A gathering of nearly 100 people heard Jacques Rogge set out the IOC's requirements
for the organisation of the 2012 Olympics. The IOC President informed representatives
of the nine applicant cities of the main points to be developed in the files backing
In a fragile international context, this is a tricky question. Explaining this
point, Jacques Rogge pointed out: "The Games have survived many difficult situations
ranging from boycotts to organisation that was not as good as it should have been.
But we must make sure there are no failings with regard to security. That is why
I am putting that requirement at the top of the list of priorities."
Jacques Rogge stipulated that, because the Olympic Games are organised above
all for athletes, special attention must be paid to them. "The Games must be focussed
on their needs. That means making sure we have good quality sites and installations,
as well as competent personnel. "
Control of costs and complexity
Cutting down on the gigantism of the Games has been one of Jacques Rogge's declared
aims since his appointment to the head of the IOC in July 2001. And, logically,
he has made this a priority for 2012. " It is difficult to find the happy medium,
providing everything necessary to organise the Games while, at the same time,
avoiding unnecessary costs which could be a burden for the host city," he said.
"I will be asking you to work with us on this point."
During this four-day seminar, Paris and its rival cities were given a document
summarising the various points covered.
Next major step: Answering the IOC's preliminary questionnaire. Replies must
be submitted no later than January 15th.