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Volume 6 No. 212

Olympics

A delegation of Istanbul 2020 Olympic media experts demonstrated the bid committee’s plans for welcoming the world’s media to Turkey with a presentation to leading int'l sports journalists at the 76th Association Internationale de la Press Sportive Congress in Sochi, Russia. They described a media operations concept based around one of the most compact media footprints in Olympic history. The IBC/MPC and the 16,500-bed Media Village will be co-located in the Olympic Park, 15 minutes from the airport and with average travel times within the Olympic Park of just five minutes. A further 3,500 media hotel rooms will be distributed among the four venue zones to maximize convenience for the media. A number of other media-friendly proposals will offer a free Wi-Fi based Games-time information service accessible by handheld device, and a second satellite media center at the Int'l Convention and Exhibition Centre (Istanbul 2020).

The final opportunity to bid on memorabilia from the 2012 London Olympics will take place on April 27-28 at the City of Coventry Stadium in the U.K. Included are four Olympic torches, a Team GB cycling jersey signed by 11 Gold Medalists, and a complete Mary Poppins costume from the Opening Ceremony. Also starring is a large-scale London 2012 Royal Mail stamp signed by Mo Farah (Paul Fraser Collectibles). ... Atos has signed a contract extension with the Int'l Paralympic Committee to be its worldwide Paralympic IT partner through to the end of '16 (IPC).