TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) today
provided its Communications Team's contact information to assist the national
and international media in its coverage of the Canadian Olympic Team for the
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Canada will send 331 athletes to the Games, which
take place from August 8-24.
The COC Communications Team will oversee the following areas:
- Coordinate media interviews, press conferences and briefings with
Canadian athletes, coaches and officials
- Prepare and distribute the COC media guide, news releases, flash
quotes, team information, statistics and other materials for the
accredited media. This includes posting materials on the COC's
Beijing Games website: www.olympic.ca/Beijing2008
- Coordinate and prepare all COC responses on all official matters, in
concert with President Michael Chambers, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Rudge, 2008 Canadian Olympic Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier and
the mission staff
- Operate a Communications office for the Canadian Olympic Team at the
Main Press Centre (MPC)
- Coordinate media information and interview requests for the Canadian
Olympic Team at competition venues and in the Athletes Village
- Issue special tickets to high-demand events for media and establish
the guidelines and distribution system of these BOCOG-mandated
tickets for credentialed media
- In Canada, field media requests and issue COC responses during the
COC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Starting Monday, August 4, the COC will operate a communications office
in the Main Press Centre (MPC), located within the Olympic Green in Beijing.
The office will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time), extending
its hours surrounding special events. The COC will distribute news releases,
schedules, results, arrange interviews with athletes and officials, and
coordinate special event ticketing. The COC Communications office MPC phone
number is (011-86) 10-6662-6013.
Athlete interview requests can be made through the press attaché of the
respective sport (see list below). Media can also contact the COC MPC office
to inquiries about Canadian athletes, team officials, results and schedules.
For interviews with the Chef de Mission, Assistant Chef de Mission and Chief
Medical Officer, please contact Sylvie Bigras.
For interviews with the COC President (Michael Chambers) or CEO (Chris
Rudge), please contact Steve Keogh.
In concert with The Canadian Press, the COC will distribute the Canadian
Round-Up, a daily bilingual wrap up providing results and stories of Team
Canada while offering a preview of the following day. It will be distributed
each night and features notes, quotes, statistics, records, highlights and
facts on the 2008 Canadian Olympic Team.
OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE
The COC will hold its Games-opening press conference on Thursday, August
7 at 10 a.m. (local time). COC president Michael Chambers will be joined by
Chief Executive Officer Chris Rudge, Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier and
Assistant Chef de Mission Peter Giles. Athlete and/or coach participation will
be determined at a later time.
COC BEIJING GAMES WEBSITE
Visit www.olympic.ca/Beijing2008 for news about the Canadian Olympic Team
and the 2008 Olympic Games. It includes daily news, results, photos, flash
quotes and more in both of Canada's official languages. A downloadable version
of the COC's 2008 Canadian Olympic Team media guide is also available.
The 2008 Canadian Olympic Team Media Guide will be available in
electronic format (CD) to media in Beijing and will be distributed through the
COC MPC office after August 5. The guide is also available immediately for
download online at www.olympic.ca/Beijing2008. The guide features biographies
on all 331 Canadian athletes in Beijing, team previews and COC historical
information. Hard copies of the Canadian Olympic Team Media Guides will not be
available in 2008.
WELL WISHES TO THE TEAM
Canadians can send well wishes to the athletes and mission staff of the
2008 Canadian Olympic Team by visiting www.olympic.ca/beijing2008 or emailing
them at email@example.com. The messages will be delivered to the team
daily in the Athletes' Village.
The following is a listing of the COC press attachés for the Beijing 2008
(*)(*)(*) For media in Canada, please dial 011-86 before the numbers listed in
the chart. Please be advised that local time in Beijing is 12 hours ahead of
North American Eastern Standard Time. The COC press attaché in Canada is
Heather Armstrong (based in Toronto), who can be reached at 416-567-0825 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a national, private,
not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible
for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including
Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide
variety of programs that promote the Olympic movement in Canada through
cultural and educational means. For more information, see the COC website:
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