London, July 8, 2015: The annual Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly is the highest authority of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, bringing together officials and elected members from 71 nations and territories. The 2015 General Assembly will meet in Auckland, New Zealand 1 and 2 September 2015 (prior to the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games which take place in Samoa from 5 September 2015).
The General Assembly will discuss and vote on Transformation 2022, the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s ambitious seven-year strategic plan, including proposals for a new sports programme of compulsory and optional sports. The Assembly is also scheduled to receive updates from each Region, the Development and Sports Committees, as well as updates on the activities of the CGF management and preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
In addition, the 2015 General Assembly will receive a final Candidate City Briefing from Durban, South Africa, before the Federation’s 71 members vote to award the hosting rights to the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Elections for the Executive Board for the 2015-2019 cycle will also take place for the positions of President, Vice-Presidents (x3), Athletes’ Representative and Regional Vice Presidents (x6).
Accreditation: Working media wishing to cover the General Assembly for editorial purposes must register their interest with Martin Reynolds ([email protected]) by 31 July 2015.
Once accepted, media will then be asked to submit accreditation details by 17 August 2015. Accreditation is compulsory to gain access to the Assembly and function venues. Accreditation passes will be distributed upon your arrival at the Assembly venue, the Pullman Hotel, Auckland.
Arrivals: Media (and CGAs) are invited to arrive from 31 August and depart 3 September. Internal regional meetings and training/discussion workshops take place on the 1 September; the General Assembly itself takes place on 2 September.
Access: The schedule of events is still under development, and media will be able to access selected agenda items and evening functions, including the following:
• 31 August (evening): Welcome Reception at Auckland Art Gallery
• 1 Sept (evening): Durban 2022 Reception (by invitation)
• 2 Sept (daytime): Attendance at selected agenda items, including: President’s Welcome, New Zealand CGA/NZOC welcome, Presidential and Vice-Presidential hustings, Durban 2022 Candidate City presentation, Election and Host City announcements.
• 2 Sept (5.30pm): Closing press conference with CGF and Durban 2022 Candidate City representatives.
• 2 Sept (evening): Farewell Reception at Auckland Museum (by invitation)
In addition, a programme of press briefings and press conferences will take place during the event; and the CGF/NZOC/Durban2022 media representatives will also be able to facilitate requests for interviews etc subject to availability.
A media working room equipped with free wireless internet access and refreshments will be available at the Pullman Auckland hotel. A studio with a panoramic backdrop of Auckland Harbour is also available free-of-charge for TV or internet outlets wishing to film 1-2-1 video interviews.
Media representatives are free to make their own arrangements. However should representatives wish to stay in the Assembly hotel a small number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the delegate rate of NZD$225 per night, inclusive of wifi and breakfast. Please note that the deadline for requesting this accommodation is 24 July 2015.
Broadcast and Photography: Camera positions on a media riser are available in the main Assembly hall (with a limited number of feeds to the main sound desk); and cameras are also welcome at the evening functions by prior arrangement. A CGF crew will also develop a short news package from the Assembly for use on websites by prior arrangement. Getty Images will have access to all events and pool images to subscribed organisations. —- CGF
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