COOB’92 and HOLSA
The Organising Committee of the Barcelona ’92 Olympics (COOB ’92) served as the structure through which the Olympic Games were prepared. It was responsible for managing all activities related to the Olympic Games: performing public works, negotiating television rights, relations with the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family, etc.
COOB was created as a public limited company, headed by an assembly as the maximum representative body. It was presided over by Barcelona City Council in partnership with the Spanish Olympic Committee, the State, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Provincial Council, Metropolitan Corporation of Barcelona, the Union of Catalan Sports Federations and the International Olympic Committee.
COOB ’92 also had an executive committee, a permanent committee and a governing body dedicated to the Cultural Olympics.
The Barcelona ’92 organisation model was an innovation, now known as “Model Barcelona” and is often consulted by hosts of large events around the world. It is fundamentally structured around a public initiative organisation based in the organising city.
In turn, HOLSA was the holding company, managed via a public limited company, tasked with the administration and funding of investments in facilities and amenities for the Olympic Games.
The holding company was 51% owned by the State Administration and 49% by Barcelona City Council. It was formed, on the one hand, by two private municipal companies: Anella Olímpica de Montjüic, SA (AOMSA) and Vila Olímpica, SA (VOSA), and on the other, by Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística (IMPU), another plc, which was tasked with works related to the Olympic Games.