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Kuala Lumpur gears up for IOC Session in 2015

09 Dec 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The International Olympic Committee’s Head of Events and Hospitality, Mr Panagiotis (Panos) Tzivanidis, and Events Manager, Ms Sylvia Courtine, visited Kuala Lumpur from December 3-5 in preparation for the 128th IOC Session to be held in the Malaysian capital from July 30 to August 3, 2015.

On December 3, the IOC visitors met with members of the Local Organising Committee, inspected the Mandarin Oriental and had meetings with the representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.

On December 4, a detailed inspection of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre was carried out. A meeting with representatives of BERNAMA and RTM on the setting up of the Media Centre and the International Broadcast Centre was held, followed by a meeting with a representative of the Ministry of Home Affairs on visa requirements to enter Malaysia. The last meeting of the day was with representatives of the Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad.

On December 5, the team inspected the Traders Hotel and Impiana Hotel, both hotels being less than five minutes walk to the KLCC.  The Impiana Hotel has been proposed to be the Media Hotel.

The next site visit by the IOC officers will be in the first half of May 2014.

In other news from Malaysia:

* Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia, handed over the Jalur Gemilang to SEA Games Chef de Mission Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi in Majlis Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil on Thursday, December 5. 

In an impressive ceremony attended by over 400 athletes and officials, Khairy Jamaluddin called on all the athletes to do their best in Myanmar from December 11-22 and bring glory to Malaysia and make Malaysians proud. 

After receiving the Jalur Gemilang, Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi handed the national flag to the flag bearer, Sazali Zamad, Malaysia’s world champion bodybuilder.

* Fourteen Programme Directors (nine English speaking, five French speaking) from various NOCs were trained to implement the Advanced Sport Management Course in their nations at a training course in Lausanne. As the mentor invited by Olympic Solidarity, to share the Malaysian Experience, Ms Moira Tan presented her successful stories, challenges and recommendations.  
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