VANCOUVER, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is working closely with its partners to provide a reasonable balance of interests at the 2010 Winter Games including freedom of expression in public spaces; the protection of Olympic marks and Games sponsors against commercial infringement and ambush marketing; and venues where athletes can compete at their very best before spectators who can fully enjoy the events.
The following outlines VANOC's position and intentions on freedom of expression in public areas, commercial rights management and the terms and conditions of attendance at Games venues, which are entirely consistent with international sporting event norms:
I. Respect for Freedom of Expression in Balance with the Celebration of
- VANOC and its partners respect every citizen's right to freedom of
expression as protected by Canadian law.
- VANOC also recognizes the need to find the balance for all;
including respecting and protecting the rights of athletes,
spectators and sponsors, as agreed to when Canada won the right to
host the 2010 Winter Games.
II. Outside Ticketed Games Venues
- For those who wish to use the 2010 Winter Games to draw attention
to areas of their interest, our security partners will ensure
peaceful, lawful and safe public demonstrations can occur outside
of the venues in plain sight of the media and the public.
- Safe assembly areas for this purpose are being proposed by
Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (VISU) and they will be
facilitated by the police of jurisdiction outside a ticketed Games
B) Safe Assembly Areas
- Safe assembly areas are being developed under three guiding
principles: safety, proximity and visibility.
- Safe assembly areas for demonstrations are options for
demonstrators to ensure they have a safe space reserved for them
which is in plain view of the public and the media accessing the
- Demonstrators are not required to use safe assembly areas, but
they will be made available to ensure a clear space is maintained
for demonstrations in the busy environment around each venue.
- The location and size of the safe assembly areas will be announced
closer to Games time, as planning for the venues continues.
C) Commercial Activity
- VANOC has an obligation to protect to the Games sponsors and that
it is in the public's best interest to protect the almost $1
billion investment by these sponsors.
- Outside the venues volunteers monitoring commercial activities
will only identify commercial infringement and ambush marketing,
and due process with the appropriate authorities will be followed
on a case by case basis.
III. Inside Ticketed Games Venues
A) Athlete Performance and Spirit of Celebration
- The 2010 Winter Games will be a celebration of sport, culture and
sustainability; inside the venues this must be the priority above
all commercial, political, religious or other statements.
- Athletes and other Games participants have earned the right to
focus entirely on the competition at hand.
- The Olympic Charter states that no demonstration or political,
religious or racial propaganda of any kind is permitted inside any
venue for the Olympic or Paralympic Games. This includes limiting
any advertising by our Games sponsors in the field of play. This
is to ensure that the Games remain focused on celebrating sport
and Olympic values.
B) Ticket Terms and Conditions
- The Ticket Terms and Conditions for Olympic events are consistent
with those that already exist for previous Olympic Games and for
other major international sporting celebrations such as World Cups
and Commonwealth Games.
- Ticket Bearers agree to the full terms and conditions of their
tickets including that admission shall not be used to engage in
political, commercial, advertising or other promotional
Further information on:
- Advertising and commercial activities as part of VANOC's commercial
rights management program can be found at
- The full terms and conditions accepted by tickets bearers for 2010
Games events can be found at
- VISU's organization of safe assembly areas at the 2010 Games can be
found at http://v2010isu.com/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=516&languageId=1&contentId=6821#faq-sp-venues
- City of Vancouver temporary bylaws during the 2010 Games can be found
- The sections in the Olympic Charter that govern the staging of the
Olympic Games in the areas outlined above can be found in Rule 51 on
page 98 of the Olympic Charter at
SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Young, T: (604) 403-3589, E: Jennifer_young@vancouver2010.com