Lake Placid, N.Y., selected to host 6th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum in cooperation with Adecco
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The International Olympic Committee today announced that the 6th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum will be held in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Nov. 8-11, 2012. Hosted by the United States Olympic Committee with support from the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, the forum is being held outside of the IOC's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the first time.
Started in 2005 in cooperation with Adecco, one of the world's leading providers of human resource solutions, the IOC Athlete Career Programme provides support to elite athletes in the areas of education, life skills and employment. The program is developed internationally via the IOC ACP Outreach Programme and delivered by National Olympic Committees and Adecco in over 30 countries. Since inception, the IOC ACP has reached more than 10,000 athletes in over 100 countries.
The IOC ACP Forum takes place every two years and brings together leading experts from Adecco and various NOCs for an exchange of knowledge and best practices through workshops and break-out sessions. The aim of the forum is to expand the value and impact of the IOC Athlete Career Programme in supporting athletes worldwide.
"We are pleased to be returning to Lake Placid, a village steeped in Olympic tradition, for the next IOC ACP Forum," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "These meetings are an integral part of the IOC Athlete Career Programme, and through the varied discussions and workshops they help to benefit athletes around the world. We look forward to building on the momentum from the past forums and expect a productive and informative gathering in November."
This year's forum is expected to be attended by approximately 100 delegates, including Adecco ACP country managers and their counterparts from over 35 NOCs, along with members of the IOC Athletes' Commission involved in the IOC ACP Outreach Programme.
"We are honored to host this important event on U.S. soil for the first time, demonstrating not only our commitment to the Olympic Movement, but to the future of athletes from all over the world," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "We look forward to hosting our international counterparts and allowing them to enjoy one of our great Olympic cities."
Lake Placid, which hosted both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, is home to one of three U.S. Olympic Training Centers. In addition, many of the venues used for the 1980 Games remain operational under ORDA's management and host numerous national and international sports competitions each year.
"New York State is pleased and excited to join together with the United States Olympic Committee to host the 6th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum," said New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. "The facilities in Lake Placid are well known to Olympic athletes and enthusiasts worldwide, and have served as home for two Winter Games in the past 100 years."
"The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority is dedicated to making this IOC ACP Forum a memorable event for all attending," said ORDA Chairman Pat Barrett. "Lake Placid has been a partner to the Olympic Movement for many years and produces multiple world cup events with the International Federations and world's National Olympic Committees each year. While here for the forum, that excitement can be experienced firsthand as the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation stages its men's and women's world cup competitions at the legendary Olympic Sports Complex track."
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