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Tight security was highly visible during the 117th IOC Session. A police officer stood watch on the fourth floor of the Raffles City complex where the session was taking place.
Tight security was highly visible during the 117th IOC Session. A police officer stood watch on the fourth floor of the Raffles City complex where the session was taking place.

The 117th International Olympic Committee Session was held for the first time in Singapore from 2 July to 9 July 2005. The meeting was particularly significant as two important decisions were made through voting during the session - namely the selection of the hosting city for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and a review of the 28 sports currently represented in the summer games. Image File history File links 117th_IOC_Session. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (965x1321, 170 KB) Description: A police officer stands watch outside the Raffles City Convention Centre where the 117th IOC session is taking place. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (965x1321, 170 KB) Description: A police officer stands watch outside the Raffles City Convention Centre where the 117th IOC session is taking place. ... A police officer is a person who works for the police force. ... Raffles City is a major multiplex located in the civic district of Singapore. ... The International Olympic Committee is an organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 to reinstate the Ancient Olympic Games held in Greece, and organise this sports event every four years. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Five cities made the shortlist to host the 2012 Summer Olympics (formally known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad), which were awarded to London (United Kingdom) on July 6, 2005. ... The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will be held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. ...


The session was held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, which is on level 4 of the Raffles City complex. The opening ceremony on 5 July 2005 was held at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Raffles The Plaza, Singapore is the sister hotel of Swissôtel The Stamford. ... Raffles City is a major multiplex located in the civic district of Singapore. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The durian-shaped Esplanade (on the left) stands out in front of the Marina Square area Artwork on display within the Esplanade The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building on Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing...

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Banner of the 117th IOC Session outside the venue at Raffles City
Banner of the 117th IOC Session outside the venue at Raffles City
Official car sponsored by Mercedes-Benz
Official car sponsored by Mercedes-Benz

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1728x1152, 476 KB) Description: Bannar of the 117th IOC Session outside the venue at Raffles City. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1728x1152, 476 KB) Description: Bannar of the 117th IOC Session outside the venue at Raffles City. ... Raffles City is a major multiplex located in the civic district of Singapore. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1866x1244, 683 KB) Description: Official car sponsored by Mercedes-Benz for the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1866x1244, 683 KB) Description: Official car sponsored by Mercedes-Benz for the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ...

1 July 2005

An exhibition was launched at the podium of the Raffles City Shopping Complex, and will go on till 10 July. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ...


2 July 2005

The IOC Session commences. July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


3 July 2005

The session proper commenced with a meeting of the IOC's Executive Board. July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


4 July 2005

The Executive Board meetings resume with updates on the progress of preparations for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver by their respective representatives. The board was informaed that Beijing has decided to hold the equestrian events in Hong Kong, as the territory is a disease free zone. July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The XX Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin, Italy from February 10 to February 26, 2006. ... Turin (Italian Torino) is a major industrial city in north-western Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the west bank of the Po River. ... The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be held in Beijing in the Peoples Republic of China from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony to take place at 8 p. ... ▶ (help· info) or Peking is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... The 2010 Winter Olympics, known formally as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Members of Parliament Libby Davies, Ujjal Dosanjh, David Emerson, Hedy Fry, Stephen Owen Members of the Legislative Assembly Gordon Campbell, David Chudnovsky, Adrian Dix, Colin Hansen, Jenny Kwan, Lorne Mayencourt, Wally Oppal, Gregor Robertson, Shane Simpson, Carole Taylor Mayor Sam Sullivan City Manager Judy Rogers Governing Body Vancouver City Council... Equestrian has several meanings: An equestrian is a horseback rider: see equestrianism An equestrian (Roman) is a member of one of the upper classes in ancient Rome. ...


5 July 2005

The opening ceremony was held at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and the guest of honour was the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong who officially opened the session. A special type of hybrid orchid has been bred to commemorate the IOC Session in Singapore and is named Vanda IOC. A cultural performance of dance and songs was held with the theme of "One Voice, One Rhythm, One World". July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The durian-shaped Esplanade (on the left) stands out in front of the Marina Square area Artwork on display within the Esplanade The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building on Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing... Lee Hsien Loong (Hanzi: 李显龙/李顯龍; pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎnlóng; born February 10, 1952) is the third Prime Minister of Singapore. ... Orchid re-directs here; for alternate uses see Orchid (disambiguation) Genera Over 800 See List of Orchidaceae genera. ...


6 July 2005

See: 2012 Summer Olympic bids Each of the five bid cities had 45 minutes to make a final presentation to the IOC members, after which voting commenced and the final results were annoucenced at 1930 Singapore time with London emerging as the bid winner. Local sailor Griselda Khng handed an envelope to IOC president Jacques Rogge holding the result of the vote. July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Five cities made the shortlist to host the 2012 Summer Olympics (formally known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad), which were awarded to London (United Kingdom) on July 6, 2005. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Jacques Rogge (born May 2, 1942) is a Belgian orthopaedic surgeon and has been the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2001. ...


7 July 2005

The final evaluation report of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was presented and the Athens Games were finally closed. July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004 Summer Olympics are officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad (the 28th Summer Olympic Games). ... The Parthenon seen from the hill of the Pnyx to the west Athens (Greek: Αθήνα Athínai IPA ) is the capital of Greece and one of the most famous cities in the world. ...


8 July 2005

The existing 28 sports in the Summer Olympics programme came under scrutiny, three years after a similar attempt failed to gain support from IOC members during the 114th IOC Session in Mexico City. Prior to the votes, baseball, softball, modern pentathlon, taekwondo and fencing were considered as most likely to be dropped. Five other sports were vying to get in - golf, roller sports, squash, rugby sevens and karate. Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, has been supportive of this move, while the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has been opposing it. July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the name of a megacity located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus (altiplano) at the center of Mexico, about 2,240 metres (7,349 feet) above sea-level, surrounded on most sides... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball past a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth cylinder called a bat. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches in circumference, is thrown by a player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... Competitors in the final round of the Mens Modern Pentathlon pull for the finish line at the Goudi Sports Complex on August 26, 2004. ... Taekwondo (also spelled Tae Kwon Do or Taekwon-Do) is the most popular of the Korean martial arts and is the Korean national sport. ... Russian Ivan Tourchine and American Weston Kelsey fence in the second round of the Olympic Mens Individual Épée event at the Helliniko Fencing Hall on Aug. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Look up squash in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby football in which only seven players per side feature. ... Two Karate practitioners engaging in competition style Karate. ... Jacques Rogge (born May 2, 1942) is a Belgian orthopaedic surgeon and has been the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2001. ...


In the morning IOC members voted to remove baseball and softball from the games (voting was by simple majority), while modern pentathlon gained a surprise repreve. Some nations expressed dismay with the result, in particular the United States where both sports originated from, and Japan, where both have a strong following. Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball past a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth cylinder called a bat. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches in circumference, is thrown by a player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... Competitors in the final round of the Mens Modern Pentathlon pull for the finish line at the Goudi Sports Complex on August 26, 2004. ...


In the afternoon, a secret vote by IOC members gave squash and karate over 51% of votes, but the addition of a sport requires an amendment to the Olympic Charter, and such an amendment requires a two-thirds majority. Since neither sport achieved that proportion of the votes, no new sports were added and the Olympic Games therefore now consists of 26 sports. Look up squash in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Two Karate practitioners engaging in competition style Karate. ...


That night at The Oriental Singapore, when SNOC president and defence minister, Teo Chee Hean threw a banquet, Rogge gave Singapore full marks for the session organisation, a perfect 6. The Oriental Singapore is a five star deluxe hotel in Marina Centre, Singapore. ... Teo Chee Hean Teo Chee Hean (Chinese: 张志贤; pinyin: Zhāng Zhìxián; born 27 December 1954) is the current Defence Minister of Singapore and a Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Ris-Punggol group representation constituency (GRC). ...


9 July 2005

Singapore's IOC member, Ng Ser Miang wass vying for a spot in the IOC Executive Board to replace Greek Lambis Nikolaou, whose term ended on this day. Ng Ser Miang was shortlisted together with Ivan Dibos from Peru. Ng Ser Miang was elected to the Board, and two vice presidents were also elected - Lambis Nikolaou and an IOC member from Japan July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ng Ser Miang (born April 6, 1949, China) is a sportsman, diplomat and businessman from Singapore. ... Ng Ser Miang (born April 6, 1949, China) is a sportsman, diplomat and businessman from Singapore. ... Ng Ser Miang (born April 6, 1949, China) is a sportsman, diplomat and businessman from Singapore. ...


World's Impression of Singapore

A Canadian television report said that the session had placed the country in the centre of the sporting universe and that the spotlight was on six cities - not just the five candidate cities.


The media amusingly said that most visitors' first taste of Singapore is an irritating ding-dong as the taxi exceeds the speed limit (Reuters). The speaking of the slang Singlish was highlighted, together with the country's chewing gum laws. The UK's The Sunday Telegraph said "So who is going to win? With so many possible permutations, predicting the result is about as futile as looking for a pack of chewing gum in Singapore." The New York Times suggested to the mayor, Michael Bloomberg "If the Mayor seeks a distraction from his Olympics defeat by looking for something new to ban, he could do worse than to follow the Singapore tradition by hounding gum-chewers as he did smokers." A taxicab (sometimes called taxi, cab, or hack) is a vehicle for hire which conveys passengers between locations of their choice. ... Reuters Group plc LSE: RTR NASDAQ: RTRSY is best known as a news service that provides reports from around the world to newspapers and broadcasters. ... Singlish, a portmanteau of the words Singaporean and English, is the English-based creole spoken colloquially in Singapore. ... Chewing gum Chewing gum is a type of confectionery which is designed to be chewed, not swallowed. ... This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ... Michael Bloomberg Michael Rubens Mike Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is a prominent businessman, the founder of Bloomberg L.P., and the 108th and current Mayor of the City of New York. ...


The Americans were alerted to a US State Department advisory that told travellers to treat the nations rules on jaywalking and littering with respect. A New York tabloid published a whole list of the dos and do nots of the island. The case of Michael Fay also surfaced with the New York Times adding that "Doesnt a tiny part of you wish the police could get really tough with those who defile the sidewalks with litter and spit? What do you think the odds are that the young Ohio man will ever vandalise the car again. " Official language(s) English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... J. Michael Fay is an explorer and biologist, who is best known with his 1999 trip to the pristine ecosystems of Republic of the Congo and Gabon. ...


References, grudging or not, were made to Singapore's lush greenery, the "tough" drug laws, the "rare" traffic jams and the tight security checks. The British daily, The Guardian write on the terrorism spectre that stalks the Games, noting that "Even here in Singapore, during the meeting of the 116 members, security has at times been stifling. Access to the SwissĂ´tel, where the members are staying , has been severely restricted and squadrons of Gurkhas armed with hand- and machine-guns patrol inside and outside the hotel." The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Lobby of Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore Entrance of Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore Swissôtel The Stamford is the tallest hotel in Singapore at 226m and 73 floors, and is the sixth tallest hotel in the world. ... Gurkha Soldiers (1896) Wives and children of Gurkha Soldiers (1896) Gurkha (or Gorkha) are a people from Nepal who take their name from the former city-state of Gorkha, which went on to found the Kingdom of Nepal later on. ...


Media Confusion

There was some kind of confusion by the foreign newspapers mixing up the high end Raffles Hotel with the Raffles City. Reuters wrote "It is a national monument, the jewel in Singapore's crown, and this week, Raffles Hotel will becoming a bubbling cauldron of lobbying and politics as it stages the most keenly-contested Olympic venue vote in the history of the Games. Its Colonial style salons and parlours will be overrun by bid officials and consultants, celebrities and spin-doctors." Later, it clarified that the vote was actually at the adjacent Raffles City Convention Centre and not the hotel. Exterior view of Raffles Hotel Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore, dating from 1887, and named after Singapores founder Sir Stamford Raffles. ... Raffles City is a major multiplex located in the civic district of Singapore. ... Reuters Group plc LSE: RTR NASDAQ: RTRSY is best known as a news service that provides reports from around the world to newspapers and broadcasters. ... Raffles The Plaza, Singapore is the sister hotel of Swissôtel The Stamford. ...


British paper, The Guardian, in a report on the London team isolating themselves on Sentosa wrote "They have deliberately retreated from the hothouse atmosphere of the Raffles Hotel complex, the venue for the IOC congress, to perfect a final pitch they believe will be crucial in gathering the votes London requires to win." Sentosa, which means tranquility in Malay, is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some two million people a year. ...


The Weekend Australian reported "First order of the business that day at Raffles Hotel will be determining whether any changes are to be made to the Olympic programme......" The Bangkok Post said "Members of the International Olympic Committee from around the globe will meet July 6-9 at the historic Raffles Hotel to pick the hosts of the 2012 Games of the Olympiad." The Australian is a national daily broadsheet newspaper published by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ...


Olympic Anthem Criticism

The Singaporean trio who sung the Olympic Anthem in Greek was criticised by both the media and the audience. They were Singaporean soprano Khor Ai Ming, Singaporean tenor William Lim and Japanese soprano Satsuki Nagatome. The trio sung with gusto just before the announcement of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Hymn, also known informally as the Olympic Anthem, is a musical piece composed by Spyros Samaras with words taken by a poem of the Greek poet and writer Kostis Palamas. ... The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will be held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. ...


The feedback on their pre-recorded performance was not music to the ears. The Guardian reported on their operatic rendition "Two Singaporean sopranos and a tenor dress like a maitre d' subjected... a tune whose primary virtue is to be heard only once every four years, to a fearful mauling." The Times of the UK described them as "three Orientals... one distinctly off key". Khor said that feedback from the IOC was good. The trio were picked by the show's producer and performed on the anthem the day before at Esplanade at the opening ceremony. A poll conducted in the nation said the rendition was embarrassing. A Singaporean lady switched TV channels when the trio appeared. There were other criticisms too. The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom. ...


Impact

The Singapore government has made a profit of S$ 40 million from holding the session. The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ...


External links

  • Official 117th IOC Session Homepage
  • IOC Homepage

  Results from FactBites:
 
117th IOC Session - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1327 words)
The session was held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, which is on level 4 of the Raffles City complex.
In the morning IOC members voted to remove baseball and softball from the games (voting was by simple majority), while modern pentathlon gained a surprise repreve.
A Canadian television report said that the session had placed the country in the centre of the sporting universe and that the spotlight was on six cities - not just the five candidate cities.
Vanguard - Sports : Singapore's Own Olympics (2552 words)
The rising costs from these, the spread on the IOC administration and the disruptions to life in the host countries, are among the factors that have given birth to the criticisms.
IOC members from a country whose city is a candidate in the election must abstain from taking part in the vote.
As part of the reforms undertaken by the IOC at the end of 1999, IOC Sessions are open to the media via closed circuit telecast.
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