A balance of interests: Freedom of expression in public spaces, athletes
competing at their best and spectator enjoyment at the 2010 Games

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

        A) Demonstrations

        -  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
        at http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/BYLAWS/bylaw1.htm

    -   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


For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Young, T: (604) 403-3589, E: Jennifer_young@vancouver2010.com

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