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Delegates attend the Regional Forum
Muscat hosts OS/OCA regional forum

24 Apr 2012
Muscat, Oman: The Olympic Council of Asia’s Director of the Asian Games department, Mr. Haider Farman, welcomed delegates to Muscat on Tuesday for the Olympic Solidarity/OCA Regional Forum for National Olympic Committees from West Asia and Central Asia.

The theme of the forum was “Preparing a delegation for the London 2012 Olympic Games”, but NOC representatives also heard progress reports on the 5th Children of Asia International Sports Games in Russia this July, the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2013, and the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, in 2013.

Mr. Hilal Ali Al Sinani, Secretary General of the Oman Olympic Committee, said Muscat’s hosting of the regional forum underlined Oman’s continued commitment to the OCA and to the global Olympic movement.

Olympic Solidarity was represented by the Manager of the Asian continent, Mr. Olivier Niamkey, who stressed that the close cooperation with the OCA always produced the best environment and conditions for the athletes and administrators alike.

The Continental Manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Mr. Andre Bourgeois, briefed delegates on various aspects of the Games, including accreditation, competition and training venues, transportation, NOC services and relations, arrivals and departures and the Olympic villages.

He also explained that, in an effort to prevent long periods of waiting around for athletes marching in the Opening Ceremony on July 27, athletes would walk the 2km from the village to the Olympic Stadium, starting from 9pm. The first teams would enter the stadium at 10pm, and the last teams at around 11pm, and there would be opportunities for the athletes to leave the stadium early before the midnight conclusion.

On the subject of tickets, he said that 191 NOCs had signed allocation agreements for over 1 million tickets, and that a further 57,000 tickets for the family and friends of athletes were available, two per athlete apart from swimming (one).

“Demand from NOCs and in the UK has been overwhelming,” he said. “We could have sold out the Opening Ceremony just with the NOCs alone. Even the test events have sold out. Tickets for the diving test event, for example, sold out in one hour. This has never happened before.”
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