of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which will attract people from all over the globe to South Africa.
The Organising Committee for the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010 (VANOC) has released its first sustainability report. The report sets out VANOC’s commitments and progress reporting system, and includes accomplishments, success stories and challenges for the period 2005-06 as well as progress on initiatives that are currently under way for the period 2006-07. Commenting on VANOC’s sustainability objectives, VANOC CEO John Furlong said, “We are determined to host sustainable Games as promised in our Bid, and every member of our team embraces that commitment."
Thousands of Efforts
Commenting on the report itself, VANOC’s Vice-President, sustainability, Linda Coady, said, “This report defines sustainability for us, namely managing the social, economic and environmental outcomes of the Games to create lasting benefits locally and globally." She continued, "It's a big concept that translates into thousands of efforts - big and small - that all make a difference. From redesigning the Whistler alpine skiing course to avoid the small-tailed frog habitat, to supporting Aboriginal youth snowboarders, to planning for a social housing legacy from the Vancouver athletes' village - these and many more projects like them will leave a Canadian sustainability blueprint for future Olympic and Paralympic hosts to build upon."
Six Performance Goals
The report has six overall sustainability performance goals: accountability; environmental stewardship and impact reduction; social inclusion and responsibility; Aboriginal participation and collaboration; economic benefits from sustainable practices; and sport for sustainable living. For more information and to see the report, visit Vancouver 2010’s official website.
Sustainability And The Olympic Movement
The IOC and the Olympic Movement in general carry out a great deal of work in the field of sustainable development, and since the Centennial Olympic Congress held in Paris in 1994, they have recognised the importance of the environment and sustainable development. This has led to the inclusion of a paragraph in the Olympic Charter and to the IOC promoting sustainable development, while the environment is now also regarded as the third dimension of Olympism, alongside sport and culture.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010.
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