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OLYMPIC BICENTENNIAL FESTIVAL: HAVAS SPORTS MEXICO BRINGS THE MEXICAN HEARTBEAT TO LIFE

Mexico City, Mexico— This past weekend, on the 9 and 10th of October, more than a million Mexicans filled Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s largest and most important avenue, to live the Olympic Bicentennial Festival, a Mexican Sport Ministry Event (CONADE) co-designed and organized by Havas Sports Mexico.

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Sport Minister Bernardo de la Garza Herrera inaugurated the event after an emotional opening ceremony with top Mexican athletes such as ex #1 ranked LPGA golfer Lorena Ochoa, Taekwando Olympic champion María del Rosario Espinoza, and Olympic medallist and world diving champion Paola Espinoza.

In addition to top Mexican athletes, Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps also participated, with an exhibition in a 25 m swimming pool, and different clinics for kids. The athletes invited competed in a friendly series of challenges on 7 different sports including baseball, golf, soccer, basketball, and beach volleyball. This gave the public the opportunity to see Michael Phelps batting, shooting a penalty kick, making a put and playing volleyball alongside other Mexican medallists.

Facts & figures:

  • 34 sports installed on 1 km. of Paseo de la Reforma
  • 16 hours of continuous exhibitions and clinics for kids
  • 250 top Mexican athletes and 6 000 amateurs
  • 15 000 public participants is massive sport classes
  • Strong media coverage and live TV transmissions

Lucien Boyer, President and CEO of the Havas Sports & Entertainment network said, “We are so proud to have been a part of this celebration for Mexico’s Bicentennial and to have put sport in the spotlight. Havas Sports Mexico did an incredible job on all aspects of this event. Their dedication and hard work made the difference; this is a great achievement for our network.”

Arnaud Drijard, CEO Havas Sports Mexico said, "This event is highly important for Mexico, and we are happy to contribute to sport development. Being a first for the country and as a part of a global strategy to promote sport and healthy lifestyle, we believe this great event helped thousands of kids to dream and will develop the sport passion and practice in the country."

The success of the Festival was guaranteed by the knowledge and experience sharing that was ensured between the Havas Sports Mexico and with the Havas Sports & Entertainment France teams, who were behind the concept and realization of a similar Paris 2012 bid event bringing a sports celebration to the Champs Elysees in 2005. The Paris event went on to win a Gold Cannes Lions for excellence.

For photos, videos or interviews, please contact: Amai Díaz de León / amai.diazdeleon@havassports.com 

About Havas Sports & Entertainment

Havas Sports & Entertainment is Havas Media’s global sports and entertainment communication network and operates globally through 20 offices across four continents. 

Its 400 professionals offer strategic and operational support to brands, media and institutions. They work to connect brands to the world of sport, broadcast, films, music, gaming, arts, celebrities and causes by creating and delivering experiences and unique content for the consumer. Havas Sports & Entertainment’s core capabilities impact all areas of sponsorship and brand integration: ranging from strategic planning and communication platforms creation, rights negotiation, activation programs and implementation, to performance assessment.

Havas Sports & Entertainment international clients include: Coca-Cola, adidas, Hyundai Kia, Castrol, Louis Vuitton, Orange, Veolia, Allianz, Mars, Repsol, Areva, Carrefour, BMI, Santander, EDF & EDF Energy, Puig, Motorola, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Reckitt Benckiser, FxPro, sports organizations such as FIFA, the Argentinean Tennis Association, the Association of Tennis Professionals, the English Premier League, the International Cricket Council, 2011 Pan-American Games, the Annecy 2018 Bid Committee, the Ryder Cup 2018 French Bid, and media such as Sky TV, among others. Havas Sports & Entertainment is the official organizer of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona, alongside the City of Barcelona.

Havas Sports & Entertainment incorporates the audio-visual production agency Havas Productions, as well as brand entertainment pioneers Cake, set-up through office in London, Manchester and New York City.

For more information please visit www.havas-se.com

Press Contact:

Havas Sports Mexico
Amai Díaz de León
Communication & Marketing FOB
amai.diazdeleon@havassports.com
+52 55 52 01 73 40

Havas Sports & Entertainment Global
Melina Baetti
Network Communications Manager
melina.baetti@havas-se.com

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