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Dame Zaha Hadid, recently in the news after winning the competition to design the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium (only for the competition to be re-run), has died. London Mayor Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford and around the world.”

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Hadid was the architect of the London Acquatics Centre in Stratford, East London, which resembles a wave – the double wave being her trademark sculptural form. The Centre, which features two 50-metre pools and a diving pool, was used for the Olympics and Paralympics and then converted and opened to the public in 2014. Hadid said at the time:

I love the London Aquatics Centre because it’s near where I live.

Hadid’s architectural practice also designed (with AECOM) the Al Wakrah Stadium, a 40,000 capacity stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which is due for completion in 2018.

Al Wakrah Stadium's top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

Al Wakrah Stadium’s top tiers will be modular and seating will be re-used elsewhere after the World Cup.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said in an official press release:

This is absolutely terrible news. Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world. It was only last month that I had the enviable task of awarding Zaha the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for architecture – she was delighted to receive the recognition and adds the medal to an amazing collection of awards, not least winning the RIBA Stirling Prize years running. The world of architecture has lost a star today.

PanStadia & Arena Management and Stadia & Arena Events look forward to meeting you at FSB in Cologne in October. Both the magazine and event will exhibit at the event in Hall 10.2, stand A051a. PanStadia & Arena Management is also an Official Media Partner of FSB 2015.

FSB, which is being staged in Cologne from 27 to 30 October 2015, is presenting itself as sustainable, green, playful, attractive and more successful than ever. Around 650 companies from over 45 countries, who will showcase their products and services on an area of 80,000 square meters are expected. As usual, they include the leading national and international industry players from the amenity areas, sports and pools facilities.

FSB hosts the IAKS and awards.

FSB hosts the IAKS conference and awards.

The trade visitors can look forward to a new tone-setting innovation in October. Once again, FSB will take place parallel to aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, this year for the first time in the modern North Halls of Koelnmesse – to be more precise in Halls 6, 7, 9 and 10.2 of the Cologne fair grounds. With its thematic hall layout, both of the events are offering a clearer overview and an expanded range of products. The synergies, particularly in the swimming pool sector will thus be ideally exploited and interlinked. Decision-makers, operators, architects, planners and landscape architects from both the public and private sectors will find tailored solutions and future-orientated concepts for open spaces and, ultimately for social change in Cologne. The trade fair’s new scheduling outside of North Rhine-Westphalia’s autumn holidays, has received great response from municipalities and companies well in advance, which is expected to lead to increased interest on the visitor side – from both Germany and abroad.

Easy to reach, easy to meet

In order to successfully and sustainably consolidate FSB 2015, the organisers at Koelnmesse, together with the conceptual sponsors and partners, have further developed the fair concept. The new theme-orientated hall layout will lend the trade fair duo even greater momentum and will have an optimal effect on the synergies. As of 2015, exhibitors at both events will benefit from the improved infrastructure in the northern area of the Cologne exhibition grounds. In addition, the modern naturally lit halls provide the optimal transit route to guide the stream of visitors through the fairground’s Boulevard. The Northern Halls connect ideally with Congress Centres North and East. In the future, visitors of the trade fair will enter via Entrance North, which offers numerous parking facilities in the immediate vicinity, as well as Entrance East. Entrance East connects conveniently with the Inter City Express (ICE) train station, the public transport hub “Köln Messe/Deutz” station and the tram station “Koelnmesse”.

The newly developed exhibition concept is specifically targeted to ensure that decision-makers from municipalities and sporting associations, as well as the many international visitors, will have more time for an extensive fair visit and the exchange of information. Parallel to this, in cooperation with national sports and municipal associations, the specialist supporting programme addresses current industry topics in greater depth, with special focus on issues important for municipalities, planners, operators and sports clubs. Throughout the fair, numerous “action areas”, as well as individual trade events complement the offer in the halls. Some of these include the ISS solar skating rink, the “Soccer and More” football field, the “FIBA – World of Basketball” and the “Trampoline Variety by Eurotramp”.

Around 650 companies awaited in Cologne

The companies participating at FSB include among others: Aquarena, Aquadrolics, AST, Berleburger Schaumstoffwerke, Berliner Seilfabrik, Conica, Conradi + Kaiser, Engo, e.s.m Edelstahl, Eurotramp, Fritz Müller, Hamberger, Herculan, HSB Hinke Schwimmbad, Huck Seiltechnik, ISS Solar, Kindt, Klarer Freizeitanlagen AG, Kraiburg, Kübler, Lappset, Melos, Mondo, Patentverwag Italia Srl., Polytan, Raita, Roigk GmbH, Scheidt & Bachmann, SMG, Sport Thieme, Strabag, Tapper & Hollmann, Universal Sport, Wibit Sports, WIBRE Elektrogeräte and Wiegand Mälzer.

DOSB advises on sports facilities

FSB’s partner associations in the field of sports facilities include DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund/German Olympic Sports Confederation), Landessportbund NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia Sports Federation), BSI/Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Association for the German Sporting Goods Industry) with Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V (German Institute for Quality Assurance in Sports Equipment), ADS-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Sportämter e.V. (German Municipal Sports Departments and Sports Associations Working Group) as well as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

Together with the sports federations of the states of Hessen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Wurttemberg, as well as the Federal Sports Research Institute (Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft), the DOSB will present itself at its own fair stand in Hall 7 once more. Consultation offers for sports facilities will be the focus and include topics like resource-saving modernisation, renovation and new construction of sports centres, as well as concepts for sustainable sports facility management.

Cross-generation public spaces for exercise The new FSB concept and the move to the modern North Halls allow Hall 9 to be used for the first time as a themed hall for the amenity areas, playground equipment and outdoor fitness sectors. Here, numerous national and international exhibitors will present their products, projects and services for the planning and designing of open spaces, specifically organised with concepts such as municipal planning and urban design, areas for play, spaces for exercise, demographic change and mobility in mind. Together with their long-standing partners STADTundRAUM and BSFH (Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller/Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers), in addition to attractively designed themed areas, FSB is also presenting content-related forums with added value for municipalities, planners and landscape architects.

Across more than 2,000 sqm, STADTundRAUM (city and space) is presenting an area dedicated to urban spaces, places of encounter and playground themes. The visitor market place in the area is the communication hub for specialist in-depth exchange between exhibitors, planners and fair visitors. At the market place and the adjoining area, designed to resemble a “real” outdoor area, trade fair visitors can not only look at the exhibits, but also try out the objects first-hand. Among others, you will find a children’s carousel, a multifunctional movement station, a shoulder trainer for sports novices rooted in the Chinese tradition, as well as a special bench for walker users.

In addition, special topics and workshops have been thematically integrated in the layout planning. The following subjects will be covered: “Planning and demographic change – cities, urban districts, gardens, barrier-free spaces and mobility”, “Playground security” and “Accessibility”. The “SPIELRAUM-Preis” (the German Amenities Prize) will be awarded for the eleventh time at this year’s FSB (Friday, 30 October 2015) to distinguish exemplary areas for play. This year, “Barrier-free public spaces for play and exercise” are in special focus.

Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) with two focal topics in Hall 9 In addition to its presentation as an industry association and as a meeting point for all questions on the topics of playgrounds, playground safety and outdoor fitness, in 2015 BSFH sets a new tone with the BSFH FORUM’s themed areas. In cooperation with the “Playground@Landscape” magazine and supported by the German Towns and Municipalities Association, a practice-orientated specialist programme will take place on 28, 29 and 30 October in Hall 9, with the topics of “Cities and municipalities get people moving: Fitness parcours in Cologne’s public space” as well as “Security on playgrounds” and “Trends in the playing ground worlds”. A further partner will once again be the German Association of Towns and Municipalities.

PlanerFORUM for municipal decision-makers This year, planners, planning offices and institutions will present their projects and services on the “planerFORUM” communal platform in Hall 9 already for the second time. In short presentations, they provide plenty of ideas and show realised and transferrable solutions as examples of best practice. The North Rhine-Westphalia section of the German Landscape Architects Association (bdla-nrw) is represented with six member offices attending. Examples from the wide spectrum of landscape architecture in the design of open spaces will be shown. On 29 October 2015 (“bdla day”), visitors will have the chance to get informed on the topics of “Golf training in public space”, “A liveable city for all” and skate park planning. A discussion will take place at the conclusion.

Public and private pool sector in joint halls In the scope of the trade fair duo, the joint presentation means that all aspects of the public and private pool, wellness and sauna sectors are now represented in Halls 6 and 7 – also in clearly defined theme worlds. The trade fair duo’s last edition successfully brought together the swimming pool sectors from aquanale and FSB’s ‘Public pool construction’ area and confirmed that joint trade fair concepts are a guarantee for a successful future for all sectors involved.

The 6th Cologne Swimming Pool & Wellness FORUM in Hall 6 is acting as the joint umbrella for the swimming pool sectora of FSB and aquanale again this year. Koelnmesse is, together with the trade associations bsw (the German Association of Swimming Pools & Wellness e.V.) and IAKS (the International Association for Sport and Recreational Facilities e.V.) and in cooperation with further partners, organising an informative and theme-oriented expert programme over four days that is tailormade for the target group of public swimming pool operators as well as for swimming pool constructors, hoteliers, planners and architects. Health and environmental protection are also the overarching trends for the “PlanerFORUM on public pool construction”, or to be exact, sustainable renovation of public pools as well as the topic of water treatment. The event will take place on 29 October as part of the sixth Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness FORUM.

New: Forum on outdoor sports facilities

The outdoor sports facilities forum will take place for the first time at FSB 2015. The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) and its partner associations will present current trends and information for planners and operators of sports facilities and public amenity areas. Over the first three days of the fair, lectures will be given on themes such as “New Findings from FIFA’s Artificial Turf Quality Concept”, where results from the latest international research studies will be presented, the recycling of artificial turf systems, management approaches for the control of municipal open air facilities or safety management on sports grounds. Furthermore, there will also be first-hand information on the current situation of artificial turf standards and technology, infill granules and plastic floor coverings as well as an overview of the hybrid turf system that are available on the market.

24th IAKS Congres and the award ceremony of the Architecture Prize In 2015, IAKS is celebrating its 50th anniversary at FSB. This anniversary is an integral theme of the congress and the workshops. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, IAKS will take a look into the history of sporting and recreational infrastructure. In the course of an award ceremony, prominent figures from five decades of international sports facility construction will be initiated into the “IAKS Hall of Fame”. In line with this, the Congress will again this year deal with architecturally and operationally archetypal projects, in which sustainability and social aspects are of great importance. Under this year’s motto “Planning, construction, modernisation and the management of sports and leisure centres”, international experts from the sports facilities industry will discuss the building and business trends as well as best practices; the palette ranges from new ways for traditional sports grounds, sports facilities for colleges and schools, to stadiums and arenas for major events through to urban experiential spaces and amenity areas. The congress will examine the question of how one can best serve the demand for attractive, healthy and functional sports and leisure facilities to the benefit of everyone, a topic which indeed lies at the heart of FSB.

The absolute highlight of the IAKS Congress is the presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award, the IPC/IAKS distinction and the award for young talents, the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals. These most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational buildings are presented by the IAKS in the scope of a special event on all days of the trade fair.

International Swimming Pool Congress expands supporting programme For the first time ever, the trade fair duo is also hosting the International Swimming Pool Congress of the German Society for Natural Bathing Waters (DGfNB), which more than 1,000 national and international congress participants are expected to attend in Cologne. Under the motto “Variety on the Water”, the congress offers an informative programme on the latest trends, relevant norms, quality assurance programmes and for example on the state-of-the-art technologies in natural water treatment, types of construction or delivers tips and the latest cognitions for the sustainable water care of public and private swimming and bathing pools. Moreover, renowned companies from all over Europe will be presenting their services, products and innovations on the elaborately designed special area dedicated to the theme of natural pools and swimming ponds in Hall 6. Since this range of topics is of great interest to both the public and the private swimming pool market, the new hall location also creates the best possible synergies and short routes for visitors from both areas.

Major Events International (MEI) are focusing on the theme of driving fan engagement through technology at this year’s inaugural Major Events Summit, taking place in London on 26th and 27th October. Demonstrated by the high levels of fan engagement during this year’s Rugby World Cup, this is an area of growing interest and prominence within the sports industry as organisations look to enhance fan experience and engagement as well as looking at the ‘Return on Investment’ from an increasing range of innovative capabilities. 

The aim of the Major Events Summit is to provide the Major Events community with a highly interactive and profile-enhancing opportunity. With a unique mix of attendees from leading edge suppliers to sports and venue key officials, round tables and panels will allow for detailed discussions and new relationships to be formed.

The first day of the Summit on 26th October will focus on Safety and Security for major sporting events and is followed by the MEI awards and sports legend dinner – the awards themselves will be produced by Touch of Ginger who have recently produced the Rugby World Cup medals. The Event Services and Venue Operations day on 27th will focus on the use of technology and best practice generally when running and supplying into events. Speakers on day two include Spanish start up Mobile Media Content and Olympic sponsor ATOS Origin.

Commenting on the event, MEI’s CEO Dennis Mills said:

The Major Events Summit is an opportunity for our joint supplier and buyer community to meet, identify requirements and suitable solutions as well as sharing lessons learned.  In a format which will encourage maximum attendee participation, this new “must-attend” annual gathering of major sporting events and venue professionals will be kept to 100 attendees to allow for an intimate highly networked environment.

To reserve your place at this specialist event, please visit or call +44 (0) 207 073 2661 for more information

About Major Events International (MEI)

Major Events International (MEI) provides business support services to companies seeking to win business for iconic global events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup series, and regional and specialist events where requirements cover venues, fan parks, city and state level hosting needs presenting opportunities for companies of all sizes and sectors.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

Ceremony marks start of construction on Rio 2016 Olympic Park

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A ceremony was held on Friday July 6 to mark the start of construction works on the Rio 2016™ Olympic Park – which encompasses much of the Olympic and Paralympic competitions in the Games in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca. In attendance was the President of the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, among other dignatories.


The Olympic Park installations will take up an area of 1.18 million square metres. Competitions of 14 Olympic sports and disciplines will be staged there (Basketball, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Handball, Tennis, Cycling, Diving, Water Polo, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics) and nine Paralympic sports and disciplines (Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Bocce, Judo, Sitting Volleyball, Goalball, Wheelchair Tennis, Cycling and Swimming).


Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented during the ceremony:

Today is a historical day for Brazilian sport. The Olympic Park is the heart of the Games, and after 2016 it will leave as a legacy the first Olympic Training Camp in South America.


For the next 15 years, the area’s infrastructure and maintenance works will be managed by the Rio Mais Consortium, formed by construction companies Norberto Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez and Carvalho Hosken, winner of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP); the bid was conducted by Rio de Janeiro Municipal Authority last March.


Simulation of the Olympic Park Rio 2016(Art: Divulgation)


Deactivation of the Race Track

The Olympic Park’s construction works will begin in parallel to the progressive deactivation of the Jacarepaguá Race Track. The Race Track’s demolition will start by the uncovered grandstand area, and will not interfere with the race calendar.


The progressive deactivation of the Race Track is aligned with the construction chronogram of the Olympic Park, which was commonly agreed between the Brazilian Auto Racing Confederation (CBA), Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government and the Rio Mais Consortium. New auto racing venues will be built by the State government in Deodoro region.


The PPP that allowed the local infrastructure also guarantees the construction of a 400-room hotel, the Main Press Centre and three pavilions which will host the future Training Olympic Centre (COT) for high-performance athletes.


Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government will also be responsible for the Olympic Park construction through federal funds. This equipment is not contemplated within the PPP’s and the Federal Government’s scope, such as the Aquatic Park, the Tennis Centre, and the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), among others.


Foundation Stone of the Olympic Park Rio 2016™ (Photo: Divulgation)


Environmental Preservation

Environmental preservation is one of the principles that governs the construction works of the Olympic Park, in which 100% of the waste will be re-used. The emphasis on the environment has been thought through since the elaboration of the international competition which selected the Master Plan, held in August 2011.


In addition to defining public space areas (streets, open spaces, accesses, etc) in both Games and legacy modes, the winning urban proposal – by AECOM – foresees the transition between these two scenarios.


The project contemplates the ecologic recovery of the lagoon located in the area’s surroundings, accessibility, use of sustainable technological innovations and security. The Olympic Park’s infrastructure will have a water treatment system through natural filtration of water drainage, landscaping, lighting and paving roads.



Tokyo 2020’s Organising Committee Expands

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Tokyo 2020 has bolstered its organising committee for the city’s staging of the summer Olympic Games, addressing criticism of its existing ageing and male-orientated make-up by adding 28 new members.


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was formally established in January, with former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, the head. Among the 28 new additions are seven women, with athletes also figuring highly, including hammer-thrower, Koji Murofushi, gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Games; judoka Ayumi Tanimoto, who won gold in Athens and Beijing in 2008; Mayumi Narita, who won a total of 20 medals in Paralympic swimming between 1996 and 2004; Rie Tanaka, the female gymnast who took part in London 2012; and Yuko Arakida, a gold medallist in the women’s volleyball at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


In addition, Fujio Mitarai, former chairman of the Keidanren business organisation, has accepted the post of honorary president of Tokyo 2020. Other notable appointments include Akio Toyoda, president of Japanese automotive giant Toyota, and Upper House member Seiko Hashimoto, who led Japan’s delegation at the Sochi winter Games.


Rio tender for Olympic Velodrome – construction budget R$136.9m

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The City of Rio de Janeiro has opened the bidding for construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome. The construction budget is R$136.9 million. The new Velodrome will be a permanent venue with a capacity of 5,000 fixed seats and an available area for up to 800 temporary seats and flexibility for other arena configurations.

The venue will include the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for high-performance athletes, which will be the main sport legacy for the city and the country. Like the call for tender for the Tennis Centre, launched on 16 July 2013, the City requires not only the construction, but also the operation of the facility for 23 months starting from delivery. This proposal to ensure the operation of the venue came the Ministry of Sport, which has been working in close partnership with the City. The Federal Government will transfer R$ 136.9 million to the municipality for works and US$ 7.2 million for the operation of the new sport venue, as per the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City in May 2012.

Construction of the Velodrome is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, and the new venue will be delivered in the second half of 2015. The basic design has been completed. The executive project is nearing completion, and will be ready before the start of construction. These projects were procured and are being funded by the City.

The former velodrome was dismantled and transferred by the Sport Ministry to the city of Pinhais in the state of Paraná, maintaining the sport legacy of the Pan American Games. The state of Paraná has the largest track cycling centre in Brazil.

The budget is modest compared to some previous Olympic Velodrome projects but costs include budgeting for recently introduced requirements, such as the flame-retardant seats required by the Fire Department, seats for people with disabilities – as established in Federal Decree 7.823/2012 – and an air conditioning system.

The bidding for the construction and operation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Velodrome does not include the budget for the wooden track. Hiring the track will Rio 2016´s responsibility.

The winner of the tender for the development of basic and executive projects of the Olympic Velodrome, announced on January 31, 2013, was the Rio Olympic Equipment Consortium, formed by the following companies: Arqhos Consultoria and Projetos LTDA, Arup do Brasil Consultoria LTDA, BlacBackheuserand LeonidioArquiteturaand CidadeS/C, Conen Consultoria and Engenharia LTDA and JLA Casagrande Serviços and Consultoria de Engenharia LTDA. Preliminary studies were prepared by AECOM, winner of the international competition that chose the company responsible for the overall town-planning of the Olympic Park of Barra in August 2011.

The decision to build an Olympic Velodrome was made jointly by the City, Rio 2016 and the Federal Government, after several tests. Survey of the International Cycling Federation (UCI, French acronym for Union Cycliste Internationale) of the velodrome built for the Pan American Games, made at the request of Rio 2016, resulted in the opinion that the structure could not be used in the Olympics.

In their reports, the UCI cited several aspects which were at odds with the requirements necessary for conducting the Olympic competitions. Among these, the fact that the building has two pillars which hindered the view of the public, the viewers and the judges, and the track does not allow athletes to reach the speed necessary to overcome the world and Olympic records. It was established in the Pan American Games that the maximum speed in the velodrome was 70 km/h, at the time for the approval of the 2007 event. Currently, for example, in the 200 meters competition, the world record speed is around 79 km/h. During the 2012 Games in London, the speed achieved was 75 km/h. According to Olympic standards for the requirements for a Category 1 lane, the minimum and maximum speeds should be 85 km/h and 110 km/h, respectively.

Dismantling the old velodrome was done by the Concessionária Rio Mais, responsible for the construction of the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca. The blasting operation began in early March 2013 and was completed in early June, in accordance with the construction schedule of the Olympic Park venues.

The technicians responsible for the disassembly sought to make the most of the venue. The entire track support structure, the grandstand seats, metallic structure and roof, light fixtures, windows, doors, elevator, pipes, aluminium frames, ducts, hydraulic and fire venue material, and the power substation electrical equipment, among other items, were transferred to Pinhais.

Besides the Olympic Velodrome, the City of Rio de Janeiro will also get an outdoor practice velodrome inside one of the Olympic Villages currently in operation. The Rio Ministry of Sport is analysing the standard design recommended by the Brazilian Cycling Federation for such venues. It will be paid for by the Federal Government and will be built in 2014.

Re-use is a legacy theme for Rio 2016 which has a Sustainability Management Plan, established with the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal) to lay the foundations and integrate the principles, actions and projects related to sustainability in planning and operating events.

The launch was marked by the signing (pictured – Denise Hamú, UNEP representative in Brazil, Rio 2016, President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and Rio 2016 Chief Operations Officer Leonardo Gryner during the signing of the technical cooperation agreement. Photo: Alex Ferro Rio 2016) of a technical cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which provides, among other activities, an evaluation plan and mediation around the subject of sustainability between Rio 2016 and civil society. The sub-brand “Embrace” Rio 2016 will be used in all Games communications related to the Sustainability Plan.

Tokyo’s 2020 vision – interview with LOC CEO Masato Mizuno

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Tokyo’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) learnt its lessons from previous attempts and came out on top this time, writes Guy Oldenkotte.

The Tokyo 2020 vision promises Games built on Delivery, Celebration and Innovation. Tokyo 2020 LOC CEO Masato Mizuno (pictured right together with Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020) said:

Our aim is to make Tokyo become an Olympic community. We want participation through all generations in Tokyo and beyond. Ultimately we want people to learn about Olympic values such as friendship and respect. The 2020 Olympics will leave a wonderful society behind in Tokyo once the event is over.

Despite these ambitious aims, the Tokyo bid was hampered by the low confidence and support of the Japanese population. The country is still recovering from the 2011 tsunami, and infighting in domestic politics has seen the government struggle against the global economic crisis. Nevertheless, Mizuno believes the Japanese rallied well behind the bid:

It is true that previous polls showed reservations by many Japanese when asked about the bid. But the latest figures say that over 70% of residents in Tokyo support the bid.

To Mizuno comparing polls about support by the population of the various bidding cities means little. Japanese are humble and aim to deliver. They will only celebrate and be jubilant once a task has been accomplished. To him the ticker tape parade, which Olympic athletes received when they returned from the 2012 London Games, is a perfect example of Japanese support for Tokyo’s ambition:

This was the first-ever heroes’ parade of Olympic medallists that was organised to express the nation’s gratitude. TV viewership rates for the event were amazing and over 500,000 people lined the streets on a Monday, to offer a heroes’ welcome to the athletes. Japan won a record-breaking 71 medals in London. The parade was an extraordinary display of Japanese passion and the remarkable power of sport to unite and inspire. The Japanese Olympic team’s unprecedented performance in London makes us even more determined to deliver a dynamic celebration in the heart of the world’s most forward-thinking city.

Tokyo is planning to use 35 venues for the various sports in 2020. Twenty of these venues will have to be built from scratch. Mizuno assures:

Eleven of them will be permanent and legacy. But we will not have any white elephants after the event.

In November last year London-based Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the new Olympic Stadium. In 2020 this new stadium will replace the existing national stadium that was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

With the establishment of the new Olympic stadium in motion, Mizuno believes there is plenty of opportunity for providers of products and services to be involved:

We will certainly consider any idea or technology that is suggested to assist us accomplish our ambitions.

A full version of this interview appears in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Alignment is key to Istanbul delivery success

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Istanbul 2020 has pledged to offer the Olympic Movement the benefits of a new market without any of the potential risks, thanks to a Games Plan in total alignment with Turkey’s transformative 2023 Master Plan.

Istanbul 2020’s budget has the lowest expenditure on dedicated Olympic construction projects. Only $1.1 billion of the non-OCOG infrastructure budget will be spent on capital works specifically for the Games – the remaining 93% will be spent irrespective of the outcome of the bid on development projects relating to the 2023 Master Plan.

The 2023 Master Plan is the Turkish government’s national development blueprint: a far-reaching strategy aimed at ensuring the country’s remarkable economic growth over the last decade is translated into a tangible improvement in quality of life for its citizens. Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Games is totally aligned with the 2023 Master Plan, minimising incremental expenditure, maximising legacy yield and guaranteeing delivery certainty.

Speaking from Buenos Aires ahead of the 125th IOC Session, Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman, Hasan Arat, said:

Istanbul 2020’s Games concept is founded on Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan and they are completely aligned. The demands of hosting the Games fit perfectly with the immediate needs and the long-term vision of the city. Istanbul needs a modern, high-capacity transport network; that network will guarantee quick and convenient travel at Games time. Istanbul needs new sports facilities; those facilities will deliver great sporting moments in 2020. Istanbul needs something to harness the huge appetite and capacity for development in the country right now; preparing to host the Games for the first time will align all our talent and resources behind a shared goal. Istanbul 2020 will have the full power of the Turkish nation behind it – we will show the world the powerful Games platform and lasting legacies created when the Games and city plans are truly aligned.

Our 2020 Games concept has been designed to leverage and reinforce Istanbul’s long-term planning objectives that are set out in the 2023 Master Plan. As a result, 93% of the spending identified in our non-OCOG infrastructure budget is already underway or planned as part of Istanbul’s ongoing development. Despite the transformative effect hosting the Games will have on our city, Istanbul 2020 actually has one of the smallest incremental expenditure budgets of recent times.

Key highlights of the 2023 Master Plan include:

  • Target growth of Turkey’s GDP to $2 trillion and becoming a world top-10 economy by 2023
  • Construction of a third Istanbul airport
  • Comprehensive upgrade of Istanbul’s city transport led by new, extended and enhanced Metro network, three new Bosphorus crossings, and extensive augmentation of heavy rail, motorway, metrobus and tram services
  • Housing and community development with TOKI, state agency responsible for Istanbul 2020 construction, delivering 60,000 new houses nationwide every year
  • Redevelopment of the iconic Haydarpaşa port – returning the shores of the Bosphorus back to the people of Istanbul
  • $500 million annual investment in sports participation and development programmes, supplemented by an additional $2.5 billion investment to build 693 new community sports facilities and 25 stadia
  • Establishment or restoration of green areas, with forest areas increased up to 23.3 million hectares (30% of Turkey’s land mass), National Parks increased to 50 million hectares and Natural Parks increased to 55 million hectares by 2023
  • Public transport in Istanbul made 100% accessible by 2015.

“Unique and of a high quality” says IOC report on Istanbul’s 2020 bid

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The IOC Evaluation Commission report on Istanbul’s bid to host the city’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 has been published and it states that Istanbul 2020’s proposed Games plan is “unique and of a high quality”. Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman Hasan Arat said:

The report has highlighted many of our key assets, in particular, our robust and proven delivery solution and the significant Government, private sector and general public support for the Games. In fact the IOC Survey found that 83% of Istanbul residents (c.11 million people) want the Games, and Istanbul 2020’s latest independent survey found that 94% of Turkey’s population want the Games.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

IOC member, President of the Turkish National Olympic Committee, and President of the World Archery Federation, Professor Uğur Erdener said:

As someone heading up an NOC and an International Federation, I am delighted with this report from the IOC Evaluation Commission. They clearly have realised that we offer unique and compelling solutions for all different Games client groups and can stage a Games that will benefit the wider Olympic Movement.

Our plan will engage people in Olympic and Paralympic sport and will ensure knowledgeable spectators for all sports, filling the stadia and creating a fantastic atmosphere in spectacular world-class venues.

This report comes out at a time when Turkey is hosting multiple international sports events. The Mediterranean Games in Mersin, for example, is real-time proof that the IOC can put their faith in Turkey to deliver world-class sporting events.

In particular, the report acknowledges Istanbul’s Games Concept and Master Plan which balances compactness with logistical utility and imaginatively activates strategic locations across the city. The IOC noted that Istanbul’s plans are fully aligned with the long-term needs of the city with a robust delivery solution already in place. The IOC Commission stated that it was: “…confident that given the government’s full support and the proven track- record of TOKI [State agency for construction] to date, construction works could be funded and completed on time, in line with construction best-practices and standards and would meet Games requirements”.

The Evaluation Commission report has made it clear that Istanbul 2020 along with their competitors have presented projects “which are all of an extremely high level and demonstrate detailed planning and comprehensive strategies in technical and operational matters, as well as many other areas including sustainability, the environment, legacy (both for the 2020 Games and for the bid itself), accessibility and integrated city development.”

Arat said: “That the report has endorsed so much of the Istanbul 2020 Games Plan is indeed very gratifying and we know that we are at least on an equal footing with others in this race.

These and other assets guarantee the Olympic Movement a unique partnership with Istanbul and the surrounding region, not just for 2020, but for generations thereafter. The feedback we have received today has provided us with a timely boost ahead of our presentation to the IOC members in Lausanne next week and as we move into the final 11 weeks before the IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September.

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport to speak at Stadia & Arena in May

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Alp Berker, Director of Sport for Istanbul 2020 – the bid company for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – will be the first speaker on the Wednesday morning session of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013.

The session will focus on Turkey’s burgeoning sports sector and Berker will outline Istanbul’s plans for the Olympics.

Istanbul’s plans for sports facilities is aligned with Turkey’s National Sports Plan, which is a wide-ranging, government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

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Istanbul 2020 works on sport for all

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Istanbul 2020 has been on the road to put the city’s case to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Meanwhile Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an easy to use online visa issuing service for business and tourist visitors.

Istanbul 2020’s senior bid leadership has been in Lima for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, stating that Turkey’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the catalyst for a huge rise in mass sport participation, particularly among the nation’s 31 million young people under the age of 25.

The Istanbul 2020 Chairman, Hasan Arat said:

Istanbul 2020 can be a bridge to an historic impact for the Olympic Movement and the young people of Turkey. Nearly 50% of Turkey’s population is under 25 and we produce around 700,000 university graduates every year. Our Games will provide them with a generation of opportunities across the sports sector, and they are ready to take up the baton for the Olympic Movement. An Olympic and Paralympic Games in Istanbul in 2020 really will mean, Sport for All.

The Istanbul 2020 delegation was seeking to share best practices to support the National Sports Plan: a wide-ranging, transformative government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is being complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

A delegation also recently visited the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In a speech, IPC President Xavier Gonzales expressed his belief in Turkey’s capability to successfully deliver the Games if awarded the rights.

Mehmet Baykan, General Director of Sports, stated that the preparations were proceeding step-by-step and said

We had previously submitted our Bid Book to the authorities. Today we submitted it to the IPC. We have major goals in realizing Istanbul 2020 and we are making great preparations in this regard. It is a great pleasure to be here on behalf of our country. We learned from this meeting that İstanbul has a very distinct position in terms of Paralympic Committee.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Istanbul 2020 has transport and accommodation plans in place

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As part of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to the city, Istanbul has announced that it has a current inventory of 55,229 hotel rooms. These will be supplemented by further new hotel developments and other programmes to ensure that the city will meet its pledge to deliver more than 100,000 rooms in time for the Games in 2020 – of which only a third will actually be needed during the Games.

Feza Solaklar, Head of Accommodation for Istanbul 2020 said:

We have thoroughly researched and explored all accommodation options in the city, to make our guests’ stay convenient and affordable. We are ready and we look forward to the opportunity to host the entire Olympic and Paralympic Family in our beautiful and exciting city in 2020.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, said:

As the fifth most visited destination in the world, Istanbul is used to hosting the vast number of visitors each year who come to experience the city where Europe meets Asia, where East meets West and where cultures come together in harmony to create a truly unique experience. I have no doubt that the first ever Games to be held on two continents would attract a record number of guests – and with this news, the Olympic family, and fans, can be confident that they will be catered for. Istanbul is now ready to deliver.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Istanbul 2020 has also announced its “five I’s” transport strategy: Intelligent transport and traffic management schemes; Integrated approaches for systems and plans; Interoperable systems to ensure a seamless transport experience; Inclusive transport solutions to all Games clients; Immunity to incidents and unforeseen events.

“The Games Transport Directorate has been established to take responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of Games transport services. This transport model leverages Istanbul’s existing and planned transport infrastructure. Our transport projects will leave a tremendous legacy for Istanbul and will be executed, irrespective of whether we are awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey.

On average, stations will be less than one kilometre from the venue front-of-house, guaranteeing that 91 percent of athletes’ trips will be thirty minutes or less and ensuring an average travel time of just sixteen minutes. Twelve programmes of Istanbul 2020’s Games transport strategy will be implemented in September of this year.